by Lisa Scottoline
The dirty blonde is a 30-something, attractive judge, who has just recently been appointed as a federal judge. After issuing a ruling in favor of a television producer, that producer is shot to death. The next day the man who was suing the producer commits suicide. Thus starts an intriguing, suspenseful, and well-crafted murder mystery.
Judge Cate Fante is young, attractive and shows a great lack of judgment in some areas. This lack along with her feisty personality get her into big trouble and a few life-threatening situations. I found myself liking this woman. I hope Scottoline will do a few more books featuring her.
Cate's secretary Val, who Cate refers to as Invaluable, gives Cate some good advise when her world seems to be crashing down all around her. Val tells her that the other judges will probably give her troubles, other's will joke and people will talk. "When that happens, tell yourself that none of it matters. None of it. That's all outside, and nothing that's outside matters. Not the other judges or the TV or the gossips. Nothing matters but what's in your heart. Don't think on what they say, because you don't have to get yourself right with them. You have to get yourself right with you."
Somewhere I read an unenthusiastic review of Dirty Blonde that almost convinced me not to bother reading it. I'm glad I didn't listen.