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Killer Smile (Rosato & Associates #9)

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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.
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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
JackieB
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
Linda
OK, I won’t make any claims about this being Serious Literary Fiction, but I have yet to find another writer that can make a lightweight read as redeeming as Lisa Scottoline. As a fan for several years, I’ve been working my way through the back catalog -- if I’ve counted right, this is the 14th Lisa Scottoline novel I’ve read so far -- and Killer Smile comes out as one of my top faves.

Scottoline pulls off a neat little trick here. Killer Smile is as easy-reading a page turner as any of her othe
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Terri Lynn
I love this series but somehow the books featuring Mary DiNunzio aggravate me in many ways. I like the Judy Carrier and Bennie Rosato stories better. Mary is an Italian Catholic and is always so stereotyped as feeling guilt (Catholic guilt) over everything, being timid, and doing stupid things. In this book, supposedly she never liked being a lawyer which is in direct conflict with earlier books in the series where she loves her job. I am also annoyed at her calling herself a "girl lawyer." Let' ...more
Marca
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
Kristen
In the 9th installment of Lisa Scottoline's Rosato & Associates legal thriller series, Killer Smile, Mary DeNunzio ended up in her toughest case yet. While she prepared to take a deposition for one of her latest cases for the firm, she wound up embroiled in a complicated and complex investigation for her latest case for Amadeo Brandolini's estate. First, she dealt with a harasser on the phone, while she looked into the probe of Amadeo's life, which lead her back to the 1940s, during World Wa ...more
Melissa
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
Ann
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
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Jill
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
Joyce
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.
Jim
Killer Smile takes a while to gain momentum, but I was delighted throughout the time it took me to read it. As a mystery it has a lot of classic detection elements--red herrings, mysterious acts of violence, break-ins . . . and uses almost all of them to very good effect.

One bit of the plot--something that is absolutely ke to the resolution of the mystery--was introduced late in the story, and it was something that would logically have been discovered much earlier in the telling of the tale. But
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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
Laura
Killer Smile is about Mary, an Italian lawyer who works for Rosato & Associates. She is working pro bono on a case involving a deceased estate however the further she digs, the more the mystery deepens. Soon her involvement becomes unpopular and she starts getting followed and threatened.

I’m in two minds about this book. It had some clear strong and clear weak points.

I mostly liked Mary’s character however there were times when she really did frustrate me. She was very stubborn and one track
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Andrea
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
Antof9
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
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Dale
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
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Eileen
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
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Jerry
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
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J
I DON'T FLAG SPOILERS. I DON'T PUT MY REVIEWS ON FEED.

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
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Dindy
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
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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
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Linda
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
Tatiana Lammers
I really liked this book. People who didn't like it simply did not get the fine Italian humor.
The plot was interesting and very original, and the twists were quite unexpected. I like that the book was based on true historical events.
All the characters, whether they are good or bad guys, are written well and with humor.
And when I came across the mention of the Aerosmith music, I knew I loved the book =)

Favorite quote: "Next time you hit a girl, remember that we hit back"
Anne
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
Jeff
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
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Cindy
I like how another reviewer said that sometimes you read what you have...that's the case here. Frankly, if you've read one Scottoline book, you've read them all. Pretty sure this one will have been my last...too much other interesting stuff is beckoning me, although if she was accurate about the Italina internment camp, that was interesting.
Eva
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
Penny
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.
Amy
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).
Kris
3.5 STARS

"Lawyer Mary DiNunzio's new case is a mystery—the strange suicide of an Italian fisherman interned during a dark, unspoken chapter in American history. Armed only with the puzzle pieces of a lock of hair, an old photograph, and a paper covered with indecipherable doodles, Mary digs deep into the case and suspects betrayal—and murder.

Meantime, Mary's friends worry that her investigation is becoming an obsession, so they set her up on a series of truly disastrous blind dates. She escapes
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