Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A Case of the Wednesdays!

The week is halfway over, but somehow it never seems that way when you wake to over a foot of snow on the ground.

Yep, a snowstorm hit hard and heavy last night. The power even flickered a few times during Survivors and Lost (somehow, Tuesdays have now become my tv nights). It's a good thing I ventured out in my jammies and backed the car up during the commercial break, too. There's a tree in our yard whose snow-heavy branches reach all the way to the ground until everything melts again. One of the branches actually broke off sometime during the night and now sits in the front yard waiting for us to borrow a hand saw and break it into moveable pieces. Craziness.

So yeah, my morning did not start off very well. After I dug half of our sidewalk out, I ended up calling it a day and leaving the rest for Mike (thank goodness his knee is well enough that I don't have to do the whole thing anymore!). Cold and sore, all I really wanted this morning was to go back to bed! Fortunately the sun has come out since then and the snow is fast melting.

I'm so ready for winter to be over that I'm breaking out the beach reads! I'm not kidding. When the weather really starts to get me down, nothing cheers me up better than a good book, and nothing can lift my mood as much as something light and funny -- like Lisa Lutz! I was actually reading her latest last week when we had pretty nice weather, but today got me thinking: Izzy Spellman and her family definitely would have cured my blues, so I thought this would be a great time to do my The Spellmans Strike Again post!

If you haven't read Lutz yet, stop now and go out and buy all of her books. I'm not kidding. Now. All four! You definitely have to read them in order to get the full effect and you're going to want to gobble them up once you start.

In The Spellmans Strike Again, Izzy is once again facing blackmail from the Spellman matriarch. This time around, her mother has insisted that unless Izzy begins going on a series of mother-approved blind dates (i.e. with lawyers or otherwise acceptable professionals) the secret of Prom 1994 will be revealed. Meanwhile, Maggie (see Revenge of the Spellmans for her intro) and David are trying to maintain a healthy relationship with the Spellmans looming. They're hiding a secret, too, but is it as tantalizing as the one Izzy's parents are hiding? And not to be left out, the youngest Spellman begins an internship researching pro bono cases, which leads to her involvement in a new cause.

Hilarious as always! (I can't help but be a little cryptic when describing these. They are, after all, PI mysteries at heart. They're just all around great reads, too, so I never want to give too much away.) The whole time I was cracking up (out loud) while reading, Mike just kept asking, "What? What?! What's so funny?!"

Yeah, you might not want to read these in public for fear of looking a little crazy -- or maybe you should read them in public. Definitely! The people might run out and buy them for themselves to see what all the fuss is about.


Cheryl said...

Ok adding all four books to my must purchase list

Becky LeJeune said...


You're going to love them, Cheryl!

Vickie said...

I always wonder what other drivers are thinking as they see me snort laugh in the car as I've listened to the first two on my commute. This is the best series!