Isabel Spellman works as a private investigator for her parents, who are also PIs. Uncle Ray helps out sometimes, and much-younger sister Rae is a surveillance expert, and would love to help out more than she’s allowed. The story weaves back and forth between work stuff (cases worked on, snapshots into detecting and surveillurating – TM Shawn Spencer) and family stuff (the brother who left the family business to become a lawyer, Isabel’s list of ex-boyfriends, Rae’s childhood). I liked most of the Spellmans, and I found the family history interesting, but I really didn’t like Rae. So when she goes missing and the rest of the family is tearing the state apart trying to find her, I found it hard to care. She’s kind of an awful child, and I’m not sure I’d want her back if she were my sister. It sounds terrible, but the Spellmans know they’re not exactly a normal family and I don’t think they’d be offended. Blackmail, extortion, breaking each others’ headlights and taillights to make it easier to follow them…they’ve done it all.
I liked the family enough to read the next book, but I’ll do some checking first and make sure it’s not all about Rae.