After reading The Spellman Files, I immediately placed the next book in this series on hold through my library. The book came at the perfect time in my life, just when I needed a quick, fun, easy read and it did not disappoint! I give it an A-.
Starred Review. In the two years that have passed since the action in Lutz's hit debut, The Spellman Files (2007), zany Isabel Spellman, who works for the family PI firm in San Francisco, has become a somewhat responsible member of society. Unfortunately, she's also become obsessed with Subject (aka John Brown), a next-door neighbor who she's convinced has an evil secret she must expose, even if it means losing her PI license. Adding further hilarity is The Stone and Spellman Show, transcripts of recordings revealing 15-year-old sister Rae's fascination with her middle-aged best friend, stoic SFPD inspector Henry Stone, who endures Rae's adoration with liberal doses of Doctor Who watching. Henry's link to the Spellman family's fortunes suggests he might be a good candidate for Isabel's Ex-boyfriend #11 when Subject fails to make the grade.
Like The Spellman Files, there is little mystery to solve. While in normal books this may irritate me, but with Ms. Lutz's books it doesn't matter. I love getting to know these characters, especially Rae and Henry. They are written great, and even though there is little to no physical description of the characters they really come alive in my mind. There was always a little smile on my face and I zipped right through it. I am glad that I didn't buy it though, because it is a $25.00 book and I probably spent a total of 2 hours reading it. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes cozy mysteries, enjoys Janet Evanovich books, or just having a good time reading a book. I would, however, suggest that you start with Ms. Lutz's first book. I hope she continues this series... I will be very disappointed if it isn't!
Up next is another library book I got. I placed this on hold after reading about it somewhere, though I am not sure where. It took so long to come in though that I don't remember what sounded so good and grabbed my interest. It is called An Absolute Gentleman and is by R.M. Kinder. I hope I enjoy it. I hope everyone has a great weekend and gets lots of good reading time in! The weather is supposed to finally warm up here, but I am not holding my breath. We shall see. Happy Reading!