The Spellman Files (Anglais) Broché – 4 août 2008
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'An addictively entertaining read' GLAMOUR
'Lisa Lutz has put her two-year stint as a private investigator to inspired use in her first novel. Fast-paced and funny' DAILY MAIL
'Very funny but sometimes surprisingly touching and never played entirely for laughs' THE TIMES
':utz's writing is deliciously witty' COSMOPOLITAN
'Elmore Leonard meets Helen Fielding in this hilarious take on the hapless world of 28-year-old private investigator Izzy Spellman' DAILY MIRROR
'Hilarious' DAILY EXPRESS
'The author has perfectly bottled the essence of striving to break free of family ties and expectations and making a life for yourself' WOMAN
'A fresh, fun page-turner' HEAT
'Part Bridget Jones, part Colombo, Lisa Lutz's resilient PI, Isabel Spellman emerges as a thoroughly unusual heroine in her delightful, droll debut novel ... Lutz keeps the plot dashing along and the reader hooked on her weirdly lovable snoops' USA TODAY
'Laugh-out-loud stuff' CLOSER
‘Hilarious look at a dysfunctional family. Izzy Spellman, 28, works for her parents’ detective agency. The Spellmans constantly pry into each other’s private lives. Izzy is infuriated when mum and dad order 14-year-old sister Rae to discover the identity of her new boyfriend. She’s had enough but to quit she must solve one last case. Then Rae disappears’
Daily Express 6/4
A family saga, this is very funny but sometimes surprisingly touching and never played entirely for laughs’
The Times 14/4
‘Elmore Leonard meets Helen Fielding in this hilarious take on the hapless world of 28-year-old private investigator Izzy Spellman’
Daily Mirror 30/3
‘It’s customary for wannabe authors to tout eccentric job histories, but Lisa Lutz has put her stint as a private investigator to inspired use in her first novel. Fast-paced and funny’
Daily Mail 30/3
‘Smart, sassy and thoroughly readable, The Spellman Files is just what the doctor ordered’
5 stars, Heat 7/4
‘You must take special note of this wonderful romp, it is such a hoot; clever different, highly contagious – an absolute gem … it’s part thriller, part family drama and all a pure delight' Sarah Broadhurst, Bookseller
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But when Izzy's parents hire her 14-year-old sister to discover the identity of her new boyfriend, Izzy decides she wants out. Before they'll let her go, her parents ask her to solve one last case - a 15-year-old, ice-cold, missing person, impossible-to-solve case. But when a disappearance occurs far closer to home, Izzy's Impossible Case becomes the most important of her life.
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Sans limites, dans un tempo d'enfer, entres simulations, sabotages et poursuites infernales, ils nous entraînent tous dans un univers loufoque, désarmant et désopilant.
Aussi tordu que tordant, mais surtout hautement mémorable...
Conseil : après avoir tourné la dernière page, recommencer depuis le début! (cela rend la véritable profondeur aux personnages, a priori complètement déjantés)
je crois qu'il y a une suite que j'acheterai
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As with the charming #1 Ladies Detective Agency series, this book defies easy classification but is mesmerizing from start to finish and hilarous to boot. It could be addictive. I'll be watching for more from Lisa Lutz.
The family is anything but normal. Uncle Ray regularly vanishes for extended weekends and only returns when tracked down. Izzy regularly runs a complete background check on her boyfriends so her parents can't surprise her with anything later. Rae thinks "recreational surveillance" is a hobby
And no one respects anyone else's privacy. Double and triple locks on bedroom doors mean nothing. Yet that doesn't mean that people don't have secrets. And life in the Spellman house can be very entertaining and funny.
Even though this book deals with private investigators, this isn't a mystery novel. Yes, there are a few mysteries, but that isn't the point. The book is all about exploring the family dynamic of a very dysfunctional family. Yet it does it with love, warmth, and humor. We get the story from Izzy's point of view. And while she is often frustrated with her family, we can tell she loves them.
The book starts out a little slowly, but the laughs pick up as the story progresses. I found myself laughing out loud several times and chucking many more. The characters seem like types on the surface, but once we get to know them, we see so much more.
This book is quirky, offbeat, and well worth reading. If that sounds like something you would like, track down this book today.
The only way to be disappointed by the book, I think, is if you go in expecting a traditional mystery novel. This book is much closer to a family comedy, or even workplace comedy, than it is to a book that hangs its story on a big mystery to be solved by the central character, preferably with gunfire. "The Spellman Files" is not one of those books, and though it is funny, it has serious underpinnings, which become evident by the end. It is about, among other things, family and the real fears that families share and protect each other against; the real fear for most of us, and for the Spellmans, isn't whether evil Professor Moriarty will push us over a cliff, but whether we'll make the mistake of stepping off a cliff of our own free will. The good news for the reader is that the Spellmans react to their fears in a very funny way.
THE SPELLMAN FILES
by Lisa Lutz
Our book club's book for June was THE SPELLMAN FILES, by Lisa Lutz. Several of us had heard about the series, but none of us had read it, and we thought it sounded like great fun. Having read a few books that were later in series and having been disappointed in them, we decided we'd start with the first book of a series, which is why we chose this one (instead of a later one in the series).
The Spellmans are a San Francisco family of private investigators that spends their days spying on people and on one another. Dad is a retired police officer, and Mom is his partner. From the earliest days, the children - overachieving David, precocious Rae, and tough-girl Isabel/Izzy (who's also the narrator) - learn how to "surveill" people. As the book opens, Izzy is telling her family story to the detective who's investigating the disappearance of her baby sister.
It's a little difficult to describe the book in more detail than this. It is essentially a series of anecdotes about Izzy's boyfriends (currents and exes), life in the Spellman house, and the extent to which the Spellmans go in order to spy on one another. Mom and Dad routinely run background checks on Izzy's boyfriends, and all the Spellmans have a penchant for breaking the headlights and taillights of cars, even when they belong to family members, because doing so makes a car easier to tail at night.
The Spellmans are functional-but-dysfunctional in the prototypically American way, and they're all drawn with broad strokes. The family dynamics are captured well (for those of us who thought the lengths the Spellmans go to, in order to keep tabs on one another, are insane, we had only to reminisce about our own families to see the truth in the book). The book is a little self-consciously wacky, but for the most part we thought it clever, and it certainly does deliver on its promise of being a light, fun read.
The problem we found is that there really is no STORY until the second half of the book, when Izzy gets pulled into a cold case surrounding a young man with a domineering mother who disappeared years earlier. That mystery is pretty good, but it doesn't take sleuths to get the answers; it's really more Izz making a complete pain of herself until someone decides to tell her what's going on. The frame story of the disappearance of Rae - which is the ostensible reason for Izzy telling her life story - just doesn't work; no investigating police officer wants to hear all about the suspect's ex-boyfriends for hours at a time. So, in this sense, THE SPELLMAN FILES reads more as a sitcom than as a novel, which is just fine if you can have realistic expectations about what the book is and what it isn't.
Of the 11 who attended this meeting, 6 said they'd read more by this author; 5 felt they'd overdosed on the book and didn't want to go back for more. Those who liked it enjoyed the humor and the herky-jerky narrative; those who didn't like were annoyed by the pages without any story and the family dynamics (particularly young Rae, a ten-year-old blackmailer and sugar addict who didn't ring true). At the end of the day, it was certainly a different book; I personally might be willing to try another book in the series to see if the mysteries improve.