Search Results: "Lisa Lutz"


BOOK REVIEW

LISA, LISA by Béatrice Shalit
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"French writer Shalit's fifth novel—and first US publication—is an accomplished soap-script that needs fleshing out."
Goodness knows, there's a passel of domestic furor and flurry within this novel's Jewish/French family, who are gathered for a wedding—but somehow the fuss and feathers have no more emotional depth than the plink-plunk of a rapid badminton volley. Read full book review >

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HOW TO START A FIRE by Lisa Lutz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"This novel is instantly forgettable. Fans and curious new readers should stick to Lutz's bestselling Izzy Spellman mystery series (The Last Word, 2013, etc.)."
Three friends try to muddle through their complicated lives. Read full book review >

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THE LAST WORD by Lisa Lutz
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 9, 2013

"Another fizzy round of Mystery Lite with the cast of You Can't Take It with You off their meds. Izzy seems even more dissociated than in her previous five outings, though fans will either cheer or not notice."
Now that she's assumed control of her family's detective agency (Trail of the Spellmans, 2012, etc.), Isabel Spellman finds that riding herd on the crazies she's related to is no bed of roses. Read full book review >

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THE SPELLMANS STRIKE AGAIN by Lisa Lutz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2010

"Rule No. 379: Don't expect Proust; just lie back and enjoy this tale of intergenerational gumshoe mayhem."
Bizarre clients, fleeting romances and byzantine rules of personal conduct keep a family of private investigators teetering on the edge of dysfunction. Read full book review >

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MONA LISA by Dianne Hales
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"The breezy tone is a jarring contrast to the considerable scholarship that informs the author's history."
Like many visitors to the Louvre, journalist Hales (La Bella Lingua: A Passionate Journey through the World's Most Beautiful Language, 2009, etc.) was fascinated by Leonardo da Vinci's famous portrait and set out to investigate the real Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo: "Why did the most renowned painter of her time choose her as his model?...And why does her smile enchant us still?" Read full book review >

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THE SPELLMAN FILES by Lisa Lutz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 13, 2006

"A fresh story that works real issues through an offbeat premise."
A spirited, funny debut from screenwriter Lutz that mixes chick-lit, mystery and a dose of TV nostalgia. Read full book review >

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CURSE OF THE SPELLMANS by Lisa Lutz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 2008

"The Spellmans return with more personality than plot."
The dysfunctional Spellman family private-investigation firm is back in action with another heavily annotated adventure. Read full book review >

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THE PASSENGER by Lisa Lutz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Lutz provides some great suggestions for going on the lam (a lot of hair dye and car switching is involved), but at its core, this is a novel about identity: a slippery notion which depends upon both how the world sees us and how we see ourselves."
With her latest books, Lutz is deep in thriller territory, and she writes like she's happy to be there. Read full book review >

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TRAIL OF THE SPELLMANS by Lisa Lutz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"Through it all, the clients and their trifling mysteries are hard-pressed to compete for attention with the regulars, who spend far more time battling each other than battling evildoers. Lutz's title couldn't be more apt."
America's most dysfunctional family of detectives (The Spellmans Strike Again, 2010, etc.) are up to their deerstalkers in another gaggle of featherweight cases. Read full book review >

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REVENGE OF THE SPELLMANS by Lisa Lutz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2009

"Another fast, funny winner from Lutz, who has recovered well from her slight sophomore slump."
The investigative powers of the Spellman family remain undimmed in the third installment of Lutz's series (Curse of the Spellmans, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

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I, MONA LISA by Jeanne Kalogridis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"A clever reworking, though not completely convincing."
Kalogridis (The Borgia Bride, 2005, etc.) chronicles the perils of young Lisa di Antonio Gherardini long before she became the subject of Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting. Read full book review >

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HEADS YOU LOSE by Lisa Lutz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2011

"The surprise here is how little all this whimsical metatextual byplay changes the formula of alarums, excursions, red herrings and other tangents beloved of the genre; it just invites the authors to join the eternally bickering sleuths."
Inspired perhaps by those round-robin collaborations published 75 years ago by England's Detection Club, Lutz (The Spellmans Strike Again, 2010, etc.) and Hayward add a new twist: The two collaborators, each responsible for alternating chapters, are in sharp disagreement about how the tale should be told. Read full book review >