Rosato & Associates Books In Publication Order
- Everywhere That Mary Went (1993)
- Legal Tender (1996)
- Rough Justice (1997)
- Mistaken Identity (1998)
- Moment of Truth (2000)
- The Vendetta Defense (2001)
- Courting Trouble (2002)
- Dead Ringer (2003)
- Killer Smile (2004)
- Lady Killer (2008)
- Think Twice (2010)
Rosato & Associates Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order
- The Backstory to Think Twice (2010)
Rosato & DiNunzio Books In Publication Order
- Accused (2013)
- Betrayed (2014)
- Corrupted (2015)
- Damaged (2016)
- Exposed (2017)
- Feared (2018)
Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- Final Appeal (1994)
- Running from the Law (1995)
- Devil’s Corner (2005)
- Dirty Blonde (2006)
- Daddy’s Girl (2007)
- Look Again (2009)
- Save Me (2011)
- Come Home (2012)
- Don’t Go (2013)
- Keep Quiet (2014)
- Every Fifteen Minutes (2015)
- Most Wanted (2016)
- One Perfect Lie (2017)
- After Anna (2018)
- Someone Knows (2019)
- Eternal (2021)
- What Happened to the Bennetts (2022)
The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman Books In Publication Order
- My Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space (2009)
- Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog (2009)
- Best Friends, Occasional Enemies: The Lighter Side of Life As a Mother and Daughter (2011)
- Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim (2012)
- Have a Nice Guilt Trip (2014)
- Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?: True Stories and Confessions (2015)
- I’ve Got Sand In All the Wrong Places (2016)
- I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere but the Pool (2017)
- I See Life Through Rosé-Colored Glas*ses (2018)
Harold Middleton Books In Publication Order
- The Chopin Manuscript (2007)
- The Copper Bracelet (2009)
- The Starling Project: An Audible Drama (2014)
Anthologies In Publication Order
- Natural Suspect (2001)
- Naked Came the Phoenix (2001)
- In the Shadow of the Master (2003)
- No Rest for the Dead (2011)
- The Best American Mystery Stories 2013 (2013)
- MatchUp (2017)
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Lisa Scottoline Books Overview
‘What fun! Lisa Scottoline brings something new to the lawyer mystery a brilliant sense of humor. Grabs you with its intelligence, wit and energy and doesn’t let go.’ Susan Isaacs Mary DiNunzio has been slaving away for the past eight years to make partner in her cut throat Philadelphia law firm. She hasn’t got time to worry about crank phone calls and hate mail until a sinister pattern begins to form: someone wants Mary out of the way enough to kill her. But who can she trust when everyone she knows is a lawyer? Taut, tense, fast paced and funny, Everywhere That Mary Went was Lisa Scottoline’s first novel and earned her a nomination by the Mystery Writers of America for an Edgar Award, the equivalent of an Oscar in the suspense business.
Lisa Scottoline, the national bestselling author of Mistaken Identity and Moment of Truth, delivers a taut and intriguing legal thriller where the line between lawyer and client vanishes and the search for justice turns into a fight to the death.
Benedetta ‘Bennie’ Rosato may be tall, blonde, and built to last, but she’s no sucker for a man in uniform. She’s a maverick lawyer who prosecutes police misconduct and excessive force cases, and business at her firm of Rosato & Biscardi apart. All of the evidence points to Bennie, and the cops she once prosecuted are now after her with a vengence.
To prove her innocence, Bennie probes deep into the murder. Just as she closes in on the killer, another murder takes place, and Bennie finds herself indicted for a double homicide a crime that is puishable by death.
Bennie runs for her life, a fugitive armed only with her wits and her courage. She’ll find the real killer. Or die trying.
