Nevada Barr’s mysteries have a wonderful sense of melancholy that makes them particularly interesting compared to many other mystery series. It’s one...moreNevada Barr’s mysteries have a wonderful sense of melancholy that makes them particularly interesting compared to many other mystery series. It’s one of the few series that I’m not behind on and that I’ve now read all the published so far books.
I’ve learned so much about various national parks (the main character is a national park ranger and each story takes place in a different national park) and this particular (Big Bend) park hadn’t been written about before and it’s a park I found especially fascinating. It’s in Texas with a river that has the country of Mexico on the other side.
I really love maps and the national park maps that are in this book and all the books in this series are interesting and educational, but for the first time I noticed the story didn’t follow the map. At one point it said they were headed to the east but their destination was to the west. As someone who frequently peruses maps as I read books containing them, this was disappointing.
Except for that relatively minor distraction, this was one of my very favorite books in the series. Nothing can quite match the first unique book Track of the Cat, but Anna Pigeon has grown and changed and I’ve liked her more and more as these books progress, so overall I actually enjoy the later books more than the earlier ones.
It is very important to read these in order and of course, as usual, I think they should all be read. It’s worth it to read the other 14 books to get to this one, and I’m looking forward to book # 16 in the series.
I read a lot of mysteries and I’m used to the formulas, especially of those authors I know well, so it says quite a bit that I was probably 5/6 into this book before I figured out the crux of this mystery, and I did still enjoy the whole book. It had a lovely and worthwhile ending. (less)
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;...moreI 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 Izzy/Isabel Spellman (who tells the story) and Rae (her teenage sister) and David (her brother) and Albert and Olivia (her father and mother.) Other wonderful characters also returning in this book are Henry, Morty, Milo, and Petra. Some new interesting characters were also introduced including Maggie and Connor, although I hope Henry has much more of a role in future books in this series, and I hope that Lisa Lutz writes many more Spellman books.
This book starts with Izzy in court ordered psychotherapy and that therapy was a really fun part of the plot. I loved how in this book the three Spellman “children” grow and change. They’re all very endearing; all the characters are. Lisa Lutz has a knack for creating characters that are both lovable and over the top outrageous, and they’re certainly very memorable.
Maybe you have to have a warped sense of humor to enjoy the Spellmans, and I do, but I wholeheartedly recommend these incredibly creative books. I’m a stickler for reading series books in order and this series is no exception. There had better be a book #4; I will be desperately looking for the next installment. I must say that I feel jealous of those readers who have yet to read these books and will be reading them for their first time. (less)
This is the second in a series. The first book was The Spellman Files and even though they’re each stand alone books I highly recommend reading them i...moreThis is the second in a series. The first book was The Spellman Files and even though they’re each stand alone books I highly recommend reading them in order. Of course, I feel that way about all series books. There’s a third book coming out soon that I plan to read: Revenge of the Spellmans.
I correctly guessed all of the the "mysteries" in this one but it really didn’t matter. This is a very funny and entertaining mystery about a delightfully dysfunctional family. It’s pure entertainment and I found it very enjoyable and amusing. (less)