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Curse of the Spellmans (The Spellmans #2)

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They're baaaccck.
Their first caper, The Spellman Files, was a New York Times bestseller and earned comparisons to the books of Carl Hiaasen and Janet Evanovich. Now the Spellmans, a highly functioning yet supremely dysfunctional family of private investigators, return in a side-splittingly funny story of suspicion, surveillance, and surprise.

When Izzy Spellman, PI, is arr
Hardcover, 409 pages
Published March 11th 2008 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2008)
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Dan Schwent
Oct 21, 2014 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, 2014
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,
Nov 10, 2013 Carol. rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jan 16, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog
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
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
Jul 09, 2010 Vered rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 06, 2011 Alli rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: easy-reads
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Mar 24, 2008 Jeanne rated it liked it  ·  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
Mar 06, 2014 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 28, 2011 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
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
Jan 01, 2014 Annalisa rated it really liked it  ·  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)
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May 20, 2015 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
I was hoping I would like this better than the first (without all the family background stories) but come to find out that is the author's "thing." She just keeps doing flashbacks, lists, history from the family. It wasn't effective for me and felt too gimmicky. Izzy is in trouble again. As a thirty year old PI she is sure she has discovered that their new neighbor is hiding something terrible and goes to great lengths to discover his secret. Never mind that she keeps getting arrested, has other ...more
Feb 12, 2015 Drew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one gets a 4.5 star rating from me. I'm usually not a fan of series, primarily because of the issues that are in the beginning of this book - the numerous references back to the previous book in case the reader hasn't started at the beginning...
Once I got past that however, and simply let myself enjoy the author's unique and addicting style, I simply loved reading through it. It's too bad that the characters are not based on real people though because Izzy reminds me of an ex-girlfriend or
Feb 21, 2011 Jkerber1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 06, 2013 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Apr 05, 2009 Christy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Matt Mazenauer
Apr 27, 2009 Matt Mazenauer rated it it was amazing  ·  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
May 30, 2008 RJ McGill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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
May 15, 2009 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 20, 2015 Dennis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pop-lit
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
Jul 22, 2015 Tasula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reads like one long joke or comedy act. The Spellmans are a family of private investigators, with our narrator (Isabel or Izzie) being the child that went wrong. For example, in this book she is on her fourth arrest (this time for violating a restraining order). I usually have no patience for silly people who are always in trouble, but I found her amusing, sometimes LOL funny. And I loved Inspector Henry Stone.
Jen Warner
Dec 05, 2015 Jen Warner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh Izzy, Izzy, Izzy. You have to be really stubborn or hungry for the answers to get arrested four times in one month. That takes talent.

Just as funny as the first book, I enjoyed following Izzy as she sleuthed her way to the answers, trying to figure out what her neighbor is up to, why her father is taking yoga classes, and where her mom goes in the middle of the night. And as before, I enjoyed her sassy attitude and straight-forward insight. Looking forward to the next read.

If people really g
Aug 03, 2012 Lormac rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 09, 2011 Mayda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, humor
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
Jan 23, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 27, 2008 Jami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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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“If people really grew up, there would be no crime, no divorce, no Civil War'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” 58 likes
“I'm staying," Henry said, annoyed.


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