Monday, July 26, 2010


Pages: 385
Date: 26/07/2010
Grade: 4.5
Details: no. 4 The Spellmans

In this fourth Spellmans' book events are still as mad and hectic as ever; some families never learn I suppose.
Isabel, Izzy, Spellman, aged 32 is in the process of taking over the family private investigations business, but it doesn't go smoothly. She has various cases on her hands. First and foremost is the need to take competitor Rick Harkey out of business. Izzy knows he's playing dirty, but has to find proof which isn't easy.
Then there is the case of the suspicious valet of a wealthy customer of the Spellmans. Both Izzy and her younger sister Rae get involved in cases of wrongfully convicted men.
And then of course there's the family issues; House fittings are disappearing from the Spellman home and office. Izzy's mother forces her to have dates with lawyers because she doesn't approve of her current boyfriend. Big brother David and his girlfriend Maggie are hiding something and finally there's the return to San Francisco of Izzy's elderly lawyer friend Morty, which turns out to be not good news. On the upside though, there's Henry Stone who suddenly decides that he does want to have some sort of relationship with Izzy, although Izzy doesn't know how she feels about that at all.
There is a lot going on in this book, but it's not all madness and mayhem. The occasional serious note does creep in and because they are so occasional they can't help but make an impression.
I thoroughly enjoy these clever and well written books. In fact, I think they're getting better as the series moves on and I really hope there will be more Spellman adventures to follow.

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