Monday, May 9, 2011

"There were many times that my pants were so thin that I could sit on a dime and tell if it was heads or tails." Spencer Tracy

Lisa Lutz is the successful author of the humorous Spellman crime stories. In this novel, she has co-authored with David Howard, a poet and Lisa's former boyfriend. Lisa and David write alternate chapters in this zany novel and between chapters, they debate the merits of the prior chapter and the possibilities of plot in the next chapter. It is a wonderful device that gives the reader insight into the writer's thoughts and considerations.

How would someone react if they found a dead body on their front lawn but couldn't report it to the police because they had a field of pot growing behind the house and it was sure to be discovered?

Paul and Lacy Hansen are in their mid twenties. They live in their parents home after their parents died during a vacation. With college debts and a bleak job market they began growing pot and selling it to discriminating markets, i.e. a woman with chronic pain, and patients and staff at an assisted living home.

Lacy is the more curious of the two. As this part of the action is taking place, I pictured the movie "A Weekend at Bernie's." Paul and Lacy bundle the body up and dump it on a hiking path at a nearby rest stop.

After this is done, they expect someone to notice the body but not long after dumping the body, Lacy is startled when she finds it on her front yard again. This time Lacy recognizes a tattoo as that of her old boyfriend, Hart Drexel.

The story takes many turns and twists as Lacy and Paul try to solve the crime themselves. Lacy is a character who is reminiscent of the wonderful character of Janet Evanovich, Stephanie Plum. She bumbles her way through the story attempting to find everyone's alibi. Suspects continue to wind up dead and even the authors argue about what should come next.

This novel describes such a hilarious escapade and was so much fun that I wanted to find who was the killer but I didn't want the story to end.


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bookspersonally said...

I really enjoyed the Spellman series- the concept of this one (with the coauthor & plot discussion) sounds so interesting. Will def. look forward to reading it.

Julie S said...

Please enter me in the giveaway.


Donna said...

This book sounds hysterical! I have German Shepherds sleeping all over the front lawn but they're alive! Enter me in the give away please.

Tracy.H said...

This definitely sounds like something completely different. I would love to be entered into this one. Thanks! On my way to 'Yes' your review. :0)

Heather said...

omg, how can a disposed of body return. eke, now that's either comedy or nightmare.

Checked your review at Amazon and 'liked' it.

Please enter me in the contest.
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Laurie said...

Hi Mike, My "Yes" vote wasn't counted apparently...I tried though and left a comment so I hope that will work. I would love to be entered in the contest (I also have a giveaway happening for two YA autographed paperbacks by Karen Fuller.)

What's in a Word Wednesday said...

This sounds like a real hoot and would love to win it. I happen to get Curse of the Spellmans when Borders had their closing sale but haven't had a chance to read it yet.

Please enter me in this giveaway.

I also follow your blog.

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Great stuff.


BrittanyGale said...

Please enter me :) I follow your blog via GFC quixoticdreamer and I clicked yes that I found your review helpful on Amazon.


Tammy said...

New follower. Please enter me in the Lisa Lutz giveaway. I've read her Spellman series.

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a great book!

Thanks for the chance to win.

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Count me in! :-)


lemon123 said...

This novel does make me think of Evanovich whom I love. I up to #five in the series.

Tea said...

I do want to be included in the giveaway.

Tea said...

I also follow you in my Googlereader.

Now going to Amazon to read the review.

catslady said...

Sounds like a different kind of read and very enjoyable! Please enter me. I also enjoyed your review.


Tore said...

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Connie said...

Hi! I signed to follow your blog and did both reviews for you on Amazon. Thanks for the great giveaway! :)

KimberlySue said...

I'm a follower! Thanks for the giveaway!


IandSsmom said...

Thank you for the giveaway!! Would love to be entered! Yes'd on amazon!

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Count me in.

Anonymous said...

Not sure when your giveaway ends, but if it is still possible include me in

tearyeyedstars said...

Hi! (:
Please enter me in.
I've clicked yes on the review and blogged about this giveaway!

Thanks for following me and for the giveaway!

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