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Mistaken Identity (Rosato & Associates #4)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  3,586 ratings  ·  202 reviews
Lisa Scottoline continues to enthrall a growing legion of critics and fans with her superb talent for creating gripping, unpredictable stories that rival the best of John Grisham, Scott Turow, and Richard North Patterson. Filled with twisting plots, unforgettable flesh-and-blood characters, and absorbing dramatic tension, her previous national bestsellers have propelled he ...more
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published March 3rd 1999 by Harper (first published 1998)
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Terri Lynn
I am really loving this series about the all female law firm of Rosato and Associates even though I did get started by reading the most current book and have now gone back to read the earlier stories. Each one features either a story about Bennie Rosato or Mary DiNunzio, lawyers in Philadelphia. Of course their associate Judy Carrier is in each book (Mary's best friend). I often find Mary to be an idiot and she gets tiresome with the Catholic guilt and her cowardice.

Bennie is content and happy
The author is a lawyer, main character, Bennie, is a lawyer. She is cold and pretty unlikable. Too tough. This book is about her family, dying mother, missing father, twin sister she didn't know she had. Plot is a little hard to follow. Lots of vague references and very little detail. Bennie learns that family isn't about blood connections but about commitment, love, blah blah blah. Her real family is her boyfriend, her dog, and her staff.
This is another of Lisa Scottoline's novels about Bennie Rosato and her all-woman law firm, and is a prequel of sorts to Dead Ringer, which I had already read, inasmuch as this is the book in which Bennie finds out that she has a twin sister--who happens to be coming up for trial on a murder case and wants to hire Bennie to represent her. Part of the issue is that Bennie is not all that sure that the woman in question, Alice Connolly, really is her sister, and another part is that Bennie becomes ...more
Debbie Maskus
This is an interesting story about twins-the good one and the bad one. In this story, Bennie Rosato, is asked to defend a woman accused of murdering her lover. The problem is that the accused killer may be Bennie's twin. As in the past, the story centers on corrupt policemen, as Bennie and her all female law firm, rush to develop the case for Alice Connolly. The story has the ups and downs of a rollercoaster, as Bennie's mother dies, and as Bennie's father enteres her life. The huge question is ...more
Could not finish and it was an audio book!

I am a fan of Lisa Scottoline's and have read about half a dozen of her other novels, most about the lawyers at Rosato & Associates.

I have enjoyed the books because of their interesting characters and witty dialogue. Bennie has appeared in these other books as an interesting ancillary character--the grumpy boss/Obe Wan Knobe--the problem is that Bennie does not work on her own, she is not that interesting or at least not that fun.

Overall this book
Savannah Hendricks
Nice story that kept me wanting to read more.
This is one of my favorite Lisa Scottoline thrillers featuring lawyer Bennie Rosato.

When Alice Connolly calls from jail and asks Bennie to defend her on a murder charge, she never expects to find a client that looks exactly like her. Alice shocks Bennie by telling her "I'm your twin". Bennie knows she doesn't have a sister or a twin. She grew up as an only child of a single mother, one who never told her who her father was or mentioned anything about a sister. She can't ask her mother as she is
Pr Latta
I like the Rosato & Associates series but this one left me feeling like I'd watched a tennis match: twang, twang... It may be that the premise (defendent Bennie's twin) feels medically dated -- these days the first thing one would do is get a DNA test. It may be that Bennie is dashing all over the place like a chicken with her head cut off while we're trying to catch up with her thought process. Or it may be the details of violence felt excessive (and boy, can Bennie bounce back!) but this j ...more
Lesa Divine)
It was alright. Nothing to get jumpy over or ecstatic about. so Bennie was called to defend this woman who calm to be her twin sister. come to find out her dad hasn't been telling her the truth. so she defend Alice for killing her Lover who happens to be a police officer. but here's the kicker Alice and her Lover are drug dealers. so Alice saying cops set her up. Bennie going out her way and almost getting killed herself over this drug dealer that says they twins. okay story which it was more Sp ...more
(3.5) Awesome in the begginning, but I kind of lost focus during the end...
Lisa Scottoline truly is the female John Grisham, but while her subjects are similar, she writes with a style of her own. One of my favorite Scottoline characteristics is that she's able to pull off an occasional twist in the plot and in Mistaken Identity, that twist finally comes at the end of the book.
Choosing to give her main character, Bennie Rosato, a twin sister (but is she her twin, or isn't she?) leaves the reader guessing as he turns every page.
Some of the characters (such as Rosato's
Susan Johnson
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I am really loving this series about the all female law firm of Rosato and Associates even though I did get started by reading the most current book and have now gone back to read the earlier stories. Each one features either a story about Bennie Rosato or Mary DiNunzio, lawyers in Philadelphia. Of course their as
My last Rosato book until Scottoline writes a new one. In the Rosato series, Bennie is my least favorite character, but I enjoyed this one. Bennie is confronted with the most challenging and most personal case of her legal career. Although Bennie is an expert on police corruption, this particular case makes her question everything she has learned as a criminal attorney, and everyone she considers to be family. Bennie is called to defend an inmate, Alice Connolly, who is behind bars at the Philad ...more
Bennie's Twin or Not? Just one of the good mysteries herein...

Here we have Scottoline's sixth offering, and no exception to a repertoire that only improves as it enlarges. In this book, (Ms.) Bennie Rosato herself enjoys the limelight occupied by her associates Mary and Judy from other stories (although they both appear with small parts herein); so it's nice we finally get to learn much more about the principal herself. Moreover, the author baits our hook in chapter 1 that the murder defendant,
Mistaken Identity is the first book I've read by Lisa Scottoline. My parents bought three books by Scottoline at the local used book store, so I had three to choose from. I chose Mistaken Identity because the whole might-be-twins thing intrigues me. After reading one of Beverly Barton's books about twins I've been very interested in reading others that may be somewhat similar.

