I listened to Trail of the Spellmans, the fifth book in the Spellman Files series. As with all of the books in the series, Isabel “Izzy” Spellman is our protagonist. Izzy is a private eye employed by the Spellman Detective Agency owned by her parents, Albert and Olivia. All previous books in the series are funny and this latest installment is no different. This time around, though, Izzy seems to be the responsible one while all the rest seem to be behaving unlike their usual selves. Olivia seems to be taking on more extracurricular activities outside of the home. David, her perfect eldest brother, no longer cares about his high-paying lawyer job nor does he care about his appearance. He only cares about raising his daughter, who can only manage to say “banana” when she hates bananas. Rae, the youngest sibling, has always been eager to take on detective jobs but seems to be hesitant to take a new case. Izzy seems to be avoiding Henry, ex-boyfriend number 13; however, Henry’s mother, who seems to be just like Izzy, comes for an extended stay. If this isn’t enough, Grammy Spellman, who has never approved of Izzy, arrives to add havoc.
All books in this series are full of fun characters and I was not disappointed in this latest installment, Trail of the Spellmans. It was a pleasure to get immersed in this family with all their high jinks. I found myself laughing out loud while driving down the road, wondering if passersby questioned my stability. My only question after reading this book though is, “Will there be another?” Sure hope so.