As part of Fall Into Reading, we are encouraged to review the books we read. Like I've never done that. :)
The first book I got read was The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz. While the story is about a series of PI's, it's not a mystery novel. It does contain a mystery or two at the end, but it is really about family dynamics.
The novel centers around Izzy Spellman, the middle child but the older daughter by about 15 years. The novel covers much of the family's history, but focuses on a couple years.
Now this is a very dysfunctional family. Everyone but the oldest brother works for the family business, Spellman Investigations. And that includes the youngest daughter, who is only in middle school. That means that everyone's secrets are everyone else's business. They follow each other and break into each other's bedrooms.
But there is lots of love. And watching them interract provides lots of laughs before the more serious ending.
This book is different from most of what I read, but I really enjoyed it.
And if you'd like a full review, read my review of The Spellman Files at Epinions.com