The Last Word

The Last Word

Book - 2013
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Targeted by the members of her dysfunctional family for control over Spellman Investigations after staging a retaliatory takeover, Izzy is wrongly accused of embezzling funds from a wealthy Alzheimer's patient.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Description: 339 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781451686661
Branch Call Number: Lutz
Additional Contributors: Lutz, Lisa. Last word


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May 15, 2018

Quick review: I was laughing so hard that my husband went to the other room to read his book. If you haven't read the previous documents 1, you won't enjoy this. Had to read this one with a handkerchief 2 in hand.
1. If you don't get the joke about documents, you have not been reading Lutz's Spellman series in order of publication. (Now available in paperback!)
2. For the tears of laughter, not sorrow.

Aug 04, 2017


Jul 14, 2017

This book was not for me although I can see the appeal for somebody wanting a light read. A little too much kibbutzing and tongue in cheek commentary and not enough story. To me the characters were too contrived and stereotypical and not enough reality. Chaucun a son goute.

Nov 28, 2016

(The Next Generation)
(The sixth book in the Izzy Spellman Mysteries series)

May 10, 2015

This was such a good book. It's tremendously sad to see this great series coming to an end.

samdog123 Mar 20, 2014

I have loved each and every one of these case files... I hope that the title doesn't mean this is the end of the series. I love all the quirky characters and hope that 35 year old Isabel Spellman never grows up! This detective family has had their share of ups and downs! In this title, Izzy's boss is trying to hide his memory loss and her parents are hiding something from the family. Everyone's trying to pull the wool over everyone's eyes and deceit is the key to the plot. Good thing Izzy and her family are on the case!

Jul 28, 2013

Love the Spellmans.....I HOPE just because its called The Last Word that its not the last should be a crime to not write Document #7....

Jul 27, 2013

I usually count on Lisa Lutz for a light-hearted read. Not so much this time around, as personal circumstances cast a pall on the Spellman family. Still good, just not unrelievedly comic in tone.

Jul 25, 2013

I really loved the characters in this book, although I found it a bit tamer that previous Spellman novels. Perhaps because Izzy seems to be maturing somewhat, as is evidenced by her relationships with Mr. Slayter and with Henry Stone, though who knows what the future holds. I found Mr Slayter and Charlie to be delightful. It will be interesting to see if Izzy and Max someday make a connection. Somehow I don't believe this is 'the last word' in the Spellman series.


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Jul 25, 2013

Isabel Spellman has worked at her family's firm, Spellman Investigations, for as long as she can remember. Having recently been fired, a wealthy client and benefactor aids her in gaining purchase of her siblings shares of the business, thus putting her in the position of power. This takeover does not sit well with her parents, who stage a rebellion of sorts; showing up for work in PJ's, boxers, etc, or not showing up at all. She should have expected a backlash. As she struggles to keep the business afloat, but her parents are acting so strange she fears they are headed for divorce and her father's eventual illness causes her to confront his mortality. Realizing she is not cut out to totally run the business,sister Rae steps back into the picture to help manage the business. Izzy is suspicious of everything involving family at this point, but has no choice.
In the process of doing a job for her benefactor, Mr. Slayter, an endearing relationship develops between the two. Feeling beholden to him, Izzy helps keep the fact that he has Alzheimer's from becoming public knowledge in order to protect his business and reputation. But someone else is out to destroy it by embezzling funds and shifting the blame to Izzy. Izzy must find the culprit before the FBI closes in and she loses the family business.

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