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Sticky Fingers (Roxy Abruzzo) Hardcover – March 29, 2011

4.5 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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Starred Review. Martin's wacky second Roxy Abruzzo mystery improves on the excellent first entry, 2010's Our Lady of Immaculate Deception (retitled for reprint Foxy Roxy). A few days after Roxy—architectural salvage expert, singer, and recovering sex addict—turns down an offer on behalf of her imprisoned mobster uncle, Carmine Abruzzo, to kidnap snooty museum curator Clarice Crabtree, a former high school classmate of hers, Det. Bug Duffy of the Pittsburgh police takes her to a crime scene at an old industrial site. Bug shows her a body recovered from the Ohio River that Roxy identifies as Clarice. Curious to find out who popped Clarice, Roxy rolls into action accompanied by her lovable sidekick, Nooch Santonucci, a big lug with a heart of gold, and her pooch, Rooney. Roxy's evolving relationships with Sage, her rapidly maturing teenage daughter, and with Sage's chef dad, Patrick Flynn, give this series an extra heart-tugging zing. (Mar.)
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“A hilarious combination of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum and Lisa Scottoline’s Bennie Rosato”
---(New Orleans) Times-Picayune

“Light years away from Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, and is grittier and more sexual than Laura Lippman’s Tess Monaghan.”
---Pittsburgh Tribune Review

“In this stellar first in a new series, Martin introduces Roxy Abruzzo, ultra-sexy Pittsburgh sleuth and owner of Bada Bling Architectural Salvage. . . . A tough girl like Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, if with an edgier vibe . . . A wild cat-and-mouse game with a killer that will leave Martin’s fans clamoring for more.”
---Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“An unusual frame story, well-drawn characters, and an interesting mystery are pluses for this Pittsburgh-set crime novel.”
---Booklist

“Verdict: This new series by the author of the best-selling Blackbird Sisters Mysteries introduces a tough-as-nails heroine. . . . A clever and naughty mystery.”
---Library Journal

“Her architectural-salvage business involves Roxy Abruzzo in a number of exciting finds, including an unexpected case of murder. . . . Martin’s change of sleuths . . . to gritty Pittsburgh tough gal Roxy is a definite improvement.”
---Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • Series: Roxy Abruzzo (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312573731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312573737
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #663,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Natasha Rose on April 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Roxy Abruzzo is willing to do some "small" favors for her Uncle Carmine, an elder statesman of the Pittsburgh organized crime community, but she draws the line at kidnapping her old high school rival Clarice. When Clarice turns out to have been kidnapped anyway and then killed Roxy feels a kniship with Clarice's daughter as her mother was also murdered when she was a teenage and she decides to investigate. She finds bigamy, preserved mammoth bones and much more mayhem on her way to solving the crime. Her friends and relatives, her relationship with her daughter, and old boyfriend all make this an enjoyable read.
Although I do hope Nancy Martin revisits her Blackbird sisters series, this series is one that should continue.
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Book One in this series was good and it really set the stage nicely for book two which is even better! In this book, we get a great mystery and we really get to know the characters. Roxy is as edgy as ever but she is becoming more self aware and we really get to see her grow. There is more interaction with Flynn and we get to see the push/pull of that relationship but we also get a nice deviation from most mysteries that feature a female protagonist and their nearly inevitable love triangle because in this book there isn't a love triangle. This book uses the personality and history of the two potential lovers to keep them apart and it works beautifully. We see more of the supporting cast and the relationships between people as Roxy works to solve the mystery. I sense some pending relationship complications but in the interest of spoiler avoidance I won't comment further. This book was great and kept me invested until the very last word! It also sets up book three which I know will be brilliant and which I can't wait to read!
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I like this second book in the Roxy Abruzzo series better than the first. Too much raw and uncalled for sex and odd relationships especially between Roxy and her daughter in the first of the series. Loved seeing mother and daughter tighten up their relationship and Roxy becoming a bit softer. This story was quite compelling and interesting and while some characters had fairly hard edges most became friendlier as the story moved forward. If there is a third book in this series I will be reading it but only based on my opinion of the second book. Had I not purchased the first and second books together I wouldn't have read the second one. It was still a dirty trick to have two different titles and covers for the first book and wrapping all three together in the offer thinking you are receiving 3 different books while the realty is only 2 are new!! I love the Blackbird Sisters series and look forward to the newest one.
D Logan, Md
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Roxy Abruzzo is back and involved in another wacky mystery; she juggles the various people in her life like a master but with hilarious results.
The characters are fun and well drawn; the plot is clever and fast-paced.
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If you enjoy Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, you will more than likely enjoy this one also. They are quite similar in many ways but not to the point of forcing yourself to say to yourself..."hmmm, been there, read that."

Foxy Roxy is an architectural salvage expert and also a part time back up singer; and oh by the way...also a recovering sex addict. She is trying to raise a teenage girl, make a living, solving crimes and of course is involved in a somewhat romantic relationship.

This is a light read but it is a fun read; one of those reads that you really don't have to do a lot of deep thinking but merely set back and chuckle to yourself over the antics of Roxy and her associates. Martin is a good writer and a good story teller and yes, there is a mystery involved in this second book of the series and it is enough of a mystery to kind of sort of keep you on your toes.

Other than constantly referring to her (Roxy's) past sexual adventures; and there were many, many, many, there were no incidents of gratuitous sex in this work...no seamy and graphic descriptions. Sex is actually a sidelight and sort of a background noise; something to hang the current story on.

I suppose though that the strongest element of this book is the characters and their interaction. Like the Stephanie Plum books - well, this one is just as funny in places and just as wacky....and I mean that is a good way. High literature this is not but then it really is not supposed to be...it is to have fun with for a couple of evenings.

This was a library find.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks
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Loved the book, did not want it to end, but could not stop reading. I would love more books with Roxy what a hoot she is, a girl with spunk but messed up too, keeps you guessing what will happen next.
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I REALLY hope Mz Martin writes more Roxy Abruzzo stories, many more!!!
Now to see what other books she's written, and get the ones I've not read n Amazon has downloaded.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AND THIS AUTHOR!!!
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If you enjoy the Stephanie Plum series, this would be a great addition to your reading list. This is the second in the series of book about Roxy Abruzzo, after Foxy Roxy (Roxy Abruzzo) (previously published in hardcover as Our Lady of Immaculate Deception.

It is helpful but not crucial to have read the first two books before starting this one. The plot mostly stands on its own but there are some personal relationships that you'll understand better if you read the earlier books. However, the author does a good job of explaining so you don't miss everything if you see this book and want to jump in without reading the others.

This series isn't a copycat of the Stephanie Plum series, but there are similarities. Roxy, like her New Jersey counterpart, is a blue collar heroine with close family/friend ties to her neighborhood (Pittsburgh in this case) and has periodic encounters with high school classmates. And this is a more humorous mystery rather than a suspenseful one (though Evanovich's books make me laugh harder than this series does).

Because Roxy is self-employed, has a teenage daughter, and is a more independent, resourceful character, she doesn't rely on the men in her life as much as Stephanie Plum does. She also helps out abused women and children by letting them stay in houses she is re-habbing.

In this book, Roxy's uncle Carmine offers her a more criminal job -- kidnapping a former classmate -- than the collection of gambling debts she's been doing for him.
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