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Accused (Rosato & DiNunzio #1)

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  4,351 ratings  ·  602 reviews
New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award–winning author Lisa Scottoline revolutionized crime fiction when she introduced her all-female law firm of Rosato & Associates, thrilling readers with her twisty, fast-paced plots and capturing their hearts with her cast of strong and relatable female characters. Now Bennie Rosato, Mary DiNunzio, Judy Carrier, and Anne Murphy ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by St. Martin's Press
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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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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
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
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
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
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
Nov 11, 2013 Kay rated it 2 of 5 stars
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!!!"
Donna Taormina
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.
Jenn Kaplan
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 in a book? I went nuts on her last book that I read, because she actually wrote something about a man putting his thumb and pressing on the woman's Adam's apple. I wrote to her, that women don't have Adam's apples. She actually wrote me back and said it was her fault and not her editors for le ...more
Paula  Phillips
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 Ball
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Carl Alves
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Shortly after Mary DiNunzio earns partnership at the law firm of Rosato & Associates, a thirteen-year-old girl named Allegra Gardner retains her as counsel to investigate her sister Fiona's murder five years before—Even though a young man named Lonnie Stall had been found guilty and was serving time for the crime. But Allegra is persistent, and soon shows Mary a few good reasons to question it all.

However, Allegra's wealthy and powerful parents are so opposed to the reopening of the case, an
Hooray! Rosato & Associates are back!

I’ve read all but one or two of Lisa Scottoline’s book and have yet to read a bad one but I prefer her books that feature lawyers and like the Rosato & Associates ones best of all. Over the previous eleven books in the series, I’ve ‘bonded’ with the characters and am always excited to see them embark on a new adventure. And it’s nice to see Mary – Scottoline’s main main character – has grown over the course of the series without losing those qualities
Patrice Hoffman
Won through a Goodreads giveaway

Accused is the latest novel Lisa Scottoline featuring Rosato & Associates. Mary DiNunzio is celebrating her recent promotion as a partner in the Rosato & Associates law firm when a thirteen year old seeks her counsel in the murder of her older sister. Six years earlier, Allegra Gardner's sister Fiona is murdered at the age of sixteen.

Allegra is anxious to exonerate the man who stands accused of her murder. Against her better judgement, Mary agrees to take
Rusty Dalferes
I was fortunate enough to get this book through my very first Goodreads giveaway win, so thank you to Goodreads, St. Martin's Press, and Lisa Scottoline for providing me this book for free. [Side note: I find it odd that "Goodreads" gets underlined as misspelled in the Goodreads review entry box.]

At the outset, I should note that I've read a couple of books in this series before, but I have not read all of them. That said, I'm familiar with the characters and the great majority of their backstor
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Murder, Mystery
*Rating* 3.5


Rosato & Associates is a series that follows the all-women law firm by the same name and is set in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The primary cast of characters includes Bennie Rosato, Mary DiNunzio, Judy Carrier, & Anne Murphy. The token male representatives are Marshall Trow and Lou Jacobs who is the firms investigator, along with Mary's fiance Anthony Rotunno.

This series is my guilty obsession. I love that it centers around strong women chara
Jean Poulos
Great to have Lisa Scottoline writing about the Rosato and Associates the Philadelphia all women law firm again. I have missed reading about them; I have read all of the books in the series. These are easy to read legal procedure books with humor and a bit of a “who done it.” Mary DiNunzio has made partner in the firm. Mary and Judy Carrier take on a 13 year old girl Allegra who is a rich, genius who wants them to find out who killed her older 16 year old sister 6 years ago. This is complicated ...more
Michael Pyle
Lisa Scottoline brings back her all-female law firm of Rosato & Associates in "Accused."

A thirteen-year-old genius hires the firm to figure out who really killed the girl's sister six years earlier. The girl's rich and powerful parents are strongly opposed to reviewing the case. A man is already in prison for having committed the crime.

I attended a week-long presentation by Lisa Scottoline several years ago, in which she and Stephen Horn taught a plethora of lawyers how to write legal ficti
Cb Sellen
Mary and Bennie and Judy are back and Mary is now a partner and engaged to Anthony. The mystery is compelling and the solution caught me by surprise. Are the South Philadelphia stereotypes too heavy? Is Anthony too long suffering? Who cares! The team is back and the story compelling and I am ready for the next one.
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