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The Last Word (The Spellmans #6)

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The latest installment of the New York Times bestselling Spellman mysteries, finds private investigator Izzy Spellman on the verge of losing everything.

Isabel Spellman is used to being followed, extorted, and questioned—all occupational hazards of working at her family’s firm, Spellman Investigations. Her little sister, Rae, once tailed Izzy for weeks on end to discover th
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Published July 9th 2013 by Simon & Schuster
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Deb Yes. I took both out of the library, thinking I was getting the 5th and 6th in the series, only to find out they were the exact same book.

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Dan Schwent
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
When the parental unit goes on strike, Izzy finds that she's bitten off more than she can chew running Spellman Investigations but that is far from her only problem. Her friend and former client, Edward Slayter, has Alzheimers. Henry Stone wants to talk to her. Her brother keeps tricking her into spending time with her niece. And exactly what is a Conflict Resolution Specialist. Oh, and there's a little matter of embezzlement...

The Last Word is the sixth Spellman book published and the last to d
Oh, Izzy. I just want to give her a big hug, despite the fact that I know she'd feel awkward and stiff and try to pull away.

In The Last Word we find Isabel Spellman at her most vulnerable, confused, and messy. I always remember and recommend the Spellman books as being funny, which obviously they are, so I am surprised every time when they also make me cry. Isabel, who never tells us how she feels, tells us early on that news from Henry feels like "that time I stole my brother's LSAT prep book a
Lisa Vegan
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: read the 1st 5 books & then: all readers who enjoy quirky, funny, character driven novels
Lisa Lutz is becoming like Sue Grafton to me, as each new book feels like settling into a comfortable and familiar place, and in Lutz’s case, a really amusing one.

Unfortunately, Lisa no longer lives in San Francisco, but thankfully the Spellmans still do.

I wasn’t expecting that, on the 2nd to last page (do NOT look ahead!) but it makes 100% sense to me. By the way, speaking of not looking ahead: About 1/3 the way through the book I did read the appendix. After all, us readers keep getting invite
Running your own business is hard work. It can be made even more difficult if you have disgruntled employees. And it can be super, super difficult if those disgruntled employees are your parents...and one of them refuses to put on pants.

Izzy's "hostile" takeover of Spellman Investigations has not been going well. Besides the aforementioned barely clad parents, her other employees are all involved in "top secret" cases, and Izzy is clearly out of the loop.

Her sister, Rae, is now some sort of medi
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of quirky female detectives
As usual, Isabel Spellman is having a rough time. After staging a hostile takeover of the family business (previously described in book document #5), she’s discovering being the boss is harder than she thought. Her parents are protesting the new management (she’s lucky if her dad comes to work in pants); her newest employee is spending all her time on a personal vendetta; Rae refuses to report in on her cases; D., her employee of the month twelve months running seems to be lying about his resear ...more
Jul 15, 2013 rated it liked it
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Jul 14, 2013 rated it liked it
I love the Spellmans. I do. I love their dysfunction and their quirkiness and their snarky wit. I love the way they interact with people, especially each other. All of these things are predictable Spellman fare, and I like that I know exactly what I'm going to get when I pick up one of their installments.

But I also don't like it. The first in the series, The Spellman Files, was fresh, innovative, and downright hilarious at times, and the second and, to some extent, the third maintained this high
*Genre* Mystery and HiJinks
*Rating* 3-3.5


35 year old Private Investigator Isabel Spellman has her hands completely and utterly full in The Last Word. If you haven't yet read Trail of the Spellman's (Episode 5), I would suggest you go back and read it so that you understand the fallout from Isabel's hostile take over of Spellman Investigations and the implications it brings to the entire family.

As a summary, Isabel has been working for her parents (Albert & Olivia) Private Investiga
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I was looking forward to the release of this new volume! I must say that this is always the case for each of the volumes in this series. Indeed Lisa Lutz is a wonderful Mystery Thriller / Comedy writer. In this type of books I have two authors that I love, and Lisa Lutz is definitely one of them. Izzy and his crazy family are always a delight to follow and I love each second!

