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Good Sunday morning! I hope this finds everyone well and enjoying the holiday season.

This week’s read was Accused, by Lisa Scottoline, and brought back a host of characters we’ve come to know and love in her all-women’s law firm. In this book, Mary Dinunzio’s life seems to be on a roll; she’s just made partner at Rosato & Associates and also become engaged to be married. While celebrating the announcement of her partnership with friends and family at the office, Mary gets called away to the conference room to meet a new client. Who’s 13 years old. Her name is Allegra, and her sister was murdered six years prior. Even though a man was convicted of the crime, she wants to hire Mary, and Rosato & Associates, to re-investiagate the case. What initially appears to be the whims of a young girl with a sad fixation on her sister’s murder turns out to be anything but, and the whirlwind that ensues will keep you guessing until the end.

Accused is a very quick read, with all kinds of banter between Mary, her coworkers, and her old-school Italian parents with their geriatric friends. It’s a good lesson in loyalty and persistence, and I think that you’ll enjoy it. So give Accused a try, and until next time, happy reading! 🙂

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Good Sunday morning, the first Sunday of spring. Does it feel like it where you are? Because it sure doesn’t here in Massachusetts. I need to see a robin or a tulip or something!

This week’s read was Lady Killer by Lisa Scottoline, starring Mary DiNunzio, an associate lawyer at Rosato & Associates. I’ve read several of Scottoline’s books, some featuring Bennie Rosato, some starring DiNunzio, and like usual, I always manage to read them out of order. But they’re all very good.

I digress.

In this caper, DiNunzio is hard at work one day, when Trish Gambone, a “Mean Girl” from back in high school, shows up at the office, terrified and looking for help. Trish’s live-in boyfriend, a mobbed-up drug dealer, has been threatening her life, and she’s sure that he’s going to act on it soon. DiNunzio recommends the usual avenues for a person in an abusive relationship, but it’s not good enough for Trish, and she storms out of Mary’s office. Soon after, Trish goes missing, and it seems that the whole of Philly, including Trish’s three big-haired best friends, blames Mary. As DiNunzio jeopardizes her job to go on a quest to find out what happened to Trish, we learn that the good-Catholic-schoolgirl DiNunzio has some skeletons ratting around of her own…

Reading this book makes you feel like you’ve been plopped smack-dab in the middle of some rowhouses in Philly. Scottoline does such a great job of conveying the neighborhood atmosphere of the Italian-American section of the city that DiNunzio is from, and the slang she uses, combined with some of the old-world charm, had me smiling several times throughout the book. It’s a definite page-turner, with just a splash of romance mixed in (not enough to make you vomit), and I recommend it for a quick read some weekend. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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