The Spellman Files

The Spellman Files

Large Print - 2007
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Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2007
ISBN: 9780786294060
Characteristics: 535 p. (large print) ; 22 cm


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Nov 08, 2019

This was fun. I read it after enjoying The Swallows; this one was MUCH lighter. If you like Veronica Mars, you'll enjoy The Spellman Files.

Librarian_Deb Nov 19, 2018

Izzy Spellman works for her family's detective agency. That's a bland way to describe her and her family - which is markedly unusual. Trained in surveillance and spy craft from a young age, they regular spy on each other (and any potential significant others) and use blackmail as a way of getting what they want. But they just might learn the value of trusting those closest to them when the youngest member of the family Rae disappears. The question is - was she kidnapped by one of the Spellman's enemies, or is it an elaborate hoax staged by Rae herself? You'll just have to read the book to find out.
I found this an enjoyable read and my book club enjoyed picking this family apart. I'd suggest it for someone looking for a lighthearted diversion with quirky - if somewhat unbelievable at times - characters and plot lines.

Apr 24, 2018

Witty, face-paced Private Detective story with a dysfunctional family full of people I'd love to call friends. Perfect summer reading. (I read it in one day, sitting in the shade on our first lovely day of the year.) HIGHLY recommended light reading with no sex and no violence, just interesting, well written characters and strong female characters who don't make men look dumb.

DCLadults Apr 05, 2018

I enjoyed the family dynamic of this one. Lots of quirky and funny interactions that added a unique, delightfully bizarre feel. Though the mystery was rather anticlimactic I can see how this series has promise. A lot like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series.

Jul 28, 2017

More comedy than mystery. Funny characters and even funnier writing. Be sure to read all the footnotes!

Nov 28, 2016

(The first book in the Izzy Spellman Mysteries series)

Nov 18, 2016

An okay read. Goofy story of a goofily dysfunctional family in the Private Detective business. First of a series – in this one the oldest daughter can move out if she solves a cold case involving a teenager lost on a camping trip. A sort of a Cozy with Young Adult overtones.

Dec 07, 2015

Isabel “Izzy” Spellman is 28 years old. She works as a licensed private investigator for her family’s firm, Spellman Investigations. Her approach to her work is part Nancy Drew, part Dirty Harry. The files of her personal life are largely made up of romantic mistakes, excessive drinking and creative vandalism.
The Spellman family finds it impossible to leave work at the office. To be a Spellman is to snoop on a Spellman; to tail a Spellman; to dig up dirt on a Spellman; to wiretap and blackmail a Spellman.
Izzy’s parents, Albert and Olivia, take their role as private investigators to heart, and have no regard for personal privacy. The two of them met during a stakeout. They think nothing of placing their daughter under 24-hour surveillance to find out if she has a new boyfriend.
Sibling relationships within the Spellman family are equally complicated. Throughout Izzy’s childhood, she envied her overachieving, all-too-perfect older brother David. Today, he is a successful lawyer who believes anything can be negotiated. This penchant towards bargaining and bartering has been an integral influence on their younger sister, Rae.
The first installment of the Spellman series focuses on 14-year-old Rae’s growing addiction to “recreational surveillance” and efforts to track down her uncle and namesake, Uncle Ray, who randomly disappears on benders dubbed “Lost Weekends.”
From the moment I started listening to this series as a book-on-cd, I became fascinated with the quirky cast of characters. The plotline twists and turns in unexpected ways, which kept me guessing regarding how all of the seemingly unconnected storylines might be intertwined. At the end of each installment in this series, the puzzle pieces come together and make perfect sense.
Spellman Files will appeal to those who like humor and mystery. It is mesmerizing from start to finish, and often laugh-out-loud funny. As a protagonist, Izzy is like a grown up Harriet the Spy. If you were a fan of the early books in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plumb series, you are sure to enjoy this.

Available in hardback, paperback, large print, nonmusical sound recording and audio ebook. (LD)

Oct 25, 2015

I wouldn't have minded if this book had been 150 pages shorter.

Jul 20, 2015

I couldn't get past the first 15 pages. Returned it unread. I will not be adding this author to my list of favorites.

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