Dead Ringer (Rosato & Associates, #8)
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Dead Ringer (Rosato & Associates #8)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  4,745 ratings  ·  165 reviews
Bennie Rosato is fighting the battle of her life -- against her own twin. The action starts innocently enough, with a stolen wallet, but in no time events escalate and the twin wreaks havoc that can be created only by a dead ringer. Her twin tries to destroy Bennie's law firm, Rosato & Associates, and then strikes at her very heart -- which just happens to be otherwise...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published May 25th 2004 by HarperTorch (first published January 1st 2003)
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Having just listed to Killer Smile by Scottoline, I chose this one on audio CD to listen to since I liked the voice of the reader (Barbara Rosenblatt). The story centers around associates and the owner of a Philadelphia law firm. I feel like I know Mary DeNunzio, Judy Carrier and Bennie Rosato. This time, it sounds like Bennie's twin sister is up to her old tricks - posing as Bennie, etc. We'll see...

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Enjoy listening to these books on CD. Barbara Rosenblatt (reader) does a great Phi...more
Bennie Rosato's life is a mess. Not only has she won a case only to find out the client cant pay her after declaring bankrupcy but now she has other things to worry about. With her law firm going financially down the tube, unable to pay the mortgage and now she has to contend with someone from her not so distant past her twin sister. Just when it looks like things are picking up when French bussiness man Robert St Amien goes to her firm asking to represent him in a class action that could bring...more
I really enjoyed this book. Several unexpected twists and turns. It kept me turning the pages and not wanting ton put it down! :)
This is the first Lisa Scottoline novel I've read, and I really enjoyed it. Her female characters are vivid and real, and the plot is fast-paced and riveting. I found that even plot developments that normally would stretch my belief were made believable and interesting with Lisa's talented writing. I will definitely read more of Ms. Scottoline's novels.
Entertaining Outing featuring Bennie & her evil twin...

We might have rated this newest in the fine Bennie Rosata Law Firm series from Lisa Scottoline all the way to five stars but for two factors. First, her evil twin is back from "Mistaken Identity", and all the havoc she wreaks seems to have little or nothing to do with the main plot, thus serving as a frequently irritating distraction. Second, the primary story line is about Bennie fighting to take lead on a class action lawsuit, a very...more
This is another in Lisa Scottoline’s series of novels about the members of the all-women Rosato & Associates law firm in Philadelphia, with thus one being about Bennie (Bernadetta) Rosato, herself, but sprinkled with the other characters we have come to know and love: the model-lovely Anne Murphy (the newest associate in the firm), post-teenager Mary (Maria) DeNunzio (who in this novel brings in a new client, the Circolo, a loose band of American Italians still smoldering about the internmen...more
Nathan Burgoine
I met Lisa Scottoline at Book Expo Canada a few years ago, and she's a blast. So, whenever I saw her books, I nabbed them. But, truth be told, I'd not started reading them. Recently, I listened to 'Legal Tender,' and really enjoyed it, and so when I saw this and another Lisa Scottoline available on audio, I nabbed it.

We return to Bennie Rosato and find her just as snarky, sarcastic, and tough as ever. The reader still being Kate Burton really helped, as she's got the perfect voice for the charac...more

Disclaimer - my "reviews" are not truly that. Rather than a critical analysis, each "review" is mostly my quick summary of the plot -- so I can refresh my unreliable memory. Also, I find that once I journal a book, it's easier for me to give it away. That's important, as our house is getting "overgrown" with books.


I do enjoy the way Scottoline uses her filly Philly lawyers as an ensemble cast. This particular bo...more
Bennie Rosato couldn't be better. Although her law office is struggling a bit financially, she just landed a new client that could end her money worries for years. She is making a respected name for herself in the Philadelphia courts. She has great friends and a great life.

Then everything seems to go wrong at once. Her new account, which had the potential to bring in millions in fees, seems in trouble. Judges and lawyers who respected her are starting to avoid her. Her house is broken into and h...more
I take my time between Lisa Scottoline's books so I can savor them one at a time and anticipate the next one in a few months.
I enjoyed my time with DEAD RINGER, it was like being with old friends, Bennie, Mary, Anne, Judy (she of the pink hair). Each has a great, funny, smart, individual personality that works well in their all female law office.
Bennie is having a heckuva week. Her lease payments are way past due, new business is slow, her twin sister has decided this is a good time wreak havo...more
I read the books out of order so had a good idea about how this book would go. The main character Bennie is a lawyer. She loses her wallet and learns that she is fighting for her life. Her law firm is going broke and she learns that she really does care about her associates and wants the best for them. She gets involved in a lawsuit that will make the firm a ton of money. She goes to court to fight a all male law firm and stop them from claiming the primary in the lawsuit. All is well until she...more
C2003. FWFTB: lawyer, unconventional, wallet, twin, Philadelphia. Random choice from a half price sale.Legal-ly type plots are not for me but this book was well written, fast paced and the plot was clever. Amazon tells me that the author graduated magna cum laude in three years from the University of Pennsylvania, with a B.A. degree in English and she graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Several well known mass market type authors have some nice things to say on th...more
Nov 13, 2007 Melissa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Sue Grafton
I picked this up after hearing Lisa Scottoline talk at the National Book Festival. She was highly entertaining (thinks pantyhose is the cruelest invention ever) and had great stories about her life, which is where her books come from.

