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A Deadly Habit: A Penelope Santucci Mystery

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  27 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
When Pen was a child, she dreamt of being a nun. She dressed in bed sheets and roller-skated regularly into the confessional of Father Daniel Kopecky. There she bared her soul, fabricating sins only a precocious eight-year-old could invent. As a twenty-seven-year-old woman, she's doing the same thing, sans the roller skates and bed sheets. Only this time, she isn't inventi ...more
Hardcover, 315 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Five Star (ME)
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Jun 08, 2009 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who is Penelope Santucci? She’s not a Catholic although she tends to go to confession on occasion. She is not a murderer although the police suspect she might have killed her husband. She is fearless and determined to prove that although she was getting a divorce that she most certainly did not kill her husband.

She discovered her husband Paul’s body when she broke into his house to recover her belongings. Being a good citizen, she did call the police and report what she found but she failed to g
Jun 08, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
Thanks to Bostick Communications for my ARC of A Deadly Habit.

Well, you all know how I love a good mystery, and it's even better when it happens to be a mystery that is full of humor. A Deadly Habit is Andrea Sisco's debut novel, and in my opinion it is a great start! Pen Santucci is a hilarious amateur detective, trying to clear herself of her soon-to-be-ex-husband's murder. You never know what might come out of her mouth, but chances are she would have been better off keeping it shut. Her sist
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Pen always wanted to be a Catholic as a child, so when she comes to Father Daniel with a really outrageous confession, it doesn't take long for him to a) figure out who she is, and b) assume her confession is as fabricated as they were when she visited his church as a child. Breaking into her soon-to-be- ex' house? Finding him murdered on the floor? Being wanted by the police for that specific reason? Come on, who'd fall for that??

Unfortunately for Pen, this was actually exactly what happened an
Jun 06, 2009 Renee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Penelope Santucci dreamed of becoming a nun as a child but never did since she was a rare non-Catholic Italian. Now she's afraid she may be convicted of a murder she didn't commit so she goes to confession and ends up involving an elderly priest, a nun (who is her sister that did convert) and a sexy lawyer in her shenanigans trying to clear her name. The mystery continues right into the final chapter.

A Deadly Habit is an enjoyable humorous murder mystery with an unpredictable ending. The charact
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Jul 20, 2014 Michael crage rated it it was amazing
Not only was this a very good mystery book, but it was also very funny. My wife was wondering what was going on because most mysteries are not all that funny and so she does not hear me laughing my head off while reading hardly ever. This was worth 10 stars; five for the being a good mystery and five for being a good humor book.
Dec 09, 2009 Susan rated it liked it
Spunky probation officer Pen Santucci finds her almost ex-husband dead when she breaks into her former home to reclaim some of her possessions. Naturally, the police suspect her; equally naturally, Pen doesn't want to go to prison for a crime she didn't commit. She decides that she has to solve the mystery herself, with the help of her sister, who is a nun; and the parish priest of her childhood, who indulged her position as a child of the only non-Catholic Italian family in a neighborhood of Po ...more
Mar 29, 2015 Sharon rated it it was ok
Penelope (Pen) Santucci is accused of killing her former husband, a man who no one except his mother seemed to like. She enlists the help of her old priest (even though she is not catholic) and her sister who is a nun to help clear her name. The priest helps her get a lawyer – a hot, single, patient man who owes the priest a favor. Pen gets beat up often by mobsters in this book, but managed to clear her name and not get killed. There were some parts of this book that were funny, but I found mys ...more
Jul 26, 2016 Susan rated it did not like it
The author is a Janet Evanovich wanna be, but tries too hard with the farcical situations she places her heroine in.
Oct 19, 2009 Mendy rated it really liked it
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Very cute story. Penelope is hilarious. Her husband is murdered and everyone thinks she did it, well almost everyone. One thing about Penelope is that she can talk herself and her friends into anything in order to prove her innocence. She's even able to convince a nun and a priest to help her commit a felony! This was well written and a fun read.
Nov 09, 2010 Patty rated it it was amazing
Refreshing, different sort of mystery story; engaging and funny as well. See my full review "Andrea Sisco Has a Deadly Habit" at
May 12, 2013 Jean rated it it was amazing
The book was funny and interesting all while solving a crime.... She needs to write another....
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