"A bright, brassy, sexy, sassy heroine enters the lists of legal fiction with a joyful noise...
Funny, sharp, savvy both as to the courtroom and the human condition. This new kid on Grisham's block is one to watch." Kirkus Reviews
"Matturro has a wicked sense of comedic timing. I don't know what they put in the water down there, but she's got to be drinking from the same well as Carl Hiaasen....a great time." Boston Globe
"Matturro's publisher knows a good thing when it sees one: It signed her to a four-book deal just on the strength of her first. Good to know there's more Lilly Cleary adventures coming. Her sweet, sassy, sexy personality is enthralling." Rocky Mountain News
"Matturro's writing is crisp, and the twisted medical scam plot original. Readers will chuckle aloud at [protagonist] Cleary's quirky aside snippets. Matturro, an appellate lawyer, writes of tort law with authority and is a fresh South Florida voice." The Miami Herald
"Claire Matturro takes the legal thriller firmly in hand and invigorates it with an irreverent but always on-target mix of humor...Matturro's Skinny-Dipping and fellow Floridian James O. Born's Walking Money may prove to be among the best debuts of 2004." Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
"The plot is gripping. The style is witty, and Skinny-Dipping may be one of the best mysteries to debut in 2004." Montgomery Advertiser
"One of the funniest mysteries I've read in ages." Les Roberts, The Plain Dealer
"Lilly's voice is irrepressible, but it's not just the smart narration and good dialogue -- Matturro, a former appellate attorney, has the legal stuff down pat." Publishers Weekly
"Matturro keeps the humor coming generously and Cleary emerges as a
likable, if misguided heroine." Detroit Free Press
"A star is born with the launch of this new mystery series. Debut author Matturro is a real find. She combines humor, legal drama and genuine wackiness into a funny and intriguing story." Romantic Times
"Matturro's brassy heroine has elbowed her way into Hiaasen and Leonard's turf in this smart,
corkscrew water-slide of a debut. We Florida writers don't need this kind of competition -
and I'll be standing in line for her next one." Tim Dorsey
"Skinny-dipping is breezy and funny, with a heroine who's a magnet for trouble. Dive in!" Lisa Scottoline
A 2004 BookSense Pick!
Named Best First Mystery 2004 by Romantic Times
One of Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel's "Best Debut Novels of 2004"
First Mystery Club Pick for November 2004 at Poisoned Pen Bookstore (Scottsdale, AZ)
Romantic Times November 2004 Top Pick!
Nominated for a Barry Award for Best First Mystery
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Coming in September:
TROUBLE in TALLAHASSEE, a Familiar Legacy book,
published by KaliOka Press.
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Wayward Girls--First Place winner in Seven Hills Literary Contest, Young Adult, Dec. 2015
Wayward Girls--A First Place winner in its category in the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Awards, and Runner Up for their unpublished book of the year.
Coming soon--Refugees won First Place in Seven Hills Adult Fiction Literary Contest and Third Place in the Royal Palms Literary Contest
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