Accused (Rosato & Associates Series #12) [NOOK Book]


New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award–winning author Lisa Scottoline revolutionized crime fiction when she introduced her all-female law firm of Rosato & Associates, thrilling readers with her twisty, fast-paced plots and capturing their hearts with her cast of strong and relatable female characters. Now Bennie Rosato, Mary DiNunzio, Judy Carrier, and Anne Murphy are back with all cylinders firing in Accused.

Mary Dinuzio has just been promoted to partner and is about...

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New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award–winning author Lisa Scottoline revolutionized crime fiction when she introduced her all-female law firm of Rosato & Associates, thrilling readers with her twisty, fast-paced plots and capturing their hearts with her cast of strong and relatable female characters. Now Bennie Rosato, Mary DiNunzio, Judy Carrier, and Anne Murphy are back with all cylinders firing in Accused.

Mary Dinuzio has just been promoted to partner and is about to take on her most unusual case yet, brought to the firm by a thirteen-year-old genius with a penchant for beekeeping.  Allegra Gardner’s sister Fiona was murdered six years ago, and it seemed like an open-and-shut case: the accused, Lonnie Stall, was seen fleeing the scene; his blood was on Fiona and her blood was on him; most damningly, Lonnie Stall pleaded guilty.  But Allegra believes Lonnie is innocent and has been wrongly imprisoned. The Gardner family is one of the most powerful in the country and Allegra’s parents don’t believe in reopening the case, so taking it on is risky.  But the Rosato & Associates firm can never resist an underdog.  Was justice really served all those years ago?  It will take a team of unstoppable female lawyers, plus one thirteen-year-old genius, to find out. 


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It was an open-and-shut homicide case. Young Fiona Gardner was murdered; Lonnie Stall pleaded guilty and was sentenced. Now precocious trust fund kid Allegra Gardner has come to Rosato & Associates, asking them to reopen the investigation. To the members of the all-female firm, reversing the verdict and freeing Stall isn't an uphill battle; it's a sheer cliff: In addition to the straightforward guilty plea, there is also forensic evidence. But with the help of her 13-year-old client new partner Mary DiNuncio soldiers towards the truth. A fine new legal thriller from an Edgar Award-winning author.

Publishers Weekly
Mary DiNunzio faces two daunting changes in bestseller Scottoline’s intriguing 12th novel featuring the all-woman Philadelphia law firm of Rosato & Associates (after 2010’s Think Twice): she has become a partner in the firm, which affects her relationships with former fellow associates; and boyfriend Anthony Rotunno gets a lot more serious. Mary’s first client as a partner is 13-year-old Allegra Gardner, who wants to retain the firm to prove that Lonnie Stall, imprisoned for the murder of Allegra’s older sister, Fiona, six years earlier, is innocent and to find the real killer. Allegra may be precocious, and she has her own funds, but her wealthy parents oppose her actions directly and forcibly. Myriad legal and ethical problems complicate the case, including Stall’s own confession, as does the help, wanted and unwanted, of the DiNunzio and Rotunno families. Mary follows her heart and gut into danger in this welcome series return after three stand-alones. First printing of 400,000. Agent: Molly Friedrich, Friedrich Literary Agency. (Oct.)
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Praise for Lisa Scottoline

“Lisa Scottoline is one of the very best writers at work today. Don’t Go proves it once again. This is a story that is heavily muscled, emotional and relevant. They don’t come any better.” —Michael Connelly

“Scottoline is a powerhouse.” —David Baldacci

“Scottoline gets all the details right, and gives all the characters flesh and blood, breath and life.  This is a novel that is as full of thrills as it is full of heart.”  —Kristin Hannah on Come Home

