Dirty Blonde by Lisa Scottoline.
(not part of a series)
Wow! What a page-turner!
The story revolves around Cate Fante, who has just been made a federal judge in Philadelphia. One of her first cases involves a Richard Marz, who is suing Art Simone, a hotshot Hollywood producer, for stealing his idea for a television series. The letter of the law forces Cate to rule against Marz, who is almost immediately accused of murdering Simone, and then committing suicide.
Simone, it turns out, was also planning a series about judges, with a central character who is eerily like Fante.
This is a tough book to review, because there are so many spoilers early on in the story.
I love Scottoline's work, and I think this is one of her best.
Next up: Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter by Blaize Clement.