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Lisa's books are available at booksellers all over the world. Below are links to purchase whichever book you're looking for, listed from her most recent to her earliest novels.

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Click to read first chapter Betrayed

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Click to read first chapter Have a Nice Guilt Trip

Named by O Magazine as One of the Best Four Books of the Summer

"The dynamic mother-daughter team returns for another poignant yet hilarious collection of essays. Both Scottoline and Serritella skillfully evoke emotion amid the humor." — Booklist

"Another series of amusing commentaries on life." — Kirkus

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Click to read first chapter Keep Quiet

In Keep Quiet, Jake Buckman’s relationship with his sixteen-year-old son Ryan is not an easy one, so at the urging of his loving wife, Pam, Jake goes alone to pick up Ryan at their suburban movie theater. On the way home, Ryan asks to drive on a deserted road, and Jake sees it as a chance to make a connection. However, what starts as a father-son bonding opportunity instantly turns into a nightmare. Tragedy strikes, and with Ryan’s entire future hanging in the balance, Jake is forced to make a split-second decision that plunges them both into a world of guilt and lies.

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Click to read first chapter Accused

Bennie Rosato, Mary DiNunzio, Judy Carrier, and Anne Murphy are back with all cylinders firing in Accused. They'll face their most challenging and dangerous case ever, which begins with an astonishing request from a thirteen-year-old client, Allegra Gardner.

People Magazine says, "After some rockin’ stand-alones, Scottoline returns to her popular series about feisty all-female law firm Rosato & Assoc. Nice to have them back."

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Click to read first chapter Don't Go

Lisa has thrilled millions with her emotionally-charged novels that feature strong women exploring the boundaries of family, justice, and love. In DON'T GO, she breaks new ground and delivers the story of a soldier who discovers what it means to be a man, a father, and ultimately, a hero.

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Click to read first chapter Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim

“A warm, lively collection of narrative vignettes chronicling the day-to-day relationship of two women. Erma Bombeck for mothers and daughters, with a zesty Italian twist.” — Kirkus Reviews

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Click to read first chapter Come Home

COME HOME reads with the break-neck pace of a thriller, but also explores the definition of motherhood. It asks the questions: Do you ever stop being a mother? Can you ever have an ex-child? What are the limits and love of family?

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Click to read first chapter Best Friends, Occasional Enemies

Inspired by their weekly column, “Chick Wit” for The Philadelphia Inquirer, this book is one you’ll have to put down—just to stop laughing.

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Click to read first chapter Save Me

"Are you a good mother if you save your child from disaster? What if it means sacrificing another's child? In SAVE ME, Lisa Scottoline walks readers into this charged moral dilemma and then takes them on an intense, breathless ride. You won't be able to put this one down." — Jodi Picoult, author of SING YOU HOME and HOUSE RULES

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Click to read first chapter My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space

Scottoline stirs up even more sassy fun—this time bringing her daughter, Francesca, into the mix as cowriter. A clever compilation from two generations of women reflecting on family, love, dessert, and everything in between.

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Click to read first chapter Think Twice

Is evil born or bred? This is the question Bennie Rosato must answer after her twin sister, Alice Connolly, drugs her and leaves for dead, buried underground in a remote field. As Alice slips easily into Bennie's life, doing her job, interacting with her friends, seducing her boyfriend, she never counts on the fact that Bennie is tougher than she seems.

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Click to read first chapter Why My Third Husband Will Be A Dog

"Brief, punchy slices of daily life...[that] this ordinary woman faces with verve and wicked humor."
Publishers Weekly

Together in one collection are Lisa's wildly popular Philadelphia Inquirer columns that show the humorous side of life, from a woman's perspective. Filled with seventy charming and hilarious vignettes, it's trademark Scottoline.

Reading WHY MY THIRD HUSBAND WILL BE A DOG is like visiting with an old friend. Lisa lets her hair down, roots and all, to write about her ordinary, extraordinary adventures. You'll laugh at Lisa's stories and recognize yourself or a loved one in her, Mother Mary, Brother Frank, Daughter Francesca, or BFFs Franca and Laura. No topic is off-limits, and thanks to Lisa, nothing is ever really ordinary.

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Click to read first chapter Look Again

"LOOK AGAIN, if I may be so bold, is probably Lisa Scottoline's best novel. It's honest and hugely emotional, with very real characters who you care about, and will remember long after you finish this terrific book."
James Patterson

Here's the premise of LOOK AGAIN: When reporter Ellen Gleeson gets a "Have You Seen This Child?" flyer in the mail, she almost throws it away. But something about it makes her look again, and her heart stops. The child in the photo looks exactly like her adopted son, Will. Could the child in the photo really be her son?

Everything inside her tells her to deny the similarity between her son and the photo, because she knows her adoption was lawful. But she's a journalist and won't be able to stop thinking about the photo until she figures out the truth. And she can't shake the question: if Will rightfully belongs to someone else, should she keep him or give him up?

She investigates, uncovering clues no one was meant to discover, and when she digs too deep, she risks losing her life   and that of the son she loves.