“Scottoline is always awesome.” —Janet Evanovich

“Scottoline is a star!” —Time

Kirkus Reviews
After a three-year break to write barn-burning crossover thrillers (Don't Go, 2013, etc.), Scottoline returns to those ornaments of the Philadelphia bar, Rosato & Associates, with an utterly characteristic spin on that old chestnut, the jailed innocent wrongfully convicted of murder. Making partner is even a bigger deal for Mary DiNunzio than she could have expected. For one thing, her live-in boyfriend, Anthony Rotunno asks her to marry him. For another, she lands a most peculiar case courtesy of a client who wants her to spring sometime caterer Lonnie Stall from Graterford Prison, where he's spent the past six years, ever since he pleaded guilty in the stabbing death of Fiona Gardner. What makes the case peculiar is the client: Fiona's kid sister Allegra, who was just 7 at the time of the murder. She was already then convinced that Stall was innocent. Now that she's turned 13, Allegra, "your basic poor little rich girl," is able to tap a trust fund that allows her to pay a law firm to reopen the case. Allegra, a matter-of-fact prodigy who keeps bees and fears nothing, is the best thing about this story. The second best is her parents, who are so determined to keep her from reopening old wounds that they take some pretty drastic steps against Mary and Bennie Rosato and threaten even more. Unfortunately, the battle royal within the Gardner family, with Rosato & Associates as collateral damage, is generally subordinated to Mary's sleuthing, which is surprisingly sober, methodical and uninteresting, right down to the unmasking of an unimpressive killer. Comfort food for the faithful, with less thrills and more detection than most of the firm's cases (Think Twice, 2010, etc.): a showcase for a heroine who aptly describes herself as "Nancy Drew with a J.D."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250027665
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/29/2013
  • Series: Rosato & Associates Series , #12
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 7,196
  • File size: 573 KB

Meet the Author

Lisa Scottoline

LISA SCOTTOLINE is the New York Times bestselling and Edgar-Award winning author of twenty-one novels.  She has served as the President of Mystery Writers of America and her recent novel, Look Again, has been optioned for a feature film.  She is a weekly columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer and her columns have been collected in two books and optioned for television. She has 25 million copies of her books in print in the United States, and she has been published in thirty countries. She lives in the Philadelphia area with an array of disobedient pets.


Most authors admit that they need to work in silence in order to get into the creative process. For them, writing is serious work that requires the utmost peace and concentration. Of course, most authors are not writing the kind of whiz-bang, sharp, wild, and witty works that Lisa Scottoline is producing. Scottoline's unusual working methods and desire for all things pop culture have helped her to create some of the most unapologetically entertaining and compulsively page-turning novels in contemporary popular fiction.

Scottoline's initial impetus to become a novelist was not quite as joyful as her novels might suggest. She had recently given up her position as a litigator at a Philadelphia law firm to raise her newborn daughter at the same time as she was breaking up with her husband. While the birth of her daughter was an undoubtedly happy moment for Scottoline, she was also thrust into relative isolation in the wake of her separation and the end of her job. To keep herself busy (when not tending to her daughter, that is), she decided to write a novel, the provocative story of an ambitious young lawyer whose hectic life becomes even more manic when she learns she is being stalked. Three years after beginning the novel, Scottoline sold Everywhere That Mary Went to HarperCollins a mere week after taking a part-time job as a clerk for an appellate judge—her first job since beginning the book. While her transition from lawyer to novelist may seem abrupt to some, Scottoline asserts that it was law school that gave her the necessary tools to spin a compelling yarn. In a 2005 interview with Barnes &, Scottoline asserted that the job of a lawyer is surprisingly similar to that of a good writer: "Take the facts that matter, throw out the ones that don't, order them in such a way in which a point of view is created so that by the time someone is finished listening to your argument or reading your book they see things completely in that point of view."

Scottoline's sure-handed way with an intriguing narrative has led to a string of bestselling thrillers and a popular series revolving around the women of Rosato & Associates, an all-female law firm in Philadelphia—the author's own beloved hometown. Jam-packed with humor, mystery, eroticism, and smarts, her novels are published worldwide and have been translated into twenty-five different languages.

