THE SPELLMAN BOOKS, by Lisa Lutz
The best books are the ones you can't stop reading. The ones that make you go to bed at 8 o'clock on Saturday night just so you can find out what happens next. The best books have characters that stay with you long after you finish reading. You wonder what happened to them next and you realize that they've actually become real to you. The best books come alive.
Lisa Lutz's series of books about the Spellman family have etched themselves into my mind. My mother-in-law gave me the first book, The Spellman Files, almost a year ago. I read it in 3 days, falling in love with the characters and the story! The protagonist is Isabel Spellman, the 28-year-old rebellious middle-child of the Spellman clan, a family whose private investigation business allows for many a hilarious situation. The book is a comedy of errors but with a heart. You learn early on that, as wacky as the Spellmans are, they clearly love each other and want to see each member happy.
Last week, I discovered The Curse of the Spellmans at my favorite bookstore. I then spent the next five days reading. I devoured this book in 2 days and then downloaded both The Revenge of the Spellmans and The Spellmans Strike Again to my Kindle. By Monday, I had finished the series.
My point is, these books are Fantastic!! They're funny, smart, charming and super quick reads. They're also great for book clubs or for a Saturday night. Forget about meeting people in bars; if you want to meet some real characters, read The Spellman Books!!