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The Spellmans Strike Again (The Spellmans #4)

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The uproariousfourth and final installment in this New York Times bestselling, Edgar- and Macavity-nominated series about a kooky detective family. ...more
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Dan Schwent
Mar 09, 2015 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
As Izzy tries to dig up dirt on rival PI Rick Harkey, her mother obsessively sets her up on dates with lawyers. But why do Izzy's parents kick everyone out of the house on Wednesdays? And why are fixtures and doorknobs disappearing from the Spellman house? And what's with David and the mystery blonde, or Rae and her new boyfriend?

The family of dysfunctional detectives is back in their fourth, and what would seem final if I didn't know it wasn't the last book, outing. Some series hit the skids ar
Sep 04, 2010 Jami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I heart The Spellman Files books and have been completely enamored since book one. I make no apologies for giving this fourth book in the series five enthusiastic stars because I pretty much think anything Lisa Lutz writes is pure genius. For some reason, her writing style really clicks with me.

This book, like its predecessors, was witty, hilarious, clever, and managed to have great relationships without getting sappy or sloppy. The mystery of the book is always a nice twist, but I always feel
Kate Coombs
Apr 01, 2010 Kate Coombs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever shared a book you really loved with a friend because you thought they were the right personality/mind to appreciate it, and you were thinking, They'd better like it, because it's SO, SO GOOD!? Yeah, me too.

I opened my door a few minutes ago to just such a friend, to whom I had loaned all four of Lisa Lutz's Spellman books. My highly educated, articulate neighbor stood on the front porch sort of stammering. I will try to recreate approximately what she said: "I, I just LOVE the Spel
Alisha Marie
I'm going to start off by saying that I love books. I mean all types of books (maybe except for romance, but that's a whole other topic). Every once in a while you will read a book that will just be like nothing you ever read before. A book which you will herald as your favorite literary masterpiece. The types of books that when you tell your friends you read it, they will look at you in amazement and say "Wait, you didn't just read it, but you actually enjoyed it? You complete and utter freak!" ...more
Tim Chamberlain
Aug 25, 2010 Tim Chamberlain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written for the KAZI Book Review (

Anyone with a taste for fast-paced, funny fiction with an authentic feel will enjoy Lisa Lutz’s latest novel, The Spellmans Strike Back.

For anyone not acquainted with the Spellmans, they are a dysfunctional family of San Francisco PIs that are as likely to be spying on each other as they are to be on a paying job. The novel is set up as a “document” written by Isabel Spellman, the thirty-something middle child of the Spellma
Apr 02, 2010 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, funny, bayarea
I love the Spellmans. Why I can't get more people on board with this series, I don't know....Maybe it is because when I tell people about these books, our main character Izzy doesn't sound too good - immature, interfering, drinks too much, has been arrested and jailed several times, spies on her nearest and dearest, thinks of her romantic interests as "current ex-boyfriends", and her best friend is an octogenarian.

Yet she is oddly endearing. First of all, her and her quirky family members are l
May 09, 2016 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this audiobook! It was humorous, witty, clever and very entertaining.
Paula  Phillips
Dec 16, 2011 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are like me and love light-hearted and fun mystery novels, then Lisa Lutz's series "The Spellman Files" are definitely books that should be found in your dark alleys of the reader's corner. According to other reviewers, if you like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series then this is something similar , for me I'm just starting on the Stephanie Plum books as I got Book #1 One for Money out of the library. The Spellman family consist of Olivia and Albert Spellman (Mum and Dad) , Children - ...more
Apr 16, 2010 Chantale rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
The date I 'finished' the book is the day I gave up on it and the series. I got to page 116. Revenge of the Spellmans was bad, Curse of the Spellmans was worse, this book is terrible. This series is declining.

The format for the second title in the series changed and it was awful, they changed it a little in the next titles but the first book was the best for format, plot, characterization. How sad, this series had such potential.

