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Courting Trouble


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  • Audio Cassette
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405020822
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405020824
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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Anne Murphy thought she'd put her unhappy past a continent behind her when she joined Philadelphia attorney Bennie Rosato's all-woman law firm. Then a friend who's housesitting for Anne is murdered in what's clearly a case of mistaken identity, and Anne realizes that the past has caught up with her and that the only way to outrun it is to catch the killer before he realizes that she's still alive. But how can Anne play dead with a high-profile case just days away from starting? The only way to pull it off is to let her new colleagues in on the secret, which would mean telling them her other secrets, too, including the fact that she's in love with opposing counsel and the probability that her client may not be as innocent as she thought he was. The author deftly weaves the threads of plot and subplot together, helped by Mary DiNunzio, Judy Carrier, and Bennie herself, the familiar and well-drawn mainstays of this lively and solidly paced series (Moment of Truth, The Vendetta Defense, Rough Justice). It's vintage Scottoline, featuring some nice touches; a little suspense, a lot of female bonding, a few pithy asides on the human condition, and a surprise in the penultimate chapter. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

New York Times bestseller Scottoline's cast of beautiful female lawyers at Philadelphia's Rosato & Associates is augmented by red-headed bombshell Anne Murphy, a woman with a secret past, who's trying to make a go of it in a new city. An intriguing character jammed into a laborious plot, Murphy toils as a career-minded loner. On a much-needed weekend away from her heavy caseload, she picks up a newspaper to read that she has been murdered by an intruder who blasted her in the face with a shotgun. Murphy knows the real victim was the woman who had agreed to feed her cat; she also knows that the murderer was likely Kevin Satorno, the stalker who nearly killed her a year earlier while she was living in Los Angeles. Murphy figures that if Satorno discovers he actually killed the wrong person, he'll continue hunting her, so she decides to play dead and enlist the help of her new colleagues at Rosato & Associates to track him down. Scottoline (The Vendetta Defense; Moment of Truth) wraps up the far-fetched action in high style, with a few predictable twists, at Philly's big outdoor Fourth of July celebration. As in her eight previous women-in-peril legal thrillers, she tempers the plot's bloodshed with a bouncy tone that some readers may find cloying. But this doesn't bother the former lawyer's growing base of fans she's now translated into 25 languages and despite Murphy's occasional "you go, girl" silliness, she's the best character Scottoline has created in a while.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Nov. 20 2003
Format: Audio Cassette
I highly recommend that you listen to this performance rather than read the book. The comic character of the work will be hard for you to imagine through reading, but Ms. Rosenblat hits it just right. My only objection to the taping is that there is some problem with annoying background noise during pauses. It sounds like either pages turning or the performer clearing her throat.
Those who want law, mystery, women being stalked, murder and other serious matters treated literally in a realistic way, like Law & Order does on television, will hate Courting Trouble. Those who enjoy the Stephanie Plum stories may discover a wonderful new heroine in Anne Murphy.
The story itself is just the context for often remarkable, surprising comedy. Anne Murphy is a fairly new associate at the all-woman law firm, Rosato & Associates. Think of her as Lucy Ricardo from I Love Lucy, Anne's favorite show. She's a bright, zany red-head representing a former law school classmate in a sexual harassment case. In the book's opening, she is trying to get some testimony excluded. After sparring unsuccessfully with the judge, she uses an inflammatory (but very funny) tactic to get the judge to rethink his position. No law school teaches this kind of off-the-wall trick, and I'm sure no lawyer I know would do it. But that's what makes it funny, because it shows up in contrast to the stark formality of legal proceedings so well. At that point, I got it. This book is a witty satire of legal practice and the female detective genre. I suspect that many people will miss that point.
The reversals of expectations just keep coming. Anne finds out that everyone thinks she has been killed while she is away at the New Jersey shore for the weekend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "snjmominsnv" on Feb. 12 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was surprised to see the negative things said about this book. This is the first book of Lisa's that I have read but I plan on reading all of them. I loved the story and characters. I usually don't waste time writing reviews but I really wanted to for this book. Dont listen to the negative posts, read it and decide for yourself.
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This is my second book by Scottoline. Although the book is well-plotted and moves right along (after the first 15 pages or so), the literary quality just wasn't there. I was surprised to read that the author is an attorney given some of the more preposterous plot turns. I also felt at times that she was trying to imitate Janet Evanovich rather than concentrate on what she's good at (plotting).
The story begins with a trial attorney Anne staging a stunt in the courtroom to win a motion -- a stunt that it's difficult to believe could or would ever happen. She's defending an old friend accused of sexual harrassing an employee. New to Philadelphia, Anne feels isolated in general but particularly from the other women in the all-female law firm she has joined. She decides to go to the Jersey shore for the 4th of July weekend, and as a result, someone misidentified as her is killed. For rather unconvincing reasons, she lets her legal partners know she is still alive and keeps the police in the dark while they track down the killer. There are several twists and turns of the plot, some of which I anticipated. The attempts of the women to solve the murder lead to some wild antics and romance for Anne (a la Janet Evanovich).
This book kept me entertained enough to pass the time but it's the kind of book you pass on and have no desire to keep in your own collection. I will continue to read Scottoline but I don't think this is the best example of her work.
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I am puzzled by this novel. We have a good character, a nice plot twist, a great setting...but. Anne Murphy, bright and beautiful young lawyer, recently moved to Philadelphia from the west coast is presumed victim of a homicide, and like Mark Twain, reports of her demise are premature. The plot revolves around an axis of her resurrected self and law firm partners attempting to bag the murderer. While this goes on, she learns a bit about the art of personal relationships. That's a valuable character twist. And there is a plot "sting." It's fun. Still, the author can be disappointing. The use of upscale brand labels in the first few chapters comes close to today's movies. And there is just a bit too much self doubt in the partners of her well educated, Philadelphia, female law firm's partners. I guess the disappointment is that Anne is almost a "mensch." Oh, well. I think this author might really have it. I'll read another one. But please no more attack of the brand names.
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By bill runyon on May 1 2003
Format: Hardcover
Yes, this is a very good story, and, as many say, vintage
Scottoline. But we have to consider the negataive of this
story, and that there is little genuine "mystery" to it, and
the author makes up for that by enlarging her usual theme of
female bonding in her all-female law firm in Philadelphia. The
"girl power" aspect of the story dominates and rather detracts
from the mystery aspect, which is too bad, because the elements
of mystery are quite good, and Scottoline handles them all with
mastery. It's just that the mystery elements are too blunted,
and too shortened, by the aspects of female bonding, and all
the fun the girls have gossiping and shopping, etc.
The mystery involves new attorney Anne Murphy, a tall, eye-catching redhead who insists on doing things "her way," and she
is largely successful until her life is blown up by the death
of her cat-sitter in circumstances that remind her of her former
stalker. She goes into hiding, while still trying to prepare
fo the up-coming jury trial that will make her career, but as
things continue to go horribly wrong for her, she finally
decides she must bring into the mix her fellow attorneys for
help, and that is when she discovers how much fun and happiness
there is in working with the other women in the office.
Part of the ending can be seen coming far ahead of time,
but there is a nice twist at the end that really adds to the
story.
We can hope Scottoline's mysteries of the future involve a little more of the crime and its solution and a little less
of the "gal pal" aspect of her attorneys.
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