A stunning legal thriller, Rough Justice, by Edgar Award winner Lisa Scottoline, breaks new ground in fiction’s hottest genre and launches a riveting series featuring the adventures of an all woman law firm. As Rough Justice opens, criminal lawyer Marta Richter is only hours away from winning an acquittal on a murder charge leveled against her client, millionaire businessman Elliot Steere. But as the jury begins to deliberate, Steere lets it slip that he sold Marta a bogus self defense claim and that he in fact murdered the homeless man he claimed tried to carjack him. Infuriated, Marta sets out to find the evidence that will convict Steere before the jury returns with its verdict. During the worst blizzard Philadelphia has ever seen, Marta drafts help in the form of two able bodied young lawyers Mary DiNunzio and Judy Carrier from the all female firm Rosato & Associates. Enter Benedetta Bennie Rosato, managing partner of Rosato & Associates. When she realizes that Marta is determined to convict her own client and ruin the law firm in the process Bennie acts to thwart Marta’s plans and bring Steere to justice in her own way. But even from his jail cell, the businessman has the cunning and connections to kill again. The lawyers have finally met their match in Elliot Steere. Or have they?Lisa Scottoline writes legal thrillers that draw on her experience as a trial lawyer at a prestigious Philadelphia law firm as well as her clerkships in the state and federal justice systems. She won the premier award in suspense fiction, the Edgar Award, for Final Appeal, and her first thriller, Everywhere That Mary Went, was nominated for the same high honor. Kate Burton has made numerous stage, film and television appearances, and was seen on Broadway most recently in Jake’s Women, Some Americans Abroad, and Chekhov’s Wild Honey. She played the title role in Alice in Wonderland with her father, Richard Burton, on PBS.
Bennie Rosato, head of her own Philadelphia law firm, is a criminal attorney now specializing in police misconduct cases, and she’s seen the noblest and most deviant aspects of human nature. But nothing can prepare her for the moment she enters a maximum security prison to meet her new client, Alice Connolly, face to face. Accused of brutally murdering her lover, a highly decorated police detective, Connolly claims the police framed her. What shocks Bennie is that Connolly bears an uncanny physical resemblance to her. ‘Pleased to meet you. I’m your twin,’ Connolly tells the astonished lawyer. But Bennie doesn’t have a twin. Or does she? Connolly knows too many intimate details about Bennie’s life and family for the resemblance to be just coincidental. Taking the case with the trial only a week away, Bennie plunges into the mystery of the murder, as well as her won identity and her family’s dark secrets. Is Connolly innocent? And is she Bennie’s unknown sister? It is not until Bennie takes the case to verdict that she will finally learn the truth which threatens to change her life.A legal thriller, a courtroom drama, and an exploration of the emotional bonds that define our lives and those we love, Mistaken Identity is a masterly achievement that takes the legal thriller to a new level as it resoundingly confirms Lisa Scottoline’s place as one of the premier writers of suspense fiction today.
A winner of the Edgar Award and the bestselling author of six acclaimed novels, Lisa Scottoline has unabashedly earned the distinction ‘queen of the legal thriller.’ Critics have celebrated her storytelling talents, noting that she skillfully depicts ‘personal quirks that give her characters dimension.’ Publishers Weekly has raved that ‘Scottoline’s legal background lends verisimilitude’ to her stories, and Kirkus Reviews has praised her ability to devise terrific plots, proclaiming that she ‘comes up with the best hooks in the legal trade.’ Now this gifted author has summoned her array of talents to pen Moment of Truth, her most exciting and unpredictable novel yet a riveting story of a man who frames himself for murder. Attorney Jack Newlin comes home one evening to find his wife, Honor, dead on the floor of their elegant dining room. Convinced that he knows who killed her and determined to hide the truth Jack decides to make it look as though he did it. Staging the crime scene so that the evidence incriminates him, he then calls the police. And to hammer the final nail in his own coffin, he hires the most inexperienced lawyer he can find, a reluctant rookie by the name of Mary DiNunzio, employed at the hot Philadelphia firm of Rosato & Associates. Unfortunately for Jack, hiring Mary may turn out to be his only mistake. Though inexperienced, Mary doubts Jack’s confession and begins to investigate the crime. She finds that instead of having a guilty client who is falsely proclaiming his innocence, she has an innocent client who is falsely proclaiming his guilt. Her ethics and instincts tell her she can’t defend a man who wants only one thing to convict himself. Or can she? Smarter, gutsier, and more determined than she has any right to be, Mary decides to stick with the case. With help from the most unexpected sources, she sets out to prove what really happened because as any lawyer knows, a case is never as simple as it seems. And nothing is ever certain until the final Moment of Truth.