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Click to read first chapter Lady Killer

"Scottoline brings her characters to vivid life. Strands of her plot mesh seamlessly, and her sharp sense of humor makes an appearance on almost every page. Funny and stylish."
Washington Post Book World

Mary DiNunzio is a trademark Lisa Scottoline heroine—she's strong, she's smart, and she's got plenty of attitude. In recent years, she's become a big-time business-getter at Rosato & Associates, but the last person she expects to walk into her office one morning—in mile-high stilettos—is super sexy Trish Gambone, her high school rival. Back then, while Mary was becoming the straight-A president of the Latin Club and Most Likely to Achieve Sainthood, Trish was the head Mean Girl, who flunked religion and excelled at smoking in the bathroom.

As it turns out, however, Trish's life has taken a horrifying turn. She's terrified of her live-in boyfriend, who's an abusive, gun-toting drug dealer for the South Philly mob. There's only one problem—Mary remembers the guy from high school, too. Unbeknownst to Trish, Mary had a major crush on him.

Before Mary knows it, Trish vanishes. Then a dead body turns up in an alley, and Mary is plunged into a nightmare, one that threatens her job, her family, and even her life. She goes on a one-woman crusade to unmask the killer, and on the way, finds new love in a very unexpected place.

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Click to read first chapter Daddy's Girl

"So many plot twists, the pages seem to turn themselves."
People Magazine

Natalie Greco loves being a teacher, even though she can't keep her students from cruising sex.com during class. She loves her family, too, but her boyfriend fits in better with the football-crazy Grecos than she does. Then a colleague, handsome Angus Holt, talks Nat into teaching a class at a local prison, and her world turns upside down.

A violent prison riot breaks out, and Nat rushes to save the life of a mortally wounded guard whose last words are: "Tell my wife it's under the floor." Nat delivers the cryptic message, but before she knows it, she's suspected of murder and hiding from cops and killers alike. She is forced on the run to solve the riddle of the dead man's last words and to save her own life—and find real love.

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Click to read first chapter Dirty Blonde

"Scottoline's lucky 13th book is another winner...a fast-paced, entertaining yarn. Scottoline is a pro. She knows how to keep the pages turning. Most readers will be helpless to resist the pull of her galloping plot.
Philadelphia Inquirer

Cate Fante is strong and sexy and wears designer suits like overpriced armor. She's just become a judge but leads a dark double life that she hides from everyone.

Her cover is blown when a high-profile case in takes a stunning turn. Overnight the tabloids tell her secret, her boyfriend dumps her, and her new career hangs in the tatters. But Cate's troubles are only beginning. An enemy no one anticipated sends her running for her life, and she'll have to fight her way back to the truth...or die trying.

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Click to read first chapter Devil's Corner

"Scottoline is a star....Devil's Corner is a fast-paced thriller featuring a female lawyer with an ample supply of attitude....The writing is brisk and sassy. Vicki and Reheema make a sharp, urban Thelma and Louise. The story swings from the gritty to the grand."
Time

Prosecutor Vicki Allegretti goes to meet a confidential informant, is almost killed, and a cop is gunned down before her eyes. She saw the killers, now all she has to do is find them. The deeper Vicki probes, the more she becomes convinced that the murder wasn't random. When another murder takes place, Vicki is thrown together with an unlikely ally—The Girlfriend from Hell. Will they find the killers before they kill each other?

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Click to read first chapter Killer Smile

"Page-turner. Scottoline manages to bring the reader along for the ride with the energy of her heroine's sassy, self-deprecating voice."
Entertainment Weekly

Mary DiNunzio's new case is a mystery—the strange suicide of an Italian fisherman interned during a dark, unspoken chapter in American history. Armed only with the puzzle pieces of a lock of hair, an old photograph, and a paper covered with indecipherable doodles, Mary digs deep into the case and suspects betrayal—and murder.

Meantime, Mary's friends worry that her investigation is becoming an obsession, so they set her up on a series of truly disastrous blind dates. She escapes romance only to risk life and limb to hunt down a ruthless killer. But someone in the shadows—powerful, cold-blooded, and very deadly—will stop at nothing to keep Mary from the truth.

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Click to read first chapter Dead Ringer

"Action-packed. The plot twists are dead-on."
Chicago Tribune

Bennie Rosato is fighting the battle of her life—against her own twin. The action starts innocently enough, with a stolen wallet, but in no time events escalate and the twin wreaks havoc that can be created only by a dead ringer. Her twin tries to destroy Bennie's law firm, Rosato & Associates, and then strikes at her very heart—which just happens to be otherwise engaged by a handsome, hunky stranger with the perfect amount of chest hair. But when a brutal murder occurs, Bennie realizes that the stakes have turned deadly. And the face of evil looks like her own.

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Click to read first chapter Courting Trouble

"The scenes are fast-paced, the dialogue crisp. And, as usual with author Scottoline, the ending surprises."
New York Daily News

Anne Murphy is smart, gorgeous, and young, the redheaded rookie at Rosato & Associates. She leaves town for the Fourth of July weekend to prepare for a high-profile trial, but when she buys her morning newspaper, her own photo is plastered all over the front page. And the headline—LAWYER MURDERED—supposedly refers to her. Anne sets out to find her killer, playing dead in order to stay alive.