The reference to previous 'documents' (Spellman books) gets annoy
Sep 17, 2010 Jlaurenmc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lisa Lutz first introduced Isabel Spellman and lunatic-ridden family in her 2007 debut novel The Spellman Files. The Spellmans run a family-owned private investigation agency in San Francisco, but they are far from your typical small family business owners. They are each other's worst nightmare. In fact, they spend almost as much time spying on one another as they spend conducting investigations for paying customers. Izzy, the narrator, is the thirty-something middle child who never grew up -- o ...more
Jun 08, 2010 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In San Francisco, thirtyish Isabel Spellman knows the family rules rule having broken all of them at one time or another, but now she grooms herself to take over Spellman Investigations from her retiring parents Albert and Olivia. Her older brother David is downsized corporate America lawyer and her other sibling is simply Rae, no description necessary beyond she is seventeen.

Currently, in spite of the DNA, Isabel learns one rule of private sleuthing is tediousness. Accompanied by her friend Le
Lisa Vegan
Apr 03, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those with a warped sense of humor who love to laugh (read the first 3 books first!)
I don’t often say this about series books, but this fourth book was the best and most hilarious book of the four, and that says a lot coming from me, as the first three books received 5 stars each from me as well.

This book, more than any other, makes me wish I had a humor shelf at Goodreads, but I don’t want my (1) lifechanging book knocked off my profile page, so humorless I will remain.

Absolutely hilarious. I found myself laughing out loud so many times, sometimes uncontrollably laughing again
Apr 03, 2010 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm just going to say it right out--I'm in love with Lisa Lutz's books about the Spellman family. I enjoyed the first three and Isabel is right--you need to read them in order to enjoy the full flavor of the stories as they unfold. These books are like sitting around the dining table after a family meal and playing the "remember when" game. You can only appreciate each of the characters when you have seen their stories evolve in these hysterical novels. Lisa, in the name of all things holy, keep ...more
While an enjoyable listen, I did not find this entry quite as over the top as the previous books. The actual PI plot lines all seemed fairly realistic though there were still plenty of comic moments and family dysfunction. Listened to the audio version which was narrated by Christina Moore who handled all the various characters' voices well.
Mar 30, 2010 Susie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I feel like I should crack a beer and toast a friend that is leaving me. That's how profoundly sad it makes me to think that this book is the last in the series. I have laughed until I cried or my husband hit in the face with a pillow and told me to shut-up with some of her narrative and adventures with Isabelle Spellman. I wanted to be a part of the dyfuntional family meals and go to the bar with her.

Obviously this isn't deep reading material. You can see that from all of the other reviews. But
Jul 02, 2012 Cécile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Encore une fois un excellent moment.
Je ne résiste pas à cette famille déjantée où tout le monde enquête sur tout le monde, où les uns font du chantage aux autres, où certains font pression et imposent leur idées, où les autres subissent.
Des personnages haut en couleurs, des enquêtes trop bizzares, des situations et des reflexions qui me font toujours autant rire.
Mention spéciale pour les personnages "secondaires" comme Henry, Fred, Maggie et Morty qui sont si différents mais qui ont tous des r
Jun 09, 2011 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love, love, love the Spellman family. They are so witty and weird and fasciniating. I hope this isn't the last in the series and that this author keeps going with it. This wasn't my favorite of the series, but still is great, so it is probably more like 4 stars, but because of the awesome characters it gets 5 :)
Jun 18, 2010 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction

Lisa Lutz is a dialogue genius. Fo shizzle.

Seriously, she makes me LOL with her farcical series about a family of detectives. Her footnotes are charming and her "calls from the edge" with Morty are RICH. Read all of them.

I heart you, Lisa Lutz.
Jan 02, 2015 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
Izzy narratives the story as usual. The cast is great. The backstory is again in footnotes so it is easier to follow if you have read the previous books. Izzy is growing up and Rae's antics are no longer funny. Besides Rae Izzy is being blackmailed by her Mother, door knobs and light fixtures in the Spellman house are disappearing, Conner, Bernie and Henry meet up. Morty is returning to San Francisco and Izzy is determined to take down Harkey. I spent a lot of the time reading laughing. I ready ...more
May 10, 2010 Kris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 30, 2016 Maddy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tops, 2010-reads
PROTAGONIST: Isabel "Izzy" Spellman
SETTING: San Francisco
SERIES: #4 of 4
RATING: 4.75