In The Vendetta Defense, New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline delivers a wonderfully rich, vivid story of past sins, love, and justice. Lawyer Judy Carrier takes the case of her career when an elderly pigeon racer named Anthony Lucia is arrested for the murder of his lifelong enemy, Angelo Coluzzi. ‘Pigeon Tony,’ as he’s known to all his South Philly neighbors, confesses he killed Coluzzi because of a vendetta begun more than fifty years ago, a blood feud that has brought great tragedy to Pigeon Tony’s life. Her client’s guilt, however, is only the beginning of Judy’s problems. The Coluzzi family wants revenge, and they are determined to finish off Pigeon Tony and Judy before the case can go to trial. And if that isn’t enough, Judy’s got to contend with Tony’s magnetic grandson, Frank, a man who makes her think about everything but the law, and her boss, the no nonsense Bennie Rosato. In a case steeped in blood and memory, it will take a stroke of brilliance to save Pigeon Tony. But if anyone just might see justice done, it’s this gutsy young attorney who’ll risk everything to win…
including her life.
In Courting Trouble, New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline is back with another fast paced thriller, which sends a young woman lawyer racing to find out who’s trying to kill her after she’s wrongly been reported murdered. Anne Murphy is smart, gorgeous, and young, the redheaded rookie at the Philadelphia law firm of Rosato & Associates. She leaves town for the Fourth of July weekend to prepare for a high profile trial, but when she buys her morning newspaper, her own photo is plastered all over the front page. And the headline LAWYER MURDERED supposedly refers to her. Anne sets out to find her killer, playing dead in order to stay alive. She tries to go it alone but quickly realizes that she’ll have to trust people she barely knows colleagues who hate her guts, a homicide squad that wants her out of the crime fighting business, and a new love who inconveniently happens to be opposing counsel. The investigation takes all of Anne’s boldness and ingenuity plus a pair of red satin hot pants. But her knack for Courting Trouble makes it almost impossible for Anne to play well with others, defend the lawsuit, and fight her urge to sleep with the enemy. Then an unexpected event places her in lethal jeopardy and leaves her with everything to lose including her life.
Philadelphia lawyer 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, and she takes a professional risk, charging into a class action lawsuit that could make or break her career. Never mind that she’s never handled anything like this before. Having won nearly every civil and criminal case she’s ever tried, the brilliant and unconventional Bennie has the guts, and she’ll do what it takes to succeed. Even if that means wearing pantyhose and putting herself on a curse diet. Then her wallet goes missing. And Bennie’s life goes crazy. It’s not just that one of her associates has dyed her hair pink. Or that another’s old world Italian mother gives Bennie the evil eye. But someone posing as the outspoken, blue eyed, blond attorney 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 head first into a life and death investigation that will bring her face to face with evil darker yet more familiar than anything before.A riveting legal thriller set against the backdrop of a richly emotional family story, Dead Ringer is this author’s most intriguing novel yet. According to USA Today, ‘Scottoline’s writing style is sharp, intelligent, funny, and hip. She gives fans of legal thrillers a good, twisty plot, lively characters, and an all around fun read.’ With this book, Scottoline delivers a tour de force that is not to be missed.
Everybody around lawyer Mary DiNunzio has decided she isn’t allowed to be a Young Widow anymore, even though she didn’t know there was an official cutoff. They’re all trying to fix her up her South Philly Italian parents, her best friend Judy Carrier, even the office security guard. All Mary wants to do is immerse herself in a case everybody else calls ‘The History Channel’, a pro bono representation of the Brandolini estate. The roots of the matter sink deep into the past, when Amadeo Brandolini emigrated to Philadelphia, started a family, and built up a small fishing business. At the outbreak of World War II, Brandolini was arrested by the FBI as part of a mass internment of Italian Americans and was sent to a camp in Montana, where he eventually committed suicide. Now, more than sixty years later, his son’s estate hires Mary to sue for reparations. Mary vows to vindicate Amadeo even though it won’t be easy. With only a lock of hair, an old wallet, and a sheet of paper filled with odd doodles to go on, the tenacious lawyer begins to research the case but finds instead puzzling new questions. Someone doesn’t want Mary to find the truth, and before long, her life is threatened. Suddenly, the quiet, squeaky clean good girl who never left Mercer Street is risking life and limb to finger a killer and lay a beloved ghost to rest. New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline delivers a stunning new tale filled with witty dialogue, vibrant characters, and breakneck pacing, in which true life history reinforces her hallmark themes of justice and family. As entertaining as it is poignant, Killer Smile is a surefire bestseller from a writer at the peak of her talents.
Mary DiNunzio has become a big time business getter at Rosato & Associates. But the last person she expects to walk into her office one morning in mile high stilettos is super sexy Trish Gambone, her high school rival. Back when Mary was becoming the straight A president of the Latin Club and Most Likely to Achieve Sainthood, Trish was the head Mean Girl, who flunked religion and excelled at smoking in the bathroom.
