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Accused: Rosato & Associates, Book 14 | [Lisa Scottoline]

Accused: Rosato & Associates, Book 14

New York Times best-selling and Edgar Award-winning author Lisa Scottoline revolutionized crime fiction when she introduced her all-female law firm of Rosato & Associates, thrilling listeners 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.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling and Edgar Award-winning author Lisa Scottoline revolutionized crime fiction when she introduced her all-female law firm of Rosato & Associates, thrilling listeners 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.

©2013 Smart Blond, LLC (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 11-10-13
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 11-10-13 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Entertaining"

    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 Gardner 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 because a man is in prison who confessed to the killing. Allegra loves bee’s and when she is in the hospital Mary, pigeon Tony along with all the Tony’s and her father pick up the bee’s from the post office and take them to Allegra’s house to put the bee’s in the new hive. Thought the scene of pigeon Tony handling the bees was great. Mary gets engaged to Anthony Rotunno in the story with all the Italian family goings on around it also adds humor. There is no court room drama in this book but lots of suspense because they took on a 13 year old against her family’s wishes. I thought the real killer was established then Scottoline tosses in a twist for the ending. January LaVoy does a good job with the narration. This is a nice easy to read book to relax with.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Lexington, KY, United States 11-02-13
    Amazon Customer Lexington, KY, United States 11-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "narration annoying in part, but a decent story"
    Where does Accused rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story is average and simply not that memorable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that the reoccurring characters continue to mature and change.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance gets a mixed review. The narrator is good except for when she shouts in an attempt to portray Mary's hard of hearing father. Unless you can do a voice well when reading aloud it is best to read in your normal voice. I was tempted to forgo listening when she was shouting, totally unpleasant to listen to. In addition the narrator's attempt to sound like the young girl involved failed to be pleasing as well. It was just lacking authenticity. The narrator's normal voice was okay on the ears and hopefully she will improve.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No. I found the book really fell flat midway through and from then on the story was contrived and rather boring.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Barb Fremont, CA 01-16-14
    Barb Fremont, CA 01-16-14 Member Since 2011

    avid audio book listener

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    "Narrator was poor!"

    I have enjoyed the Rosato and Associates series and was pleased to see a new edition out. Mary is made partner and has accepted Anthony's wedding proposal. This is one book that I think I would have enjoyed more if I had read it rather than listened to it. Although there was always humor in the series, the women were professionals and acted accordingly. This narrator has such a juvenile, excited voice for women that I was continually having to ignore her voice to get any enjoyment out of the story. The women sounded like little girls rather than the professionals they are. I come from an enthic family where half of the family is deaf so everyone speaks loudly to be heard over everyone else. However, the author shouting with two of the older Italian characters, one Mary's father and the other a long-time neighbor, I found very difficult and demeaning to them as loving, colorful individuals. Being hard of hearing myself and from a family with hearing problems, I know our voices may be louder than a soft-spoken person but we do not yell. My advise to catch up on what is happening in the Rosato law firm is to read the book rather than listen to the audible version. Audible, please find another narrator for series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gerald B. Holzman 11-20-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Getting old"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story. This is far fetched. The author should keep to things that actually happen in a law practice. The premise is flawed. The characters get annoying after awhile. Murder is okay. Investigation is okay. The child who is the center of this is really a fantasy. The Italian background is okay, but the yelling and screaming, etc has no place. That might be what Italians do, but this is a mystery and is over played and irritating.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not Scottoline. I just downloaded Michael Connelly.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of January LaVoy?

    Her voice is grating especially when she goes Italian


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Emesis


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara A. Roark Tampa, FL USA 11-18-13
    Barbara A. Roark Tampa, FL USA 11-18-13 Member Since 2009

    beach reader

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    "Not Her Best Effort"
    What disappointed you about Accused?

    I never thought the story came together.


    What was most disappointing about Lisa Scottoline’s story?

    I've read all of the Rosato Associates books but this is the first one I've listened to. January LaVoy's interpretation of Mary's father's yelling, her mother's broken accent, Judy's little-girl voice set my teeth on edge. And it was such a chick book! I was hoping for a good lawyer story with a little personal relationship thrown in. If I ever decide to read another Rosato Associates book (uncertain at this time), it will be with my eyes.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of January LaVoy?

    Barbara Rosenblat.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I was very disappointed in the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Toby Portsmouth, NH, United States 11-08-13
    Toby Portsmouth, NH, United States 11-08-13 Member Since 2010

    Anglophile. Prefer only British fiction and mysteries. Good translations of Italian, too.

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    "Yet another great Philadelphia tale with women"
    If you could sum up Accused in three words, what would they be?

    A very fun as well as intriguing mystery with the author's usual sense of place and fine Philly touches. Nice to have a mystery with strong women and not wimpets.


    What other book might you compare Accused to and why?

    Probably a Deborah Crombie mystery set in London. I don't much care for comparisons.


    What about January LaVoy’s performance did you like?

    I liked her okay, but thought the voices of the three Tony's was over acted and the sound volume was annoying. I wish she had read it mostly straight and not as if she was on a Vaudeville stage - especially the south Philly scenes.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Pigeon Tony unloaded the bees.


    Any additional comments?

    A splendid read and an unexpected outcome. I would have enjoyed it more if the reader had not annoyed me at times. Still, a solid story and wonderful characterizations. Nice to be back with the lawyer women.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    PAM ONEIL Las Vegas, NV United States 11-01-13
    PAM ONEIL Las Vegas, NV United States 11-01-13 Member Since 2010
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    "OMG!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, Scottoline has a home run. This is the best of the Rosato & Associates.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of it. had me laughing.


    What does January LaVoy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is a good story teller, I could tell the voice change for each character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listen to all of the Rosato & Associates and have loved each one, this one is at the top of the listed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Motherof5yroldboy 05-16-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Great book"
    If you could sum up Accused in three words, what would they be?

    A great read


    What did you like best about this story?

    Familiarity with the characters


    Which scene was your favorite?

    all of it


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next book in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A GENEVA, NY, United States 03-09-14
    A GENEVA, NY, United States 03-09-14 Member Since 2009
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    "The women's club"
    Would you listen to Accused again? Why?

    Great story with supporting characters


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    How all charters worked into story


    What about January LaVoy’s performance did you like?

    I am a fan of narrator


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Listened in spare time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brien Ballston Spa, NY, United States 12-31-13
    Brien Ballston Spa, NY, United States 12-31-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Very enjoyable and difficult to put down"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    As each new clue was uncovered I tried to guess the killer and motive. The author kept me in suspense until near the end. Well done.


    Which character – as performed by January LaVoy – was your favorite?

    I thought January did a great job with the teenager's voice, but she did well overall. A couple of voices seemed similar, but it wasn't very distracting.


    Any additional comments?

    I have trouble following some audio books because the details are so critical to the story and I'm distracted now and then. I had no trouble with this story.

    I believe one reviewer stated that the description of the law office's procedures wasn't realistic. Maybe or maybe not. However, I find that irrelevant to my enjoyment of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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