This book is one of many dealing with a law firm of women in Philly, called Rosato and Associates. The main character in this one is Bennie who owns the law firm, lives with her beloved Golden Retriever, and hates the aforementioned pantyhose.

The mystery becomes tw...more
After reading a Scottoline for one of my book clubs, I realized that 1. I wanted to get to know the other characters in the book (who are in her other books, to certain degrees), 2. they go quickly, and 3. they are a good break from either heavy reading, heavy life, or boring nonfiction. So I took a picture of the "other books by this author" page, and periodically just request the next couple of books in order from the library. This one came available at a good time. It was Memorial Day weekend...more
Pleasant enough to read but not gripping. Very tidy ending and quite predictable. Lawyer needs security against twin sister menacing her and imitating her by stealing and b and e. Falls in love with guard, makes peace with sis, business goes from rags to riches, babies are born but don't die, on and on with the "happy outcomes". Once they started, they never stopped!
I really enjoyed Dead Ringer by Lisa Scottoline. I haven't read the Rosato & Associates series in order but I don't feel you need to. There are some details that are a little confusing if you don't, but it's not going to make or break the story if you haven't read the books in order; which I like immensely about these books.

I love how every book I've read by Scottoline, I never even think of the perp being who it is. This book surely didn't disappoint. I didn't realize or have the slightest...more
Contrary to an earlier reviewer's thoughts, I believe this book got a lot better when the Navy SEAL showed up. I am flummoxed by the "evil twin"--I think it's difficult to write a true psychopath, and Scottoline is probably doing it as well as anyone. The plot seems a bit scattered, with all the different lines involved and no true through-line to help the reader know which plot is central. Not my favorite in the series, but still a very good read, especially for series fans.
It's been a long time since I have read a book that I enjoyed so little. It wasn't the worst book I've ever read, and I was going to give it 2 stars, but then I noticed that Goodreads defines 2 stars as "it was ok" so I couldn't say that--because it wasn't. It was drudgery to force myself to finish it, but I can give it one compliment--it was blessedly short. I was glad I finished it while the night was young, so I could move onto another book so that my Friday wasn't totally wasted. Maybe I was...more
I find myself up in the air about Lisa Scottoline once again. I like her characters very much and she comes up with interesting story lines. But I get irritated by her "style" in some ways. Don't really need to know what everyone's wearing. In this book in one scene it mattered, the character ran a mile in high heels. Quite a feat (foot!) therefore her shoes were a consideration her. But "he didn't know what I had up my stylish sleeve" just raises the hair on my neck. Again, I'm not saying I won...more
I read Scottoline's 2009 book, LONG LOST, and was so impressed, I now want to go back and read her others. I began going back with DEAD RINGER (2003). Again, I found that Scottoline, unlike most other authors of thrillers, truly does write a thrilling thriller. I had such a hard time putting it down, I fell asleep reading so lost my place every night.

This book is a legal thriller and part of a series about a lawyer and her associates. Together they nose their way into police business. Their sleu...more
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Overall, I really liked it. Strong plotline and characters. There were also some really funny one liners from the all female attorney office. I loved how strong the females were in this books. Then the various personalities were amazing. Everything just flowed together.
As always, the characters are people you know from school,work,or in your neighborhood. You may even be one of them. There is mystery, drama, romance, suspense, and laughter. This book is primarily about lawyer, Bennie Rossato, whose evil twin again enters her life and causes chaos and how her stalking and unlawful behavior enterferes in Bennie's life and legal career. The case she has currently taken leads to unexpected drama and a fight to beat the 'big boys club' for acceptance. The author le...more
A Rosato & Associates legal mystery novel. Heard this on audio. Enjoyed it very much, as I have Ms. Scottoline's other legal mysteries. In this one, Bennie's twin sister makes a return appearance and causes havoc - nearly killing Bennie's dog, ruining her business and landing her in jail. In the early stages of a class action suit Bennie has taken on, her friend/client is murdered. Bennie has to find Alice (her twin) to save her business and get herself out of hot water, all while trying to...more
Susannah Carleton
It has been several years since I read one of Ms. Scottoline's books about Bennie Rosato and her colleagues, and I'd forgotten how humorous the books are, even in the midst of murder and mayhem. The characters are developing, too, both within the book and within the series, and I like the points the various characters have reached. I don't always think the characters' actions are wise, but I understand why they think they are correct. The bad guy was a complete surprise---Ms. Scottoline laid a f...more
Chris French
Imagine having a sister you never knew about and an identical twin at that. Polar opposite of the true character.
Bennie Rosato is a Philadelphia lawyer who owns a small law firm that is struggling financially. She jumps in over her head when she takes on a huge class action suit, fighting with the big boys to become lead counsel. Then her suave, French client is found murdered and someone posing as her is wrecking havoc with her life, both professionally and personally -- and it can be only one person; her identical twin sister, Alice. But, is Alice capable of murder? With endearing characters (including D...more
Alissa Gabriel
Fast pace, fun characters, and well-written - this is a great sit-by-the-pool read-in-a-day-book.
Her descriptions were vivid and often amusing and the plot lent itself to self-parodie but I felt she stayed true to the intention. However, I thought the reveal of the murderer was rather sudden and abrupt with little or no build up of tension on that point. It was almost a by product of another tension filled part of the story. It felt like the author had suddenly remembered that she had not yet revealed the murderer and rushed to get it over with. All in all, a good book with funny legal cha...more
Christina Bulgin
Nice summer reading with an adventuresome, quick moving plot and fun characters.
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