Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Trail of the Spellmans, by Lisa Lutz
Mostly this is a book about growing older. Even Rae becomes a grown up, largely by law and a little by choice, Izzy takes an adult stance with the unit, and the unit accepts that their girls are growing up. It's also a book about love -- young love, old love, sibling love, and love that has to change shape to survive. Lutz still offers quite a bit of humor, but its grounded with more than a bit of melancholy. The mysteries were tertiary: two people hiring the firm to follow each other, parents who hire the firm to follow their daughter, and members of the Spellman clan on the trail of each other. Grammy Spellman, baby Sydney, and Demitrius added a lot to the humor quotient.