Books by Lisa Scottoline

CORRUPTED by Lisa Scottoline
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"As so often for the firm of Rosato & DiNunzio (Betrayed, 2014, etc.), the ending, logical but woefully underprepared, is a serious disappointment. Fans eager to see Bennie's courtroom mettle won't care a bit."
Twelve years after a Kids-for-Cash scheme ends the childhood of two boys, Philadelphia lawyer Bennie Rosato must defend one of them on a charge of murdering the other. Read full book review >
Released: July 7, 2015

"A silly, featherweight confection that will only appeal to the authors' many fans."
A mother and daughter team up for another volume of anecdotal stories. Read full book review >
Released: April 14, 2015

"A proficient, mounting-stakes actioner that proves Scottoline is just as comfortable with a shrink determined to go to the wall for a troubled teen as she ever was with Bennie Rosato's all-female law practice (Betrayed, 2014, etc.)."
A sociopath targets a suburban Pennsylvania psychiatrist whose success is only the prelude to a series of nightmarish reversals. Read full book review >
BETRAYED by Lisa Scottoline
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"But exemplary first and second acts are enough to make this the most successful melding to date of Rosato & DiNunzio's cases and Scottoline's family-centered stand-alones (Keep Quiet, 2014, etc.)."
It's associate Judy Carrier's turn to feel the heat at Rosato & DiNunzio, Philadelphia's premier all-female law firm. And girl, does she ever. Read full book review >
HAVE A NICE GUILT TRIP by Lisa Scottoline
Released: July 8, 2014

"Short and snappy, these comic essays are best read in small doses."
The Italian mother-daughter team is back with another series of amusing commentaries on life. Read full book review >
KEEP QUIET by Lisa Scottoline
Released: April 8, 2014

"Very slow off the mark, though once blackmail and murder enter the picture, Scottoline moves things along with her customary professionalism, if scant credibility."
In Scottoline's latest family-centered thriller (Accused, 2013, etc.), Jake Buckman lets son Ryan drive the family car on a back road. Very bad idea. Read full book review >
ACCUSED by Lisa Scottoline
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"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.'"
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. Read full book review >
DON'T GO by Lisa Scottoline
Released: April 9, 2013

"A surprisingly successful attempt to retool the damsel-in-distress formula."
A cascade of melodramatic reversals for a podiatric surgeon, who returns from Afghanistan to find even more trouble waiting at home. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Erma Bombeck for mothers and daughters, with a zesty Italian twist."
A warm, lively collection of narrative vignettes chronicling the day-to-day relationship of two women who also happen to be part of a successful mother-daughter writing team. Read full book review >
COME HOME by Lisa Scottoline
Released: April 10, 2012

"Connoisseurs of mother love imperiled will prefer Save Me (2011). But it would be a mistake to count Scottoline out; she's sure to be back next year with another dose that might be even more potent."
Another stand-alone suspenser that rams home the point that there's no such thing as an ex-mother. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 22, 2011

"A treat for fans of observational humor."
Slice-of-life vignettes from a mother-daughter duo. Read full book review >
SAVE ME by Lisa Scottoline
Released: April 1, 2011

"Scottoline, who shifts gears at every curve with the cool efficiency of a NASCAR driver, expertly fuels her target audience's dearest fantasy: 'Every mom is an action hero.'"
The creator of Philadelphia lawyer Bennie Rosato (Think Twice, 2010, etc.) pens another white-hot crossover novel about the perils of mother love. Read full book review >
THINK TWICE by Lisa Scottoline
Released: March 16, 2010

"No matter. You won't believe a word of this tale of cat and mouse, but you won't put it down unfinished either."
Philadelphia lawyer Bennie Rosato's evil twin takes over her life. No, really. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"Proof that a successful genre novelist can also succeed in an apparently remote field."
Can a suspense novelist begin a double life as a weekly humor columnist? Just ask Scottoline (Look Again, 2009, etc.), who collects some 70 "Chick Wit" columns she wrote for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Read full book review >
LOOK AGAIN by Lisa Scottoline
Released: April 14, 2009

"Fans will spot the last twist a mile away, but it doesn't matter. For once Scottoline subordinates the criminal plot to the human-interest story that rides sidesaddle in all her thrillers (Lady Killer, 2008, etc.), and the result is her best book yet."
Legal and illegal shenanigans take a back seat to mother love and its vicissitudes in Scottoline's barn-burning crossover novel about every adoptive mother's worst nightmare. Read full book review >
LADY KILLER by Lisa Scottoline
Released: Feb. 12, 2008

"As usual in Scottoline's recent cases, the opening movement is the best. This time, the half-hearted mystery is upstaged by Mary's pleasantly unlikely romance."
Philadelphia's favorite all-female law firm is back with a case that poses refreshingly little danger to life, limb or professional ethics. Read full book review >
DADDY’S GIRL by Lisa Scottoline
Released: March 13, 2007

