Lady Killer (Rosato and Associates, #10)
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Lady Killer (Rosato & Associates #10)

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Mary DiNunzio is strong, 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 is Trish Gambone, her high school rival. Trish's life has taken a horrifying turn. She's terrified of her live-in boyfriend, who's an abusive, gun-toting drug dealer fo...more
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Published February 19th 2008 by HarperAudio (first published February 1st 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...more
Michael
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
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
Brenda
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...more
Barks & Bites
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
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...more
Carre Gardner
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
Nic
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Amy
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
Malia
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
Chris
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Cindy Barnett
Interesting tale & writing style. Like to read more in series. No, cussing or graphic sex and still a well told tale that sold well.
Gillian Paulus
Loved it! This was my first Rosato & Associates book, and it worked fine as a stand-alone book, though I will definitely be reading more in the series! I picked this book off the shelf without knowing what it was, that it was part of a series, or who the author was, and I lucked out! From the description on it I was hoping it was similar to the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evonavich, and it was. In this book Mary was over her head in a very similar way to how Stephanie is always over her h...more
Felicia
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...more
Alissa
Mary DiNuzio is back! It’s been four years since Lisa Scottoline wrote a book featuring Rosato & Associates. I’ve been a fan of these books for years and I was looking forward to another great mystery (even though we shelve them in Fiction, and they’re probably more thriller, than mystery - although Mary did more independent sleuthing than I remember, maybe a new twist Lisa’s going to take her on?), and Lady Killerdid not disappoint.

Trish Gambone, her high school rival, comes to Mary for hel...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...more
bookczuk
I like Scottoline for her strong female protagonists complete with flaws, humor, and the stories that entertain. This was a great travel ear-read, with some real moments of humor. It's a return to the Benny Rosato law firm characters, with Mary as the lead. I know there will be Stephanie Plumb comparisons, but I still like the South Philly gang, even if they do resemble some of the NEw Jersey crowd. It's okay. The world is big.

Two things I really liked about this edition of the audio book. One...more
Penny
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...more
Melissa


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...more
Nicole
I haven't read a Scottoline for a while and I really enjoyed this one. She went back to her original characters and that was fun. Her wit and one-liners are just awesome. I love the humor that's on so many pages. It's a very fast-paced book and I was able to read it over the weekend. There wasn't any language as an issue in this book, which was very nice (although I think there might be in some of her earlier books, I've forgotten). There are a few references to earlier novels with the main char...more
Susan
Nov 01, 2008 Susan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
June Ahern
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...more
Teresa in Ohio
Rating 3.25, Scottoline writes a series about a law firm with all female lawyers. In her earlier books I felt there was more law and less female drama. In this installment Mary is the central character. She is Italian and believes in representing the neighborhood because that is where she grew up and has history. Trish who was a mean girl comes to Mary seeking help from her. Mary who still has emotional distress from the mean girls picking on her in catholic school and making her life miserable....more
Mackenzie
Of all the books I've read that were written by Scottoline, all the same characters are found in each. For me, just the way she writes, I find my self getting more attached to each character every time I read. You see all their quirks and at times I feel like I am them, and I'm risking it all along with them. It's great.

Trish Gambone, Mary DiNunzio's high school rival, enters Mary's office unexpectedly seeking help from an abusive boyfriend who she thinks is going to kill her. Mary tries to help...more
Samantha
I love that Lisa Scottoline brought Bennie, Anne, Judi and Mary back in this book. They have been gone for 5 years. Ms. Scottoline lost her father and stated in several interviews that she just didn't know if she could go back to writing about her main characters. She's has completed several wonderful stand alone books but this is her bread and butter. I'm not sure if it's where I've missed the crew so bad or if the book is just very good. I enjoyed the the mystery and the interaction of the cha...more
Diane A Brown
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
Stephanie (the nerdy princess)
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
Linda
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...more
Pam
04/05/08
TITLE/AUTHOR: LADY KILLER by Lisa Scottoline
RATING: 4.5/B+
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Mystery/2008/491 LP pgs
SERIES/STAND ALONE: #12 in the Rosato & Associates series
TIME/PLACE: Present/Philadelphia, PA
CHARACTERS: Mary DiNunzio/attorney
FIRST LINES: Mary DiNunzio sat across from the old men, deciding which one to shoot first.

COMMENTS: Library book. It was good to be back w/ Mary and the gang. Mary is very busy helping folks from the old neighborhood and can't keep everyone happy. She ge...more
Samantha Smith
I have read only one other Lisa Scottoline book before this one and I have to say I am now a fan of this author. I enjoyed both books. I liked this book, though not as much as the other Scottoline book I read before. I thought the book featured well developed characters and I thought the book touched on interesting issues. I hesitate to give this book more stars because while I liked this book I didn't love it. It isn't the kind of book where the story or the characters will stick with me. It wa...more
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