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The Last Word (Spellman Novels) [Hardcover]

Lisa Lutz
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  • Hardcover: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (9 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451686668
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451686661
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 675,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Wish I had saved my money.... 6 Nov 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The first four books in the Spellman series I thoroughly enjoyed and would happily give them five stars. I was under the impression that book four was the last one as it had a certain finality about it. I was thus very happy to find out there was a further two books available in this series.

How disappointed I was. The impression I have is that the author has just written the last two books to make a bit of cash. I feel cheated of both my time and money!! Indeed this book number six I couldn't even be bothered finishing. I went straight to the back to find out how the story ends. The end, in my opinion, was really lazy on the part of the author as if they couldn't be bothered and just found a way to finish the book that was neither effective or satisfying.

From loving the characters the last two books left me not even liking them. I found some of the story unbelievable and annoying. In short as a fan of these books I feel conned and unappreciated by an ungrateful author just looking to make some extra cash at my expense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Izzy the Boss 26 July 2013
By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER
At the end of the last book, Isabel Spellman had just successfully conducted a hostile takeover of her family's PI firm. It's been six months since we last saw them, and in that time, things have not gone smoothly. Her parents have started coming to work (the front room of their house) in their PJ's (if Isabel is lucky), that is if they decide to work at all. Isabel is drowning in paperwork and struggling to understand the finances, something her mother always did. Rae has expressed a little renewed interest in the family business, but only as a Conflict Resolution Specialist, whatever that means.

And what little business they have is confusing Isabel. Her boss/benefactor Edward Slayter asks her to look into a business that seems almost too perfect. Edward also seems to be the target of something at work, but he can't determine what. They are trying to free another wrongfully convicted inmate, but someone is trying to warn them off. And employee Vivien wants help with a moving company that ripped her off. Will anything be resolved?

If you are familiar with the Spellmans, then you know to hang on for a wild romp. Yes, there is a lot happening (I left out a few sub-plots), but it actually all makes sense and is easy enough to follow. Along the way, we get lots of laughs and a few more somber moments working up to the ending.

It's the characters that make this book so great. I love them and feel for them with all their strengths and weaknesses. They pulled me into the story yet again and made me lose all track of time while I was reading - not a good thing when reading on your lunch hour.

So pick up this book if you are a fan of the series. You'll enjoy the latest in the series and look forward to the next installment.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly for die-hard fans 18 Sep 2013
By zgramma - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved the first four books, and (at the time) believed the fourth "document" to be a satisfying and fitting end to the series. Nonetheless, I was pleased to hear there was to be more Izzy, trusting the skill of the author not to fall into the Evanovich-like formula trap. After reading "The Trail of the Spellmans," I could wish she had fallen in that trap. I found the fifth book unsatisfying, unpleasant, inconsistent, and heavy-handed.

That SHOULD have cured me of wanting to read "The Last Word," but like those about to witness a train wreck, I just couldn't turn my eyes away. TLW appears to close the Isabel Spellman saga once and for all. It continues some of the themes and personal story lines from TotS, introduces new professional and personal challenges to Isabel (all of which seem to overwhelm her), and serves as a bridge to the next series, evidently featuring Rae. (I see another Evanovich-type trap looming. Sigh).

TLW doesn't have the fun, snarky, and light touch of the first four Spellman novels, but (to its credit) it doesn't seem to aspire to that either. Characters are consistent with TotS, most of the plot lines are neatly tied, and if you want to keep up with the author's next series, you will probably need to read Documents* (*finger quotes -- sorry, couldn't resist) 5 and 6. If, (like me), you're not particularly interested in Rae Spellman, you might want to stop at book #4.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Latest release in the hilarious Spellman series 11 July 2013
By misplaced cajun - Published on Amazon.com
Izzy is in a bit of a bind. After performing a hostile takeover of the family business, she's now the boss but that doesn't mean that anyone listens to her. In fact, both of her parents are doing everything they can to undermine her authority - somewhat understandable considering Izzy became a bit of a dictator there for a while. But now the bank records are kind of wonky and Izzy is being accused of embezzling from one of her clients. She knows it's a set up but the feds aren't going to just take her word for it.

