by Lisa Lutz
Izzy's back! I was so excited to see a sequel to The Spellman Files.
So, we revisit Isabel and the rest of the Spellman family, but they're not as colorful as I remember them. The Spellman parents aren't as nosey, and her younger sister, Rae, is not the little spy she was in the first book. And her perfect brother, David, isn't so perfect anymore. Only Izzy remains in that crazy Spellman zone--ever suspicious of everyone and everything.
And this is where our story begins. A new neighbor for the Spellman's sparks Izzy's interest. Who is this John Brown? And why is one of the rooms in his home ALWAYS locked? It's up to Izzy to find out!
Along with this minute mystery, there is the wacky relationship between Rae and Inspector Henry Stone, as well as the constant, yet unsuccessful vacationing of the elder Spellmans.
I remember really liking the first Spellman book, but I can't get as excited about this one. I don't think it was as funny as the first one, which is a shame.