Good To Know

Lisa Scottoline is definitely no TV snob. She feels no shame when revealing her love of everything from Court TV to Oprah to The Apprentice to I Love Lucy.

One of the reasons that Scottoline is such a fabulous writer may have something to do with having a particularly fabulous teacher. While studying English at the University of Pennsylvania she was instructed by National Book Award Winner Philip Roth.

Don't try this at home! Scottoline completed her first novel, Everywhere That Mary Went, while she and her newborn daughter lived solely on $35,000 worth of credit from five Visa cards, which she'd completely maxed out by the time she completed the book three years later.

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    1. Hometown:
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 1, 1955
    2. Place of Birth:
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1976; J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1981
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Chapter One
CONGRATULATIONS! read the banner, but Mary DiNunzio still couldn’t believe she’d made partner, even at her own party. She felt stunned, happy, and hopeful, ready to leave behind her doubts, insecurities, and guilt. Okay, maybe not her guilt. Guilt was like her handbag, occasionally heavy, but something she just felt better carrying around. Same with her insecurities, with which she had grown secure. As for her doubts, she remained doubtful. On second thought, it remained to be seen whether becoming a partner would change Mary DiNunzio at all.
Everyone she loved stood around her smiling, filling the small conference room at Rosato & Associates, and Mary smiled back, trying to find her emotional footing now that she was no longer on the terra firma of associatehood. Bennie Rosato, the superlawyer who was her former boss, had just become her alleged equal, and if that wasn’t confusing enough, her friends Judy Carrier, Anne Murphy, and Marshall Trow also worked at the firm. Mary didn’t know how she’d morph her friends into her employees, or if she could double their salary.
Her boyfriend, Anthony Rotunno, was standing to the right, the proverbial tall, dark, and academic, with thick wavy hair, a gorgeous smile, and eyes the dark brown of a double shot. He was a history professor who had just moved in with her, and they were still working out the closet situation and those little hairs he left in the bathroom sink. He had his arms around her parents, Mariano “Matty” and Vita DiNunzio, who had grown shorter and rounder, resting on either side of him like meatballs on a plate of spaghetti.
Mary’s father was bald and chubby in his white short-sleeved shirt and Bermuda-shorts-with-black-socks-and-sandals combination, dressed-down as usual, since the DiNunzios reserved fancy clothes for weddings or funerals. Her mother was in her best flowery housedress, with her white hair freshly teased into a cumulus cloud meant to hide her growing bald spot. Still her eyes retained their warm brown hue, doubtless the color of fertile Abruzzese soil, and the gray rimming her irises didn’t obscure the love in her gaze. Beside them stood The Three Tonys—her father’s friends “Pigeon” Tony Lucia, Tony “From-Down-The-Block” LoMonaco, and Tony “Two Feet” Pensiera—a trifecta of octogenarians who served as traveling uncles for Mary, occasionally helping on cases and generally clinging to her like cigar smoke.
“DiNunzio?” Bennie frowned, her eyes a concerned blue. She was six feet tall, of Amazonian strength and proportions, and had only gotten fitter since she was rowing again. Her unruly blonde hair was up in its topknot, and she had on her trademark khaki suit, so retro it had become hipster. “You don’t look happy.”
“I am, no, really, very happy.” Mary was still afraid of Bennie, but she expected that would change, in twenty years. “It’s just so overwhelming. I mean, thanks, all of you.”
“Awww,” Judy, Anne, and Marshall said, smiling in unison. The phone started ringing at the reception desk, and Marshall scooted out to pick it up.
“We love you, Mary!” Anthony winked at her.
Maria, ti amo.” Her mother’s eyes misted behind her thick glasses, and her father sniffled, wrinkling his largish nose. It was the DiNunzio nose, which guaranteed its wearer more oxygen than anybody in the room.
“MARE, YOU DESERVE IT!” her father hollered, speaking in capital letters by habit, though his hearing aid sat behind his ear, more an earplug than a help. “WE’RE SO PROUD A YOU!”
The Tonys nodded, being good-natured in general, especially when the cannolis were free.
Bennie raised a styrofoam cup of champagne. “Then let’s toast to DiNunzio. I mean, Mary. And we have to change our letterhead. Here’s to Rosato & DiNunzio.”
