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(Rosato & DiNunzio #1)

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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 acc
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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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Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 15, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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

This first book in the 'Rosato and DiNunzio' series is a spin-off of the author's popular 'Rosato and Associates' books.


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 c
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: 'I'm here about my sister. Her name was Fiona and she was murdered six years ago at a party at my father's new offices. . . The thing is, I believe they sent the wrong man to jail.'

ABOUT THIS BOOK: 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
Donna Taormina
Jan 15, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Una Tiers
A dud that seemed closer to YA than a mystery or thriller. Part of it was the annoying tone of the narrator, but she didn't have much to work with. I also resented the senior stereotypes.
The narrator screeches throughout the book.
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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!!!"
Linda Tucker
Jan 04, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
3.5 Stars. I really needed a good mystery and Accused delivered for me. I thought it was just a tiny bit drawn out, though, and did not find the conclusion surprising. I was really frustrated with a lot of Mary's behavior for most of the book, but she was much better by the end. I'm looking forward to reading more of this series.
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, suspense
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
Robin Claire
Dec 25, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
I was so happy when the author brought back these characters. The book is about Allegra, a 13 year old who hires the law firm to exonerate Lonnie who she believes is innocent of murdering her sister Fiona 6 years ago. Mary has just been made a partner when she meets her new client who is very bright. On the same night she gets engaged to Anthony whose mother Mary refers to as el virus. Between the running around all over the City and the burbs to help clear Lonnie's name Mary has opened a can or ...more
Jenn Kaplan
Oct 07, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, suspense
Allegra's sister was murdered and Lonnie went to prison for the crime. But Allegra knows that Lonnie didn't commit the crime. When Allegra turns 13, she hires Mary to find out who really killed her sister Fiona.

I listened to this book and it was very well done. I thought the story line plausible and Mary's fight to ensure Allegra has the proper rights when her parents are not agreeable to her right to pursue her sister's murderer was very interesting. I thought that the book showed there is a s
Ashley Daviau
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this as much as I did, I thought it would be boring and predictable but I was quite wrong! It was anything but predictable and all the twists and turns made it that I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. And I was completely thrown for a loop, I really wasn’t expecting things to turn out how they did and it was the perfect ending to this story! I also really enjoyed both Mary and Allegra’s characters although Judy drove me absolutely crazy!
Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read most if not all of the Rosato & DiNunzio Books. I really have liked the lawyer books, and this one by several readers has been panned fairly strongly. I think I enjoyed it more than they did, as there is good plot with her family life, a lot of love there, and Mary is engaged to a most wonderful and kind man. I'd say it's an ok book, maybe not the best, but ok.
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first read (listen on audio book) for this author and I have mixed feelings. The beginning and end were very good but it got a little long and drawn out in the middle. A 13-year-old girl hires an attorney with her trust fund money to find the "real" killer who murdered her older sister 6 years ago. She is convinced that the young man behind bars is innocent. Mary DiNunzio takes the case and fights hard to solve the case for her client, Allegra. Even though this story had mixed review ...more
Deepa Raghunath
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jerry B
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
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
Paula  Phillips
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Rosato and Associates are back with Mary DiNunzio now as a partner! Seeing Bennie share her "power" and watching Mary assert herself more is intriguing to see. One thing that I enjoy about this series is seeing the characters grow. I will say here that this is technically NOT the first book in the Rosato series. The first book is Everywhere That Mary Went where we are introduced to Mary, Bennie and the gang. The series "spins-off" here as Mary is now a partner
Kelly ...
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 28, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lisa Scottoline first introduced readers to Mary DiNunzio, Bennie Rosato, Judy Carrier, and Anne Murphy in her Rosato & Associates series and now she is back with a new series: Rosato & DiNunzio. The first in this series is Accused and Mary has just been promoted to partner.

I won a copy of Damaged( from Goodreads) which is the fourth in the series. Not realizing it was part of a series, I decided to go back and listen to the audiobooks of the first three in order. I know a little about w
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
(***This is a review for the audio book.)
Wow! This book is well-written. I love the characters. I alos enjoyed the humor that the author imbued into the book. This is somewhat different than mos of the legal thrillers, but it is worth reading. Highly recommended.
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Lisa Scottoline is The New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 30 novels, including her #1 bestselling, AFTER ANNA. 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. These stories, along with many other never-before-published stories, h ...more

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