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Curse of the Spellmans (The Spellmans #2)

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THEY’RE BAAAAACK. (Re)meet New York Times bestselling author Lisa Lutz’s “SUPERBLY COMIC” (Daily News, New York) Spellmans, a family in which eavesdropping is a mandatory skill, locks are meant to be picked, and blackmail is the preferred form of negotiation.

When Izzy Spellman, PI, is arrested for the fourth time in three months, she writes it off as a job hazard. She’s be

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Paperback, 544 pages
Published January 26th 2010 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Dan Schwent
Why has Izzy Spellman been arrested four times in one month? Why is her mother leaving the house at all hours of the night to vandalize a stranger's motor bike? What is her father up to? Who is the mysterious neighbor John Brown? And who is recreating the string of vandalism Izzy is alleged to have perpetrated during her youth? All these questions and more will be answered in Curse of the Spellmans!

When you enjoy the hell out of the first book in a series, the second book is a risky proposition,
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Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
Nov 10, 2013 Carol. [All cynic, all the time] rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of fun-n-fast detective games
Lisa Lutz‘ Isabel Spellman series is a little like Janet Evanovich‘s Stephanie Plum. Not the recent ones but the early ones, the ones that made me laugh out loud before they got progressively more absurd and recycled the same plots. The Spellmans, however, are a family team and the nature of the family business means they can’t really escape each other, although they may periodically try. Book two, Curse of the Spellmans, was just as much fun as the first and perhaps even a smidge better. I foun ...more
Amanda
3 1/2 stars for this one.

Curse of the Spellmans is the sequel to The Spellman Files, a novel about an unconventional family that runs a private investigation firm. I really enjoyed The Spellman Files--it's light, amusing, and there is an inventive quality to the narrator, Izzy Spellman's, manner of conveying her story. Because of her training as a P.I., Izzy tells us everything in the form of case file reports and transcripts of secret recordings. What worked for the first novel lost some of its
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Michelle
So how can something be so good and coherent and yet be so random and rambling? I don't mean random in a negative way at all. In fact, I find the randomness quite charming, just as I find Isabel Spellman quite charming and funny. Izzy and the entire Spellman clan are a bunch of nut cases, but the stories work for me.

In this, the second installment of the Spellman series, Izzy finds herself busy surveilling the neighbor who is surely up to no good; her teenage sister Rae has run over her "best f
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Alli
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Jeanne
Mar 24, 2008 Jeanne rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like the Stepanie Plum series
Shelves: mystery
Izzy's back! I was so excited to see a sequel to The Spellman Files.

So, we revisit Isabel and the rest of the Spellman family, but they're not as colorful as I remember them. The Spellman parents aren't as nosey, and her younger sister, Rae, is not the little spy she was in the first book. And her perfect brother, David, isn't so perfect anymore. Only Izzy remains in that crazy Spellman zone--ever suspicious of everyone and everything.

And this is where our story begins. A new neighbor for the Sp
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Vered
Funny, smart, sad and ever so enduring. This one was just as funny as the first one, yet more complex, reviled more lairs, run deeper and left me feeling my heart in my throat.
Loved it.
Mark
The second book in "The Spellman Files" is just as funny as the first. Isabel "Izzy" Spellman, having grown up in a highly dysfunctional family of private investigators in San Francisco, is distrustful of everyone, is not deterred by locked doors, social boundaries (really, she's not deterred by boundaries of any kind), and always has to get to the bottom of mysteries, even when it would be better for her if she just let it go. Now thirty and working in the family business, she gets in over her ...more
Indigo Editing/Ink-Filled Page
“Without a doubt the restraining order put a cramp in my investigation of Subject.”

That’s not how the second in Lisa Lutz’s series on the Spellman family of private investigators starts. No, a lot more happens before thirty-year-old Izzy Spellman is legally restrained from being near her parents’ neighbor/subject of her own personal investigation/boyfriend.

The Spellman parents run a PI firm, and daughters Izzy and Rae help them; Izzy’s been spying since she was twelve and Rae since she was six.
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Annalisa
Jan 01, 2014 Annalisa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: language
With my second book club reading The Spellman Files, I thought I'd be an overachiever and read the next installment in the series. I'm so glad I did. I forgot how amusing those wacky Spellmans are. While I enjoyed the humor and characters in this one more, the mystery in the first was definitely better. (It kind of reminds me of my obsession with the TV Veronica Mars. The mystery in the first season was unmatched in the second, but I was so into the characters that it didn't matter.) And like VM ...more
Mlle Pointillés
Izzy est toujours autant déjantée et terriblement drôle dans ce deuxième tome!! ^^
J'aime beaucoup le personnage de Rae, et celui de Henry également.

