Author Spotlight: Why I love Lisa Scottoline’s books

February 3, 2017 Author Spotlight, authors, books, Lisa Scottoline, St.Martins Press 1

It was about eight years ago when I first picked up a book by Lisa Scottoline.  I had seen her name on books for years, but I hadn’t picked them up.  This was also when I began spreading my wings with reading, getting out of my very narrow selections of books and reading new genres and authors.  I found debut and seasoned authors and I began reviewing books as part of my blog.  My original blog was more focused on raising my kids, helping my aging parents, some politics etc.

Lisa Scottoline became a safe bet, I was assured good story, plot, characters and a twist!  I liked that combination.  While I’ll admit there have been some books I’ve liked more than others, I am always entertained by her books.  I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Lisa twice, and I hope many more times in the future.  If she should visit a book store near you on tour what I can tell you is that you’ll get a sincere, gracious author sharing her stories with you.  She will make you laugh, and she will happily sign your books and take photos.  Lisa is very kind.

Lovers of her books are very lucky these days.  She’s been writing three books a year as of late.  One stand alone mystery or thriller, one co authored  humor book with her daughter Francesca Serritella, and a fall release of her Rosato and DiNunzio series.  I prefer to listen to the audio of her co authored book because Lisa and Francesca narrate the book.  In case you didn’t know Lisa and Francesca also write a weekly column Chick Wit for the Philadelphia Enquirer…it’s a funny look at life.

I am woefully behind in my Scottoline Reviews….GASP.  I know I love these books, why haven’t I shared my thoughts with you? No excuses, 2016 was my year of distraction, but I want to share a few thoughts.

I’ve Got Sand in All the Wrong Places was once again a hit in audio listening for me.  The mother daughter team make me laugh and in some places made me cry.  Francesca shares a very personal story, she was mugged in NYC and it’s  so emotional I couldn’t help myself.  Thankfully she has friends that love and support her and an amazing mother.  She’s fine.  The two joke about aging and dating or lack of, and their dogs and other pets.

Damaged is the fourth book in the newer Rosato & DiNunzio series, Accused, Betrayed, Corrupted, preceded this book. Starting to see a pattern?  This story was quite gripping, it features Mary DiNunzio and her case representing a young boy not being served by the school system. He’s also being sued by a former teachers aide. The twisting story is full of sad losses and the poor boy is suspected of terrible crimes. I adore how Lisa Scottoline writes as much about the law as the human condition. I always feel like I learn so much. I love her writing and the warmth I feel for the south Philly Italian characters she shares.
Grab this book. It’s a winner!!

I’m looking forward to these three books from Lisa this year.  In April One Perfect Lie is being published.  This is just a snippet of the publisher’s summary

A handsome stranger moves to the small Pennsylvania town of Central Valley, and his name is Chris Brennan. He’s applying for a job as a teacher and varsity baseball coach at the local high school, and he looks perfect, on paper. But his name is an alias, his resume is false, and everything about him is a lie. And he has a secret plan – for which he needs a pawn on the baseball team.

Enthralling and suspenseful, One Perfect Lie is an emotional thriller and a suburban crime story that will keep readers riveted to the shocking end, with killer twists and characters you won’t soon forget.


I can’t wait to read this!!

photo taken from author’s website

In the summer the dynamic duo return with I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere but the Pool  

Late summer sees the fifth in the series- Exposed.  

While I am often lucky enough to receive an advance copy of many of Lisa’s books I buy her audios and her books just as readily.  This post is in no way sponsored.  I simply wanted to discuss one author’s books, how they always speak to me and to share what new books are headed our way this  year.  Happy Reading!!




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