These days, however, Trish needs help. She is terrified of her live in boyfriend, an abusive, gun toting drug dealer for the South Philly mob. Mary remembers the guy from high school, too. She had a major crush on him.
Then Trish vanishes, a dead body turns up in an alley, and Mary is plunged into a nightmare that threatens her job, her family, and even her life. She goes on a one woman crusade to unmask the killer, and on the way finds new love in a very unexpected place.
Is evil born in us or is it bred? That is the question at the heart of this penetrating novel from blockbuster New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline Bennie Rosato looks exactly like her identical twin, Alice Connelly, but the darkness in Alice’s soul makes them two very different women. Or at least that s what Bennie believes until she finds herself buried alive at the hands of her twin. Meanwhile, Alice takes over Bennie s life, impersonating her at work and even seducing her boyfriend in order to escape the deadly mess she has made of her own life. But Alice underestimates Bennie and the evil she has unleashed in her twin s psyche. Soon Bennie, in her determination to stay alive long enough to exact revenge, must face the twisted truth that she is more like Alice than she could have ever imagined…
and by the novel s shocking conclusion, Bennie finds herself engaged in a war she cannot win with herself. With its blistering speed, vivid characters, and perplexing moral questions, Think Twice is a riveting emotional thriller that will keep readers breathless until the very last page.
Hard hitting and unforgettable, Lisa Scottoline’s Edgar Award winning second novel Final Appeal shines with her characteristic wit and gift for inventive plot. To Philadelphia lawyer Grace Rossi, who is starting over after a divorce, a part time job with a federal appeals court sounds perfect. But Grace doesn’t count on being assigned to an explosive death penalty appeal. Nor does she expect to have an affair with her boss, Chief Judge Armen Gregorian. Then the unimaginable happens: an apparent suicide in strange circumstances leads to Grace becoming involved in a murder investigation. As events spiral out of control she finds herself unearthing a six figure bank account kept by a judge with an alias, breaking into another judge’s chambers, and following a trail of bribery and corruption that has even the FBI stumped. In no time at all, Grace under fire takes on a whole new meaning.
Whether it’s poker or trial law, wisecracking Rita Morrone plays to win, especially when she takes on the defense of the Honorable Fiske Hamilton, a prominent federal judge accused of sexual harassment. And it’s no coincidence that the judge is her live in lover’s father. Then the action turns deadly, and Rita finds herself at the center of a murder case. She probes deep into the murder, uncovering a secret life and suspects in shocking places. When the killer viciously ups the ante, Rita decides to end this lethal game. She lays it all on the line for the highest stakes ever her life.
When prosecutor Vicki Allegretti arrives at a rowhouse to meet a confidential informant, she finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time and is almost shot to death. She barely escapes with her life, but cannot save the two others gunned down before her disbelieving eyes. Stunned and heartbroken, Vicki tries to figure out how a routine meeting on a minor case became a double homicide.
Vicki’s suspicions take her to Devil’s Corner, a city neighborhood teetering on the brink of ruin thick with broken souls, innocent youth, and a scourge that preys on both. But the deeper Vicki probes, the more she becomes convinced that the murders weren’t random and the killers were more ruthless than she thought.
When another murder thrusts Vicki together with an unlikely ally, she buckles up for a wild ride down a dangerous street and into the cross hairs of a conspiracy as powerful as it is relentless.
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New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline delivers a riveting page turner about sex and murder, which starts in the elite chambers of a sexy female judge and ends on the cold, gritty streets of Philadelphia. Cate Fante is strong and smart, but when she gets appointed a federal judge, even she wonders if she can do the job justice. She’s in her thirties, and she feels like she’s joining the world’s most exclusive retirement village. But Cate keeps her doubts a secret. And, as it happens, much else. For she leads a dark, double life that she hides from everyone. Then a high profile case in her courtroom explodes into a shocking murder suicide, and it blasts her cover wide open. Overnight, her new career hangs in tatters. But Cate’s troubles are only beginning. An enemy no one anticipated sends her running for her life embarking on a journey that begins in the mystery of her own childhood. She’ll have to fight her way back to the truth, or die trying. Dirty Blonde is Lisa Scottoline’s most suspenseful and gripping thriller to date. Mixing poignancy with her trademark wit and wonderfully compelling characters, it questions whether law and justice are always the same thing.
