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Killer Smile (Rosato and Associates #9)

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,963 Ratings  ·  274 Reviews
A World War II suicide in an internment camp has ominous links to an on-going murder case . . . .

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 by Pan Publishing (first published 2004)
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Jul 28, 2014 Marca rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ariel White
Jan 05, 2009 Ariel White rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
sometimes you read what you have. and what you have is not great
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
Oct 24, 2011 JackieB rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, crime
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
3.5 out of 5 stars

This series and I have a funny relationship. I seem to like every other book in this companion series, which is super weird. Anyhow, I thought this book was one of the more touching ones this time around, with a compelling case and likable enough characters.

More detailed review to come soon!!!
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
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
Aug 05, 2009 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 18, 2009 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 05, 2010 Jill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 03, 2014 Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 06, 2016 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mary a young lawyer, takes on a pro bono case. She has recently become a widow, and her friends think she must be "fixed up", this fixed up idea, by her friends will almost get her killed. Mary works diligently trying to find out what happened to an Italian Immigrant and his fishing business, when he was interned during WWII and sent to Montana. She is told he committed suicide, but he was Catholic, and something smells "fishy" to Mary. She is from a strong Italian American family in Philadelphi ...more
Jul 24, 2015 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the recommendation of a friend, I’ve finally read my first Lisa Scottoline book. Not having had any other of her books with which to gauge Killer Smile by, I have to say that I quite enjoyed it.

Mary's character, while very determined – (some say obsessed) - to research the case she was working on, did a number of really, really stupid things that had me slapping my head in frustration. This is one lucky girl! As for any inconsistencies between this book and previous Rosato & Associate in
May 28, 2015 Rob1109 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another winner for Ms. Scottoline.

I discovered her work and began reading some of her previous novels maybe 6-8 months ago. I immediately became a huge fan as Ms. Scottoline moved to the brink of one of my 5 favorite authors. I hate to admit this but her newest novel, ‘Every 15 Minutes,’ I was very disappointed in.

I like to think every author, even the great ones, are allowed one or two weaker novels and I attribute ‘Every 15 Minutes’ to one of those.

I recently finished ‘Killer Smile.’ Another
Feb 22, 2015 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jennifer Robb
Lisa Scottoline seems to have one type of main character (no matter what her name) and it's growing a bit tiresome after 3 books. Her law knowing people seem to think it is okay to break the law and/or intrude on active investigations (and there are seldom consequences--though the person is usually in jeopardy at least once).

I liked Mary's dedication to history and finding out what happened--though she never did find out what happened to Amadeo's three boats which is what she set out looking for
Ellen Moore
Apr 19, 2014 Ellen Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 16, 2016 Jovdb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just love these books!

I enjoyed this one that had Mary as the lead investigator, with her friend, Judy, as her side kick.

Mary is investigating a case that has its roots in the suicide of an Italian man, who was interned in the USA during WWII.

The case has surprising twists, and yes, Mary, being Mary, gets herself into unbelievable situations but manages to extricate herself. For someone so smart, she does really stupid things, dangerous things, at times, but that is what makes the books fun.

Personal Note not one of my favorites, too much history

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 thre
Jan 30, 2015 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 21, 2010 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-thriller
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
Jun 20, 2012 Dale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 t
Mar 28, 2012 Eileen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Jul 06, 2010 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 31, 2010 J rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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 gene
Dec 17, 2012 Dindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
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
May 14, 2011 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
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
Jul 10, 2015 Suzanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: caper, adult
It has been a while since I have picked up a Scottoline book and now I know why. The characters are a bit one note and the action at some points drags to a standstill. In the end I just wanted the story to end I didn't even care about the result. But in true Disney-esque fashion the right person found the right piece of paper at just the right moment. Ah....all is well with the world again. I think I will take another few years before I pick up the next in the series.
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Lisa Scottoline is the New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 23 novels, including her latest, EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES, which releases in April 2015. She also writes a weekly column with her daughter Francesca Serritella for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled "Chick Wit" which is a witty and fun take on life from a woman's perspective.
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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)
  • Dead Ringer (Rosato & Associates, #8)
  • Lady Killer (Rosato & Associates, #10)
  • Think Twice (Rosato & Associates, #11)

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