“Wait, call me DiNunzio,” Mary blurted out. “I’m used to it, and let’s hold off on the letterhead, for now. I’m not ready yet. Let it sink in.”
“Mare, that’s silly.” Judy looked at her like she was nuts. She had superintelligent blue eyes in a round face, framed by yellow-blonde hair cut short and raggedy, so she looked like the beaming sun in a crayoned picture.
“Mary, really?” Anne frowned in a meaningful way. She was a model-pretty redhead in a dress that fit like Spanx. “Don’t give away your power. Remember your affirmations.”
Mary tried not to laugh. She didn’t have any power to give away, and she always skipped her morning affirmations, since I DESERVE ALL MY SUCCESS AND HAPPINESS made her late for the bus. “Let’s stick with DiNunzio and the old letterhead for now, okay?”
“Congratulations, DiNunzio!” Bennie grinned, and everybody raised their cups and took a sip, then hugged and kissed her, each one in turn, an aromatic blend of flowery perfume, CVS aftershave, and mothballs.
Marshall returned, leaning in the doorway, her face flushed with excitement. “Bennie, the desk just called from downstairs. Allegra Gardner is on the way up, and she’s looking for representation.”
“A Gardner, from the Gardner family?” Bennie’s face lit up, and nobody had to tell Mary the party was over. She was a partner now and knew that money trumped fun. The firm could use new business, and the Gardners were a wealthy family, like the Kennedys with a Philadelphia accent.
“Which one’s Allegra?” Mary asked, setting down her cup.
“I don’t know, she didn’t say, but she’s a real Gardner.” Marshall nodded, excited. “She just interviewed Morgan Lewis, but isn’t hiring them. She wants to see us about a new matter.”
“Great!” Bennie turned to Mary. “DiNunzio, we’d love to get business from that family. Do you mind if we cut your party short?”
“No, I agree,” Mary said, making her first partner-y decision. She wanted to start on the right foot, and agreeing was always good. Even partners sucked up, this being America.
“Good.” Bennie turned back to Marshall. “Set up the big conference room. Make sure there’s laptops, fresh pads, and pencils.”
Anne blinked her lovely green eyes. “I know the Gardners are super-rich, but how did they make their money?”
“It’s so old they forget,” Mary answered. “It’s just there, like oxygen. Or carbohydrates.”
Judy lifted an eyebrow. “Balzac said behind every fortune is a great crime.”
Bennie scoffed. “Balzac didn’t have a payroll to meet, and let’s not prejudge our clients. The Gardner family interests are run by three brothers, and they own banks, reinsurance concerns, and real estate development companies.” She turned to Mary’s parents, Anthony, and The Tonys. “Folks, please excuse us. I know you’re having dinner with Mary tonight, and you’re welcome to stay here until the meeting’s over. It won’t take more than an hour.”
“Alla good, Benedetta. We know you gotta work, we wait.” Mary’s mother waddled over and gave Bennie a big hug, except that Bennie was six feet tall and Vita DiNunzio was a foot shorter, so her face landed between Bennie’s breasts. When Bennie released her, she looked vaguely asphyxiated. “Benedetta, take cookies, cannol’, sflogiatelle.”
“SHE’S RIGHT, BENNIE, TAKE THE COOKIES AND PASTRY TO THE MEETING. WE’LL SIT AND HAVE ANOTHER CUPPA COFFEE.” Her father gestured at Pigeon Tony, who was already pouring another round of black. Tony-From-Down-The-Block was settling down with the sports page, and Feet was tugging over a chair to put up his feet, which, oddly, had nothing to do with his nickname.
“Thanks.” Bennie turned to Judy and Anne. “Ladies, we need as many people on our side of the table as she has on hers. Everybody to the big conference room for a dog-and-pony show.”
Judy set down her cake. “I’ll be the dog.”
Anne set down her Diet Coke. “I’ll be the pony.”
“I’ll be the partner.” Mary brought up the rear, because she had to hug and kiss everybody good-bye, as was customary in South Philly, where hugs and kisses were like passports, required for all comings and goings. She hurried to the big conference room, which had one wall completely of glass, with an impressive view of the metallic ziggurat of One Liberty Place, the sharp spike of the Mellon Center, and the quaint figure of William Penn in his Quaker hat, atop City Hall. They all got busy setting up laptops, pads, and coffee, then Mary, Judy, and Anne arranged themselves on one side of the table with Bennie at the head, because it went without saying that she would run the meeting. She wasn’t the only partner anymore, but she was still the Office Mom.
Which, as it turned out, was exactly what Allegra Gardner needed, because Allegra Gardner was only thirteen years old.