Natalie Greco loves being a law professor, even though she secretly feels like Faculty Comic Relief. She loves her family, too, but as a bookworm, doesn’t quite fit into the cult of Greco football, headed by her father, the team captain. The one person whom she feels most connected to is her colleague Angus Holt, a guy with a brilliant mind, gorgeous fa ade, and a penchant for helping those less fortunate. When he talks Nat into teaching a class at a local prison, her world turns upside down. A violent prison riot breaks out during the class, and in the chaos, Nat rushes to help a grievously injured guard. Before he dies, he asks her to deliver a cryptic message: ‘Tell my wife it’s under the floor.’ Plunged into a nightmare, Nat suddenly finds herself suspected of a brutal murder and encounters threats to her life. Now, not only are the cops after her, but ruthless killers are desperate to keep her from exposing their secret. In the meantime, she gets dangerously close to Angus, shaking her dedication to her safe boyfriend. With her love life in jeopardy, her career in the balance, and her life on the line, Nat must rely on her resources, her intelligence, and her courage. Forced into hiding to stay alive, she sets out to save herself by deciphering the puzzle behind the dead guard’s last words…
and learns the secret behind the greatest puzzle of all herself. Filled with the ingenious twists, pulse pounding narrative drive, and dynamic, flesh and blood characters, Daddy’s Girl is another wild, entertaining ride from the addictively readable Lisa Scottoline.
This is a high octane thriller from ‘New York Times’ top ten bestseller writer. Ellen is a single mother, and a feature writer for a local Philadelphia newspaper, recently taken over by a new hot editor, Marcelo, who though gorgeous, has not been short in letting staff go. Ellen knows that, like others, her job may be on the line, and she is more vulnerable than most, for she has a three year old adopted son, Will, who is the love of her life. As she goes to collect her post one morning, she picks up a ‘Missing Child’ card, and is struck by the uncanny resemblance between Will and the little boy, Timothy Braverman, who was kidnapped from his home in Miami two years ago. Timothy’s parents have a website for their child, and the story is grim: not only was Timothy kidnapped, but his childminder was killed. The ransom was paid, the child never returned to his home. For Ellen, the story is heartfelt: she first got to know Timothy as a small baby, when he was in hospital undergoing heart surgery; his adoption was hard won. As she searches further, something niggles at Ellen, and she begins to delve into the story of Will’s birth mother, and uncover a horrendous story that, as the novel goes on, has far reaching consequences.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Think Twice and Look Again comes an emotionally powerful novel about a split-second choice, agonizing consequences, and the need for justiceRose McKenna volunteers as a lunch mom in her daughter Melly’s school in order to keep an eye on Amanda, a mean girl who’s been bullying her daughter. Her fears come true when the bullying begins, sending Melly to the bathroom in tears. Just as Rose is about to follow after her daughter, a massive explosion goes off in the kitchen, sending the room into chaos. Rose finds herself faced with the horrifying decision of whether or not to run to the bathroom to rescue her daughter or usher Amanda to safety. She believes she has accomplished both, only to discover that Amanda, for an unknown reason, ran back into the school once out of Rose’s sight. In an instance, Rose goes from hero to villain as the small community blames Amanda’s injuries on her. In the days that follow, Rose’s life starts to fall to pieces, Amanda’s mother decides to sue, her marriage is put to the test, and worse, when her daughter returns to school, the bullying only intensifies. Rose must take matters into her own hands and get down to the truth of what really happened that fateful day in order to save herself, her marriage and her family. In the way that Look Again had readers questioning everything they thought they knew about family, Save Me will have readers wondering just how far they would go to save the ones they love. Lisa Scottoline is writing about real issues that resonate with real women, and the results are emotional, heartbreaking and honest.
Lisa Scottoline has delivered taut thrillers with a powerful emotional wallop in her New York Times bestsellers Save Me, Think Twice, and Look Again. Now, with her new novel, Come Home, she ratchets up the suspense with the riveting story of a mother who sacrifices her future for a child from her past. Jill Farrow is a typical suburban mom who has finally gotten her and her daughter’s lives back on track after a divorce. She is about to remarry, her job as a pediatrician fulfills her though it is stressful and her daughter, Megan, is a happily over scheduled thirteen year old juggling homework and the swim team. But Jill’s life is turned upside down when her ex stepdaughter, Abby, shows up on her doorstep late one night and delivers shocking news: Jill s ex husband is dead. Abby insists that he was murdered and pleads with Jill to help find his killer. Jill reluctantly agrees to make a few inquiries and discovers that things don t add up. As she digs deeper, her actions threaten to rip apart her new family, destroy their hard earned happiness, and even endanger her own life. Yet Jill can t turn her back on a child she loves and once called her own. Come Home reads with the breakneck pacing of a thriller while also exploring the definition of motherhood, asking the questions: Do you ever stop being a mother? Can you ever have an ex child? What are the limits to love of family?