Je me suis bidonnée pendant toute ma lecture, j'ai adoré!
Cette série est drôle, les répliques d'Izzy sont tordantes, tous les personnages sont terribles.
Et j'aime San Francisco! ;)

Ce deuxième tome est une réussite!! :)

"Je ne vois pas du tout de quoi vous parlez."
(excuse favorite d'Izzy)
Jkerber1
The "Curse of the Spellmans" was very similar to "The Spellman Files"- so highly recommended for those who enjoyed the first book, but do not read if you disliked the first book.

Again, this was a quick read which had some really funny parts that made me laugh out loud, although it also had its flaws. Unfortunately, I must say that the conclusion to the mystery was once again disappointing, because the case seemed initially fascinating and exciting, but it turned out that the truth was neither of
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David
While I thoroughly enjoyed the humor of this novel, I found it to be so disjointed and oddly organized as to be annoying. The book was chocked full of interesting characters with dysfunctional relationships that offered a good deal of humor but the plot took a backseat to the humor and sadly the humor was the central part of the book. It was funny, but it was far too cutesy. In fact it was so cutesy it came across like an episode of the naked gun. What little mystery there was got resolved in su ...more
Alice

Mlle Alice, pouvez-vous nous raconter votre rencontre avec Les Spellman se Déchaînent?


"Il y a quelques années de cela, j'avais lu le premier volet de cette série. En toute honnêteté, je n'en garde pas un souvenir impérissable! Mais que voulez-vous, j'ai quelques tocs et quand je commence une saga, j'ai du mal à la laisser inachevée..."

Dites-nous en un peu plus sur son histoire...


"Izzy Spellman, détective, semble s'être mise dans un sacré pétrin et vient de se faire arrêter pour la quatrième
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Christy
Izzy Spellman works for her parents’ private investigative service, where family members are acting strangely. Izzy’s brother David, a lawyer, has resorted to staying home, watching TV in his pajamas and eating junk food. Her father Albert is sneaking out of the house at all hours, returning with wet hair, while her mom Olivia is sneaking out of the house in early-morning hours and wreaking havoc on a motorbike. Her sister Rae runs over SFPD Inspector Henry Stone, her one and only friend. When a ...more
Tom Carrico
Curse of the Spellmans
By Lisa Lutz

The brief testimonials which are included on the book jackets or paperback covers can tell a reader a lot about the book. If the blurb is from a well-respected author such as Scott Turow or Tom Wolfe or even from an established book critic like Jonathan Yardley or Michael Dirda from the Washington Post there is bound to be some credibility to the book. When the quotes (in the case of this book) come from “People” magazine, “Entertainment Weekly” and from an aut
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Jennifer Rayment
The Good Stuff

Another wild and wacky tale of the delightfully dysfunctional, yet totally loveable, Spellman family
Would love to take mamma Spellman to some of Jake's parent teachers meeting - she totally rocks
Love how Izzy refers to potential dates as Ex-Boyfriend #?
Don't really have to read the first book in order to understand the plot, it will help and you will love it, but you won't be totally lost if you don't
Gives you a synopsis of the first book without too much repetition for those
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Matt Mazenauer
Apr 27, 2009 Matt Mazenauer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone (after reading the first book Spellman Files)
Recommended to Matt by: The Spellman Files
Shelves: signed
Just as in the first book, I come away from this book with an immense desire to be a part of the amazingly dysfunctional distrusting and too-wrapped-up-in-their-own-drama Spellman family. The closest comparison I can draw is still Arrested Development's family issues. There is no way that characters like this could exist in the real world, yet they are provided with such realistic dialogue and motivations that you don't for a second question it mid-story. The joy and excitement of turning each p ...more
RJ McGill
Warning: Spending time with the Spellman Family is highly addictive and produces uncontrollable bouts of laughter.

Two years have passed since Lisa Lutz’s debut novel introduced the lovably, dysfunctional Spellman Family and mesmerized readers from coast to coast with the kind of snooping, scheming and blackmailing that could only exist between parties who truly care for one another.

We rejoin Isabel Spellman (a.k.a. Izzy), in San Francisco, now thirty years old and once again working for her pare
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Beth
Number 2 was better than 1. How many books can you say that about? Let it be known that it's finals, and yet I've plowed through two of these books over the last three days. I can't tell myself away. I'm in love with the Spellman family, a family of quirky private investigators in San Francisco's Nob Hill.

