by Lisa Scottoline, St. Martin's Press, October 2013
In Accused Lisa Scottoline returns to her roots with the familiar and likeable cast of Rosato and Associates. These women and their friends and family have been featured in Scottoline's most successful and enjoyable book. (Legal Tender, The Vendetta Defense). In this mystery Mary DiNunzio a newly minted partner in the firm takes on an unusual client, a 13 year old. This young girl, a now only child from a famously wealthy family, is convinced that the wrong man has been convicted and jailed for her sister's murder. DiNunzio leads the investigation and is often at odds with the girl's parents and members of her own law firm. The story wanders around Philadelphia both downtown and other neighborhoods, with spot on descriptions that bring the city to life. This cozy mystery is a light, fun read with a cast of characters that are entertaining. Among my favorites are Mary's uncles, all named Tony -so South Philly!
Scottoline is back in great form with this mystery, here's hoping she sticks with the girls at the law firm and we see lots more of these stories.
I read and reviewed a copy of this book provided by the publisher.