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Accused (Rosato & DiNunzio #1)

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  7,783 Ratings  ·  880 Reviews
Mary DiNunzio has just been promoted to partner and is about to take on her most unusual case yet, brought to the firm by a thirteen-year-old genius with a penchant for beekeeping. Allegra Gardner's sister Fiona was murdered six years ago, and it seemed like an open-and-shut case: the accused, Lonnie Stall, was seen fleeing the scene; his blood was on Fiona and her blood w ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by St. Martin's Press
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Paddy Gordon I'm seeing 5 books in the series, with #5 coming out in 2017. I found it worked better to read them in order, although you can pick up on the plot…moreI'm seeing 5 books in the series, with #5 coming out in 2017. I found it worked better to read them in order, although you can pick up on the plot without that. (less)
Jan Lipkin Actually I enjoy the extended info on Mary's family -- the more I know about her family, the more I feel I know about her character. That helps me…moreActually I enjoy the extended info on Mary's family -- the more I know about her family, the more I feel I know about her character. That helps me understand her decisions and actions. (less)

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Nov 16, 2013 Amy rated it it was ok
This has to be my least favorite Scottoline book. It is billed as a Rosato and Associates book, but is all about Mary and her family, and Mary and her family do NOTHING to endear themselves to me. Scottoline attempts to incorporate humor with the family dynamics of Mary and Anthony's families, as well as the Tonys. It falls flat, and quite frankly ruins the storyline. Mary, who now must be in her 30's, has survived the death of her first husband and is now a partner in the firm. One ...more
Apr 18, 2014 Karen rated it did not like it
So you want to read a one star review? I love Lisa Scottoline's novels. I would consider her books a must read unless it is the drivel, dreary, negatively, stereotypical bore that is Accused. WE GOT HER ITALIAN FATHER WHOSE DIALOGUE IS ALWAYS IN CAPS COS HE'S FROM ITALY AND ITALIANS IN AMERICA TALK LOUD. Her mother worries for her. Novena this and novena that over and over. We have so many Tony's that you can't keep track and they are a huge distraction. We have a lawyer - Mary - who really does ...more
Nov 07, 2013 Jackie rated it it was ok
It's been a while since I've read anything by Ms. Scottoline. I remember thoroughly enjoying those books I had read. So, what has changed in the intervening years? Maybe it's me. But, then again, maybe not.

I've read a few of the reviews here on Goodreads concerning this very book. Many of them are glowing. Many of the one or two stars are only stars (nothing written) so I can only guess at the reasons for the low rating.

For me it all boiled down to the characters. I seem to remember Judy being
Donna Taormina
Jan 21, 2014 Donna Taormina rated it did not like it
The author really tries too hard with the Italian parents schtick which was almost immediately pretty annoying. And the timeline just doesn't fit - Mary acts like such a naif so it seems like she should be in her early 30's and yet her parents are in their 80's. Just little things that either didn't add up for me or were distracting which did not bother me in the earlier books in the series. Not Scottoline's best effort.
Apr 22, 2016 Marla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Lisa Scottoline is one of my favorite murder mystery authors. This is a really good one. It keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering who was the actual murderer. Very enjoyable story.
Nov 01, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it
I found myself debating whether this was a mystery or a soap opera. Like Kinsey Milhone and Stephanie Plum, the mystery is often obscured by the personalities of the on-going characters which is meant to make the next in the series a must read. I am not sure that I will be there for the next one, but to say I did not enjoy this would be an error.

The concept of a 13 year old genius girl who knows that the wrong man is in prison for killing her sister is a compelling place for a mystery to take ro
Feb 02, 2014 Elvan rated it liked it
Legal Lite

I'm not sure what to say about this book. Accused is the most recent in a long line of Rosato and Associates books by Lisa Scottoline and one which should not be read before any of the others in the series.
There have been much grittier and complex books in the series. Think Twice starring Benny Rosato was an excellent thriller as were many others in the series.

In Accused, a 15 year old girl comes to the firm asking that they hunt down the real killer of her sister and help to release
Nov 11, 2013 Kay rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
The last 30 or 40 pages were good but after reading the first 300 pages perhaps anything would have been good. I used to really like her books with the female law firm of Rosato & Associates. However, once her stories concentrated on Mary as the main character they became tedious. Of all the gals, she is my least favorite. It's almost as if Scottoline has tried to make Mary and her family similar to Stephanie Plum and her family. If she is all I can say, "It ain't working!!!"
Jenn Kaplan
Dec 20, 2015 Jenn Kaplan rated it did not like it
I can't finish this book. I used to love Lisa Scottoline. What is going on!!!! Is she against using pronouns? Is she going for a record to see how many times she can use the same phrase over and over again.
As I was reading I kept getting more and more irked by the flow of the story. Then I realized why. It reminded me too much of the Hallmark Story Buddy books I have for my daughter. The book repeats the phrases and the character's names so that the stuffed animal will respond. Ms. Scottoline, y
Nov 20, 2015 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, audiobook
Having just made partner at Rosato & Associates the newly engaged Mary DiNunzio should be on the top of the world. Yet there is something that does not feel right and for once it is not the chaos of being in neither a large family nor, her law practice per se just the case she just took on from a thirteen year-old girl who wants to free the murderer of her sister, who coincidentally pleaded guilty.

