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The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
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Sep 04, 09

bookshelves: read-2009, first-in-series, x-set-in-usa-california, mystery-cozy, female-lead, humor-funny
Read in September, 2009

First of all, I must say that the Spellman's are serious nutjobs! If they were real people, they'd all be sharing a room at the local sanitarium. All of the family members are part of Spellman Investigationgs and it has gone to their heads. Instead of investigating real cases: they investigate each other, they tail each other, they break headlights and tailights on each others vehicles. It's totally nuts. Kind of like a "Three Stooges" episode.

When the narrative finally gets to the Snow case it becomes interesting and keeps you reading but the family hoopla gets aggravating real fast. I guess it's supposed to be funny - and it is - but it gets on your nerves quickly. The story is in the first person of 28 year old Isabel Spellman but it reads like a teenagers diary. Except for the youngest (14), all the characters are between 28 and 50 but they all act like teenage boys one upping each other. I enjoyed the Snow mystery but I certainly would not continue the series. One encounter with the Spellman's is enough for me.
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09/03/2009 page 1
09/03/2009 page 153 "kinda like reading a 15 yo's diary."

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