After attorney Benedetta Rosato loses her wallet, she receives bills for identical dresses she didn’t buy and is arrested for a robbery she didn’t commit. Narrator Barbara Rosenblat is giddy and girlish when the cynical, wisecracking Bennie meets a hunky Navy SEAL and hard as nails as Bennie solves her client’s murder. When Bennie almost drowns trying to save her dog from Alice’s attempts to murder him, Rosenblat’s performance leaves the listener gasping for breath, relieved to be on dry land. Her witty take on the irrepressible Bennie and her snide asides make the occasionally unlikely plot gimmicks and character inconsistencies almost disappear.
Then her wallet goes missing. And Bennie's life goes crazy.
Someone is posing as the outspoken, blue-eyed, blond attorney and is wreaking havoc around town, apparently determined to destroy everything Bennie loves. Only one person can pull off this double deception: Bennie's identical twin sister, Alice Connelly. But as far as Bennie knows, Alice left Philly long ago and never looked back.
When events escalate into murder, the maverick lawyer realizes that the stakes are far greater than she feared. But Bennie Rosato refuses to be anyone's victim. To find the killer, she'll plunge headfirst into a life-and-death investigation that will bring her face to face with an evil darker, yet more familiar, than anything before.
©2003 Lisa Scottoline; (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"Rosenblat's performance leaves the listener gasping for breath....Witty." (AudioFile)
A very good read! I have read all the Lisa Scottoline novels available in audio and I think they are wonderful! This book is no exception! Events which may or may not be related combine to create a complex and suspenseful tale of treachery and greed capped off with friendships old and new both growing and maturing as the characters grow and change. I think the reader is wonderful for this series! She does beautifully with the different dialects and languages and makes each character seem unique and individual! All in all very enjoyable!
I love that Scottoline moves from character to character in her novels, giving each of her Philadelphia attorneys a chance to shine. Danger, a hint of romance, and lots of likeable characters, some of whom actually experienced growth drew me into the story. Rosenblat gives a good read, and this mystery just didn't seem long enough--I didn't want this treat to end so soon.
Lisa Scottoline always captures my interest from the very beginning and entertains me all the way through! An excellent addition to her collection!
Don't you just love a great story well told?
You may be thinking what I was thinking. Who would use such an ancient (and silly) plot device??? Scottoline only uses her 'evil twin' as one thread of of many different plot strands to keep you thrilled. So *don't worry* the entire book is NOT only about an evil twin ruining her life. The biggest one being "My firm is going bankrupt!" (That twin girl is NOT helping!) she might add for a laugh. This writer does drama, law, and humor. You learn a bit of law, *laugh at the MANY comic thoughts that cross her character's lips or minds*. See above or another idea: about a "cursing diet." I've yet to listen to a Scottoline / Rosenblatt read book that was not a winning combination. Again, the author is not intending to win a Pulitzer but she does know how to entertain and she can actually make lawyers seem warm, fuzzy, and caring. Now THAT is a a difficult writing task at which she always succeeds.
Scottoline has made the main character come off as a ditz and Barbara's reading has been so boring that I am falling asleep. It sounds like she is either smoking a cigarette or sucking on a piece of candy. I doubt that I would try another Scottoline book .
The story would be good, but with the main charter being such a ditz it is hard to following the story
Is sounds like she is smoking a cigarette or sucking on a candy. It is hard to differenciate between characters.
Most of the scenes where she has the main character doing things she isn't suppose to be doing or making her sound stupid
One of the most frustrating things about this story is the reader. I can hear every slurp, sniffle and gasp and it really takes away from the story itself. I enjoyed the story but I would caution any listener that is sensitive to pronunciation, timing, and throat noises, pick up something else. It makes me wonder if anyone checked this piece for sound quality before releasing.
Bennie Rosato is the best character I have read. She is sharp, competent, and caring. The book flows and makes sense, and Scottoline makes Bennie come alive.
The feelings in this book run true, especially between Bennie and her old men. I was sorry when this book ended. I wanted more.
As a huge fan of Janet Evanovich, I saw many similarities to Stephanie Plum's cast of characters. Unfortunately, this crew just lacked Stephanie's posse's charm. Good job on narration though.
If you're looking for a good mystery..keep looking. If you want an insight as to Bennie's principles, loyalties and determination to keep her lawfirm afloat, then listen away.
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