I admit that the first thing that came to my mind when starting this book is my grea
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
I have been lying to all of you for years. Actually, I have been repeating that same lie to family, friends, even strangers on the street. I have even been lying to myself (though that's really easy to do because it turns out I'm pretty gullible when it comes to things that I say in my own head). The lie: Jim Butcher's "Dresden Files" book is my current favorite of all the series that I try to keep up with. The thing is, it was true at one point, but the truth is a transitory thing and I did not ...more
Jul 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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Lorri Steinbacher
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Read this in prepub. I love me some Spellmans. This Spellman installment is very much like the others, which is NOT a bad thing. It has everything you expect from a Spellman adventure: snappy dialogue, characters who are clearly characters yet somehow manage to be simultaneously believably likable and unlikable, no one is communicating directly with anyone else, misadventure ensues. It's a good formula. These characters feel like wacky friends: you like to visit with them but take a deep breath ...more
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the Spellmans! I've been reading their adventures since Lisa Lutz wrote the first one. I hope she continues to chronicle this family of detectives.....Mom, Dad, the snarky Isabel (who narrates the stories), her older brother, David and her younger sister, Rae. They are all quite eccentric but entertaining. I see myself as a little bit of a Rae and a little bit of an Isabel. I enjoy the relationship between them and the rest of the family, not to mention Izzy's relationship with her niece, ...more
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I thought it fitting to read this book whilst enjoying a last hurrah of summer 2013. The Spellmans kept me entertained through parts of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana. And as our vacation has now come to an end so has the Spellman adventures. Bittersweet.

Thanks you, Lisa Lutz. Your farcical and sly books are dear to my heart. I adore their pacing, their nuance, and most importantly their footnotes.

Izzy Spellman.
Best anti-heroine, EVER.
❂ Jennifer
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I both loved this book and was gutted by how many things ended. But as usual I loved the humour and I lived for the footnotes. How many books can you say that about?

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Allison Campbell
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing

This is really a love letter to the entire Izzy Spellman series, which began with THE SPELLMAN FILES. Start there. Don’t start here. THE LAST WORD may actually be the last word Lutz gives us about Izzy and her dysfunctional family of private investigators, and it’s been a long, crazy ride. Izzy’s growth and development are not to be missed. So if your interest is piqued by the following snippets, go read THE SPELLMAN FILES. I tend to recommend this series
Melanie Greene
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it

I've mentioned Lutz's Spellman series before, because: sharp, fun, kooky but not too kooky, and Izzy is great. So I'm sure you all have been avidly following the series, and are ready to bemoan along with me that this looks like the end of Izzy Spellman. Which certainly wouldn't bother her parents, who are engaged in a most hilarious passive resistance campaign against her takeover of the family PI firm. (I shudder to think how I'd have managed moving up i
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who wants a good laugh
Shelves: signed-by-author
I absolutely love the Spellman series by Lisa Lutz and this one, while a little slow to start with the humor, did not disappoint.

I am seriously hoping that "The Last Word" is not the end of the series, but I have a sneaky suspicion that the next few books in the series will be told by Rae instead of Izzy (the younger sister rather than the older sister). Just a hunch, no proof.

I would recommend this whole series of books. This is one seriously dysfunctional family of private investigators. When
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
One of the constant battles in The Spellman Files has been Izzy's struggle with maturity and responsibility -- there are people who just don't grow up, who are locked into an eternal childhood. And then there are people like Izzy who have waged war on their impending adulthood. Her struggles are at times as trying to the reader as they are for those closest to her -- friends/family/boyfriends -- but primarily they amuse us (this is due to the skill of the Lutz more than Izzy's inherent charm). T ...more
Paul Pessolano
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
“The Last Word” by Lisa Lutz, published by Simon & Schuster.

Category – Mystery/Comedy Publication Date – July 9, 2013

“The Last Word” is the continuing saga of Spellman Investigations. Spellman Investigations is now being run by Isabel who just recently became the CEO and CFO by a hostile takeover. Obviously, this takeover is a sore spot with the remaining Spellman family and Mom, Dad, and Rae are involved in a work slow down/stoppage program that is designed to bring Isabel back to her sense
Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-s-t, 2013
How do I love the Spellmans? Let me count the ways

1. Izzy- Isabel Spell,an is everything I could ask for in a main character. She's funny. She's great at what she does. She's relatable, seriously. How many times have you ever wanted to just sneak out a window whenever you saw an ex? Although frankly, this document had much less defenestration than I like.

