The Spellmans Strike Again (2020)

The Spellmans Strike Again Lisa Lutz The Spellmans Strike Again At the ripe old age of thirty two former wild child Isabel Izzy Spellman has finally agreed to take over the family business And the transition won t be a smooth one First among her priorities as hea
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  • Author: Lisa Lutz
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The Spellmans Strike Again Lisa Lutz At the ripe old age of thirty two, former wild child Isabel Izzy Spellman has finally agreed to take over the family business And the transition won t be a smooth one 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 miAt the ripe old age of thirty two, former wild child Isabel Izzy Spellman has finally agreed to take over the family business And the transition won t be a smooth one 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 relationshwell, whatever it was Just when it looks like things can t go 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 Explore the reading group guide for The Spellmans Strike Again A Conversation with Author Lisa LutzQ What was the inspiration behind the Spellman family Was the series originally supposed to be about Isabel or did you always plan on writing about a family of sleuths A I first envisioned the Spellmans over seven years ago And if memory serves me, which it rarely does, the entire cast of characters sort of came to me over a short period of time The germ of the idea was always to write about a family of private investigators and how the nature of the business affected their family life I knew that if the parents were spying on their children, they d need a motivation That s when Isabel s character took form I figured a history of rebellion would keep the parental unit constantly on watch.Q Isabel has an interesting relationship with her family, to say the least Do her experiences represent any of your experiences with your parents siblings Or are you guys relatively normal A I wouldn t say that my family is normal I m not sure how many of those are left But the Spellmans are pure fiction They do not in any way represent my family or my familial experience.Q Which of your characters do you feel has matured the most over the course of the series Do you think any of them have regressed A Isabel has matured the most She had the furthest to go The rest of them go through phases of regression, depending on the book But that has always seemed to me to be normal development People don t move in straight lines.Q Have you ever had any prom night shenanigans like Isabel did We won t tell anyone, we promise A There was an incident the night before graduation that I was involved in So was some toilet paper I m afraid I was nowhere near as delinquently creative as Isabel.Q In each book in the Spellman series, you ve denounced the myth that stakeouts are fun or exciting You make them seem like tedious, time consuming work Have you ever been on one yourself Are they as bad as you make them seem A I was on a few surveillance jobs as part of a big team I would be the person to follow the subject on foot when the need arose But most of the time, we were sitting in a car doing nothing Generally surveillance is a solo activity How exciting can sitting alone in a car for hours on end be Q Where did you get the idea to put the footnotes at the bottom of the pages Was it only meant to happen once or twice and you just started having too much fun A That s pretty much how it happened When I was describing Get Smart, it was too easy to add a funny detail about an episode or character And it required very little effort I also liked the idea of Isabel adding commentary to what was already essentially her commentary.Q You instruct readers that if they haven t seen Blazing Saddles, High Anxiety and Young Frankenstein, they are to immediately run, not walk, to your local video store Are you big fans of these movies What is your favorite movie and why A I am a huge Mel Brooks fan And I do think that not seeing his canon of classics is a bit criminal or clueless I could never really choose a favorite book, but whenever I m asked what my favorite movie is I always say Withnail I, a British film from 1987 It s funny and sad and absolutely gorgeous to look at It s the film I can watch over and over again.Q Throughout the Spellman series, you ve also mentioned a number of TV shows that Isabel is a fan of Get Smart, The Wire, Doctor Who Are you a big fan of these shows as well Did you intend to incorporate so many pop culture references into your book or did it just turn out that way A I love The Wire I can t think of a television show that I think is superior to it in any way I was obsessed with it from the moment it came on the air I do also love Doctor Who and Get Smart As I ve said before, you can learn a lot from a person s choice of entertainment That s part of the reason for pop culture references in the books But it s also because in real life we reference these things all the time Far than most books indicate It just seems to be a fair reflection of reality.Q Why did you decide to reignite the romance between Henry and Isabel Was there ever a different ending to the book where they parted ways Did you always think they were meant to be together from the moment he was introduced in The Spellman Files A When I first wrote The Spellman Files, I had no idea that Henry Stone would turn out so interesting He was a small character in the first book But I didn t want him to read as flat So as I tried to flesh out his character, he took on a life of his own, and his various relationships with the Spellmans happened organically I ve written the relationship between Henry and Isabel as I ve gone along There was never a master plan I just wrote what felt right.Q What s next for you Are there Spellman adventures to come A I just completed my first non Spellman book, which was very exciting, and now I m ready to come back to them So I suspect there will be a return of the Spellmans in the not too distant future.
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  1. Dan Schwent

