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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Overall an entertaining, light read that goes quickly.
Good things: interesting characters, vivid descriptions, good pacing, imaginative situations
Bad things: annoying... Read more
I very much enjoyed Lisa Scottoline's first few books, but when I sat down to read this one, from the first sentence I was profoundly disappointed. Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2003 by William Makeul
I got heartily sick of reading brands names sprinkled throughout the book. I couldn't care less what brand of shoes etc the protagonist wears. Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2003 by J. Metcalfe
Appealing characters, witty dialogue, laugh out loud one liners... I loved it! Example: After coming in from jogging Anne says something like, "I'm convinced the Devil is alive... Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2003 by Amazon Customer
I took this on vacation and it was good summer reading and I liked the Philadelphia/Camden local color... Read morePublished on July 26 2003 by Cookie Le
COURTING TROUBLE By Lisa Scottoline
Not up to her other books. It read like someone who was writing her first book would sound to me. Read more
I've enjoyed this author before, but this book was just plain silly.
There was no suspense, even when the "surprise twist ending" showed up -- because it wasn't any... Read more
Nothing more to say, but no need to read this book. The author is ambitious at the beginning, but the plot and writing are very disappointing...... Read morePublished on July 3 2003