Weekly Reader: REVENGE OF THE SPELLMANS by Lisa Lutz


A few years ago Sarah Weinman thought she was going to have a career in science, possibly of the forensic variety. But then she launched the crime and mystery fiction blog Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind as a way of procrastinating on her master’s thesis, and it literally changed her life’s path.

We can respect that.

We also respect her opinions on books across all genres, so much so that we’ve asked Weinman to recommend a new one for you to check out each Wednesday. (It’s amazing that she finds the time. The woman read 462 books last year.)

Learn more about her latest pick — the third in a series about a family private investigators — after the jump, and leave us your review in the comments if you’ve already read it.

REVENGE OF THE SPELLMANS by Lisa Lutz “I loved the first; the second not as much. But the third account of the madcap adventures of Isabel Spellman and her highly neurotic, overly effective family of private investigators tops ’em all. Lutz has finally figured out what makes her characters tick, and even if the reader figures out the obvious long before Izzy & company do, the delay in their reasoning makes perfect sense from a narrative standpoint. And now that youngest sister Rae inches ever closer to adulthood, look out for further comedic possibilities.”

– Sarah Weinman