    As Izzy tries to dig up dirt on rival PI Rick Harkey, her mother obsessively sets her up on dates with lawyers But why do Izzy s parents kick everyone out of the house on Wednesdays And why are fixtures and doorknobs disappearing from the Spellman house And what s with David and the mystery blonde, or Rae and her new boyfriend The family of dysfunctional detectives is back in their fourth, and what would seem final if I didn t know it wasn t the last book, outing Some series hit the skids around [...]

  2. Jami

    I heart The Spellman Files books and have been completely enad since book one I make no apologies for giving this fourth book in the series five enthusiastic stars because I pretty much think anything Lisa Lutz writes is pure genius For some reason, her writing style really clicks with me This book, like its predecessors, was witty, hilarious, clever, and managed to have great relationships without getting sappy or sloppy The mystery of the book is always a nice twist, but I always feel like the [...]

  3. Kate Coombs

    Have you ever shared a book you really loved with a friend because you thought they were the right personality mind to appreciate it, and you were thinking, They d better like it, because it s SO, SO GOOD Yeah, me too.I opened my door a few minutes ago to just such a friend, to whom I had loaned all four of Lisa Lutz s Spellman books My highly educated, articulate neighbor stood on the front porch sort of stammering I will try to recreate approximately what she said I, I just LOVE the Spellmans [...]

  4. Alisha Marie

    I m going to start off by saying that I love books I mean all types of books maybe except for romance, but that s a whole other topic Every once in a while you will read a book that will just be like nothing you ever read before A book which you will herald as your favorite literary masterpiece The types of books that when you tell your friends you read it, they will look at you in amazement and say Wait, you didn t just read it, but you actually enjoyed it You complete and utter freak The type [...]

  5. Daniel Sevitt

    The spell may finally be broken at the end of this 4th Spellman book Still funny, still entertaining but getting a little self referential and repetitive Of course I ll go on to read the last two, because that how I roll, but I m not sure there s a way back from this.

  6. Tim Chamberlain

    Written for the KAZI Book Review kazibookreview.wordpress Anyone with a taste for fast paced, funny fiction with an authentic feel will enjoy Lisa Lutz s latest novel, The Spellmans Strike Back.For anyone not acquainted with the Spellmans, they are a dysfunctional family of San Francisco PIs that are as likely to be spying on each other as they are to be on a paying job The novel is set up as a document written by Isabel Spellman, the thirty something middle child of the Spellman clan, chronicli [...]

  7. Brenda

    I love the Spellmans Why I can t get people on board with this series, I don t know.Maybe it is because when I tell people about these books, our main character Izzy doesn t sound too good immature, interfering, drinks too much, has been arrested and jailed several times, spies on her nearest and dearest, thinks of her romantic interests as current ex boyfriends , and her best friend is an octogenarian Yet she is oddly endearing First of all, her and her quirky family members are laugh out loud [...]

  8. Jlaurenmc

    Lisa Lutz first introduced Isabel Spellman and lunatic ridden family in her 2007 debut novel The Spellman Files The Spellmans run a family owned private investigation agency in San Francisco, but they are far from your typical small family business owners They are each other s worst nightmare In fact, they spend almost as much time spying on one another as they spend conducting investigations for paying customers Izzy, the narrator, is the thirty something middle child who never grew up or, at l [...]

