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Killer Smile (Rosato & Associates #9)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  3,215 ratings  ·  215 reviews
Attorney Mary DiNunzio gets a terrifying telephone call while she's working late, then she finds a shadow lurking at her front door. When a lawyer very close to her turns up dead, Mary begins to suspect that there is a sinister connection with the case she's been working on.
Published September 1st 2005 by Pan Publishing (first published 2004)
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Ariel White
sometimes you read what you have. and what you have is not great
I really liked the characters in this book and the humour. The plot was also good until Lisa Scottoline had her main character do something outrageously stupid. This was the start of a sequence of stupid things which the character did which just left me reeling. I nearly stopped reading the book, but her main character was reunited with her common sense in the nick of time, so I finished it. Overall, the parts that I enjoyed were good enough to rate three stars even with the stupid bit in the mi...more
I usually enjoy Lisa Scottoline's books, but the character of Mary, supposedly a lawyer, must have taken a drug that made her stupid and annoying because she just got deeper and deeper into idiot town as the book dragged on. Mary became so strident and annoying that I wanted to crawl inside my MP3 and shoot her to put her out of her misery. Mary develops an obsession (putting it lightly) with a man whose estate is their client. An Italian immigrant, his name was Amadeo Brandolini and he died in...more
I listened to this on audio book. Mary is a lawyer who takes on the estate of Amadeo Brandalini. The entire case is based on Amadeo killing himself. Mary doesn't believe that it was an actual suicide. She investigates and in the process puts herself in danger. Once the bad guy punches her in the face and then lets her go. I found this to be a lot like Janet Evanovich and Jonathan Kellerman, but not as much of a "page" turner. I thought Mary was annoying and she kept saying "fort" instead of "for...more
Because I grew up in Philly, I love to read Lisa Scottoline's mysteries. I discovered her with her very first book "Everywhere That Mary Went" and have read every book since. The throw-away references to 'trinities' and 'Tastykakes' and the 'Skuykill Expressway' make me homesick.

The plot is out there a bit but it is fun and so are the characters. This story was a little more personal because it dealt with the internment of Italian Americans during WWII. I had no idea. She includes copies of her...more
This is the 2nd book by Scottoline I've read, and it just might be the last. Our heroine is once again Mary - surprising, since I figured she'd get run over by a bus between novels. For a lawyer, she ain't all that smrt. Anyhoo, here she is again, tracking down mysteries no one cares about, getting beaten up, kidnapped, (...yawn...) and saving the day at the 11th hour. Shocking, I know. The chapters are really short, and I suppose this could be good for a beach novel (or light bathroom reading),...more
Being a fan, I have read all the previous novels and found this to be one of the best. Mary is a reluctant heroine and acquits herself admirably. Each novel in the series focuses on a different attorney and each is well characterized along with stories that are well plotted.
Ellen Moore
This was a very interesting book, and the historical information added a special dimension. There are many significant lessons taught in this book. Mary's persistence and determination as an attorney representing her client's estate and trying to right a wrong reveal much about her character. Some things about her personal life are revealed as her friends set her up on various blind dates. Friendship is another key element of this book--her special friendship with her coworker and best friend, a...more
Mary DiNunzio, an associate of the all-women's law firm Rosato and Associates, has been working on a pro-bono case for another Philadelphia lawyer involving an interned Italian American during World War 2. The internee, Amadeo Brandolini, owned a fleet of three fishing boats, and the property was never recovered after the war. Brandolini died during interment and was listed as a suicide, but Mary keeps looking for records from the internment camp in Montana to clarify the issues. She takes a bra...more
So ... I'm not sure what I really need to write for a review on these types of books. It's fun, it's lite, it's a mystery, and it's Scottoline, so there were clogs :)

A couple things, though:
1. I think I liked Mary best in this one (of the Scottoline's I've read so far). Even though she was more Kinsey Milhone (Grafton "Alphabet" series) than anything, and there was way too much beating her up, I felt like I got to know her better, and ...
2. found out I'm a lot like her. Why? Right when I was rea...more
Mary DiNunzio is back for more.

Published in 2004 by HarperCollins

I have a soft spot for Lisa Scottoline. Many years ago I was working in a used book store when I ran across her first book, Everywhere that Mary Went and I loved it. We had two copies of that book and we must have re-sold them a dozen times after I started recommending them to people who asked for someone new to read. Pretty soon, Lisa Scottoline was one of our hottest items - we even special-ordered in some new copies! I like to...more
I would give this book three and a half stars if that were available. The mystery was pretty good and the backstory was good. I thought that the setting in Philly area especially South Philly was vivid.
Some of the characters were very well depicted and believable Mary's parents for example. However some were not and Mary DiNunzio was one of them. She was too over the top with her actions and didn't seem to suffer any realistic consequences especially related to her job, family and friends. She...more
Great & funny DiNunzio tale, with factual underpinnings !

Like her counterpart male lawyers turned writer (Grisham, Turow, Martini et al), Lisa Scottoline is a Philadelphia lawyer turned author who indeed writes about what she knows about. Her series feature the Philly-based, all-female attorney law firm of Ms. Bennie Rosato and Associates, but like several of her earlier novels, Mary DiNunzio is again the "star" of "Smile". Working long hours has become a norm for the young widowed Mary, thi...more

I love historical mysteries that combine a present problem with a past problem. In this case, the historical mystery is what happened during WW II between Italian immigrants Amadeo Brandolini and Giovanni Saracone, both interned at an aliens camp in Montana. In the present, atty. Mary DiNunzio (who's assigned by the Brandolini estate to research the past) must also deal w. unknown forces who are stealing her evidence, roughing her up and...more
Lisa Scottoline's Mary DiNunzio series is on my so-so list of books. I'll read them if they come my way but I don't go out of my way to find them. I generally listen to the audio versions as the buyer at our library seems to be a huge Scottoline fan and never misses a one. However, I happened to come across a paperback copy of Killer Smile and trudged my way through it. This book is a terrific example of everything I hate about this series.

