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A Rosato & Associates Novel

Mary Dinuzio has just been promoted to partner when in walks a thirteen year old looking to hire the firm to find out who killed her sister six years prior. A young man was arrested for it and is in prison but the girl does not believe he did it. Mary decides to take the job and begins the investigation.

It has been a few years since I read any of the books in this series but I felt a little confused. The book jumps in time to Mary being older and now a widow but that was explained. What I didn't really understand was who all these characters were. I thought I remembered them but I really didn't recognize them at all. Mary was immature despite being older and having serious life experiences. Her family was still there and they were alright although they were every Italian family stereotype out there. The mystery itself was fine although not very original. Overall it was just ok. I felt more like I was in a Stephanie Plum story than a Rosato and Associates story. Not that there is anything wrong with Stephanie Plum but that was not what I was expecting. I was looking for something a little more serious and gritty. This is definitely not the strongest book of this series.

Book Blurb for Accused

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 are back with all cylinders firing in Accused.

Mary Dinuzio 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 was on him; most damningly, Lonnie Stall pleaded guilty.  But Allegra believes Lonnie is innocent and has been wrongly imprisoned. The Gardner family is one of the most powerful in the country and Allegra’s parents don’t believe in reopening the case, so taking it on is risky.  But the Rosato & Associates firm can never resist an underdog.  Was justice really served all those years ago?  It will take a team of unstoppable female lawyers, plus one thirteen-year-old genius, to find out.

Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2014 3.00