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Title: Accused: A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel
Author: Lisa Scottoline
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 1250027659
Summary: Mary DiNunzio has just been promoted to partner and is about to take on her most unusual case yet. Allegra Gardner’s sister, Fiona, was murdered six years ago, and it seemed like an open-and-shut case, but Allegra believes the accused murderer, Lonnie Stall, is innocent and has been wrongly imprisoned.

Enjoyable, but Disappointing

I am always up for a good mystery, and it’s been forever since I’ve read one, which may have exacerbated my disappointment with this novel. Although I didn’t hate the novel, I was expecting more thrill from this self-proclaimed thriller. It seemed more like an episode of a soapy drama with all of Mary’s family and home life drama. I don’t know if that is a one off or if the author always includes dispersed lightheartedness throughout her books, but I could have used way less of that and way more nail-biting scenarios. The story didn’t even get really intense until the last few chapters! This was my first time reading a book by Lisa Scottoline. I’m sure it won’t be my last, not because the book was so amazing, but because I need to read at least a few more books by the author before I write her off completely.

Overall Opinion

It doesn’t take a lot of brainpower or concentration to understand the story, but I was surprised by who was revealed as the actual killer. This is not a great mystery, but I enjoyed the book for the most part.

The Final Grade

Page Turner: This is a definite beach read. If you have the time, you could probably read this in a day or two.

Your Turn

So…have you read any other books from the Rosato & DiNunzio series? Are you a fan of Lisa Scottoline? Do you love thrillers? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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