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Click to read first chapter The Vendetta Defense

"Emotionally satisfying, cleverly written and deviously plotted."
Dallas Morning News

Judy Carrier takes the case of her career to defend Anthony Lucia, fondly known as "Pigeon Tony," who freely admits to killing his lifelong enemy in order to settle a personal vendetta. Her client's guilt, however, is only the beginning of Judy's problems. The victim's family wants revenge and is determined to finish of Pigeon Tony and Judy before the case goes to trial.

Then there's Pigeon Tony's hunky grandson, who makes Judy think about everything but the law. In a case steeped in blood and memory, it will take brains and a lot of luck to save Pigeon Tony. But if anyone will see justice done, it's this gutsy girl who'll risk everything to win—including her own life.

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Click to read first chapter Moment of Truth

"This is one of those books you pick up and find you can't go to bed until it's finished...a thriller that delivers."
San Francisco Examiner

When Jack Newlin discovers his wife dead in their home, he's convinced he knows who killed her—and is equally determined to hide the truth. He decides to frame himself for the murder, and to seal his fate he hires the most inexperienced lawyer he can find: a reluctant rookie by the name of Mary DiNunzio from the hot Philadelphia firm of Rosato & Associates.

But hiring Mary may turn out to be his biggest mistake. She doubt's Jack's confession, and her ethics and instincts tell her she can't defend a man who wants to convict himself. Smarter, gutsier, and more persistent than she has any right to be, Mary sets out to prove what really happened—because as any lawyer knows, a case is never as simple as it seems. And nothing is ever certain until the final moment of truth.

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Click to read first chapter Mistaken Identity

"For ratcheting suspense, dynamic characters, and a master's touch, it's tough to beat Lisa Scottoline's Mistaken Identity."
David Baldacci

Nothing can prepare Bennie Rosato for her new client, Alice Connolly, who bears an uncanny physical resemblance to her and tells her, "Pleased to meet you. I'm your twin." But Bennie grew up an only child. She doesn't have a twin. Or does she? Bennie takes on the woman's defense in a murder case and plunges into the mystery of the murder—as well as the secret of her own identity. Not until the verdict is in will she finally learn the truth.

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Click to read first chapter Rough Justice

"Read It! Rough Justice employs a whip-smart protagonist, a nasty villain, and a breathless pace."
US Magazine

Marta Richter is hours away from winning an acquittal for her client, millionaire businessman Elliot Steere, who's on trial for the murder of a homeless man. But as the jury begins deliberations, Marta discovers the chilling truth about her client's innocence. Taking justice into her own hands, she furiously sets out to prove the truth, with the help of two young associates. In an excruciating game of beat-the-clock, Marta will learn that the search for justice isn't only rough—it can also be deadly.

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Click to read first chapter Legal Tender

"A fast-paced, suspenseful and tongue-in-cheek thriller."
Los Angeles Times

Bennie Rosato is a maverick lawyer, and business at her law firm has never been better. Then, without warning, a savage murder tears the firm apart. All evidence points to Bennie, who has motive aplenty and an unconfirmable alibi. Her world turns upside-down as the lawyer becomes the client, and the law is now after her. When another killing takes place, Bennie runs for her life, a fugitive armed only with her wits and courage. She is determined to find the real killer—or die trying.

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Click to read first chapter Running From the Law

"Scottoline's writing style is sharp, intelligent, funny, and hip... good, twisty plot, lively characters, and an all-around fun read. Her characters are blessed with believable personalities, carrying qualities both likable and not."
USA Today

"Wisecracking Rita Morrone plays to win, whether it's poker or trial law. She defends a prominent federal judge accused of sexual harassment—and the judge just happens to be her boyfriend's father. But all bets are off when the case turns deadly and Rita finds herself at the center of a murder. Never one to bluff, she probes deep into the crime, uncovering a secret life and suspects in shocking places. To end this killer's game, Rita has got to lay it all on the line for the highest stakes ever.

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Click to read first chapter Final Appeal

WINNER OF THE EDGAR AWARD

"Good, speedy fun."Entertainment Weekly

Grace Rossi is starting over after a divorce, and a part-time job with a federal appeals court sounds perfect. But she doesn't count on being assigned to an explosive death penalty appeal. Nor does she expect ardor in the court in the form of an affair with the chief judge. Then Grace finds herself investigating a murder, unearthing a secret bank account an following a trail of bribery and judicial corruption that's stumped even the FBI. In no time at all, Grace under fire takes on a whole new meaning.

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Click to read first chapter Everywhere That Mary Went

"A page-turner."Nora Roberts

Mary DiNunzio is trying to make partner in her cutthroat Philadelphia law firm. She's too busy to worry about the crank phone calls that she's been getting—until they fall into a sinister pattern. Mary can't shake the sensation that someone is watching her. Following her every move. Then the shadowboxing turns deadly, and she has to fight for something a lot more important than a partnership—her life.

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Click to read first chapter Omnibus Edition

Lisa's first two novels in one collector's hardcover edition.

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