  9. Lisa Vegan

    I don t often say this about series books, but this fourth book was the best and most hilarious book of the four, and that says a lot coming from me, as the first three books received 5 stars each from me as well.This book, than any other, makes me wish I had a humor shelf at , but I don t want my 1 lifechanging book knocked off my profile page, so humorless I will remain.Absolutely hilarious I found myself laughing out loud so many times, sometimes uncontrollably laughing again a page or two o [...]

  10. Rhonda

    In San Francisco, thirtyish Isabel Spellman knows the family rules rule having broken all of them at one time or another, but now she grooms herself to take over Spellman Investigations from her retiring parents Albert and Olivia Her older brother David is downsized corporate America lawyer and her other sibling is simply Rae, no description necessary beyond she is seventeen Currently, in spite of the DNA, Isabel learns one rule of private sleuthing is tediousness Accompanied by her friend Len W [...]

  11. PaulaPhillips

    If you are like me and love light hearted and fun mystery novels, then Lisa Lutz s series The Spellman Files are definitely books that should be found in your dark alleys of the reader s corner According to other reviewers, if you like Janet Evanovich s Stephanie Plum series then this is something similar , for me I m just starting on the Stephanie Plum books as I got Book 1 One for Money out of the library The Spellman family consist of Olivia and Albert Spellman Mum and Dad , Children David, I [...]

  12. Chantale

    The date I finished the book is the day I gave up on it and the series I got to page 116 Revenge of the Spellmans was bad, Curse of the Spellmans was worse, this book is terrible This series is declining The format for the second title in the series changed and it was awful, they changed it a little in the next titles but the first book was the best for format, plot, characterization How sad, this series had such potential The reference to previous documents Spellman books gets annoying The rela [...]

  13. Judy

    I m just going to say it right out I m in love with Lisa Lutz s books about the Spellman family I enjoyed the first three and Isabel is right you need to read them in order to enjoy the full flavor of the stories as they unfold These books are like sitting around the dining table after a family meal and playing the remember when game You can only appreciate each of the characters when you have seen their stories evolve in these hysterical novels Lisa, in the name of all things holy, keep these b [...]

  14. Mburrows

    This was the best Spellman book yet I loved it so much This family is truly crazy I want to be their best friend.

  15. Susie

    I feel like I should crack a beer and toast a friend that is leaving me That s how profoundly sad it makes me to think that this book is the last in the series I have laughed until I cried or my husband hit in the face with a pillow and told me to shut up with some of her narrative and adventures with Isabelle Spellman I wanted to be a part of the dyfuntional family meals and go to the bar with her.Obviously this isn t deep reading material You can see that from all of the other reviews But when [...]

  16. Cécile

    Encore une fois un excellent moment.Je ne r siste pas cette famille d jant e o tout le monde enqu te sur tout le monde, o les uns font du chantage aux autres, o certains font pression et imposent leur id es, o les autres subissent Des personnages haut en couleurs, des enqu tes trop bizzares, des situations et des reflexions qui me font toujours autant rire Mention sp ciale pour les personnages secondaires comme Henry, Fred, Maggie et Morty qui sont si diff rents mais qui ont tous des reflexions [...]

  17. Amber

    I just love, love, love the Spellman family They are so witty and weird and fasciniating I hope this isn t the last in the series and that this author keeps going with it This wasn t my favorite of the series, but still is great, so it is probably like 4 stars, but because of the awesome characters it gets 5

  18. Elizabeth

    Lisa Lutz is a dialogue genius Fo shizzle Seriously, she makes me LOL with her farcical series about a family of detectives Her footnotes are charming and her calls from the edge with Morty are RICH Read all of them I heart you, Lisa Lutz.

