Monday, February 26, 2018

Mondays Need a Good Book: Rosato & DiNunzio

Exposed (Rosato & DiNunzio, #5) 
Mary DiNunzio wants to represent her old friend Simon Pensiera, a sales rep who was wrongly fired by his company, but her partner Bennie Rosato represents the parent company. When she confronts Mary, explaining this is a conflict of interest, an epic battle of wills and legal strategy between the two ensues—ripping the law firm apart, forcing everyone to take sides and turning friend against friend.

THE SCOOP: This is a solid installment in a series I really enjoy. I love mysteries and thrillers, but I don't especially love cozies, and too many suspenseful books seem to be written for men: the characters are cardboard, the women are all anxious to bed the hero, etc. So I LOVE LOVE LOVE finding talented women who don't fall into those old tired tropes.

I liked a few of John Grisham's books, but Lisa Scottoline blows his legal thrillers out of the water. Her characters are nuanced and interesting, she manages to write about law (*cough*boring*cough) without putting the reader to sleep, and her legal situations are always fascinating. This is a GREAT series. I also think she nails the different women's voices. I think she does such a great job with Mary, the timid and religious widow who could become a caricature but is instead strong and interesting.

THE VERDICT: Love it. You can read these out of order, but they might be more fun in order.

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