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Heads You Lose

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Fun premise, entertaining read

I often recommend Lisa Lutz's The Spellmans series to readers who have finished the Stephanie Plum books and are looking for another light hearted fun mystery series.

Heads You Lose is a stand alone book and is a collaboration with David Hayward....who just happens t...
I often recommend Lisa Lutz's The Spellmans series to readers who have finished the Stephanie Plum books and are looking for another light hearted fun mystery series.

Heads You Lose is a stand alone book and is a collaboration with David Hayward....who just happens to be Lisa's ex-boyfriend. And it is this connection that makes this book so much fun to read.

So, in the novel, we meet brother and sister Lacey and Paul. They're twenty somethings living in a small town in California. They also grow pot for a living. When a headless corpse appears on their property, chances are it could be work related. But, the ideal thing seems to be to move the body elsewhere to be found given their profession. When the body appears yet again in the front yard, Lacey recognizes it this time as her ex-fiancee. Lacey decides to give the sheriff a hand solving the case...with Paul's help of course.

Lisa writes the first chapter and subsequent odd numbered chapters; David does the even numbered. Emails between the co authors preface each chapter and barbed footnotes abound. The subtle sniping between the two is hilarious. Each chapter takes a new direction as characters are added and killed off. (and brought back!) Clues abound as each author tries to steer the direction the book should take by adding their own twists.

"Another idiotic duck reference was all Lacey had to show for her visit with Marybeth Monroe. It was if some outside element were at work, temporarily putting the brakes on her investigation."
The town is populated by wildly quirky characters, seemingly random clues and red herrings galore - a source of contention between Lisa and David as the outcome is not pre determined.

Heads You Lose was such an entertaining, laugh out loud read. I hope the two authors can put their differences aside and collaborate again. No wait....it works much better for us if they don't get along!

posted by Twink on April 11, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

PUBLISHERS OF EBOOKS - PLEASE READ!!

This book was a lot of fun. The issue that I had with it, as I read an eBook version, was with the footnotes. In the paper books she writes, half the fun is the footnotes - but in the electronic version, the footnotes were all at the end of the entire book, which made...
This book was a lot of fun. The issue that I had with it, as I read an eBook version, was with the footnotes. In the paper books she writes, half the fun is the footnotes - but in the electronic version, the footnotes were all at the end of the entire book, which made paging back and forth really annoying, and in the end, too much work.

So, the electronic version lost that entire element. If you are a fan of Lisa Lutz, as I am, I would NOT recommend the eBook version!!

posted by 234236 on July 7, 2011

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

    Don%27t+bother

    I+am+a+huge+Spellman+fan+and+was+looking+forward+to+the+same+level+of+humor+and+writing+expertise+that+enlivens+that+series.++This+book+is+disjointed+and+sophmoric.++I%27+m+not+sure+what+possessed+Lisa+Lutz+to+write+this+with+her+co-author%3F+other+than+extreme+boredom+and+perhaps+a+change+of+pace-+Sorry%2C+Lisa%2C+it+did+not+work.++I+look+forward+to+the+next+Spellman+book+or+something+akin+to+real+writing+versus+an+experiment+in+%22he+said+she+said%22.++We+all+make+mistakes+and+I+am+still+a+loyal+fan+so+please+carry+on.++You+are+clever+and+I+do+appreciate+the+writing+in+your+other+books.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2011

    Very disappointed

    I am very disappointed with this book. I had to stop reading after 4 or 5 chapters. Do not waste your money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2011

    Not nearly as good as the Spellman Files

    Lutz became my favorite author as soon as I started reading the Spellman Files series. I was very excited when I heard she had a new book out. Maybe I built the book up in my head because I'm such a fan...but I could not get into this book. There were a few moments where I laughed and saw the old Lutz writing that I fell in love with, but overall I was disappointed. I really hope she writes alone next time.

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