March 24, 2012

Review: Trail of the Spellmans: Document #5 by Lisa Lutz

Product Description:

FOR THE FIRST TIME in Spellman history, Isabel Spellman, PI, might be the most normal member of her family. Mom has taken on an outrageous assortment of extracurricular activities—with no apparent motive. Dad has a secret. Izzy’s brother and sister are at war—for no apparent reason. And her niece keeps saying “banana” even though she hates bananas.

That’s not to say that Izzy isn’t without her own troubles. Her boyfriend, Henry Stone, keeps wanting “to talk,” a prospect Isabel evades by going out with her new drinking buddy, none other than Gertrude Stone, Henry’s mother.

Things aren’t any simpler on the business side of Spellman Investigations. First, Rae is hired to follow a girl, only to fake the surveillance reports. Then a math professor hires Izzy to watch his immaculate apartment while he unravels like a bad formula. And as the questions pile up, Izzy won’t stop hunting for the answers—even when they threaten to shatter both the business and the family.

My Thoughts:

I was so happy when I found out that The Spellmans Strike Again was not the last book in the Spellman series as I had originally thought. Lutz returns with more zany adventures for Izzy and her eccentric family. There is intrigue that weaves all the different characters into one hilarious escapade that actually made me laugh out loud at times. There is one sad note to the book but I don't want to give away any spoilers. I am anxiously awaiting the next "Document" and recommend this series for anyone who loves mysteries with plenty of humor.


bermudaonion said...

My closest reading friend loves the Spellman books - I've got to try this series.