So I have been reading Lisa Scottoline books for some time. I like her ethical-fiction books like Evey FIfteen Minutes and One Perfect Lie. I also like her Legal dramas, and especially like her Rosato and Associates Series. However, I have read them completely out of time line. I stared I think with Think Twice and have kind of skipped around since then. I do think it smart to read them in order, just because it does follow the lawyers that work at Rosato and Associates, so some of their back stories, family dramas, and personal lives make more sense if you start from the beginning. However, I haven’t found that by reading them out-of-order I’ve lost any quality from the books. I did list them in order down below, in case you want to read them all in order.
This one, Rough Justice, yet again follows Mary DiNunzio and Judy Carrier when they team with Marta Richter to defend a wealthy business man who is being tried for murder and are close to victory when something new comes out and people start getting shot at. It is a race against time and bullets, as the team separately try figuring out who wants them dead, if their client is really guilty, and what they can ethically do about it.
It is a fast paced, smart thriller that I think anyone who enjoys legal dramas, Lisa Scottoline, mystery and fiction would enjoy.
As promised – below is the list in order.
- Everywhere that Mary went
- Legal Tender
- Rough Justice
- Mistaken Identity
- Moment of Truth
- The Vendetta Defense
- Courting Trouble
- Dead Ringer
- Killer Smile
- Lady Killer
- Think Twice
I love these kind of books – obviously. The mystery and intrigue keep me turning page after page until my eyes can’t see anymore. I usually finish them in a few days, neglecting import things, like dishes.
In this book Chris Brennan is working as a high school teacher and coach. On paper, he looks like the perfect guy. However, Chris isn’t who he says he is. The story focuses around three kids, a loner, a rich kid, and a troubled teen all with their own secrets. There is a plot in place to cause some sort of destruction on the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing and Chris is at the center of it. Is he trying to help one of the kids do it? Is he trying to enlist one of them to help him? Or is he trying to prevent it? The reader is left wondering while lies and secrets come pouring in from all the families.
This novel, as I said, leaves you turning pages and wanting more. It is a fast paced, heart thumping novel and is a fine example of how wonderfully Lisa Scottoline weaves a story.
I would recommend to lovers of: Lisa Scottoline, Stephen King, Lisa Jackson…, mystery and fiction lovers as well thriller and suspense lovers.
Sensing a theme here? I had gone on a binge on day at a library book sale and bought a bunch of Lisa’s books. We are moving in a few months, so I am trying to read through the ones I have so I can donate them.
This one I finished in two days. I really enjoyed it. It is another Rosato & Associates and it is told from Mary’s point of view and from her boss, Bennie Rosato. Which I think is one of the reasons I enjoyed it. I love getting different points of view in a story.
Another note before I go on to my “review” such as they are, is that I don’t think you have to read these stories in any sort of order. The timelines obviously matter because people get married or die or whatever, but I think you can muddle along. You would obviously develop more feeling to the characters having started from the beginning, but for a quick fun read, I think it is okay to jump in where ever.
This story takes place after Mary has been with the firm for quite sometime. Long enough where she thinks she knows her boss pretty well. Her boss, on the other hand, continues to keep people at a distance. She works hard and doesn’t have time to a lot of connections. The only real family she has is her estranged twin sister. Alike only in looks Alice and Bennie couldn’t be more different in personality. When her sister invites her over for dinner, Bennie bets it is because she needs something. She just didn’t realize how much it would cost her.
There was one part in this book that shows how awful and sick Alice actually is. It is actually difficult to read.
This book kept me turning the pages long past my bedtime and I really enjoyed it very much. Good story for those who like thrillers, the series, or suspense.
So unbeknownst to me but beknownst to probably every Lisa Scottoline fan, this book and the last one I finished by Lisa, Moment of Truth, takes place in the same story line with Mary DiNunzio – as the lead. It is part of series that centers around Mary and the law firm Rosato and Associates, and from what I am gathering, Mary has a tendency to get herself in over her head.
In Killer Smile Mary is working on a case that dates back to World War 2. She is trying to find the truth of what happened to an Italian immigrant who was held at a concentration camp during the war. Through her research and digging she finds a lot more than she bargained for. When people around her start turning up dead, she realizes this case goes a lot deeper than she originally thought.
Told in a quick – suspenseful manner that Lisa is famous for, this book is a quick and easy read. I really enjoyed it and would recommend to anyone who likes crime thrillers.
I suck at Clue, or any of those murder mystery movies, novels, plays…I am always shocked at the end when it was really the butler with rope in the conservatory. So, it was with some disappointment that I was right the whole time while I was reading this book. It definitely wasn’t Ms. Scottoline’s best. I loved some of her other books, Look Again, Keep Quiet, Accused – to name a few…this one just fell off its mark somehow.
The main character, Mary Di Nunzio, is a rookie lawyer who gets thrown her first murder case where the alleged murderer has already confessed to the police. Jack Newlin, another attorney, confesses to killing his wife, but Mary and one of the detectives on the case don’t buy his story.
The whole book revolves around Mary uncovering layer after layer of lies only to finally uncover the truth that the reader knew from the beginning of the book. Which in a way, I guess is kind of nice. As I said, I usually have a hard time guessing who done it so the whole time I am thinking it was the person who did, but convincing myself that it couldn’t be them. So I maintained a little mystery after all.
This is a good book for anyone who wants a quick mystery or court room drama read. A good rebound book after a series one. It requires no thought and it won’t keep you up at night.