Allegra Gardner never believed the man sentenced for the murder of her sister was the person wh
Apr 22, 2016 Barbara rated it liked it
Mary DiNunzio - a brand new partner at Rosato & Associates and a softie at heart - takes on the case of 13-year-old Allegra Gardner. Allegra's older sister Fiona was murdered six years before and Ronnie Stall, a college student who moonlighted as a waiter for Gardner family parties, was imprisoned for the crime. Allegra is convinced that Ronnie is innocent and - having come into a trust fund - decides to hire a lawyer to help him.

Allegra's parents are adamantly opposed to re-opening the cas
Paula  Phillips
Dec 04, 2013 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite mystery female writers is Lisa Scottoline, I have read all her books minus one which I have on my Ipad to read. In Accused , we read that Mary DiNunzio has just made partner with Bernie Rosato which was excitement all around as Mary has been so through so much trials and tribulations with her husband being murdered and then family problems with her sister Angie. Her first case as partner arises when during her party in the office, they are interrupted by Allegra Gardner of t ...more
Robin Claire
Jan 02, 2016 Robin Claire rated it did not like it
Lisa Scottoline needs to lose the commas in this book; perhaps she should take a look at some other options such as the period or the hyphen. I find that the semicolon also works nicely when trying to consolidate a sentence or two. She may even want to try out a few prepositions to connect her sentences. The commas are peppered throughout - much like an overly spiced dinner, the commas add distraction rather than flavor. The list goes on...I am plowing through the book but just can't seem to get ...more
Dec 27, 2013 Jerry rated it liked it
It’s been almost four years since the prior entry in this “Rosato & Associates” now 12-book series of light legal thrillers. While usually a case or two dominate the story, the lives of the principals – Bennie, Judy, and especially Mary – tend to create much of the interest for the reader. In “Accused”, Mary has just been promoted to partner – a bit of a surprise as no groundwork was laid, and she seemed an unlikely candidate. She almost immediately takes on a case involving a teenager who i ...more
Linda Tucker
Jan 05, 2014 Linda Tucker rated it did not like it
This book was a total disappointment. I hadn't read a Rosato & Associates novel in a few years, but this book reads like it was written by a junior-high school student, not a best-selling mystery writer. Her attempts at "aside" humor failed miserably to me. I would not recommend this book, unless you like struggling with whether or not to just take it back to the library without finishing it or plodding along with this obnoxious book, hanging in there 'til the bitter end.
Kelly ...
Jul 30, 2016 Kelly ... rated it really liked it
AUDIO: So many reviewers have complained about January LaVoy's narration so I will comment on that first. I honestly loved her reading style. I loved that the elderly men spoke loudly and with thick accents. I loved that Mary seemed to take on the accents of her family when she was with them but sounded more formal with her friends, clients and colleagues. It was real, sometimes annoying, sometimes subtle, and extremely funny. In my opinion her narration added to the humorous portions of the boo ...more
Shelly Itkin
If you re a fan of Rosato & Associates then you will be as thrilled, as I was to see Bennie Rosato, Mary DiNunzio, Judy Carrier and Anne Murphy back in action together.

Lisa gets us hooked from just the first few chapters first announcing that “Mary” is now a full partner and secondly letting is know that Mary is engaged to Anthony Rotunno. As if that is not enough for Mary to handle in walks thirteen year old Allegra (considered a genius) looking for representation to free a man who is in ja
Luanne Ollivier
Oct 29, 2013 Luanne Ollivier rated it liked it
It's been a while since I picked up a book by Lisa Scottoline. I was a big fan of her legal series featuring Bennie Rosato and her firm in the past, but hadn't picked up one of her titles lately.

Her latest book, Accused, (#12) releases today and brings back favourite characters. Mary DiNunzio is no longer an associate with the firm, instead she's just been made partner.

