Trail of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz
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8 Critic Reviews

America’s most dysfunctional family of detectives...are up to their deerstalkers in another gaggle of featherweight cases.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

The fifth in the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling, Edgar Award-nominated series about a fearless private investigator Izzy Spellman and her quirky, yet endearing, family of sleuths: “Lie back and enjoy this tale of intergenerational gumshoe mayhem” (Kirkus Reviews).

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SPELLMAN HISTORY, Isabel Spellman, PI, might be the most normal member of her family. Mom has taken on an outrageous assortment of extracurricular activities—with no apparent motive. Dad has a secret. Izzy’s brother and sister are at war—for no apparent reason. And her niece keeps saying “banana” even though she hates bananas. That’s not to say that Izzy isn’t without her own troubles. Her boyfriend, Henry Stone, keeps wanting “to talk,” a prospect Isabel evades by going out with her new drinking buddy, none other than Gertrude Stone, Henry’s mother. Things aren’t any simpler on the business side of Spellman Investigations. First, Rae is hired to follow a girl, but then fakes the surveillance reports. Then a math professor hires Izzy to watch his immaculate apartment while he unravels like a bad formula. And as the questions pile up, Izzy won’t stop hunting for the answers—even when they threaten to shatter both the business and the family.
 

About Lisa Lutz

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Lisa Lutz is the New York Times-bestselling author of the Spellman comedic crime novels. Since 2007, the Spellman series has received Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity nominations, and each title has been a selection of the Indie Next List. Lutz lives in San Francisco. David Hayward is a writer and editor in Northern California. His poetry has won a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in Harper's and other magazines. Hayward has an MFA in poetry from the University of California at Irvine. This is his first novel.
 
Published February 28, 2012 by Simon & Schuster. 418 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Trail of the Spellmans
All: 8 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good
on Feb 15 2012

America’s most dysfunctional family of detectives...are up to their deerstalkers in another gaggle of featherweight cases.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jan 09 2012

Lutz’s dry, biting humor is in full force, yet there’s more than a hint of melancholy to be found in Izzy’s increasingly solitary pursuits.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
on Mar 09 2012

Lisa Lutz is a gem in the rough of mystery book authors; her Spellman series is up there with the late great Donald Westlake's Dortmunder series both in terms of quality and hilarity.

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Examiner

Below average
on Mar 11 2012

Trail of the Spellmans is a good story, but it's mostly about endings, and that's hard to make funny.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Mar 02 2012

...TRAIL OF THE SPELLMANS continues the legacy of the previous four installments of the series --- fresh, lively and consistently humorous.

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St. Louis Today

Good
on Mar 11 2012

Fans of the Spellmans are likely to say, "Hurrah!"...

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ReviewingtheEvidence.com

Above average

...a lighthearted bridge between the more fully developed plots that have preceded it, and the inevitable drama to come.

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I'd Rather Be Reading

Good
on May 01 2012

By this fifth installment of the Spellman family's misadventures, reading about Izzy's life is like curling up in front of a fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate. Never has dysfunction been so cozy.

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