Friday, February 05, 2010

Review: The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz

Friday!! Yay!! I have to say though, I really don't want to work :(

This week has been quiet on blogland. Wondering what everyone is up to... Nothing much with me. I've been watching the Scotties Tournament of Hearts - Canada Women curling championship :) Very good curling this week... and then, next Friday is going to be the opening ceremonies for the Vancouver Olympics! yay! LOL.

Aside from that, I've read a little and bought a few books :D Got my hands on Archangel's Kiss by Nalini Singh. It came later than I predicted, Wednesday, and I went to pick it up on Thursday. James said I was lucky, because customers were fighting over it LOL. Of course, when a bookstore only receives 4 copies of it, it's likely :P I also got this week Truly, Madly by Heather Webber, Slow Heat by Jill Shalvis, Steamed by Katie MacAlister and Lessons in French by Laura Kinsale. Not bad for the begining of the month, right? :P

This week-end is going to be quiet I think. I'm definitively going to sit down and prepare some posts :) In the meantime, I have a review up at Breezing Through :) You can find it here. Big thank you to Christine for joining me and her patience!

The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
published by Simon & Schuster in March 2007

Meet Isabel "Izzy" Spellman, private investigator. This twenty-eight-year-old may have a checkered past littered with romantic mistakes, excessive drinking, and creative vandalism; she may be addicted to Get Smart reruns and prefer entering homes through windows rather than doors -- but the upshot is she's good at her job as a licensed private investigator with her family's firm, Spellman Investigations. Invading people's privacy comes naturally to Izzy. In fact, it comes naturally to all the Spellmans. If only they could leave their work at the office. To be a Spellman is to snoop on a Spellman; tail a Spellman; dig up dirt on, blackmail, and wiretap a Spellman.

Part Nancy Drew, part Dirty Harry, Izzy walks an indistinguishable line between Spellman family member and Spellman employee. Duties include: completing assignments from the bosses, aka Mom and Dad (preferably without scrutiny); appeasing her chronically perfect lawyer brother (often under duress); setting an example for her fourteen-year-old sister, Rae (who's become addicted to "recreational surveillance"); and tracking down her uncle (who randomly disappears on benders dubbed "Lost Weekends"). But when Izzy's parents hire Rae to follow her (for the purpose of ascertaining the identity of Izzy's new boyfriend), Izzy snaps and decides that the only way she will ever be normal is if she gets out of the family business. But there's a hitch: she must take one last job before they'll let her go -- a fifteen-year-old, ice-cold missing person case. She accepts, only to experience a disappearance far closer to home, which becomes the most important case of her life.


  1. Oh! Forgot to say, I have almost the exact same bookstore loot. Half already bought... the other half on my list to pick up ASAP.

    I read the first two chapters of Steamed already and I'm not sure it is as serious or romantic as I had hoped ... but we'll see.

  2. You always say it’s been quiet. LOL

    You sure James isn’t your type? To have a guy that not only understands your book buying obsession but supports it – sounds pretty good. :)

    I still need to get Singh’s newest. I might need to do a quick re-read of the last one – don’t remember much about the angels. :(

  3. Hi nath! I'm with Leslie, you always say it's been quiet. ;)

    And the Olympics start already? Even more sports on TV than usual here at our home... *g* Well, I actually like watching curling every now and then. :)

    Nice haul!

  4. Nath, you always say blogland is quiet. Lol. Who in particular are you looking for? Me, by any chance? ^_^ Kidding! haha

    Today, I got all dressed and braved the winter storm outside to go to the bookstore...only to discover it was closed. The roads were clear -- why couldn't people go to work? Hah!! I am really itching to buy books. Never mind that I just ordered close to two dozen, lol!

  5. Christine - LOL, yes, finally! :D

    I guess it's not surprising ppl have the same loot when they're expecting the same things :D I'm just happy to have gotten my hand on it :D

    As for Steamed, Ames told me she enjoyed it :D

    Leslie - I kwow, I know... but it's kind of true! Of course though, I shouldn't complain, since I've been quiet myself :D

    Pretty sure he's not my type, unfortunately...

    You might enjoy it even more if you do a re-read of the first book. i finished it this week-end and really liked it, but I was a bit confused... didn't remember everything.

    Taja - LOL, I know, I know... but it's true :D

    Olympics start this Friday :D I've come to loooove curling :D I'm blessed because the coverage is pretty good in Canada :D

    Apparently, Germany has a lot of good chances for medal :D What are you going to be watching?

    Tabitha - Well, I usually look for bloggers I follow... You, Taja and Rosie have been quiet... even those who blog more haven't this week, me included :P

    I've seen some pictures of the snowstorm you're having. Not fun! but that's a bit weird that the bookstore was closed - wouldn't happen here. I guess your part of the country is not too used to snow?

    What did you order?

  6. The construction crews were prepared with salting the main roads quickly but I think local roads in the neighborhoods were not as quick. Since I live in the very boonies, the local roads are very tricky to navigate so that's why many stores were closed.

    The bookstores were open yesterday though so I went out and got the books I wanted -- it was buy 4, get 5th free. I bought the new releases by Betts, Bruhns, Lindsey (Sara), Naughton, and Phillips.

    And from abooktrader, I bought a lot of Kay Hooper books, a few Susan Andersen, Suzanne Enoch, and NR titles that I didn't have, one Laura Lee Guhrke, and two books by new-to-me authors (Kathleen Dante, Elizabeth Jennings).

    I'm in book heaven! lol

  7. Tabitha - Total score, Tabitha!!! The Betts, is that Heidi Betts? You liked her previous books? :)

    I hope you enjoy Kay Hooper! :D Let me know what you think of her books after you read them :D

  8. Yes, it is Heidi, I haven't read her previous books yet! Lol. I bought the new release because I like the blurb. I do have one of her previous books in that series, forgot which one though. Lol.

    Definitely, I will let you know. But with so many books I don't know what to read first. haha.

  9. Tabitha - I hope you enjoy the Heidi Betts :)

  10. nath - I wouldn't know about Germany's chances for medals. It's the boyfriend who's really into sports. :) As for watching, I would love to see the opening ceremony but I heard it starts when it's 3am here so I don't know... *g*

  11. Taja - I'm sure they'll run it again. If not, you can look on the net :)