Copyright © 2013 by Smart Blonde, LLC.

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  • Posted November 5, 2013

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    Lisa's Best Book Thus Far!

    Very well done! I have read a number of Lisa’s books and Accused was outstanding (Rosato & Associates #12)! It was nice to hear from Judy, Mary, and the gang (her parents are a riot)!

    Mary (now partner), is hired by a 13 yr old brilliant and wealthy girl (Allegra) to investigate her sister (Fiona)’s murder. Even though another guy (Lonnie) is in prison –she feels he is innocent. A good mystery (tried voting for this book as 2013 Mystery of the Year; however, it does not come up).

    Mary is now engaged to Anthony with mothers on both sides forcing their own bridal gown, as she is in the middle of reopening and investigating a murder investigation. Mary wants to help Allegra and has to fight off her father and many others along the way as she is determined to find the truth.

    Mary begins to uncover facts which prove Lonnie’s innocence and the family lawyer is involved with some other secrets (which I will not disclose – An engaging mystery, with humor, and lots of laughs. The audio was excellent by January Lavoy – highly recommend – one of Scottoline’s best books!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2013

    Mary Dinuzio is a great character.   She starts off getting enga

    Mary Dinuzio is a great character.   She starts off getting engaged and being unsure if “Yes” is the answer she should give, but yet she knows that is the answer that is expected.  Next Mary gets a new client, a teenage girl whose sister has been murdered six years ago, and never bats an eye at taking the case.   When pushed to drop the case she stands up for herself and stays on the case.   I loved how she went way beyond a normal lawyer and works hard to solve the case.  As I kept reading, I was fairly sure that I knew who the killers were.  Boy,  was I surprised at who the killers actually were.  Lisa Scottoline kept me on my toes and guessing the whole book.   

    The character of Allegra has me worried many times during the story.   Was she just dwelling on the murder of her sister or did she truly know that Lonnie was innocent?   She seemed to be almost too smart.  She had this plan from an even younger age to find Fiona’s real killer and almost seemed obsessed with it.   Then when I was introduced to her parents, my first thought was wow, what loser parents.  They seemed to not pay her much attention, easier to send her away to boarding school and let the hired help raise her.  As I read I got a new outlook on her parents and maybe I was quick to judge. 

    This is my first book that I have read in the Rosato & Associates Firm.  I can tell you that I will be going back and reading the other books in this series.   I felt that even though I did not know the characters history, I could easily relate and connect with each character.  

