Lisa Lutz

A second adventure for a dysfunctional family of detectives

Last year when she published her comedy-mystery The Spellman Files, I interviewed Lisa Lutz at Peet’s Coffee in Wallingford. She showed up with wet hair and charmed the pants off of everyone in sight. Unassuming, unpretentious, yet gripping and delightful? Hilarious and mysterious? Why, yes, the book is the author incarnate! The Curse of the Spellmans, the second book in Lutz’s series, follows suit with the antics of an eternally nosy family of private investigators. Family secrets! Restraining orders! Laughter! Foul cigar-smoking men! Women unable to commit! Finally, someone has made something good out of my family! At Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St., 587-5737, at noon; Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., at 7 p.m.; and University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 7 p.m. Wed., April 2. KARLA STARR

Wed., April 2, 7 p.m., 2008

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