2. Morgan Freeman. That is all.

3. The side characters- ex cons, ex clients, bar tenders, gamblers, senile old people, a dentist. Every additi
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I want to know most is The Last Word really The Last Word? It seemed to wrap up pretty neatly and I know from seeing Lisa in author interviews that she is really tired of writing the Spellmans but hey, a girl has to eat and she keeps churning them out.
The key to really enjoying this series is to pull them out at the right time. In this case, I just had oral surgery to extract a wisdom tooth this past Friday and I needed something I could read between long, drug induced naps. Something that
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Will not be starring this because I am having trouble finishing however, getting 37% of the way in? I'd give it a 3.7 so far. It can only get better.

I hate to do this but I have to stop here. The ARC that I have is very wonky and hard to follow (formatting wise) HOWEVER, what I managed to read and parse out so far I really enjoyed.

There's a mystery afoot at Spellman Investigations coupled with a mutiny. Izzy's personal life is being filled with 'things she'd never do' and Henry wants closure. Sh
Valerie Zink
May 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
I so rarely only give one star, and I am beyond disappointed that this is what I am giving this book.

I love, love, love the Spellman series as a whole, but this book makes no sense. It is no longer funny and clever. Isabel is not evolving at all. Why she and Henry were broken up in the first place is STILL a mystery to me, but then what Lutz threw in with this one....what?

The book is extremely depressing and pointless. I am going to have to put Lutz under the category of "gone on too, long, plea
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Somewhat less entertaining than the other Spellman books, but still fun to read. Rae is all grown, so her antics are less amusing now. The elder Spellmans are having some problems, and the business is on the rocks. Not very funny material, but very realistic. Isabel is still one of the most interesting and complicated female characters I've read in American genre fiction, and you always root for her, no matter what she's up to, because she is so real.
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard to believe this is the sixth installment in the Spellman series. The Spellmans are as dysfunctional and quirky as ever. I love the endearing characters and their humor. It would be nice to see Izzy figure out what she really wants to do, and whether she truly grows up, but if this is the last in the series, I'm ok with that.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another fun book but I am surprised by the life threatening, and sometimes taking, diseases she bestows on her characters. That part is less fun.
Still, cannot wait to read the next book of the series.
Lauren Fidler

how am i the only person to really, really dislike this book?

the last two spellman "documents" have been incredibly grating. the tone from the originals is entirely gone and the attributes i disliked so heartily from the first books seem magnified here.

let's get down to brass tacks, shall we? here, there be spoilers. consider yourselves warned.

last words:

1. henry: WHAT DID HENRY EVER DO TO YOU, LUTZ??? it's like she had to try to come up with a way to make henry so unlikable t
Aug 02, 2013 rated it liked it

Isabel Spellman, PI, returns in her 6th book in a series which I call “The Spellman Chronicles.” And it picks up where Trail of the Spellmans left off – and that is Izzy’s sudden promotion to owner and manager of the Spellman Investigations. But things just aren’t going well for Izzy as the family decides to boycott work due to the “hostile takeover” but even more to Izzy’s lack of management skills.

Mother Olivia and father Albert spend all their time either in their bedroom, kitchen or off on s
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Spellmans (6 books)
  • The Spellman Files (The Spellmans, #1)
  • Curse of the Spellmans (The Spellmans, #2)
  • Revenge of the Spellmans (The Spellmans, #3)
  • The Spellmans Strike Again (The Spellmans, #4)
  • Trail of the Spellmans (The Spellmans, #5)
“I was thinking what everyone is thinking all of the time: How can I make this last just a little bit longer?” 9 likes
“Finally, I'd like to thank my readers for staying with me all these years. I especially want to thank the ones who understand that the world isn't made up of happy endings, but messy, complicated, and untidy ones.” 6 likes
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