When the firm is approached by a client and asked to look into the murder of her sister, Mary is ready to take on the case. T
Jun 28, 2015 Cheryl rated it did not like it
I know that Lisa can write. So I was surprised that I did not like this book one bit. There was nothing interesting about any of the characters...good or bad. Plus, I did not think that the storyline was strong either. I went along reading the book for a while but then found myself about a third of the way in skimming it, just to see if it got any better and what was happening in the plot. There was no change about midway so I then found myself again skipping ahead chapters to make the book read ...more
Carl Alves
Apr 12, 2015 Carl Alves rated it liked it
Lisa Scottoline is back at it again with a Rosato & Associates novel, this time featuring Mary DiNunzio as the lead character. The novel starts off with Mary becoming partner in the law firm. Her first client as partner is Allegra Gardner, a highly excitable and intelligent girl who believes that the man sentenced for the murder of her sister six years earlier is innocent of the murder. She wants Mary to prove this. Allegra and her case immediately strike a nerve with Mary, both because of h ...more
Deepa Raghunath
Jul 05, 2016 Deepa Raghunath rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I listened to this book! This was the first time I ever listened to a book so I did not have anything to compare it with. I must say I enjoyed listening to it. The narrator(January LaVoy) has distinct voices for each character and was able to express the tone of each character very effectively. Though the yelling of the Tony's and Mary's dad was a pain to the ears!

Coming to the plot, it was quite interesting. Initially it went on a slow pace with many probably unwanted details, but the last 15
Cynthia Corral
I listened to the Audiobook so a lot of issues mentioned by other readers did not bother me. I did have other issues though.

Overall, as an audiobook it was great. The narrator had solid individual voices for each character, both male and female. The story was... it was fine. I enjoyed it for the most part until the end when it started to look like one of my far-out theories was going to be true and I was looking forward to being right... and then "the bad guy" ended up being a pretty boring expl
May 29, 2014 Ann rated it really liked it
I hated the last book I read by this author but I liked this one a lot. Mary DiNunzio has been made a partner in the Rosato & Associates law firm. She has also just become engaged to her wonderful Anthony. She is hired by Allegra Gardiner, a 13-year old girl who asks Mary to investigate the murder of her sister Fiona six years earlier. A young man took a plea agreement and was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the murder. Mary begins to investigate but is blocked by the parents of Allegra ...more
Jann Barber
Jun 26, 2014 Jann Barber rated it it was ok
This was the June selection for the library mystery book club. I thought I had read Scottoline before, but if I have, I have not read any of the Rosato & Associates books.

I liked the plot. For some reason, I did not like the descriptive language. I am not certain if there was too much of it or if the actual adjectives bothered me. This irritation started on the first few pages. I finally started reading the first sentence of a paragraph in order to get the idea of what was going on. I slowed
Apr 22, 2016 Joe rated it really liked it
Shelves: legal-thriller
Always love reading a book in a series, and realizing there are more to read, such as this. I picked up and read, "Corrupted" and loved it! So next time at the library, i made a point to look fro #1 in this series and found it. This time around it was the new partnering the firm, Mary taking on a very difficult case. A wealthy family, with 2 daughters, one of which had been murdered and everyone accepted it as a closed case but not the younger daughter. With the help of Mary, who connected with ...more
Feb 11, 2014 Lynn rated it it was ok
It begins with an astonishing request from a thirteen-year-old prospective client. Allegra Gardner's sister Fiona was murdered six years ago. It seemed like an open-and-shut case: the accused, Lonnie Stall, was seen fleeing the scene; his blood was on Fiona and her blood was on him; most damningly, Lonnie Stall pleaded guilty. But Allegra believes Lonnie is innocent and has been wrongly imprisoned. Taking on the case seems foolhardy to Mary DiNunzio, because the Gardner family is one of the rich ...more
Judy Ward
Jul 05, 2015 Judy Ward rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-detectives
Mary DiNunzio has just been made partner and her first case is a 13 year old girl who thinks her sister's murderer is still out there. The man who was sentenced didn't do it according to Allegra.

Mary has, also, just got engaged. She isn't sure if she is doing the right thing. She knows she is working a lot of overtime to keep a distance from her new fiancé. The WORST is that both her mother and her new mother-in-law want her to wear their wedding gowns. How can she get out of that without hurti
Mar 16, 2015 Maggie61 rated it really liked it
It had been a while since I had read one of Lisa Scottoline's legal thriller, I've missed them and I have more to catch up on.
This one is a more recent release. Mary, after working with Bennie Rosato as as associate is now a partner with Bennie, making this the first of that series
This Novel begins with a 13 year old girl wanting Mary (and Judy) to find the real killer of her older sister six years prior. She is certain the person who went to prison did not commit the crime. But something else
Sep 07, 2014 Barbara rated it it was ok
I'll have to admit that I was unaware that this was part of a series, so perhaps if I had read the previous books I would have enjoyed this book more.
However, with that aside, this did not inspire me to continue with the series or author.
The plot had a great deal of potential, and could have made for a page turner. We begin with Mary's celebration for making partner being interrupted by a new client. A 13 year old girl uses her newly acquired trust fund to hire the firm to investigate her siste
Aug 08, 2014 Laren rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I've read several books by this author, but this is the first one I've read from her Rosato & Associates series. Perhaps the most recent entry in the series was not a good place to start. I didn't really feel as though I had missed anything important from the previous books in the series. But I also didn't really warm to any of the characters, or feel like I really understood any of them.

Before I moved to New Jersey, I might have felt that the Italian-American family in this book were caric
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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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