Friday, November 03, 2006

Dirty Blonde

by Lisa Scottoline
Rating: 4.5/5
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.


Joy said...

Booklogged ~ That was probably me. :( I gave it a 3.5/5, but I still liked it. So, for your sake, I'm glad you didn't listen too. :) We all have our own preferences.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I really like Scottoline - great to see a good review of this book since I haven't read it yet. Looking forward to doing so.

Anonymous said...

I read a couple of Scottoline's and really enjoyed them. In fact, I still need to write my blog posts about them. I wonder if I'll ever get around to doing that. I'll probably have time after I've forgotten what they are about :)

Framed said...

I like Scottoline also. I have another one to read but maybe someday I'll get around to Dirty Blonde.

Anonymous said...

booklogged, for some reason I can't comment on your most recent post (blogger won't let me) - the Stacks Winter Reading Challenge, but I want to thank you for the headsup and I'm definitely going to consider joining - it sounds like something many of us can use! Thanks again and that's a great-looking list!

Booklogged said...

I just pulled my blog up and the Stacks Winter Challenge was there and then it just disappeared! Now it's not even on my post list. It was saved and everything. URG!

Anonymous said...

I had the same problem as Lotus - it was there, I couldn't comment, then poof! it was gone.

Blogger Gremlins at work?

Anonymous said...

booklogged, I just noticed the "Classics Challenge" button, it's gorgeous - I'm really excited about the challenge!

Les said...

Glad to hear this is a winner. I've only read one by Scottolini (Killer Smile) and thoroughly enjoyed it. Need to read more by her, but will have to wait until all these challenges are finished! ;)