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The Spellmans Strike Again by Lisa Lutz
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May 07, 2010

really liked it
Read in March, 2010

** spoiler alert ** At the age of thirty-two, Isabel "Izzy" Spellman has finally agreed to take over the family business. First among her priorities as head of Spellman Investigations is to dig up some dirt on the competition, slippery ex-cop Rick Harkey--a task she may enjoy a little too much. Next, faced with a baffling missing-persons case at the home of an aging millionaire, Izzy hires an actor friend, Len, to infiltrate the mansion as an undercover butler--a role he may enjoy a little much. Meanwhile, Izzy is being blackmailed by her mother (photographic evidence of Prom Night 1994) to commit to regular blind dates with promising professionals--an arrangement that doesn't thrill Connor, an Irish bartender on the brink of becoming Ex-boyfriend #12.

At Spellman headquarters, it's business as unusual. Doorknobs and light fixtures are disappearing every day, Mom's been spotted crying in the pantry, and a series of increasingly demanding Spellman Rules (Rule #27: No Speaking Today) can't quite hold the family together. Izzy also has to decipher weekly "phone calls from the edge" from her octogenarian lawyer, Morty, as well as Detective Henry Stone's mysterious interest in rekindling their relationship...well, whatever it was. Just when it looks like things can't go more haywire, little sister Rae's internship researching pro bono legal cases leads the youngest Spellman to launch a grassroots campaign that could spring an innocent man from jail--or land Rae in it. The Spellmans Strike Again is hands down the most hilarious, thrilling, and moving book in this bestselling, award-nominated series. And it proves beyond a reasonable doubt that Isabel Spellman, no matter how much she matures, will never be able to follow Rule #1: Act Normal.

** Izzy is able to force Rick Harkey to retire after she dug up some dirt on his previous cases when he was a cop. It seems he was a 'bad' cop and Merriweather may not be the only innocent man to be sent to prison by his hand.

** The missing butler, Mason Graves, was serving time. We find that he is a caretaker to a disabled brother. His mother, Elizabeth Enright and housekeeper to Franklin Winslow managed in his absence and tried to hide where Mason Graves was (on vacation). Mason was replaced by Arthur Hawkins. Len and Christopher the moved to New York.

** Rae did free Schmidt from prison while undergoing her own penance for locking Izzy in the file room overnight. She was accepted to Yale and Berkley and attended prom with Fred.

** Morty moved back to San Francisco and died four months later of cancer.
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