"On the down side, Nat's relation to her male-dominated construction family, despite the emphasis promised by the title, is less compelling than usual, and the lead criminal is easily spotted by readers less starry-eyed than Nat."
Still another untested female member of the Philadelphia bar undergoes baptism by fire when a routine prison visit erupts in violent death. Read full book review >
DIRTY BLONDE by Lisa Scottoline
Released: March 14, 2006

"If only the fireworks which Scottoline (Devil's Corner, 2005, etc.) uses to extricate her feisty heroine from her problems were as compelling or believable as the sure-footed mastery with which she plunges her into hot water."
Judges who live in glass houses shouldn't mouth off, as the latest of Scottoline's Philadelphia legal eagles learns when her public and private lives collide with a bang. Read full book review >
DEVIL’S CORNER by Lisa Scottoline
Released: June 1, 2005

"Not without Scottoline's customary grit and humor, but sprawling and shapeless, with a particularly unconvincing third act. Bring back Bennie Rosato."
Scottoline gives the high-spirited, hard-pressed firm of Rosato & Associates a break to introduce an equally gutsy assistant U.S. attorney facing even less plausible challenges. Read full book review >
KILLER SMILE by Lisa Scottoline
Released: June 1, 2004

"No matter who carries the ball at Rosato & Associates, Scottoline keeps it fast, fleet, and funny. Her Philadelphia is both dangerous and aglow with the promise of justice and hot new men who'll steal your heart—if they don't kill you first."
Mary DiNunzio, Bennie Rosato's law associate, pursues her claim on behalf of the late interned family friend Amadeo Brandolini (Dead Ringer, 2004) to a rousing courtroom finale. Read full book review >
DEAD RINGER by Lisa Scottoline
Released: June 1, 2003

"Less synthetic than the last outing for Rosato & Associates, but just as fast-moving: a salute to heroines who've sworn off swearing but are 'tired of saying damn all the time. It just didn't go far enough.'"
Philadelphia attorney Bennie Rosato faces bankruptcy, infighting, stalking, and identity theft, at least two of them courtesy of her evil twin. Read full book review >
COURTING TROUBLE by Lisa Scottoline
Released: May 21, 2002

"A glamorpuss lawyer whose behavior defies belief; gay bars and hooker disguises; a little detection, a little courtroom drama, and one noisy finale: it's all as fleet and breathless as it is synthetic."
The newest member of Philadelphia's ladies-only law firm of Rosato & Associates (The Vendetta Defense, 2001, etc.) lands a once-in-a-lifetime case: investigating her own murder. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 27, 2001

"Generously plotted and emotionally wide-ranging, though readers less dewy-eyed than Judy will see cracks in the structure that a pro like Frank would never let by."
The latest criminal defendant for Bennie Rosato's all-female law firm (Moment of Truth, 2000, etc.) is an elderly Italian-American who's killed another elderly Italian-American with his bare hands. Read full book review >
MOMENT OF TRUTH by Lisa Scottoline
Released: March 1, 2000

"Scottoline's women (Mistaken Identity, 1999, etc.)—well-crafted and appealing—have always been an unfailing strength. Not here, though. Mary seems mailed in, a stick figure who isn't much help in making unlikely things credible."
An unpersuasive legal thriller about a man crying mea culpa everywhere and getting the same response as Chicken Little. Read full book review >
MISTAKEN IDENTITY by Lisa Scottoline
Released: March 12, 1999

"But even the most skeptical fans will be impressed at how tightly Scottoline knots them all together in her biggest book yet."
Continuing her run of coming up with the best hooks in the legal intrigue trade (Rough Justice, 1997, etc.), Scottoline tosses Philadelphia lawyer Bennie Rosato her most challenging client—an accused cop-killer who claims she's Bennie's identical twin. Read full book review >
ROUGH JUSTICE by Lisa Scottoline
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Expect this to be her breakout book."
Scottoline clinches her title as the distaff Grisham with this gorgeously plotted novel based on a trial lawyer's worst nightmare. Read full book review >
LEGAL TENDER by Lisa Scottoline
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Philadelphia lawyer Scottoline (Running from the Law, 1995, etc.) provides nonstop action, smart narration, and dozens of helpful tips on going underground in your own hometown."
What's worse than having your ex-lover announce that he's dissolving your law partnership and opening your old office to the associate who's taken your place in bed and bar? Read full book review >
RUNNING FROM THE LAW by Lisa Scottoline
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Scottoline's hardcover debut is a keeper, with a heroine who's almost as funny as she thinks she is—which puts her miles ahead of most other lawyers you know."
Rita Morrone won't reveal her age, but she's old enough to have a pretty solid position in her Philadelphia law firm, a great poker circle, a fortyish architect lover, and a gratifyingly innocent client in a high-profile sexual harassment case. Read full book review >