Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Accused (Rosato & Associates #14) by Lisa Scottoline

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. 

Mary DiNunzio and her adorably wacky family, including The Three Tonys are back. This time around, Mary is made a partner at her law firm, her boyfriend proposes and she inherits a 13 year old client.

Scottoline does a great job of capturing what it must feel like to be a part of Mary’s old fashioned Italian family. The book has just the right blend of serious with laugh out loud humor that comes when it’s least expected. 

 Overall, it’s a delightful read.    

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Roberta

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