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Lady Killer (Rosato and Associates #10)

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Trish's life has taken a horrifying turn. She's terrified of her live in boyfriend, who's an abusive, gun toting drug dealer for the South Philly mob. There's only one problem, Mary remembers the guy from high school too. Unbeknownst to Trish, Mary had a major crush on him.
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 19th 2008 by Harper (first published February 2008)
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Scottoline used to be more legal thriller and less chick lit, but she seems to have reversed the balance in this one. Cute story, but the protagonist (Mary DiNunzio)does virtually no lawyering in this story. She's more like a cross between super sleuth and secret squirrel.

Kinda silly in a way, but fun to read. The "Mean Girls" from when Mary was in high school come to her for help, and they act like they're still in high school, even though they're in their 30's. She throws in a lot of humor, an
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Michael
Sep 06, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lady Killer is the first novel ive read by Lisa Scottoline and will not be the last. The story revolves around lawyer Mary DiNunzio who is confronted by an old adversary from her school years Trish Gambone at her work. Trish is very scared and wants Mary's help feeling her life is under threat from her boyfriend who has connection with the mafia. Mary tries to help her but cannot convince Trish to go to the police. The next day Trish goes missing and Mary feeling guilty for not doing more and be ...more
Chuck
Feb 11, 2009 Chuck rated it really liked it
I have to admit that Scottoline is probably my favorite living author of legal thrillers. My favorite are her "Rosatto and Associates" series; these all center around an all women law firm in Philadelphia. It stays fresh because the different associates are the main characters in different novels, and so point of view changes. It's interesting to read an entire novel from the point of view of the out of state young lawyer from California, and then to read another from the point of view of a nati ...more
Malia
Apr 30, 2010 Malia rated it liked it
I listened to an audiobook version of this--an okay mystery made very good by an excellent reader. If you like to listen to books as well as read them (great for driving/housecleaning/mindless chores- hey! another way to get books into my day!) then listen to anything read by Barbara Rosenblat. In Lady Killer she has loads of fun with all the South Philly accents-men, women, children--angry, laughing, sarcastic--her reading nailed the emotions as well as the accents. Midway through the story I w ...more
Carre Gardner
Sep 14, 2011 Carre Gardner rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: In order to appreciate this book fully, you need to listen to the audiobook version read by Barbara Rosenblat. I usually "read" (okay, listen) to audiobooks while I clean my house. I spackled and primed my whole dining room to this one. I think I've found a new favorite author to tide me over in the years when Sue Grafton isn't publishing another Kinsey Milhone installment in her Alphabet Murder Mystery series. The downside is that author Lisa Scottoline's books seem to be stand-alon ...more
Brenda
Sep 06, 2011 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mary DiNunzio, or Mare to her family and friends, is a lawyer with Rosato & Associates, with a very busy working life, a huge number of clients who love her, but no social life. When Trish Gambone turns up in her office, upset and crying, terrified, Mary was shocked! Trish was a member of the 'Mean Girls' from high school, and they tormented Mary, called her names, she didn't like them at all....so why was Trish in her office, NEEDING HER HELP!

Trish however, has seen her life spiralling down
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Nic
Feb 02, 2011 Nic rated it it was ok
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Bark's Book Nonsense
Nov 05, 2009 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, mystery
Mary DiNunzio is an attorney who is dismayed when former mean girl Trish walks into her office and demands her help. Apparently her boyfriend (who just so happens to be Mary's former love) has become abusive and she fears for her life and has nowhere to turn. Mary makes a few suggestions but Trish refuses police intervention because her boyfriend is in the mob and will kill her. What she expects Mary to do then escapes me . . . but she stomps out of Mary's office in a huff and soon after disappe ...more
Andrea
Jul 06, 2010 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-thriller
I read this out of order. That's a problem with a series by an author, information relevant to the main character comes from earlier books.

Mary DiNunzio, the subject of Scottoline's earlier books beginning with Everywhere that Mary Went, has been a prolific business developer for Rosato and Associates. Please read Killer Smile before Lady Killer, and a lot of things will become clear.

