The Spellman Files

Genre: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller; Author: Lisa Lutz; Publisher: Simon & Schuster

In Lisa Lutz’s The Spellman Files, Isabel Spellman tries to break free from her eccentric family of private investigators. But she’s just too darn good at spying on people!

Grisliest Death Hard-livin’ Uncle Ray in a hotel bathtub, dead from alcohol-induced asphyxiation.

Lowdown A fun and irreverent debut, thanks to Isabel’s crackling narration. But structure isn’t yet Lutz’s strong suit. Various story lines take too long to get cooking and then come to a screeching halt. B

Originally posted March 2 2007 — 12:00 AM EST

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