Curse of the Spellmans

Curse of the Spellmans

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Baker & Taylor
A follow-up to The Spellman Files finds Izzy struggling to retain her private investigator's license after a pseudo engagement and her fourth arrest, a challenge that is further complicated by David's marriage to Petra and Rae's teenage angst. 150,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
When Izzy Spellman, PI, is arrested for the fourth time in three months, she writes it off as a job hazard. She's been (obsessively) keeping surveillance on a suspicious next door neighbor (suspect's name: John Brown), convinced he's up to no good - even if her parents (the management at Spellman Investigations) are not.
When the (displeased) management refuses to bail Izzy out, it is Morty, Izzy's octogenarian lawyer, who comes to her rescue. But before he can build a defense, he has to know the facts. Over weak coffee and diner sandwiches, Izzy unveils the whole truth and nothing but the truth - as only she, a thirty-year-old licensed professional, can.
When 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. Chandler's holiday lawn tableaux perfectly and eerily match a series of crimes from 1991-92, when Izzy and her best friend, Petra, happened to be at their most rebellious and delinquent. As Curse of the Spellmans unfolds, it's clear that Morty may be on retainer, but Izzy is still very much on the case ... er, cases - her own and that of every other Spellman family member.
(Re)meet the Spellmans, a family in which eavesdropping is a mandatory skill, locks are meant to be picked, past missteps are never forgotten, and blackmail is the preferred form of negotiation - all in the name of unconditional love.

Baker
& Taylor

Izzy struggles to retain her private investigator's license after a pseudo engagement and her fourth arrest, a challenge that is further complicated by David's marriage to Petra and Rae's teenage angst.
Izzy struggles to retain her private investigator's license after her fourth arrest., David's marriage to Petra, and Rae's teenage angst.

Simon and Schuster
THEY'RE BAAAAACK.

Their first caper, The Spellman Files, was a New York Times bestseller and earned comparisons to the books of Carl Hiaasen and Janet Evanovich. Now the Spellmans, a highly functioning yet supremely dysfunctional family of private investigators, return in a sidesplittingly funny story of suspicion, surveillance, and surprise.

When Izzy Spellman, PI, is arrested for the fourth time in three months, she writes it off as a job hazard. She's been (obsessively) keeping surveillance on a suspicious next door neighbor (suspect's name: John Brown), convinced he's up to no good -- even if her parents (the management at Spellman Investigations) are not.

When the (displeased) management refuses to bail Izzy out, it is Morty, Izzy's octogenarian lawyer, who comes to her rescue. But before he can build a defense, he has to know the facts. Over weak coffee and diner sandwiches, Izzy unveils the whole truth and nothing but the truth -- as only she, a thirty-year-old licensed professional, can.

When 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. Chandler's holiday lawn tableaux perfectly and eerily match a series of crimes from 1991-92, when Izzy and her best friend, Petra, happened to be at their most rebellious and delinquent. As Curse of the Spellmans unfolds, it's clear that Morty may be on retainer, but Izzy is still very much on the case...er, cases -- her own and that of every other Spellman family member.

(Re)meet the Spellmans, a family in which eavesdropping is a mandatory skill, locks are meant to be picked, past missteps are never forgotten, and blackmail is the preferred form of negotiation -- all in the name of unconditional love.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2008
ISBN: 9781416532415
Branch Call Number: FIC Lutz
Characteristics: 409 p.

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IrishMoon
May 11, 2014

Hilarious! I absolutely love this series!

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elewep
Jan 26, 2013

This is the second book in the series and was only slightly less entertaining than the first. This was primarily due to the fact that part of the fun of the first one was getting to know the characters, whereas in this one you already do. However, hijinks ensue like in the first one, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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kima
Dec 20, 2011

The Curse of the Spellmans was the next book in the Spellman series, and I think that there was too much reiteration of knowledge learned from the previous book, in this book. Izzy became a little too repetitive (and I understand that it would be helpful if you didn’t read the first book, but this is a series—usually you already read the first one! It ended up being a little like the Baby-sitters Club series, where the whole first chapter of each of those books was stuff already known from the previous books). However, the plot was different—less ex-boyfriend oriented :) I was a little disappointed with Petra in this book however, but I really liked Henry Stone. Izzy ended up showing a great flaw, but I liked that she acknowledged it. It helped her character. Rae of course was intellectually manipulative, and yet so lovable.

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moon_nstars
Aug 29, 2011

Definitely better than the first.

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AJ_in_CoMo
Mar 21, 2011

This entire series, overall, was well-written, fun, engaging and smart.

wonderwords3 Jan 13, 2011

Funny main character who finds herself in interesting situations.

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