The incomparable Lisa Scottoline, along with Daughter Francesca, is back with more wild and wonderful wit and wisdom. New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline struck a chord with readers, book clubs, and critics with her smash hit essay collection, Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog. This time, Lisa teams up with Daughter Francesca to give their mother daughter perspective on everything from blind dates to empty calories, as well as life with the feistiest octogenarian on the planet, Mother Mary, who won t part with her thirty year old bra. Three generations of women, triple the laughs and the love. Inspired by their weekly Chick Wit column for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Lisa and Francesca spill all their family secrets which will sound a lot like yours. And you ll have to put this book down, just to stop laughing. LISA ON DIETING: I m backsliding with carbohydrates, which is the food version of ex sex. FRANCESCA ON CUTTING THE CORD: I thought I said, I am going to see my cousin’s new apartment, but in Mom speak that translates to: I am going to meet certain death in the New York City subway tunnels that are soon to be my tomb. LISA ON MOTHER MARY: Most people have a list of Things To Do, but Mother Mary has a list of Things Not To Do. At the top is Don t Go to the Movies. Other entries include Don t Eat Outside With The Bugs and Don t Walk All Over This Co*ckamamie Mall. FRANCESCA ON BEING SINGLE: I m addicted to the wedding announcements. Worse, I find myself subtracting my age from the bride s. I thought I was a modern woman, turns out I m a Cathy cartoon. LISA ON AGING GRACEFULLY: Today I noticed my first gray hair. On my chin. And so much more!
A hilarious collection of stories from the life of the New York Times bestselling author of Look AgainAt last, together in one collection, are Lisa Scottoline’s wildly popular Philadelphia Inquirer columns. In her column, Lisa lets her hair down, roots and all, to show the humorous side of life from a woman s perspective. The Sunday column debuted in 2007 and on the day it started, Lisa wrote, I write novels, so I usually have 100,000 words to tell a story. In a column there s only 700 words. I can barely say hello in 700 words. I m Italian. The column gained momentum and popularity. Word of mouth spread, and readers demanded a collection. Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog is that collection. Seventy vignettes. Vintage Scottoline. In this collection, you ll laugh about: Being caught braless in the emergency room Betty and Veronica s Life Lessons for Girls A man s most important body part Interrupting as an art form A religion men and women can worship Real estate ads as po*rn Spanx are public enemy number one And so much more about life, love, family, pets, and the pursuit of jeans that actually fit!
From the New York Times bestselling writing team comes a hilarious new collection of essays that observe life from a mother/daughter perspectiveNew York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline and her daughter Francesca Serritella are the best of friends 99.9 of the time. They re number one on each other’s speed dial and they tell each other everything well, almost everything. They share shoes and clothes except one very special green jacket, which almost caused a catfight. In other words, they re just like every mother and daughter in the world. Best friends, and occasional enemies. Now they re dishing about it all their lives, their relationship, and their carb count. Inspired by their weekly column, Chick Wit for The Philadelphia Inquirer, this book is one you ll have to put down just to stop laughing. Lisa on Being a Mom Motherhood has no expiration date. Francesca lives in the city, and I worry about her all the time. My daughter moved out, so why am I still lactating?Francesca on Being a Daughter My mother is always right. Just ask her. Lisa on Things Every Daughter Should Know Your mother is always thinking about you, but that s not creepy. Your mother will never forget who did you dirty in the sixth grade, for which you can thank her. And your mother will never stop asking you if you need to go to the bathroom, before you leave the house. Well, do you?Francesca on Closet Wars My mom is a great dresser. Mostly because she s wearing my clothes. Lisa on Aging Gracefully My sex drive is in reverse, I have more whiskers than my cat, and my estrogen replacement is tequila. Francesca on Apartment Living When I saw a mouse, the first person I called was Mom. She told me to call my super, but I felt bad bothering him. I hate to bother people. But I love to bother my mother.
