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Revenge of the Spellmans (The Spellmans #3)

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Private investigator Isabel Spellman is back on the case and back on the couch - in court-ordered therapy after getting a little too close to her previous subject.

As the book opens, Izzy is on hiatus from Spellman Inc. But when her boss, Milo, cuts her bartending hours and introduces her to a "friend" looking for a private eye, Izzy reluctantly finds herself with a new cli
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Dan Schwent
Oct 26, 2014 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Izzy Spellman is looking to get back into the detective game when a man hires her to see what his wife is up to. Meanwhile, what is with her brother David? Who is blackmailing Izzy? Why is her car never where she left it? And did Rae really cheat on the PSATs? All these questions and more will be answered in Revenge of the Spellmans!

Revenge of the Spellmans is the third book in the Spellman series and Lisa Lutz shows no signs of slowing down. Not only that, she's not afraid to shake things up. A
I suspect my commitment-phobia has branched into new areas of my life. I’ve grown hesitant to start new series, especially mysteries. I suppose it is a little unfair to expect the qualities I fall in love with in the first couple of books continue, but there it is: I do. I stuck with Lawrence Block’s Matt Scudder through many ups and downs, but Marcia Muller’s fallen apart on her latest, Janet Evanovich started recycling Stephanie Plum plots by book 8 (if not sooner), Sue Grafton had a long stre ...more
Apr 10, 2009 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somewhere, Janet Evanovich is planning a hit on Lisa Lutz. The Spellman series just gets better, with some expected and unexpected character developments. Funny enough to make you snort your bourbon and Diet Coke out your nose, the Spellman books keep you intrigued equally with the "mysteries" and her characters. Can't wait for a fourth - here's hoping the movie in development doesn't spoil the books for new fans.

Read-alikes would be the aforementioned Evanovich, perhaps Diane Mott Davidson (at
Mar 30, 2009 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lisa Lutz makes me laugh. Out loud. She is one of the most clever writers I know of, and her characters, who are part of a crazy family who are all part of their own private investigator business, are so much fun! But it's her copious footnotes that are truly hysterical! I'd recommend this series of books (the first two are now out in paperback) to anyone who could use a good laugh!
Lisa Vegan
Apr 07, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy humorous mysteries, where the humor is more important than the mystery
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. What a wonderful romp it is. I found it to be a great mood elevator. I’ve never read any books quite like Lisa Lutz’s; they’re unique.

Oh, how I adore this family. Oh, how Lisa Lutz makes me laugh. I’ve laughed out loud too many times to count while reading this book and also while reading the previous two in the series: The Spellman Files (book 1) and Curse of the Spellmans (book 2) and this third book really deepened the series and was just as hilarious.

I love Iz
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
Court ordered therapy is the least of Isabel's worries in this third installment in the Spellman saga. Having a car that keeps going MIA, a secret home as well as the looming decision of what to do with her life all compound to make Izzy's life very busy. Isabel has left her job at Spellman Investigations only to have Milo, her current employer and owner of The Philosopher's Club, attempt to force her back into what she's good at by offering her a case and then promptly firing her so that she'll ...more
Apr 04, 2009 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This third in the Spellman series made me laugh at times, and the many plot lines kept me interested throughout, but it comes nowhere near the hilarity of the first book, The Spellman Files. One thing that annoys me a bit about the 2 subsequent books is the constant references to the preceding books via footnotes (e.g. see previous document, The Spellman Files, now available in paperback.) Shameless marketing. Overall, though, as I said before, the plot still holds up and the characters are all ...more
Feb 24, 2009 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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These books are a hoot. This is the third book in the Spellman Files and continues the saga of a dysfunctional family of private investigators. I enjoyed every page and didn't want to put it down. I like how Lutz tells her stories, the books are in an interesting format... I love how its like we're reading a case file.
Think my love affair with the Spellmans may be over. I loved the first two books, whizzed through them chuckling away! This one though I was just kind of 'meh' about reading it and put it down several times.
Barbara Kramer

If you are in the mood for light reading, pick this one up. In the vein of Janet Evanovich. The Spellman series is good for a quiet afternoon where you just want to escape.
Sep 07, 2009 Christy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Private investigator Isabel Spellman quit her job with her family’s detective business and is working part-time as a bartender at her friend Milo’s bar while trying to decide what to do next. She’s also been through one block of court-ordered therapy and has been passed by that therapist on to another. Milo persuades Isabel to take on a relatively simple case for one of his friends, whose wife is acting mysterious and bringing home expensive items. Meanwhile, Isabel’s brother David returns from ...more
Well at least she managed to solve an actual case here. And I was happy to see that her brother David treated her well and seemed to care for her. Some of my favorite characters left the series and I hope I like whoever comes along next. I was pissed at Henry Stone this time around.(view spoiler) ...more
Mar 31, 2009 Bayneeta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Okay, the plot is thin, but the smart-talking Izzy and her eccentric family of private eyes continue to appeal to me. A light, fun read. The footnotes (particularly the ones hyping her earlier books) started to wear a little thin. I suggest reading them in order starting with The Spellman Files and Curse of the Spellmans .
Mar 12, 2009 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is a very quirky series and I really like it. Lisa Lutz is very inventive in her style of writing. Her stories never take the usual course and are usually told out of sequence. If done wrong, it can ruin a book, but she does it right every time.
Mar 25, 2009 Jon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love these Spellman books...they're quickly paced, they're witty, they have creative plot structures and they are fiction that employ footnotes. What's not to love? They're also a series of books that keeps improving with each new entry. I always look forward to the next installment.
Lutz intertwines multiple storylines in a compelling way so that you don't want to put the book down until you know...

who is sending the blackmail notes? not Rae, not Dad, not Mom, not David ... so who? yeah it was Henry Stone, who wants her to admit her secret (living in her brother's basement garage without telling him) and to pick up a little culture along the way...

