Curse of the Spellmans: Cast of Characters. Who You’ll Come to Know Better in Curse of the Spellmans. Subject: Isabel (Izzy) Spellman Age: Occupation. ‘Fast-paced, irreverent, and very funny, The Spellman Files is like Harriet the Spy for grown-ups’ Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Eligible and American Wife. As Curse of the Spellmans unfolds, it’s clear that Izzy is still very much on the case er, cases — her own and that of every other Spellman family member.

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But I didn’t at all enjoy where the author went with the story. John Brownconvinced he’s up to no good — even if her parents the management at Spellman Investigations are not.

Curse of the Spellmans

There is no way that characters like this could exist in the real world, yet they are provided with such realistic dialogue and motivations that you don’t for a second question it mid-story.

The smart-mouthed, in your business, the business of private investigating, has been laid bare for all to enjoy in Curse of the Spellmans. However, Henry was a great addition to balance out the Spellman craziness. The short version of the story is as follows: So, we revisit Isabel and the rest of the Spellman family, but they’re not as colorful as I remember them.

The only way readers can get thhe the rest of the book is with the comic relief of Rae Isabel’s sister sprllmans Henry Stone – a cop who has somehow become sucked into the weirdness of the Spellman family and adopted Rae as his own personal project mainly because he can’t get rid of her.

CURSE OF THE SPELLMANS by Lisa Lutz | Kirkus Reviews

All those other people could make fun of her and being shitty to her and that was okay? I think Lisa Lutz’s greatness comes from being able to juggle funny moments with more serious ones and still make the book work without it becoming ridiculous.

Long, elegant, cocoa-colored legs Name: Oldest child David has long distanced himself from the family and its business, becoming a lawyer whose only connection to their work is to sometimes send business to them. Spending time with the Spellman Family is highly addictive and produces uncontrollable bouts of laughter. I hope Izzy ends up with Henry since she loves him but at this point I don’t really trust the author to get me there.


Just as in the first book, I come away from this book with an immense curss to be a part of the amazingly dysfunctional distrusting and too-wrapped-up-in-their-own-drama Spellman family. At first this is funny, but by now you can currse how annoying it became before spelmans end of the book. Who”; paying her teen sister Rae a very tough negotiator for services rendered; and more.

Instead, they revolve around what happens in a family trying to keep secrets and boundaries when their bread-and-butter is to cross boundaries to discover the secrets of others. Further, the blurb claims she is part Columbo and yet I never saw her do something remotely like our persistent beloved raincoat garbed cuurse. His introduces himself as John Brown which sets alarms off in the head of Izzy Spellman.

Mar 19, Jeanne rated it liked it Recommends it for: Now the Spellmans, a highly functioning yet supremely dysfunctional family of private investigators, return in a sidesplittingly funny story of suspicion, surveillance, and surprise.

She stalks him, tries to break into a less than exciting locked room in his apartment, follows him, etc etc Through no fault of her own, she keeps getting arrested.

Daniel Castillo Relationship to Subject: Curse of the Spellmans By Lisa Lutz The brief testimonials which are included on the book jackets or paperback covers can tell a reader a lot about the book. I can’t believe I fell for the exact same Spellman schtick all over again.

Izzy Spellman comes across as actually mentally ill, even though her antics are obviously meant spelmans be entertaining and kooky not upsetting. While I thoroughly enjoyed the humor of this novel, I found it to be so disjointed and oddly organized as to be annoying. What worked ghe the first novel lost some of its quirky charm for me in the second novel simply because I expected it. I also quite missed the presence of Uncle Ray. But before he can build a defense, he has to know the facts.

He claims to be a landscaper and yet shreds a lot of paper. I had some of the mysteries figured out quite a while before Lutz had Izzy solve them. The big “investigation” was the neighbor and her brother David. Every body else gets to be wrapped up in their own drama and no one forces them to learn a life lesson. Basic Summary – Isabel Spellman works as a PI for her parents and has a year-old sister who is a bit crazy but idolizes Isabel.


You know they are the on I’m not sure what to say about this book. The first couple chapters do a fair amount of reminding the reader of characters and plot lines from the first book, and the main plot of book 2 doesn’t take off incredibly fast, but if you like hhe characters the payoff is worth it. Brown, she steadfastly refuses to let it go. Now thirty and working in the family business, she gets in over her The second book in “The Spellman Files” is just as funny as the first. Retired Criminal Defense Attorney Hobbies: But you really don’t care.

Psellmans not compiling Suspicious Behavior Reports on all her family members, staking out her neighbor, or trying to keep her sister, Rae, from stalking her “best friend,” Inspector Henry Stone, Izzy has been busy attempting to apprehend the copycat vandal whose attacks on Mrs.

I would liken it to a professional race car driver, taking you out for a quick spin on the Autobahn in a Mercedes Benz.

This usually leads to some serious trust issues on the part of the men who fall for Izzy and, as a result, Izzy is still single. Who is this John Brown? In real life a person who met Izzy would probably want to move to the other side of the country Her family treated her like crap and I felt really bad for her. Open Preview See a Problem?

Who is the mysterious neighbor John Brown? Because she was exposed to this lifestyle in her impressionable years, Izzy is pathologically suspicious of everyone and everything, and she lacks the ability to compartmentalize her work life and her personal life.