Each and every new Spellman book (or book from Lisa Lutz for that matter) is a guaranteed hilarious read! THE LAST WORD was certainly no exception in that regard. If you've not had the pleasure, you're really missing out. Never fear, all previous five books are now out in paperback and if you're really anxious, you can kind of dive in with this sixth installment without issue (but you'll have to go back to the beginning to get all the references.)

I'm kind of in awe of how Lisa Lutz's brain works. I mean she includes footnotes for goodness sake! If you've read any of her books, you know her characters are pretty carefully drawn, too: she's got individual profiles of each one, even going so far as to outline their childhood antics as well (some of which play into individual stories).

Plus, she's done this: [...] Oh, yes, it's for real. Lisa Lutz is a bit of a genius in my opinion!

(Is it wrong for me to say that Izzy Spellman is kind of my hero? I mean, I know she's a thirty-something who isn't really all that grown up, but I'm a thirty-something who doesn't really FEEL all that grown up! And while I'd never do half the things Izzy does, it's mostly because I'd never have the nerve.)

Besides being fall on the floor and laugh out loud funny, with a set of the most fabulous characters in fiction (as if that weren't enough), THE LAST WORD is a darn good story. Lisa Lutz knows how to plot an interesting mystery. The addition of Rae's new conflict resolution services here is a bonus, too, adding an interesting new aspect to the stories (and possibly some fresh new fodder for additional Spellman books).

We'll just have to wait and see what Lutz has up her sleeve next. I'm hoping this is not the last we'll see of the Spellmans.
19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Last Word will be my last Spellman book 2 Sep 2013
By D. Austin - Published on Amazon.com
Some people's reviews have referred to the humor and madcap adventures in this book. It makes me wonder if they actually read it. This book was so depressing that it was an absolute slog to get through it. Apparently, Lisa Lutz is tired of writing about Izzy, which is fine, but turning her into a morose waste of air is doing Izzy and her fans a huge disservice. In this book, Izzy feels she's a failure at everything in her life and everyone keeps telling her she should be a grown up by now. Of course, it doesn't help that her parents are undermining her efforts at running the business, her ex got his new girlfriend pregnant and wants closure, her business partner has Alzheimer's and is being gaslighted. And all Izzy did through the whole book was second guess what little detecting she did and suffer everyone's barely concealed contempt. By the time I finished this book, I was so depressed for Izzy. Lutz left her with no hope at all AND, apparently, the next book will be narrated by Rae, the most annoying character in the entire series. No humor, no hope and, now, no morals. I'm done with the Spellmans.
15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Last Word By Lisa Lutz That I Intend To Read 29 Aug 2013
By Island River Scribe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the 6th book in the Spellman series and the last book by Lisa Lutz that I will read. And that should be a shame because she has a commanding way with words and a unique approach to progressing a story line. She is definitely a good author, in both her technical command of the craft and in her ability to stir feelings in her readers. So what happened with this book that has made me decide to remove her from my reading list?

First, the emotional and psychological tone of each book, since the 2nd, has deteriorated steadily. But, in this book, the doom, despair and desperation are oozing out of every pore of every page, right from the opening paragraph. I just wanted to get to the end so that the continual stupidity and constant emotional bloodletting would end.

Secondly, on the last page of the book, in the last paragraph of the page, the author truly wrote "THE LAST WORD." Shades of Sookie Stackhouse, she defended the way she wrote the end of the book/series.

Every author has their own personal belief system and that system almost invariably shows up in his or her novels as an extension of one or more character's personalities. Every author writes either for him or herself or for a target audience or some combination thereof. And no author should feel that he or she needs to apologize for what he or she writes or why he or she writes it.

That being said, here are the words of the defense, THE LAST WORD of the book:

"Finally, I'd like to thank my readers for staying with me all these years. I especially want to thank the ones who understand that the world isn't made up of happy endings, but messy, complicated, and untidy ones."

No happy endings? Nothing but mess, complications and untidiness? Excuse me, I believe that both my reader self and my personal self have been seriously insulted. And no matter how unique her story-telling style is nor how good a story arc she embarks upon, I will not give one more minute of my precious reading time to such depressing drivel. And that is MY LAST WORD.

Disclosure - I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway promotion, and that definitely had no effect on my opinion of the book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where's the story? 16 Aug 2013
By V. Holland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This one just felt like it was going through the motions of the previous books. Not a whole lot of content to the story. I made myself keep reading it cause I'd spent so much on it but I really didn't want to finish it.
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