Authors: Lisa Lutz
TRAIL OF THE SPELLMANS
“Lisa Lutz’s Spellman books are always hilarious, but
Trail of the Spellmans
reminded me how serious funny books can be. As precocious as the Spellman kids have always been, they’re only now really coming of age and the result is, yes, hilarious, but also tender and melancholy and full of hard-won wisdom. This one’s going to stay with readers for a long time.”
—LAURA LIPPMAN, BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE TESS MONAGHAN SERIES
MORE PRAISE FOR EDGAR AND MACAVITY AWARD NOMINEE LISA LUTZ AND HER
NEW YORK TIMES
BESTSELLING SPELLMAN SERIES
“The most hilariously dysfunctional family since the Royal Tenenbaums.”
“This is one of the best comic novels I’ve ever read.”
THE GLOBE AND MAIL
“The love child of Dirty Harry and Harriet the Spy . . . whip-smart sass.”
“Fun and irreverent.”
One smart mouthed writer.”
“A series that keeps getting better and better.”
“Lie back and enjoy this tale of intergenerational gumshoe mayhem.”
FOR THE FIRST TIME
in Spellman history, Isabel Spellman, PI, might be the most normal member of her family. Mom has taken on an outrageous assortment of extracurricular activities—with no apparent motive. Dad has a secret. Izzy’s brother and sister are at war—for no apparent reason. And her niece keeps saying “banana” even though she hates bananas.
That’s not to say that Izzy isn’t without her own troubles. Her boyfriend, Henry Stone, keeps wanting “to talk,” a prospect Isabel evades by going out with her new drinking buddy, none other than Gertrude Stone, Henry’s mother.
Things aren’t any simpler on the business side of Spellman Investigations. First, Rae is hired to follow a girl, only to fake the surveillance reports. Then a math professor hires Izzy to watch his immaculate apartment while he unravels like a bad formula. And as the questions pile up, Izzy won’t stop hunting for the answers—even when they threaten to shatter both the business and the family.
Trail of the Spellmans (Document #5),
has delivered another knockout adventure in what
has deemed a “side-splitting series.” This quirky and hilarious family of sleuths provides entertainment for days, and Izzy’s uncommon, unforgettable, undeniably addictive voice leads the way. In addition to writing the Spellman series, Lutz is also the coauthor of
Heads You Lose,
written with David Hayward.
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ALSO BY THE AUTHOR
The Spellman Files
Curse of the Spellmans
Revenge of the Spellmans
The Spellmans Strike Again
Heads You Lose
(with David Hayward)
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This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.
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First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition February 2012
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Trail of the Spellmans : document #5 / Lisa Lutz.—1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
1. Women private investigators—Fiction. I. Title.
ISBN: 978-1-4516-0814-4 (ebook)
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