Trail of the Spellmans : Spellman Mysteries

  • by Lisa Lutz
  • Narrated by Christina Moore
  • Series: Spellman Mysteries
  • 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The fifth installment in the New York Times best-selling series by Lisa Lutz, featuring the fearless private investigator Izzy Spellman and her quirky, yet endearing, family of sleuths.
For the first time in Spellman history, Isabel Spellman might be the most normal member of her family. Mom has taken on an outrageous assortment of extracurricular activities. Dad has a secret. Her brother and sister are at war, but neither will reveal the source of the conflict. While domestic disturbances abound, there is one source of sanity in the Spellman household: Demetrius Merriweather, employee of the month for 18 months straight.
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 socialite has Isabel tail her husband, despite a conspicuous lack of suspicion. A man in a sweater vest hires the Spellmans to follow his sister, who turns out to be the socialite. Izzy won't stop hunting for the answers - even when they threaten to shatter both the business and the family.
Listeners are sure to love the next novel in a "series that keeps getting better and better". (Publishers Weekly)

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There's a payoff, albeit a weak one

If I hadn't paid for the book, I might well have given up before the halfway point - the first half seemed one long slog of set up and recap. There still wasn't a lot of tension as far as plot goes later on, but I will give Lutz credit for showing a more mature Izzy by the end of the story. Also, it's confirmed that while she and Henry don't have that much in common, there's ... shall we say, a powerful sexual attraction going on. I must've blinked and missed one detail though - why was Rae doing community service (again)? She had done some previously, for holding her sister captive, but that seemed to be over. Yet here, near the end of the book, she's out on trash detail several hours per week.

Usual disclaimer that this series MUST be read in order, starting with "The Spellman Files".
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- John S.

Hooray for Lutz and the Spellmans!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. The plot is interesting and surprising. I laughed out loud many times, and find myself musing about the delightful mind that constructed these unusual and peculiar characters. As usual, the narrator is superb---I love anything she reads.


Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I enjoyed the combination of interest in the machinations of the Spellman family and the sub-plots of their "investigations." I felt impatient to know how the plot lines would unravel, but found myself disappointed when the book came to an end.


Have you listened to any of Christina Moore’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Every one of Christina Moore's audio books are terrific---This one was no exception. I could listen to her for days.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book is hysterically funny, subtly chuckle-worthy---a great treat.


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- Chablis from Seattle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-28-2012
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio