The Spellmans Strike Again
By Lisa Lutz
Ok, let me ask you something. When was the last time you started to read a book on the same day you checked it out from the library? Maybe you’re a better library patron than I am, starting each book responsibly, as soon as you get it home. But me? I have what some would call a massive To-Be-Read (from here on known as TBR) pile, and what usually happens is that the books I get from the library go on top (because they have to go back before the ones I bought, which I own in perpetuity) and hopefully I get to them before my third renewal runs out (yes, you get three! Woohoo!).
Except with this book.
On the Friday I checked this out (I remember it was a Friday because I had to watch Friday Night Lights before I could read), I went home, had supper, watched TV, and then started it. Being the fourth book and final (gasp) book in this series, I couldn’t wait to see what happened to my beloved Spellmans.
If you’ve never met the Spellmans, let me bring you up to speed. A family of PIs, the five members (Dad, Mom, David, Izzy, Rae - in birth order) seem to spend more time investigating each other than solving local mysteries. Lutz has a charmingly eccentric writing style that includes the use of humorous footnotes. Here are the books you need to read sooner than later:
Without giving too much away, this last entry finds Izzy struggling to deal with her family while at the same time trying to maintain the family business. Her friend Len is pretending to be a butler, Henry is pretending he likes her again, and good old Morty is pretending to like the great state of Florida.
Lutz hasn’t said definitively that she’ll never write another Spellman book, but if she does, I’m going to have to wait a VERY VERY long time for it (sigh). And that makes me sad.
What am I gonna do without my annual Spellman fix? Oh yeah, my massive TBR pile. That’ll work.