Starting with a small spat between neighbors in Mary's south Philadelphia neighborhood, Mary's businss begins to
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Amy
May 10, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-abridged
CD/Unabridged/Fiction/Book 7 or 12(?) of the Mary DiNunzio series. I listened to the first book of this series a while back. In that one, Mary is part of a cutthroat law firm and the narrator was very matter of fact. This story takes place years later and I have not read or listened to the ones in between. Mary is back in the neighborhood working for a small firm. By this book, Mary has regressed in her emotions and unsure of herself. She is now a widow, but happy being a peon associate at her l ...more
Chris
Mar 31, 2010 Chris rated it really liked it
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S. Lynham
Aug 13, 2015 S. Lynham rated it liked it
Lisa Scottoline delivers, again. She has her niche and she fills it well. This is one of the Rosato and Associates books and she has her feisty group of female lawyers, out doing things for people that they never expected to be doing. I have read several of these books and they are always entertaining, mainly because of Mary DiNunzio and her people of south Philly. A great beach book.
Cindy
Dec 13, 2013 Cindy rated it really liked it
Interesting tale & writing style. Like to read more in series. No, cussing or graphic sex and still a well told tale that sold well.
Nolan
Mar 13, 2017 Nolan rated it liked it
Imagine your worst high-school nightmare back in your life in adulthood. That’s how it was for Mary DiNunzio, the nice daughter of devout Catholic Italian immigrants. Mary was the girl who got the good grades, attended church, loved her strong two-parent family, and was loved deeply by them in return. Trish gambone was “one of the fast ones,” to use Mary’s dad’s phrase. She was the popular in-crowd hot babe who treated people like Mary as if they were so much gum on the shoe of life to be rubbed ...more
Alaina
Mar 03, 2017 Alaina rated it liked it
Not one of my favorite books from this author
Maria Bengtsson
Dec 01, 2016 Maria Bengtsson rated it liked it
Great read. Lisa Scottoline is the female Harlan Coben. A great plot this time - a missing woman, a murder and Mary running around trying to solve things.
Wendy Lovatt
May 17, 2017 Wendy Lovatt rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book more as it progressed.
Kathleen
May 23, 2017 Kathleen rated it really liked it
I liked this one. It was different but fun! Mary gets to be the main person for a change!
Melissa
Aug 27, 2009 Melissa rated it liked it


Mary DiNunzio — South Philadelphia attorney, good Catholic girl and dutiful daughter — is an over-worked lawyer. That we know in the first couple pages. Now her father wants to sue a woman from The Neighborhood for saying disparaging things against Sinatra. She is also dealing with finding assistance for a learning-disabled boy and his desperate mother.

Just when you think she has too much on her plate, and old high school bully, Trish, shows up and claims she is being abused by her boyfriend (wh
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Chris
THIS SUMMARY/REVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST. ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLY
Lady Killer is the first novel i've read by Lisa Scottoline and will not be the last. The story revolves around lawyer Mary DiNunzio who is confronted by an old adversary from her school years Trish Gambone at her work. Trish is very scared and wants Mary's help feeling her life is under threat from her boyfriend
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June Ahern
Mar 11, 2012 June Ahern rated it really liked it
My first time read of author Lisa Scottoline –“Lady Killer”. Attorney, Mary DiNunzio, an associate at the Bennie Rosato's firm, practices in her hometown of Philadelphia. She’s smart, uncertain about her choice of profession, highly regard by the residents of her old neighborhood who keep her in business – including her father. Mary is close to her parents, going there to eat good home cooking Italian food by her mother and finding comfort when the going gets tough.

The story begins with Mary’s f
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Diane  Holm
Apr 12, 2011 Diane Holm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thrown feet first into New York City’s darkest side, the horror and brutality of life flood your imagination. A murderer without conscience, without regret, without a second thought is on the loose. Silently deceptive, cool and calm, the Ladykiller is both cunning and efficient. There are no obvious clues, no clear patterns and no easy answers for Detective Dave Dillon. A haunting mistake from the past makes this his last chance for redemption. The son of an Irish cop, Dillon is stubborn, intuit ...more
TheGeekyBlogger
Jul 15, 2013 TheGeekyBlogger rated it really liked it
Listened for Fun (Library)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.00

Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: Lady Killer by Lisa Scottoline was my first book by this author and it was a hit for me.