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2013

    I absolutely love the Rosato and Associates series, and I am so

    I absolutely love the Rosato and Associates series, and I am so glad that Lisa has written another book for the series at last.  Accused features Mary Dinunzio, which is good news for me, because Mary's parents are my favorite characters of all.  This is a splendid tale, no disappointments whatsoever, beautifully done.  I was appalled to see the 3 1/2 star rating, so unjust, and in place long before the book was ever released.  I totally enjoyed the book and can't wait for the next one, in which Mary and Angie's relationship will hopefully be resolved and healed.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013


    I am so happy that Lisa Scottoline brought back Roasato and Associates as I have read almost all her books. This was a good, entertaining read for anyone who enjoys lighter mysteries. it is like being with old friends.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

    This sort of story is almost guaranteed to please some and to up

    This sort of story is almost guaranteed to please some and to upset some readers. After all, the justice system is supposed to be "perfect." Guess again, children.

    My greatest fear, having served on three juries over the years [one as Foreman], is a trial by a "jury of my peers." Common people, peers, generally have disregarded the law and their instructions to get to the decision they have preconceived..

    A worthwhile read, if only for the lesson it teaches about miscarriage of justice. Dutch_Frogg.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    terribly written book, very immature writing. I felt a 12 year

    terribly written book, very immature writing. I felt a 12 year old had written it. Sorry I wasted my time.
    Early books were better. Much much better writers of crime novels out there - Grimes, Grafton, Sandford

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2014

    This book was mostly filler, with very little plotline. Obvious

    This book was mostly filler, with very little plotline. Obviously needed some inane dialogue to fill 350 pages.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    Too many lawyers spoil the broth

    Do we really need any more attorney mystery women child client genre combos? Mom

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    The law firm of Rosato & Associates take on the challenge of

    The law firm of Rosato & Associates take on the challenge of trying to reopen a murder case and free the convicted killer who accepted a plea deal at the time of his trial. Surprisingly, the request comes from the 13-year-old sister of the murder victim. That set of circumstances provides the most interesting aspect of the case, and the remainder of the book unravels a not-very-complicated plot. The family and friends surrounding Mary DiNunzio are salt-of-the-earth characters who, while heartwarming and funny, are not fully developed. Overall, this is a fun read with a warm, fuzzy, satisfying ending, but in the grand scheme of things, it's more Twinkie than Tiramisu.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2014

    A very good book. A good read.

    I enjoyed this book so much I went and got more of the series.

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  • Posted June 5, 2014

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    After several standalone novels and four non-fiction books, Lis

    After several standalone novels and four non-fiction books, Lisa Scottoline has gone back to her terrific Rosato & Associates series, as Mary DiNunzio, one of the all-female “Associates,” is made a partner in the firm, joining Benedetto (“Bennie”) Rosato as a boss in the successful criminal law firm, well-known as mavericks and for championing the underdog. But when their newest client is Allegra Gardner, the thirteen-year-old daughter (with a genius-level IQ) of a well-known and wealthy Philadelphia family, it presents more of a challenge than usual.

    The eponymous accused in this instance is a man who has pleaded guilty to murdering Allegra’s sister six years ago in what appeared to be an open-and-shut case, currently serving a long prison term. Allegra firmly believes he is innocent, and hires the firm to investigate and find out who really killed her sister, over the objections of her family.

    I can vouch for the authenticity of the large and endearing Italian family with which Mary is surrounded, and they are just as supportive and loving as readers have come to expect, especially when the news of her having been made partner comes on the heels of her announcing that she and her long-time love, Anthony Rotunno, are going to be married. (Unlike the first of these two milestones, Mary is just a bit ambivalent about the latter one, after her husband, Mike, had been murdered many years before when they’d been married for only a year. But she has no doubt of her love for Anthony, being just a bit uncomfortable about wearing the engagement ring.)

    Allegra is a fascinating creation, and it’s easy to see why the firm would take on such a daunting case. The interesting plot and the winning and wonderfully humorous writing only get better as the book goes along, with a jaw-dropping twist and an unbeatable ending.


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  • Posted March 14, 2014

    Great Read

    I love all of Lisa Scottoline books, especially the Rosato & Associates Series. This was just another great book and story line. Keep it up

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2014

    Keep Them Coming!

