May 1, 2010

Review: The Spellmans Strike Again by Lisa Lutz

The Spellmans Strike Again: A Novel (Izzy Spellman Mysteries)

In this fourth and final installment in the Spellman series, Izzy Spellman is right smack in the middle of some of her wackiest adventures yet. Because her mom still holds Prom Night 1994 over her she has to agree to go on 20 blind dates with a different lawyer each time. This is because her mom cannot stand her dating Connor, otherwise known as ex-boyfriend #12. Her best friend Morty calls weekly from Florida with nothing but gripes. One of her cases involves her hiring her good friend Len, to pose as a spy posing as a butler and this causes trouble for Len at home. Her sister Rae takes on a cause to "Free Schmidt" who she believes has been wrongly imprisoned and later Izzy takes up her own case of wrongful imprisonment. Hardware and light fixtures are disappearing daily from the Spellman home and last but not least Izzy is diligently working to catch the competition, the dishonest PI Rick Harkey, breaking the law or at a minimum something bad enough to get his PI license yanked.

If you've read the previous three books in this series you'll know that this is nothing but business as usual for Izzy.

As always, Izzy gets through her adventures while making me crack up on almost every page. Her family is just so wild and Lutz does such an awesome job with her character development that I could totally picture each and every one of them. Izzy is witty and always quick to deliver a snarky comment. Even though there seems to be a million different storylines it magically works into one great read that you should not miss.

I can't tell you how much I love this series and was shocked to learn this was the end of it. I could totally see this one becoming a long running series that I would never tire of. I'm going to miss the Spellmans tremendously but the series was wrapped with a satisfying end and I'm sure that Lutz will follow this series with something just as good.

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bermudaonion said...

A friend of mine raves over this series. It's kind of nice to see it go out while it's still good.

Enid Wilson said...

20 blind dates with a different lawyer each time? Where did her mom find so many guys? Ask her to send some my way! Thanks for the review, it sounds interesting.

Really Angelic