The Last Word by Lisa Lutz (The Spellman’s #6)

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. (Goodreads)

Source: eARC from Simon & Schuester/Edelweiss for an honest review

This is the sixth book in the series, so if you haven’t read any of the other Spellman books, you should probably start at the first book in the series, The Spellman Files.

This final book has Izzy, primary owner of the family private investigator business, at a loss.  Her parents are on strike, her 3 year old neice has become very demanding, and her benefactor/mentor, Mr. Slayter, is having a hard time keeping his Alzheimer’s a secret from the board of directors at his company.  Izzy is then accused of embezzling from his company and the FBI is breathing down her neck. What’s a girl to do?

If you have read any of these books, you know just how funny they are.  This book is no different. I found myself laughing out loud several times.  There are several little mysteries for Izzy to solve and issues she has to resolve in her family and with her company and it’s always fun to see just how she will approach the problem.  There are some problems even Izzy cannot solve, so she has to put on her bitch face and deal with it.

I liked this book a lot, but Lisa Lutz does not have an issue with unresolved things or does not feel the need to have a Happily Ever After ending, and one of the things I was hoping would happen completely exploded in my face.  But that’s life, not everything is tidy and perfect, as she’s proven.  People are cheated on, nothing is guaranteeed.  One of my favorite aspects of this book was her relationship with Mr. Slayer.  I will miss Izzy Spellman, and I hope wherever she is, she finds the things she needs to make her life her own.

4/5

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