    "Discovered" Lisa Scottline a couple years ago and have now read all her published novels to date. They are all super but I love Rosato & Associates and hope that Ms. Scottoline will continue this series for many years to come! I tell everyone if they have not read this author......then they need to start!

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  • Posted February 14, 2014


    One of her best. Glad for another Rosato series is back.

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  • Posted February 14, 2014

    Red Alert

    This is a book with a mostly black dust cover. Red haters beware, though! There is more than a little red coloring included also. In many cases, the book itself is inside the dust cover. There are many pages of printed material, all of it black print on white paper. Every page is in the English language unless you buy a foreign edition, in which case you should learn that language before purchasing the book. The story itself revolves around Rosato and Associates, a handrul of girls purporting to be lawyers. They do a bunch of stuff, and then the story ends. Once it does end, there is very little left to read about. If you like books and don't object to the red areas on the dust cover, this is one of the books available. Read it at your own discretion.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    Part one

    I jump unto my bike with my friend Paige next to me. Today was the last day of school so we had a dance which made us stay out after dark. When we get onto the street that would lead us home I stop short. "We should take this street home instead. It's shorter. Plus one of the seniors dared me to go down Dead Man's Alley." I say with a smile. Dead Man's Alley is also known as crime central. There's everything from drug dealers, to murders, to robberies and muggings. "Jade, I know you were voted most crazy but does it mean we have to go down there? It's crazy dangerous." She says. "We' ll be fine. It's not like anyone chooses Friday the thirtenth to kill anyone." Paige looked at me like I was crazy. "Yes Jade many people choose to kill other people on Friday the thirteenth." She says. "Look Paige I'm going are you?" I ask giving her my best pleading look. My father says if I give someone a certain look I can make them do anything. She gave me a loud sigh and turned into the alley. Right when we get to the end I see a man holding anothrr man against the wall. "I told you my wallet js empty please don't kill me. I have a wife and three children." We're lucky we were behind bushes. Paige gave me an I told you so look and I slapped hr hard on the arm. She held up her arms and stepped back. I lunged forward to grab her. As I got her I say the guy shoot the man. I'll nevrr firget the smell of the bone fragment. He turned arround and saw me. I could'nt act scared. He put his gun in hus belt. "You ain't gonna snitch on me girl are you girl?" "Don't count on it. People say I have a good girl rep." I could hear Pauge chuckle. "Smartaleck!" He growled. "Whatsa matter you scared a little highschool girl's gonna snitch on you?" I asked. He pointed his gun at me. "Easy easy." I said. He still struck out and slapped me. Just as he leaned back I heard sirens approach. "Give me your bike!" He snapped. I threw my bike to the ground and crossed my arms. "I'm giving you this because I want to." I said. He yet again slapped me. He rode off into the darkness. Pauge left but there was a note. It said went to your house got scared sorry! I shovdd the note in my pocket and took if running. Just as the police approach I am caught in the light if their sirens. I put my hood up and shove sunglasses on. "Hey you!" A police officer yells. I am already gone though. When I get to my house Paige is waiting for me. "Oh Jade you're bleeding." she said looking at the places the man slapped me in. Then she saw how scared I was. "Just calm down." She told me. "Calm down? The police saw me Paige. They' re going to come here and aresset me snd beat me and book me. Then without a trial or wittnesses they're gonna put me in a plane to India or something where they put me away for live in some horrible prison whrrr I get beat every day then they come and decide to execute me one day. Then I'll never see you and my mom and dad and my other friends and family and my boyfriend and my pets and my siblings all for a crime that happened but I was accused of and didn't commit!" "So what reason do I have to be calm Paige! Huh tell me that!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Highly recomend

    I love Scottoline's books because her characters are so relatable and I love that she uses Philly as her backdrop. Keeps your attention and is fast paced.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013


    Good to see Rosato and Assoc. back. Great story,Scottoline at her best.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    Typical Lisa Scottoline thriller

    More for us Scottoline addicts.

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