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Editorial Reviews

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.

Publisher's Summary

Lately, Bennie Rosato has her eye focused firmly on the bottom line, especially since she has three dedicated young associates and a very pregnant secretary on her payroll; so she takes a professional risk, charging into a class action lawsuit that could make, or break, her career.

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.

Critic Reviews

"Rosenblat's performance leaves the listener gasping for breath....Witty." (AudioFile)

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Lisa Scottoline does it again! :)

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!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Janet
  • Pinehurst, NC, USA
  • 12-30-04

Better and better

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Scott
  • Roseville, CA, United States
  • 02-17-09

Not Your Typical 'Evil Twin' Story

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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great, as always

Lisa Scottoline always captures my interest from the very beginning and entertains me all the way through! An excellent addition to her collection!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Loved it well done The narrator was excellent the

the author developed the characters and was able to keep the reader engaged I had to know what was nexts

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For been lawyers they behave pretty dumb

Liked: The internal humor
Disliked: The childish behavior of Rosatto.
The end comes in a very bad plot way.

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Outstanding!!!

I was on the end of my seat so many times! I enjoyed it immensely!!!!

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Great Story

Where does Dead Ringer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love Lisa Scottoline stories, they captivate me. Her stories make me keep coming back for more.

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

Suspense,

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page turner

loved it. I feel like I know these women. I can't stop reading about them and their cases.

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Amazing narrator!

Rosenblat makes the whole story come alive. She does all the accents and voices tremendously!