2008 Audie Award Winner of Audiobook of the Year. Former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frederic Chopin. But he is unaware that, locked within its handwritten notes, lies a secret that now threatens the lives of thousands of Americans. As he races from Poland to America to uncover the mystery of the manuscript, Middleton will be accused of murder, pursued by federal agents, and targeted by assassins. But the greatest threat will come from a shadowy figure out of his past: the man known only as Faust. The Chopin Manuscript is a unique collaboration by 15 of the world’s greatest thriller writers. Jeffery Deaver conceived the characters and set the plot in motion; the other authors each wrote a chapter in turn. Deaver then completed what he started, bringing The Chopin Manuscript to its explosive conclusion. ‘Innovative and unique, The Chopin Manuscript, written by masters in the field of thrillers, is far more than the sum of its parts. Here each author shines, blending individual skill and energy, into a riveting, crackling-paced tapestry of murder, mystery, and mayhem. Not to be missed!’ — James Rollins, author of The Judas Strain ‘A GREAT story, written by one GREAT author after another, in one GREAT chapter after another. A stellar achievement of collectivity that blows from the starting gate at 100 mph and never slows down. A thrill-a-page from 15 GREAT thriller masters. Don’t miss this one.’ — Steve Berry, author of The Venetian Betrayal
Harold Middleton returns in this explosive sequel to The Chopin Manuscript as he’s drawn into an international terror plot that threatens to send India and Pakistan into full-scale nuclear war. Careening from Nice to London and Moscow to Kashmir to prevent nuclear disaster, Middleton is unaware his prey has changed and the act of terror is far more diabolical than he knows. Will he discover the identity of the Scorpion in time to halt an event that will pit the United States, China, and Russia against each other at the brink of World War III? A follow-up to the award-winning The Chopin Manuscript, The Copper Bracelet brings together 16 of the world’s most celebrated thriller writers including Lee Child, Joseph Finder, David Hewson, David Liss, and Lisa Scottoline to each write a chapter of this pulsing tale. Once again, Jeffery Deaver set the story in motion, and brings it to its shocking finale.
What Carl Hiaasen and a host of South Florida’s finest authors did for Sunshine State crime capers in the New York Times bestseller Naked Came the Manatee, William Bernhardt now does for legal thrillers with the help of a ‘Dream Team’ of today s hottest suspense writers. Like a literary game of telephone, Natural Suspect begins with a chapter from Bernhardt. Then each writer contributes a chapter and pas*ses it along to the next. The result is a completely inventive, brilliantly plotted novel of suspense with more twists than a schizophrenic’s train of thought. Can you guess who wrote which chapter?Natural SuspectArthur Hightower made a name for himself and a vast fortune in the oil business. But when the volatile tycoon decides to disinherit his spoiled children and cheating wife, he makes the biggest mistake of his life and the last. After declaring his intentions, Hightower turns up on Thanksgiving Day…
clubbed to death and stuffed in a meat locker, clutching a frozen asset his wife s precious pearl necklace. Now Julia Hightower stands charged with the cold as ice crime of murdering for millions. While the sensational trial has New York in a frenzy, a curious cast of characters face off in and out of the courtroom. Devin McGee, a small time lawyer about to hit the big time defending Julia Hightower if her intimate encounter with the prosecutor doesn t catch up with her…
Trent Ballard, the quirky assistant D.A., who owns a huge pet rabbit and thinks his tryst with Devin will help him get a conviction…
Patrick Roswell, a wannabe reporter sitting on a scoop that could turn the trial upside down, unless a scalpel wielding clown decides to kill the story and Patrick…
Sissy Hightower, Julia’s sex crazed, air headed daughter in law, who has a suitcase full of secrets…
Robert S. Rutledge, a powerful Wall Street warrior with a lot riding on the Hightower verdict and a lot to learn about messing with the wrong people…
and Cordelia, the mystery woman that everyone seems to know. All are in for the trial of their lives but who among them is the true Natural Suspect?All author royalties will be donated to The Nature Conservancy. From the Hardcover edition.
