Revenge of the Spellmans: A Novel by Lisa Lutz (Simon & Schuster, March 10, 2009), 384 pages
San Francisco private investigator Izzy Spellman is back, and she’s trying to work through a big decision. She’s been doubting her investigative skills lately, though, and is taking a break, tending bar. She’s also in therapy.
Isn’t this cover great? I think it’s the best one in the series, which is full of great covers.
I was actually kind of nervous heading into this book. I didn’t enjoy the second book in the series as much as I did the first, so I was hoping this would not be simply more of the same, but I was dreading that it might be.
Thankfully, the character of Izzy grew up some in this book, which she hadn’t done much in the earlier books. She’s definitely more self aware now than she was when the series started. Revenge of the Spellmans wasn’t as humorous as the first book in the series, but it made up for that in more depth of character, more meaningful interpersonal relationships.
I’m looking forward to the release of the fourth, The Spellmans Strike Again, which is due out in March 2010.
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