I am a huge fan of all four of the Spellman Files books by Lisa Lutz. I don’t read a lot of mysteries/thrillers. It’s not that I don’t like them if I do read them, but they rarely find their way to the top of my to-read pile. The Spellman books are loosely classified as mysteries; there is a mystery or three to be solved, but the books are much more about the characters than the mysteries. And they are laugh out loud funny.
Lutz has taken a hiatus from the Spellman Detective Agency for Heads You Lose. The book is both a murder mystery story and the story of the murder mystery being written.The mystery here is a bit more serious than in the Spellman Files, a headless corpse turns up in the front yard of Paul and Lacey Hansen, twenty-something siblings who are making a living growing pot in rural Northern California. Due to the nature of their business, they decide to dispose of the corpse themselves instead of calling the authorities. Things happen, oh so many things happen, and Lacey and Paul (reluctantly) find themselves bungling through their own investigation of the murder. That’s half the story. The story of the book being cowritten by Lutz and her ex-boyfriend David Hayward holds the rest of the book together and is hysterical. The two write alternating chapters and supply plenty of comments, criticisms, and suggestions for each other, essentially becoming characters themselves. It is all so snarky and fun that I had to come up with something stronger than laugh-out-loud-funny. How about filled with beverage-spewing moments?
Even the husband, who was slightly irritated with all my gleeful outbursts while he was trying to do something serious like win his computer game, had to admit that there were times when he couldn’t keep the happiness inside. Especially Chapter 14.
We actually read the ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of this one a few months back, but I decided to hold onto my review so that y’all could just rush right out and buy it. It is a perfect fun escape, I just might need to pick it up and read it again. It goes on sale next Tuesday, April 5.