I'm afraid I didn't enjoy it anywhere near as much. Not to mention her relationship with Flynn, Sage's dad. The book seemed very familiar to me, the name Abruzzo rang a bell. I kinda understand her family connections and why cops might not be high on her lits of people to call, but there were times that her decisions were just irrational. She comes from a family that has crossed the edges of honesty and the law, including an uncle who is family in the organized crime type of way.
Even the dog she chooses as the he What a disappointment! If you like edgy, complicated, gutsy heroines then spend some time with Roxy Abruzzo - you won't regret it. It was really hard to latch on to the plot because the characters were so unlikeable Except Sage and Flynn, who are barely there. Roxie's architectural salvage business puts her near the scene of the murder I was in the mood for a blue-collar heroine, or should I say a hoodie-and-jeans heroine, who drives the Monster Truck instead of a blue roadster. It didn't have the feel of a bad decision by the character, it felt like the authors decision to keep the story going. Of course I will, but with lower expectations. Roxy is honest mostly and is loyal, sometimes to a fault, to those she considers friends and family. For most of the book she just comes across as an emotionally stunted, immature brat.
Roxy is the grandniece of a Pittsburgh Mafia boss and although he does have a part in this book, Roxy does her best to avoid him. I'd also point out Sage had had sex all of once. Roxy Abruzzo, bestseller Nancy Martin's latest creation, is the sexy, streetwise niece of a Pittsburgh crime boss, and she's trying to stay on the straight and narrow. The only reason this got 2 starts was the last 30 or so pages. Roxy and her world were not properly set up.
But Roxy knows where all the good intentions in the world usually lead, and when she can't help herself from tucking away an ancient Greek statue that's not really hers, she pays for it by getting caught up in the chaos surrounding the sordid murder of the statue's former owner, heir to a billion-dollar Pittsburgh steel fortune. The main focus of the book seemed to be introducing the background for future books about the characters. A favorite author of mine is changing it up, and wow! I just loved the Blackbird Sisters series which was quirky and fun but still with real heart and characters I cared about. To make matters even worse, Roxy and Nooch have loaded up an antique Greek statute that Roxy spotted in the Hyde garden. Roxy is definitely not Nora from the Blackbird Sisters, but then, this isn't a Blackbirds Mystery.
Really complicated and crazy life they lead. It also felt as if I should have known these characters before I read it-as if it was a book in a series instead of the first in a new series. I am so glad I picked this up. I so enjoy when an author decides to change things up and introduce something new for my enjoyment. Lots of loose ends that aren't tied up looking at you, Arden's Greek boyfriend! I think there's going to be a real break between people who are looking for a fun comfort read like me and people who are more okay with a challenging protagonist- I didn't like her much and I didn't always understand why she did the things she did. There is a great cast of supporting characters, a terrific potential love interest in Flynn and some nice plot development here. His wife, Monica, has been looting her mother-in-law's house of high-end artwork for years and has torched it, which is where Roxy comes in.
Big truck, big dog, big hair. Well, that and all the bad reviews it's gotten. Little did she know that this would lead to murder which inadvertently puts her family in danger. Roxy Abruzzo, bestseller Nancy Martin's latest creation, is the sexy, streetwise niece of a Pittsburgh crime boss, and she's trying to stay on the straight and narrow. And since Roxy's uncle is big in the local Mafia, she's always learned to be leery of cops. With her wicked sense of humor and a devilishly clever new series premise, author of the beloved Blackbird Sisters mysteries Nancy Martin has crafted another mystery destined to be a besteller. An unusual frame, well-drawn characters, and an interesting mystery are pluses for this Pittsburgh set crime novel, but the promiscuous Roxy, who takes good care of her own and those she feels responsible for, also has a cruel streak that makes her hard to completely warm up to.
The blurb I read describing the book made me think it would be a very different kind of character. Book one is good and sets the stage for the series nicely though I think book two is even better. As with Mick, she's part of the Abruzzo crime family who wants nothing to do with the family business. When one of the homeowners, Julius Hyde, is shot, Roxy finds herself investigating the crime to protect herself and In this first in a new series, Martin, author of the Blackbird Sisters Mysteries, introduces Roxy Abruzzo, single mother of a teen-aged daughter and owner of an architectural salvage business. Her current client, Julius Hyde, is dead as. I love this character--foibles and all--because she is s strong woman who doesn't let people take advanta Although I really enjoy Martin's Blackbird Sisters series, this book was out a year before I decided to give it a try. Roxy has some interesting friends who help her out and help to make the book even more interesting with Nooch, Rooney, Our Lady of Immaculate Deception was a book chosen for my book club and the first book that I had read by Martin.
Roxy also has a 16-year-old daughter, Sage. This was not on the list of the items that she was to salvage. Roxy has a soft heart when it comes to protecting the under-dog but if Roxy is crossed, she is a force to be reckoned with. If you like Janet Evanovich and her series about a New Jersey bounty hunter, you'll like Nancy Martin's Pittsburgh architectural salvage dealer! I couldn't get into the characters. And since Roxy's uncle is big in the local Mafia, she's always learned to be leer 1 Roxy Abruzzo mystery, featuring modern girl Roxy, who is for lack of a better description an architectural scavenger by trade, gleaning what she can from the aftermath of fires, buildings set for destruction, etc.
The writing style was easy enough to read, but it just wasn't that interesting to me--perhaps I'm older than the target audience because I just felt rather curmudgeonly reading about the over-sexed Roxy hopping into bed with every other guy she met, and yet somehow managing to be indignant when her daughter suspected she was pregnant. I have no intention of reading more despite the ending making me feel better than the first 290 or so pages. Roxie's architectural salvage business puts her near the scene of the murder of multi-millionaire Julius Hyde. Izzy is totally fucked up. I found the sex unnecessary and just more reason to dislike Roxy. Blogging at Fresh Fiction August 10, 2015 Yes, I love Downton Abbey and wait with bated breath for the new season. I'm interested in a third book with the character, see how that is.
Roxy Abruzzo, bestseller Nancy Martin's latest creation, is a loud-mouthed, sexy, independent-minded niece of a Pittsburgh Mafia boss trying to go mostly straight. Set in Philadelphia, the story features three heiresses whose parents have run off with their trust funds. With her wicked sense of humor and a devilishly clever premise, author of the beloved Blackbird Sisters mysteries, Nancy Martin has started another outstanding mystery series with Foxy Roxy. Even the dog she chooses as the heroine's companion, a pit bull, seems to have been chosen to repel rather than attract the reader to this woman. Martin delivers a very humorous book with more than a few twists and turns.