What is her client's wife & friend really up to? Their behaviour seems legal, and moral... but there's something more going
Paul Pessolano
Feb 13, 2011 Paul Pessolano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Isabel Spellman is back and better than ever. For those of you who have not heard of the Spellmans, they are a family of private investigators. They are not your normal PI's in that they spend more time spying on each other than they do other people.

This is the third in a series, the first book, or document as Lisa Lutz perfers, was "The Spellman Files", and the second was "The Curse of the Spellmans". The books do not have to be read in order, but would certainly would be more enjoyable if read
Jul 12, 2009 Muriel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, read-2009
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In this third book of the series, Isabel (“Izzy”) Spellman is undergoing court-ordered therapy and trying to decide what to do with her life. She’s left her family’s private investigation agency and is bartending part time, but her hours have been cut and she won’t be able to hold on to her apartment much longer. Strapped for cash she agrees to take on a small job for a rival agency, and then finds herself the target of a blackmailer. Meantime, younger siste
Mar 25, 2009 Marlyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Sep 12, 2009 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am totally in love with this series of books. The first one I picked up on a whim at the library, the second one I sought out, and I couldn't wait to read this one. The books are supposed to be mysteries, but any mystery involved is secondary to the mystery of how this family continues to function as a unit. The Spellman's operate a investigation firm, Spellman, Inc., and they enlist every possible family member into the firm. Isabel, who tells the stories, began to work and receive a paycheck ...more
Aug 07, 2010 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With great difficulty I put this book down at 10 like a good girl, but I couldn't sleep, so I finished in the hour of 3am. I briefly considered giving this book 5 stars, but after remembering how predictable the plot line was I had to knock it down a level. This might have been my favorite so far, in part because the footnotes were more humorous and less full of details I already knew and the plot could flow without so much background information. I found myself skipping much less of this book t ...more
Apr 29, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Revenge of the Spellmans was the perfect book to read on the way to Dallas. I was already familiar with the characters, it's fun to read and helps pass the time, and it's not so dense and detailed that I have to pay a tremendous amount of attention to keep following. I'm pretty sure I liked it almost as much as the first book, a bit better than the second, and I had a pretty good idea about the outcome of the mystery (sadly, I was only partially correct).

I love the way Lutz presents her main ch
Mar 19, 2009 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writings of Ms Lutz (am I allowed to use Ms) is like a scab you keep picking at - I don't really like the the wrilting but I can not put her books down. The characters are delightfully bizarre except for Isabel that I just want to slap and say as one of the minor characters did, "Izzy, you have to grow up sometime."

The plots and sub-plots verge on drug induced. The 1000's footnotes drive drive me crazy but I would not miss reading one.

The family life depicted in the story cause me to offer
Mar 23, 2009 Jackie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The always zany Spellman family are up to shenanigans again. Izzy is secretly living in her brother's basement and deciding if she should go back in to the family business. And what's up with her brother anyway? He was gone for weeks and now doesn't seem to have a job.
Little sister Rae is driving her friend Henry (45 year old man-really better suited for Izzy) crazy with her interference. Lots of witty banter but the footnotes are getting a little annoying and the plot became confusing at the en
Apr 08, 2009 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can I tell you how much I adore this series??? I want to be Isabel Spellman, crappy life and all. She's smart, screwed up, and entirely convincing as a character. While I still think that Curse of the Spellmans is my favorite of the series so far, this one was on par with the first book. Suggested for anyone who loves their mystery with a high snark level. The new Irish Bartender doesn't hurt either...
Isabelle Spellman has problems--she hates her apartment, her boss is cutting her bar-tending hours, and her know-no-boundaries parents insist that she come back to work for the family private investigation business. On top of that, she's still involved in court-ordered therapy, the man she thinks she loves has a new girlfriend who isn't Izzy, and she's starting to obsess about the little investigative chore she's taken to oblige her boss's friend. Another enjoyable read fro Lutz.
I am addicted to this series I can't stop reading it.

This book kept me up until midnight and then what do I do? Buy the next book and start it.

I love the characters and the fact that this series makes me laugh non-stop. :

I just wish she would get with Henry Stone already.... geeze what does a girl have to do around here to get what she wants?

Read this series asap, especially if you need a good laugh.
Apr 19, 2011 ATron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love, love, LOVE this series!! The Spellmans are that family that no matter what makes your wacky, zany family look completely normal... Seriously. If you like dry, witty, sarcastic dialog and humor, then you should read this series!! Absolute laugh-out-loud funny... at least for my (albeit slightly twisted) sense of humor... :D
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Lisa Lutz is the New York Times bestselling author of the six books in the Spellman series, How to Start a Fire, Heads you Lose (with David Hayward), and the children's book, How to Negotiate Everything (illustrated by Jaime Temairik). Her latest book, The Passenger, a psychological thriller, will be published March 2016 by Simon and Schuster. Lutz has won the Alex award and has been nominated for ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Spellmans (6 books)
  • The Spellman Files (The Spellmans, #1)
  • Curse of the Spellmans (The Spellmans, #2)
  • The Spellmans Strike Again (The Spellmans, #4)
  • Trail of the Spellmans (The Spellmans, #5)
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“ISABEL: Sorry I missed my session Monday.

DR. RUSH: Would you like to tell me why?

ISABEL: I was depressed.

DR. RUSH: That's a good reason to come to therapy.”
“I'm sorry you're angry" is NOT an apology.” 13 likes
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