I should also point out that I lack objectivity for books that occur in familiar surroundings. On the other hand, the book did win an Edgar award, and I don't generally read mysteries so this s
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Dennis
Lutz has created a lineup of endearing and comical characters in the Spellman family. I enjoyed this follow-up to The Spellman Files that picks up where Isabel and her fellow private investigators left off spying on anyone and everyone in their lives, including neighbors, friends, and of course each other. As in the first book the mystery, in this case surrounding next-door neighbor Subject (John Brown), really seems subordinate to the relational give and take between Isabel, her teenage sister ...more
Lormac
My second journey into the world of the Spellmans, and this one was more positive than the first. I am still finding the treatment of Izzy by her parents as really callous. The first loving and caring done by her mother in both of these books occurs in this volume when her mother helps her clean her new apartment - and I find that more than a little sad.

But I loved the development of the character of Henry Stone, and the dialogue in these books is really, really well done. So I am probably on b
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Mayda
Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz

Do not read “Curse of the Spellmans” unless you have already read “The Spellman Files,” in which case, stop whatever you’re doing (unless, you know, you happen to be in the middle of a brain operation and you are just killing time reading this review). Now, where was I . . . hmmm . . . oh yes, if you have read “The Spellman Files,” waste no time in reading the second installment in the series. I haven’t quite decided if the Spellmans are on the getting or the g
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Amy
CD/abridged/Chick-Mystery: There are times I get an unbridged audio and wish it was abridged and then there are times I get an abridged and feel it is the right length. However, with the Spellman Files series I wish I had the unabridged. There is so much to like about this dysfunctional family that happens to be private detectives. Izzy is a lot like Stephanie Plum, only Izzy is a little smarter and less girly.
I like that the endings aren't so predictable and not everyone is happily ever after.
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Jami
I just finished this sequel to The Spellman Files, and I have to say that I loved it as much as the first one. In fact, I'm sad that this one just came out, and I have to wait a considerable amount of time until Lutz writes the next one.

I love the situations the main character, Isabel, gets herself into, her absolute inability to not check the backgrounds of every person she meets (especially someone she is dating), her knack for breaking and entering (recreationally or otherwise), and her great
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Sally
I so enjoyed this book. The laugh out loud quirky characters made for a quick, light, enjoyable read. Definitely not deep, but quite entertaining.
Jared
Light, sort of brain-dead mystery. Funny in a quirky kind of way. Nothing deep here, but it's a fun read.

The Spellman family has a private investigation business. This has made them into a family of snoops who inflict themselves on others. Izzy, the main character, manages to get absolutely everything wrong on the main (unpaid) mystery -- uncovering the identity and privacy of a new neighbor -- while solving three other minor mysteries along the way.

Izzy's stupidity is sort of charming, but her
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John
In the second novel in The Spellman Series, the reader returns to the comical adventures of Izzy Spellman, PI. When a handsome but mysterious young man moves into next door to her parent's investigation business (and occasionally Izzy's home), Izzy becomes obsessed in her endeavor to discover John Brown's past. She is driven to succeed, if she only her investigations would not be interrupted by her periodic arrests. The series is an addictive read precipitating laugh-at-loud moments, especially ...more
Lauren Fidler
okay, so now i love henry stone.

and i'm invested in the series.

but i still don't know how much i like izzy or her parents. first, izzy seems a little bit...alcoholic. and she has one of those convenient detective story tropes of "miraculously stumbling across a mystery and then misreading it entirely". is that her thing? she gets a funny feeling in her gut, assumes evil, and then is pleasantly surprised when her gut is right that something is up but wrong when she's informed what that something
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Kim
This series is fabulously funny and the characters, whilst flawed and crazy are just so lovable, it is hard not to root for them no matter what they are doing. In this second book of the series Izzy Spellman finds herself arrested for the violation of a restraining order which has been placed on her by her neighbour. As this is her forth arrest in less than two months, Izzy is in all sorts of trouble and has a lot of explaining to do if she is to stay out of prison and keep her PI licence.
As us
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Lisa Lutz grew up in Southern California. After graduating high school, she attended UC Santa Cruz, UC Irvine, University of Leeds in England and San Francisco State University, although she still does not have a bachelor's degree.

Lisa spent most of the 1990s hopping from a string of low-paying odd jobs while writing and rewriting a mob comedy called Plan B. After it was made in 2000, Lisa vowed s
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“If people really grew up, there would be no crime, no divorce, no Civil War reenactors....it's not like you think it will be, that one day you'll wake up and realize that you've got things figured out. You never figure it out. Ever." - Isabel Spellman attempting to explain growing up to her sister Rae” 52 likes
“I'm staying," Henry said, annoyed.

"Why?"

"Because, if I leave, it would be like abandoning two mentally challenged people in a nuclear waste dump.”
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