Everyone's favourite dysfunctional P.I. Isabel Spellman is back and has finally agreed to take over the family business... it could be a rocky transition.
Izzy's first task as head of Spellman Investigation is to dig up some dirt on the competition (and her nemesis), Rick Harkey- a task she may enjoy a little too much.
Meanwhile, Izzy is being blackmailed by her mother (photographic evidence of Prom Night 1994) to commit to regular blind dates with the stipulation that they be lawyers, and only lawyers- an arrangement that doesn't thrill Connor, and Irish bartender on the brink of becoming ex-boyfriend #12.
At the Spellman offices, it's business as usual. Doorknobs and light fixtures are disappearing every day, Mum's been spotted crying in the pantry, and a series of increasingly demanding Spellman Rules (Ryle #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 and best friend, Morty, as well as Detective Henry Stone's mysterious interest in rekindling their realtionsh... well, whatever it was!
Just when it looks like things can't go any 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-winning series. 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.
Lisa Lutz is the author of the bestselling Spellmans trilogy:The Spellman Files, Curse of the Spellmans and Revenge of the Spellmans. Curse of the Spellmans was nominated for Best Novel at the 2008 Edgar® Awards and the series has now been sold in 22 countries.
Although she attended UC Santa Cruz, UC Irvine, the University of Leeds and San Francisco State University she still does not have a bachelor's degree. Lisa spent most of the 1990's hopping through a string of low-paying odd jobs while writing and rewriting the screenplay Plan B, a mob comedy. After the film was made in 200, she vowed she would never write another screenplay.
The film adaptation of The Spellman Files is currently in development and will be released in 2011 with Paramount Pictures.
The Spellmans Strike Again
Simon and Schuster
Author: Lisa Lutz