First of all the heroine, Mary DiNunzio, is just too dum...more
Ana T.
This book starts much like a thriller, menacing phone call, things lurking in the shadows. But then it transforms it self into an historical investigation and a mystery.

Mary DiNunzio is hired to do a pro bono case and investigate the death of an Italian man in an internment camp in America during World War II and seek reparations. The man she is investigating reminds her of her late husband and she can’t help trying to find everything she can about that old case. Soon she discovers that Amadeo’s...more
The focus is on Atty. Mary diNunzio in Ms. Scottoline's ninth novel featuring the all-woman law group, Rosato & Associates. Mary takes on a pro-bono case at the request of family friends, that of WWII internee Amadeo Brandolini, who apparently committed suicide during his confinement. Most of the principals are now deceased as well. As Mary checks things out, however, she receives threats on her life, and when a fellow attorney is murdered, she suspects that Amadeo did not die by his own han...more
This is the ninth book in the Rosato and Associates series by Lisa Scottoline and the first book that I have read by this author. Her legal background, beloved Philadelphia, and Italian heritage are interwoven into the plot of this well-researched thriller. I first rated this book three stars, but after reflecting back to this story again and again, I have changed my rating to four stars. Kudos to Scottoline, who has been recognized for her positive depiction of Italian-Americans and for informi...more
This is not really just another misandry flyer but it's definitely a chick book. I only bought and read this since I work at the University of Pennsylvania Law School where Scotoline is both a grad and adjunct professor. I met her once; she is only so friendly and seemed reluctant to talk about this book with me.

I guess chick lawyer/detective novels are a dime a dozen but the audience is there. Killer Smile has an interesting historical backdrop and an interesting anti-marriage tone but it simp...more
This is the first book I have read by Lisa Scottoline and I have to say that I am now a fan. This was a really good thriller about a lawyer, Mary DiNunzio, who is representing the estate of an Italian American whose father allegedly commited suicide during time spent in an interment camp in Montana during World War II. Upon researching the case Mary was convinced that this was not a suicide. She was very clever about her research and investigative technique. After her life is threatened she real...more
I really enjoy Lisa Scottoline and have her as one of my favorite authors. Her books grab your interest from the start. There was a lesson in history in this book, although I probably learned it in school, I didn't remember it. Italians had to register as enemy aliens in '42, even though many of their sons served as soldiers in the war. As always, Lisa's books portray very strong women.
Apparently I missed this one when it was first released. Another good Rosato & Assoc. book, again featuring Mary DiNunzio. Interesting historical aspects about Italian-American interment during WWII. This is fun mystery reading, not too heavy, but good entertainment (and not sick or gory, which is a nice change).
This was a humorous legal thriller and a page-turner. Lawyer Mary DiNunzio takes on a pro-bono case involving the alleged suicide of Italian American Amadeo Brandolini in 1942 while he was interned at Fort Missoula, Montana Detention Camp during World War II. This was a part of history that I knew nothing about! Now many years later Mary's investigation beomes an obsession when she figures out Amadeo was murdered. Then a ruthless killer begins a campaign to prevent her from learning the truth ab...more
This book was the best recreational read I have had in a long time. The plot was a bit different than the traditional murder mystery...though eventually bodies did pop up or plop down as the case may be. But the main thread of the plot was built around solve a problem with a long-dead person's estate. The characters were great--a factor which can make or break a mystery for me. I know these people! The icing on the cake, however, was that the book is set in Philadelphia--a city where I went to s...more
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I always turn to Scottoline when I want something fast paced, addictive and easy to read. Her books make a pleasant contrast from some of the heavier books that I read. I find her very hard to put down and I like that the plot is seldom obvious or predictable. She is a pleasure to read.
In this extensive research novel, Lisa Scottoline creates the story of Amadeo Brandolini, who was sent to, and died in, an internment camp during World War II. Amadeo's family is suing for reparations from the Government, and Mary DiNunzio is representing the family.

During the investigation, Mary learns things about the internment of Italian-Americans during the war. In typical fashion, she strikes out on her own, trying to avoid the wrath of Bennie Rosato, and in the process placing herself in...more
Michelle Powers
Mary DiNunzio is a young widow and trial lawyer. When she begins to investigate the estate of a man who died in an Italian internment camp during WWII, killers start getting very near. For 2/3 of the book everyone tells her to give up the case, "get over it", and move onto more important and profitable cases. But Mary cannot. She sees the picture of the fisherman from South Philly--her hometown where she still resides---and her grief over her husband and this man come together. The more she lear...more
The girls of Bennie's firm are back, this time with Mary DiNunzio taking the lead. She's devoted to (obsessed by) a pro bono case, getting justice and remuneration for an Italian-American fisherman who died in an internment camp during WWII. The story takes her all over Philly, and even farther away from home than she's ever been before, and there's a lot of intrigue, and quite a few convenient coincidences. (The latter is a Scottoline weakness.) But still, the character development is solid and...more
Fun Philly-gal protagonist of Italian descent - enjoyed the venue & the family! Learned something new about WWII on the home-front: internment of those of Italian descent... Some of the storyline was quite improbable, i.e. if a real lawyer investigated in such a manner they would promptly be disbarred!
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