Even though we’re watching the last few days of summer slip by, it’s not too late to gulp down a funny mystery. If you haven’t indulged in THE SPELLMAN FILES by Lisa Lutz, for example, you should start there. Picture HARRIET THE SPY for adults. And she has three others in the series. But be careful: once you start, it will be difficult to stop. And Labor Day is tomorrow.
If you’ve read all of the Spellman books and can’t wait for Lisa’s next installment, there is good news: she has written—excuse me, co-written—HEADS YOU LOSE with her ex-boyfriend, David Hayward. If that sounds like a recipe for disaster, all I can say is it’s a funny disaster. The two write alternating chapters and insert footnotes in response to each other’s work (commenting on plot decisions and word choice), and because they don’t always agree, the plot features two layers: what’s happening to the characters (a brother and sister who find a headless corpse on their property) and what’s happening between the writers, who, um, clearly have some unresolved issues. At various points I wondered, How did they ever finish this book?
Check it out to find out.