AT THE RIPE OLD AGE OF THIRTY-TWO, FORMER WILD CHILD ISABEL "IZZY" SPELLMAN HAS FINALLY AGREED TO TAKE OVER THE FAMILY BUSINESS. AND THE TRANSITION WON'T BE A SMOOTH ONE. First among her priorities as head of Spellman Investigations is to dig up some dirt on the competition, slippery ex-cop Rick Harkey ¿ a task she may enjoy a little too much. Next, faced with a baffling missing-persons case at the home of an aging millionaire, Izzy hires an actor friend, Len, to infiltrate the mansion as an undercover butler ¿ a role he may enjoy a little much. Meanwhile, Izzy is being blackmailed by her mother (photographic evidence of Prom Night 1994) to commit to regular blind dates with promising professionals ¿ an arrangement that doesn't thrill Connor, an Irish bartender on the brink of becoming Ex-boyfriend #12. At Spellman headquarters, it's business as unusual. Doorknobs and light fixtures are disappearing every day, Mom's been spotted crying in the pantry, and a series of increasingly demanding Spellman Rules (Rule #27: No Speaking Today) can't quite hold the family together. Izzy also has to decipher weekly "phone calls from the edge" from her octogenarian lawyer, Morty, as well as Detective Henry Stone's mysterious interest in rekindling their relationsh...well, whatever it was. Just when it looks like things can't go more haywire, little sister Rae's internship researching pro bono legal cases leads the youngest Spellman to launch a grassroots campaign that could spring an innocent man from jail ¿ or land Rae in it. The Spellmans Strike Again is hands down the most hilarious, thrilling, and moving book in this bestselling, award-nominatedseries. And it proves beyond a reasonable doubt that Isabel Spellman, no matter how much she matures, will never be able to follow Rule #1: Act Normal.
"Quips continue to trip off the tongue of Isabel Izzy Spellman, the PI at the center of Lutz's popular mystery series. In this fourth (and possibly final) installment, Izzy, who's poised to take over Spellman Investigations from her parents, is faced with troubles on the domestic front and a challenging case, too. Her mother is blackmailing her into going on blind dates with lawyers (Ma Spellman, it seems, has serious dirt on Isabel from prom night 1994). Her relentlessly sassy sister, Rae, becomes passionate (OK, obsessed) with liberating the wrongly convicted. On the professional front, Izzy looks into the disappearance of an aging millionaire's butler. (She has enlisted her actor friend, Len, to take over servant duties in the interim, a role he adopts with relish, right down to the fake British accent.) Then there's Harkey, a shady PI and former beau Izzy is determined to expose, and love interest Henry Stone, a cop with a kind heart and an annoyingly healthy diet (stir-fried tofu, anyone?). Lutz (Revenge of the Spellmans, 2009) delivers another engaging blend of wisecracks and crime-solving.--Block, Allison Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"In Edgar-finalist Lutz's entertaining fourth and final novel about the eccentric Spellman PI clan (after Revenge of the Spellmans), Isabel "Izzy" Spellman juggles the usual family drama-her mother tries to sabotage Izzy's relationship with her Irish bartender boyfriend and younger sister Rae throws herself into freeing a wrongly convicted man-while helping to drum up business in a dreary economy. While Rae works on her "Free Schmidt" campaign, Izzy investigates the whereabouts of a missing valet with a checkered past and sifts through garbage for a screenwriter client. Older brother David, the only Spellman not involved in the family business, grows closer to his defense attorney girlfriend. On the sly, Izzy is also tailing Rick Harkey, a rival San Francisco PI, and discovers that Harkey left behind a trail of suspicious arrests and conveniently misplaced evidence in his career as a cop. Narrator Izzy's biting wit-mixed with a refreshing dose of humility and sadness-easily carries the story. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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