Story Thoughts: I admit that the best part of this story was that the main character(Mary DiNunzio). The fact that she has to help her high school nemesis (Trish Gambone) out of a pickle is just icing on the cake. How many of us have hoped to "be
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Linda
May 04, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In preparation for a beach vacation, I went to the local library to pick through the paperback shelf. I'd seen Scottoline's titles quite a bit at the bookstore where I was working, and when I spotted Lady Killer at the library, I thought, Hmm, seems just about the right speed for beachside reading. This was my first Lisa Scottoline book, and it turned out to be a great pick - excellent for the beach, a fast, fun read, and an author I'll clearly be going back to.

The story centers on Philadelphia
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Stephanie (the nerdy princess)
Jan 03, 2013 Stephanie (the nerdy princess) rated it really liked it
Thrown feet first into New York City’s darkest side, the horror and brutality of life flood your imagination. A murderer without conscience, without regret, without a second thought is on the loose. Silently deceptive, cool and calm, the Ladykiller is both cunning and efficient. There are no obvious clues, no clear patterns and no easy answers for Detective Dave Dillon. A haunting mistake from the past makes this his last chance for redemption. The son of an Irish cop, Dillon is stubborn, intuit ...more
Antof9
So first, I just have to say that Mary DiNunzio is part Stephanie Plum and part Kinsey Milhone. I like both those chicks ok, but not necessarily enough to think that we need another one of them on the planet. That is, this book was ok but didn't blow my skirt up. I think I had higher hopes for Mary, maybe, from reading "Think Twice". I can't even tell you why I thought I'd like her better, but in general, she just sort of bugged me.

Her family and friends are all caricatures from a specific neigh
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Kris - My Novelesque Life
3 STARS

"Mary DiNunzio is a trademark Lisa Scottoline heroine—she's strong, she's smart, and she's got plenty of attitude. In recent years, she's become a big-time business-getter at Rosato & Associates, but the last person she expects to walk into her office one morning—in mile-high stilettos—is super sexy Trish Gambone, her high school rival. Back then, while Mary was becoming the straight-A president of the Latin Club and Most Likely to Achieve Sainthood, Trish was the head Mean Girl, who
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Susan
Oct 28, 2008 Susan rated it liked it
Recommends it for: girl novel fans, legal fans, philly fans
Shelves: fiction
Sounded and looked like it could be a little on the juicy side but daughter got it as a review copy when she worked at the bookstore so since it's what's left in the house and isn't something depressing about cancer, it was a worth a shot.

Based in Philadelphia, Mary's a lawyer at a small firm and handles mainly slip and fall cases, contractor disputes, and the kind of minor law suits that come with the territory of a neighborhood lawyer who was born and raised in the part of town in which she no
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Laura
May 14, 2009 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, own-it, 3-star
It took me FOREVER to finish this book, but not because it was bad! I was just so busy with work related stuff that I didn't have a lot of time for recreational reading.

I got this book when I went to see Harlan Coben in Martinsburg. I didn't really get the chance to have him sign anything (long story!) but I did meet Lisa Scottoline. I had never really heard of her before, but my mom said she had read a thing or two from her, and liked it.

I chose this particular one because it was in paperback
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Penny
Jan 18, 2009 Penny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scottoline-lisa
Scottoline is one of my favorite legal thriller authors. This novel's main character is Mary DiNunzio an associate in the law firm of Rosato & Associates. She is the Mary in Scottoline's "Everywhere That Mary Went" and the protagonist in several other of Scottoline's books.
Drenched in the ethnic culture of an Italian-American heritage, burdened with the "Catholic Guilt" of her childhood and surrounded by family and friends (and some not so friendly acquaintances) from her south Philadelphia
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Lisa Scottoline is the New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 28 novels, including her latest, ONE PERFECT LIE, which releases in April 2017. Her previous emotional thriller, MOST WANTED, has been optioned for a TV series. Lisa also co-authors a bestselling series of humorous memoir with her daughter, Francesca Serritella, which is based on their weekly Philadelphia In ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Rosato and Associates (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Everywhere That Mary Went (Rosato & Associates, #1)
  • Legal Tender (Rosato & Associates, #2)
  • Rough Justice (Rosato & Associates, #3)
  • Mistaken Identity (Rosato & Associates, #4)
  • Moment of Truth (Rosato & Associates, #5)
  • The Vendetta Defense (Rosato & Associates, #6)
  • Courting Trouble (Rosato & Associates, #7)
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  • Killer Smile (Rosato & Associates, #9)
  • Think Twice (Rosato & Associates, #11)

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