I really liked this book, partly because it wasn't like the typical plot lines that I usually read. This one was slightly
Robert Beveridge
Lisa Scottoline, Mistaken Identity (Harper, 1999)

Three pages into Lisa Scottoline's sixth novel, Mistaken Identity, I wasn't sure I was going to make it to page ten. Scottoline opens the novel with her protagonist, Bennie Rosato, walking into the county prison where her newest client is in residence, mentally rattling off statistics that we've all heard a million times, most of which are, to say the least, on shaky ground as far as their worth is concerned. It is a horrible opening; thankfully,

I've read the books out of order. This is the one where Bennie mets her sister for the first time -- defends her, successfully in fact, in a murder trial. To that point, Bennie had not even known she had a twin -- as she was raised alone by her mom, who due to mental-health issues, did not ever disclose Bennie's full family history (and specifically the fact that the mom had borne twin girls, given one up, and actu
Sep 19, 2013 Jonathan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: John Grisham- or legal thriller-fans in general.

Well, well, well...

'Mistaken Identity' is a typical legal thriller,with an interesting plot, to begin with. The author has created a set of characters whose actions promise to unveil a greater truth in the end- to, somehow, contribute to the story that flows smoothly and with suspense. There are some surprises, there is a lot of mystery, and all the separate 'stories' that unfold
Priscilla Vaughn
Mistaken Identity is, as you can see, no. 6 in a mystery series. It does make a good stand alone read. This is also an older Scottoline book - pub. in 1999.
I liked many aspects of this book and disliked a few. It strengths were that there were a lot of story strands and the author was able to write them so the reader could keep them all straight (not an easy task). I had feelings for the characters and there were a lot of them. Again, the author does a good job in keeping them all straight for

Have you ever read a Grisham legal-thriller ?. In my opinion Mr. Grisham has provided an involuntary strong influence on Lisa Scottoline, this book looks like a copycat but cannot attain the level of the former writer. With a quick pace marked by short chapters and with a poor language improper for a legal-thriller, the author is determined to trap the reader into the plot and scores, because as the pages go by, she learns how to exploit the story sett
Patrice Sartor
I haven't read a lot of John Grisham's stuff, but everything I have read of his I found more enjoyable than Mistaken Identity. The pacing was too slow, I didn't bond with any of the characters, and the whole thing was too long (I skimmed through the last half). I didn't realize this was in the middle of a series of books about Bennie Rosato; I wonder if the rest of them are quite similar.

Still, it's easy to read, and if you like this sort of thing it will go fast and (possibly) satisfy your lawy
Judith Pickens
I'm a sucker for murder mysteries with a mix of legal drama, and when I began this book it seemed like it would be a fun read. The author began three story lines that were all exciting and I was rapidly racing toward the end to see how they all converged. Unfortunately, they didn't. I wish there had only been two stories that were better developed because in the end I was left with many loose ends and characters that in retrospect seemed random. I did really enjoy reading the portion of the book ...more
This was disappointing, and at times, disjointed. I couldn't really understand the part about the boxer, and Judy wanting to take boxing lessons. I couldn't really care about whether Connolly was Bennie's twin, or not. I did like the sections about Bennie's relationship with Grady. It felt as if the author was trying too hard this time.
LP Pages 831 Bennie Rosato finds herself defending a murder suspect, of a cop no less, and the suspect claims to be her twin. Now Bennie had no idea she had a twin or even a sister, but she decides to take the case over from the PD assigned to the case. Not easy as she had to battle the judge who wasn't cooperative. As Bennie gets more into the case, with only a week or so before the trial she is ambivalent about Alice Connolly and whether she is actually a long lost twin of running a con and Al ...more
I had read this book about 6 years ago..but didn't remember many of the details. It was better the second time because I would be reading and then say oh yeah, I forgot about that and then, oh, wait. no, what I thought was going to happen didn't. This is so much better than what I thought.
It's certainly not a John Grisham book! I didn't have any vested interest in story or characters. I hadn't read any of the prior series, so that didn't help, but I won't be reading anymore of them either! I didn't like the ending as some of the characters were left hanging!
Charlene C
This book was a nice surprise...a new series to pursue! I'd not read this author, although her name was familiar. She is a smart and clever writer that keeps delivering little twists right to the end. I will definitely search for more.
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"Crack trial lawyer Bennie Rosato is called to the local prison to consult with Alice Connolly, a woman accused of committing cold-blooded murder and who wants Bennie to represent her at the trial. Bennie has no intention of taking the case, until she comes face to face with Connolly: the incarcerated woman is a dead ringer for Bennie -- and claims to be her long-lost twin sister. Disbelieving but somehow convinced, Bennie takes on the case against her better judgement, and starts sniffin
Really awesome book.. Once I started reading I had a hard time putting it down.. Will say at some times I was a little lost because of there being so many characters but I would definitely recommend this book to anyone
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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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Rosato & Associates (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Everywhere That Mary Went (Rosato & Associates, #1)
  • Legal Tender (Rosato & Associates, #2)
  • Rough Justice (Rosato & Associates, #3)
  • Moment of Truth (Rosato & Associates, #5)
  • The Vendetta Defense (Rosato & Associates, #6)
  • Courting Trouble (Rosato & Associates, #7)
  • Dead Ringer (Rosato & Associates, #8)
  • Killer Smile (Rosato & Associates, #9)
  • Lady Killer (Rosato & Associates, #10)
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