It’s highly unlikely that the average person could relate to the Spellman family. They are a very eccentric group, to say the least. The parents have an established PI firm, which is ultimately going to be run by their oldest daughter, Isabel (“Izzy”) who at the age of thirty-two is finally showing some signs of maturing. Their son, David, appears to be a normal person. Their youngest daughter, Rae, is an extreme
May 01, 2010 Monie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this fourth and final installment in the Spellman series, Izzy Spellman is right smack in the middle of some of her wackiest adventures yet. Because her mom still holds Prom Night 1994 over her she has to agree to go on 20 blind dates with a different lawyer each time. This is because her mom cannot stand her dating Connor, otherwise known as ex-boyfriend #12. Her best friend Morty calls weekly from Florida with nothing but gripes. One of her cases involves her hiring her good friend Len, to ...more
Apr 02, 2010 Marlyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Izzy is now 32, which according to everyone else, means she is an adult, and should probably start acting like one. So, she finally agrees to take over the family business.

This means that she has to buy some grown-up clothes so that she can meet with clients, like the eccentric millionaire Franklin Winslow, whose butler is missing.

But mostly, it's business as usual in her life. Her mother is trying to break up the relationship between Izzy and her Irish bartender boyfriend.

Her younger sister,
Jan 08, 2011 Frances rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for books that were on the lighter side to read over the holidays and this was perfect. I read the first two books in the series a couple years ago (The Spellman Files and Curse of the Spellmans). Now over the past few weeks, I finished the third book (Revenge of the Spellmans) and this one, the last in the series. They are so HILARIOUS. Many times I was laughing out loud. The Spellmans are a family of Private Investigators who seem to spend more time spying on eachother than worki ...more
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
Review to come! Also I don't want it over! (Though great ending)

The Spellman Clan is no longer at war... they are now bonding... there have already been two camping trips... in fact an all out family brawl might improve the situation and stop the exposure to the great outdoors and what passes for food at the Sunday night dinners... But work continues apace and aside from the fact, that with her boyfriend Connor's grudging acquiescence, Izzy is dating lawyers to keep her mom quite about an incide
I am practically obsessed with this series.

I think the thing I love most about this series, is that while some of the situations are ridiculous (but hilarious) the author tackles serious and realistic issues at the same time.

I was very sad about the ending of this book. Actually I think it was bittersweet, the author gave me what I wanted but took away something I loved. No Spoilers here I promise.

I love the Spellman's and I can't wait to get to the library on Thursday to check out the next b
CJ -Doctor can you help me, 'cause somethin' don't feel right
I absolutely adore the Spellman's. I do. In another world I could be a less criminal Izzy. I guess what I'm saying is that I can relate to her, though her actions are a little more self-destructive than mine. However, she is learning and growing and yet, still as hilariously irreverent as per usual.

This book, though it is regrettably the last, ended on just the right note. As with every Spellman ending there is a some sweet with the bitter and while there is no happily ever after for everything,
May 19, 2010 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Argh, just spent ages typing in a review... And the mobile app of goodreads ignored it and now it's gone!

Ok, new (worse) attempt:

In this 4th installment of the Spellmans, everything comes together perfectly--writing, plot, characters, etc. Which is why I was so horrified to read on goodreads that this is the last book in the series.

The Spellman books are hard to fit into current genre definitions. They're sort of mysteries, but written like screenplays (no surprise that the 1st book has been opt
Oct 10, 2012 Chanpreet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started this book at about 1 am this morning and finished it at 3:30 am. I loved it. The book is amazing. It's funny and irreverent, yet serious at the same time. Isabel is in fine form and you can tell in this book that she's really grown into herself and started becoming an "adult."

Frankly, I think Lisa Lutz is getting better with every book she writes, and while I'm sure I'll be blown away by the latest Spellman book, I do hope she keeps writing them. *SPOILER* I love Morty. The relationsh
Dec 08, 2015 Chelsea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My husband recommended these books and suggested I stop here because the fifth book didn't have the same oomph. I found myself avoiding reading (even though I wanted to tear through it) because I didn't want to have to say goodbye to Izzy. However, I can say that I liked where this book left everyone and I can be happy not getting more.
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The Spellmans (6 books)
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  • Curse of the Spellmans (The Spellmans, #2)
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