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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Review: The Last Word by Lisa Lutz

The Last Word (The Spellmans #6)
by Lisa Lutz

Genre: Chick Lit, Contemporary, Humor
Publication: July 2013
Format: ebook, 352 pages
Source: NetGalley
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The latest installment of the New York Times bestselling Spellman mysteries, finds private investigator Izzy Spellman on the verge of losing everything.

Isabel Spellman is used to being followed, extorted, and questioned—all occupational hazards of working at her family’s firm, Spellman Investigations. Her little sister, Rae, once tailed Izzy for weeks on end to discover the identity of her boyfriend. Her mother, Olivia, once blackmailed Izzy with photographic evidence of Prom Night 1994. It seemed that the Spellmans would lay off after Izzy was fired for breaching client confidentiality, but then Izzy avenged her dismissal by staging a hostile takeover of the company. She should have known better than to think she could put such shenanigans behind her.

In The Last Word, Izzy’s troubles are just beginning. After her hostile takeover of Spellman Investigations, Izzy’s parents simply go on strike. Her sister, Rae, comes back into the family business with questionable motivations. Her other employees seem to be coping with anxiety disorders, and she has no idea how to pay the bills. However, her worst threat comes from someone who is no relation. Within months of assuming control of the business, Izzy is accused of embezzling from a former client, the ridiculously wealthy Mr. Slayter, who happens to have Alzheimer’s, which Izzy and he are diligently trying to keep under wraps. Not only is Slayter’s business and reputation on the line, but if Izzy gets indicted for embezzlement, she’ll lose everything—her business, her license, and her family’s livelihood. Is this the end of Izzy Spellman, PI? The answer makes The Last Word, hands down, the most thrilling book in this bestselling, award-nominated series.
Oh well. I’m not sure how to begin. I love the Spellmans and have been looking forward to read this one. I was really worried that this might be the last book in the Spellmans series. I didn’t want the series to end. I love every single of Spellmans book. I’ve reread them a few times because I thoroughly enjoy them.

In The Last Word, Izzy has taken over the management and her employees (her mother and father) decided to boycott work. She found out that she is being investigated by the FBI for embezzlement from her benefactor, Mr. Slayter. Her sister, Rae is starting her own side business as a CRS (Conflict Resolution Specialist) which involved blackmail and other things. Her brother, David, is a stay at home dad to his daughter, Sydney. 

I love reading about Izzy and her dysfunctional family. There are tons of laugh-out-loud moments as well as serious ones. Mostly I love them because I can never grow tired of them. I love watching them going through changes and grew up. Well, maybe Izzy hasn’t grown up much, but she learned a lot about responsibility. (I can’t believe how Rae is now all grown up! I still remember her in the first Spellmans book). I didn’t really like how the book ended. It wasn’t the kind of ending I was expecting, but I can’t deny that it was a good ending.

*I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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