The promise of discretion and pampering and a longer overdue reconciliation with her mother draws Caroline Blessing, the young wife of a newly elected congressman, to the fancy Phoenix Spa. But after her first night in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Caroline wakes to find the rich and famous guests in turmoil and under suspicion: the spa’s flamboyant and ambitious owner has been murdered. As the secrets come out and the body count rises can Caroline keep herself from becoming the next victim? In the tradition of such collaborative classics as NAKED CAME THE MANATEE and THE FLOATING ADMIRAL, each chapter in this serial novel is written by one of today’s most talented mystery novelists. NEVADA BARR’s ninth and latest in her Anna Pigeon series is BLOOD LURE. J.D. ROBB is the New York Times bestselling author of the futuristic romantic suspense series featuring Lieutenant Eve Dallas. Her most recent titles include BETRAYAL IN DEATH and JUDGMENT IN DEATH. NANCY PICKARD is the author of the popular Jenny Cain mystery series. LISA SCOTTOLINE is a New York Times bestselling author of legal thrillers, most recently THE VENDETTA DEFENSE and MOMENT OF TRUTH. Author of five New York Times bestselling novels, PERRI O’SHAUGHNESSY is really two sisters, Pamela and Mary, who collaborate on a series of legal thrillers and short stories. J.A. JANCE writes two police procedural series: twelve books featuring Detective J.P. Beaumont and nine with Sheriff Joanna Brady. FAYE KELLERMAN is the New York Times bestselling author of the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus mystery series. Her most recent novel is THE FORGOTTEN. MARY JANE CLARK is a producer and writer at CBS News and the author of three media thrillers, including LET ME WHISPER IN YOUR EAR. MARCIA TALLEY is the author of UNBREATHED MEMORIES and the award winning SING IT TO HER BONES. She is also the editor of Naked Came the Phoenix. ANNE PERRY, author of the acclaimed Victorian Series starring William Monk and Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, has written over thirty novels, including THE ONE THING MORE. DIANA GABALDON’s THE FIERY CROSS, fifth in the Outlander series, is due to be published late this year. VAL McDERMID has published fifteen novels and one work of non fiction and has won the Gold Dagger and the Grand Prix des Romans d’Aventures. Her most recent novel is A PLACE OF EXECUTION. LAURIE R. KING writes two crime fiction series as well as stand alone novels, most recently FOLLY.
Few have crafted stories as haunting as those by Edgar Allan Poe. Collected here to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Poe’s birth are sixteen of his best tales accompanied by twenty essays from beloved authors, including T. Jefferson Parker, Lawrence Block, Sara Paretsky, and Joseph Wambaugh, among others, on how Poe has changed their life and work. Michael Connelly recounts the inspiration he drew from Poe’s poetry while researching one of his books. Stephen King reflects on Poe’s insight into humanity’s dark side in ‘The Genius of ‘The Tell Tale Heart.” Jan Burke recalls her childhood terror during late night reading sessions. Tess Gerritsen, Nelson DeMille, and others remember the classic B movie adaptations of Poe’s tales. And in ‘The Thief,’ Laurie R. King complains about how Poe stole all the good ideas…
or maybe he just thought of them first. Powerful and timeless, In the Shadow of the Master is a celebration of one of the greatest literary minds of all time. The Mystery Writers of America, founded in 1945, is the foremost organization for mystery writers and other professionals dedicated to the field of crime writing.
More than twenty New York Times bestselling authors team up to create a first rate serial novel a collaboration that combines the skills of America’s greatest storytellers to produce a gripping, spellbinding mystery. Alexander McCall Smith. Sandra Brown. Faye Kellerman. J.A. Jance. Jeffery Deaver. Kathy Reichs. Lisa Scottoline. Jeff Lindsay. These are only a handful of the names that make up the all star lineup of authors behind No Rest for the Dead, a tale of vengeance, greed, and love that flows seamlessly, in the words of David Baldacci, as it pas*ses from one creator s mind to the next. When Christopher Thomas, a ruthless curator at San Francisco s McFall Art Museum, is murdered and his decaying body is found in an iron maiden in a Berlin museum, his wife, Rosemary, is the primary suspect, and she is tried, convicted, and executed. Ten years later, Jon Nunn, the detective who cracked the case, is convinced that the wrong person was put to death. In the years since the case was closed, he’s discovered a web of deceit and betrayal surrounding the Thomases that could implicate any number of people in the crime. Solving this case may be Nunn s last chance for redemption but the shadowy forces behind Christopher s death will stop at nothing to silence the past forever. In this innovative storytelling approach, each of these twenty six bestselling writers brings their distinctive voice to a chapter of the narrative, building the tension to a shocking, explosive finale. No Rest for the Dead is a thrilling accomplishment that only America s very best authors could achieve.