The Last Word by Lisa Lutz

The Spellmans, Book 6

Synopsis: 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.

Review: I was looking forward to the release of this new volume! I must say that this is always the case for each of the volumes in this series. Indeed Lisa Lutz is a wonderful Mystery Thriller / Comedy writer. In this type of books I have two authors that I love, and Lisa Lutz is definitely one of them. Izzy and his crazy family are always a delight to follow and I love each second!

I admit that the first thing that came to my mind when starting this book is my great hope to go back to a relationship between Henry and Izzy. Well I must say that after a few pages it is clear that our hope is doomed to failure. Completely and permanently. I was really sad by this, for me these two characters were really meant to be together and I think it will take me some time for me to accept the fact that someone else is here for our heroine. But let’s leave that aside for a moment.

Our heroine took over the family business and intends to operate as she wishes. Yes, isn’t she the owner? Doesn’t she have the right to demand what she wants? The power quickly goes to her head and as her parents were not very happy with this change, they will go on strike altogether. Coming to work at odd hours? Done. Coming dressed in pajamas? Done! Doing everything to make Izzy’s life and work difficult? Done and redone! It was really fun to see how they could make her suffer so she capitulates and understands that what she did was not a good thing. But again, she must really understand it. In addition to that, I was pleasantly surprised to see Slayter throughout the novel, the new Izzy’s boss. He will manage to do what most people were never able to do, like make her jog. Yes and I can say that she doesn’t like that, but not at all. She became very close to this man who sees her as his confidante, but with his onset condition, it is increasingly difficult to keep the secret. Especially when someone is trying to sabotage everything they have done so far, discrediting this great leader while accusing Izzy to steal funds. Yes of course, she has already committed minor offenses but this time it is much bigger and she could lose everything, especially with her employees who do their best to ignore her. Our young detective must find the culprit before getting charged for something she did not do. And without the need to think more, Rae is back, wanting to rework in business with a very special position. David and Maggie try their best to deprogram Sidney, after a big brainwashing done by her grandmother. Finally you can see, not a dull moment and a lot of things in perspective that keep us interested throughout the novel.

I was really curious to see where Lisa Lutz wanted to take us this time and I must say I am not disappointed with the trip. This is again a very good novel and I hope there will be many more. If you do not know the series, I can only recommend it to you, you will surely not be disappointed. Crazy family, explosive business and many disasters await you. Of course, all this is not rosy and there will be pretty emotional moments that are very well written and that surprised me. Finally you can see, a nice sixth great volume even if I did not have exactly what I wanted, but is not this always in real life? A series to discover!



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