BOOK REVIEW: LADY KILLER
I have been a big fan of Lisa Scottoline and a even bigger fan of her Mary DiNunzio series (as I have come to call them).
In Lady Killer, I am thrilled to FINALLY find some old friends are back and as strong as ever. I love that the whole South Philly Neighborhood gang is back and the opening chapter is mainly dedicated to the re-introduction of these characters and is absolutely hilarious. Mary has the patience of a saint.....
As we read on, however, we come to discover that the Rosato gang are still alive and well and as spunky and THERE as ever.
We find Mary is still pretty much the same - trying to save the world while at the same time trying to figure out how to deal with all of her own little 'insecurities'. Of course, Mary finds herself almost immediately involved in a murder with none other than an old school nemesis Trish - who never gave Mary the time of day in school, but now is acting as her best friend in order to get Mary's help. This will, of course, only enhance all of Mary's feeling of insecurity as she is now confronted by Trish and her pose - the Mean Girls from Mary's formative years.
This is actually a nice touch to the storyline. Mary finding herself having to deal with a murder and her hatred/envy of these girls makes for a very interesting detour - especially when we add to the mix the fact that Mary actually finds romance in this book.
Somehow, the murder takes a bit of a backseat for me with all of the goings on in Mary's life. One of the things I like about Scottoline is the fact that she always includes lots of personal drama and humor into her storylines and this book is no different.
So, while Mary charges on and we eventually get to the 'murderer' I ended up feeling kind of sorry for them - so not all is what it seems in this one. The so called 'pretty guys' are not necessarily the 'good guys'. Interesting.
I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to reading more of Scottoline's books - especially if Mary will be there.
REVIEWED BY TINA AVON
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