  19. Taylor P

    The fourth Spellman novel is the best one so far The mysteries involved are all intriguing and get resolved in satisfying and occasionally unexpected ways The character development is impressively well handled on multiple fronts Several romantic storylines come to happy conclusions There is pathos and a hint of grandeur in the novel s closing chapters Overall, these books are all immensely pleasurable reads, but Strike Again fires most successfully on all cylinders Here s hoping the fifth one in [...]

  20. Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)

    Review to come Also I don t want it over Though great ending The Spellman Clan is no longer at war they are now bonding there have already been two camping trips in fact an all out family brawl might improve the situation and stop the exposure to the great outdoors and what passes for food at the Sunday night dinners But work continues apace and aside from the fact, that with her boyfriend Connor s grudging acquiescence, Izzy is dating lawyers to keep her mom quite about an incident at Prom, thi [...]

  21. Maddy

    PROTAGONIST Isabel Izzy SpellmanSETTING San FranciscoSERIES 4 of 4RATING 4.75It s highly unlikely that the average person could relate to the Spellman family They are a very eccentric group, to say the least The parents have an established PI firm, which is ultimately going to be run by their oldest daughter, Isabel Izzy who at the age of thirty two is finally showing some signs of maturing Their son, David, appears to be a normal person Their youngest daughter, Rae, is an extremely precocious h [...]

  22. Kris

    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 b [...]

  23. Monie

    In this fourth and final installment in the Spellman series, Izzy Spellman is right smack in the middle of some of her wackiest adventures yet Because her mom still holds Prom Night 1994 over her she has to agree to go on 20 blind dates with a different lawyer each time This is because her mom cannot stand her dating Connor, otherwise known as ex boyfriend 12 Her best friend Morty calls weekly from Florida with nothing but gripes One of her cases involves her hiring her good friend Len, to pose [...]

  24. Marlyn

    Izzy is now 32, which according to everyone else, means she is an adult, and should probably start acting like one So, she finally agrees to take over the family business This means that she has to buy some grown up clothes so that she can meet with clients, like the eccentric millionaire Franklin Winslow, whose butler is missing.But mostly, it s business as usual in her life Her mother is trying to break up the relationship between Izzy and her Irish bartender boyfriend Her younger sister, Rae, [...]

  25. Frances

    I was looking for books that were on the lighter side to read over the holidays and this was perfect I read the first two books in the series a couple years ago The Spellman Files and Curse of the Spellmans Now over the past few weeks, I finished the third book Revenge of the Spellmans and this one, the last in the series They are so HILARIOUS Many times I was laughing out loud The Spellmans are a family of Private Investigators who seem to spend time spying on eachother than working for client [...]

  26. Jennifer

    I am practically obsessed with this series I think the thing I love most about this series, is that while some of the situations are ridiculous but hilarious the author tackles serious and realistic issues at the same time I was very sad about the ending of this book Actually I think it was bittersweet, the author gave me what I wanted but took away something I loved No Spoilers here I promise I love the Spellman s and I can t wait to get to the library on Thursday to check out the next book, be [...]

  27. CJ - It's only a Paper Moon

    I absolutely adore the Spellman s I do In another world I could be a less criminal Izzy I guess what I m saying is that I can relate to her, though her actions are a little self destructive than mine However, she is learning and growing and yet, still as hilariously irreverent as per usual.This book, though it is regrettably the last, ended on just the right note As with every Spellman ending there is a some sweet with the bitter and while there is no happily ever after for everything, like the [...]

  28. Chanpreet

    I started this book at about 1 am this morning and finished it at 3 30 am I loved it The book is amazing It s funny and irreverent, yet serious at the same time Isabel is in fine form and you can tell in this book that she s really grown into herself and started becoming an adult Frankly, I think Lisa Lutz is getting better with every book she writes, and while I m sure I ll be blown away by the latest Spellman book, I do hope she keeps writing them SPOILER I love Morty The relationship he and I [...]

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