Search Results: "Lisa Scottoline"


BOOK REVIEW

LISA, LISA by Béatrice Shalit
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"French writer Shalit's fifth novel—and first US publication—is an accomplished soap-script that needs fleshing out."
Goodness knows, there's a passel of domestic furor and flurry within this novel's Jewish/French family, who are gathered for a wedding—but somehow the fuss and feathers have no more emotional depth than the plink-plunk of a rapid badminton volley. Read full book review >

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EXPOSED by Lisa Scottoline
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Despite some overheated damsel-in-distress complications toward the end, a stellar demonstration of the proposition that although it can't bring back the dead, 'justice was still the best consolation prize going.' The final curtain will find you cheering, and Scottoline will have earned every hurrah."
Rosato & DiNunzio, Philadelphia's most drama-ridden law firm (Damaged, 2016, etc.), faces perhaps its most dramatic episode ever when it's threatened from both outside and in. Read full book review >

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LADY KILLER by Lisa Scottoline
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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DEAD RINGER by Lisa Scottoline
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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MOMENT OF TRUTH by Lisa Scottoline
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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MONA LISA by Dianne Hales
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"The breezy tone is a jarring contrast to the considerable scholarship that informs the author's history."
Like many visitors to the Louvre, journalist Hales (La Bella Lingua: A Passionate Journey through the World's Most Beautiful Language, 2009, etc.) was fascinated by Leonardo da Vinci's famous portrait and set out to investigate the real Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo: "Why did the most renowned painter of her time choose her as his model?...And why does her smile enchant us still?" Read full book review >

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EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES by Lisa Scottoline
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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COME HOME by Lisa Scottoline
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >

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KILLER SMILE by Lisa Scottoline
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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ONE PERFECT LIE by Lisa Scottoline
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"A bonus is some strategic leavening via Scottoline's journalistic aphorisms, as when one of the students' mothers imagines a romance with the imposter hero: 'She knew that it was an inappropriate fantasy, but no fantasy worth having was appropriate.'"
The chronicler of Philadelphia law firm Rosato & DiNunzio (Damaged, 2016, etc.) heads out to the suburbs to insert a fraudulent teacher into the staff of Central Valley High School. Read full book review >

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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 >

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WHY MY THIRD HUSBAND WILL BE A DOG by Lisa Scottoline
NON-FICTION
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 >