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Our Lady of Immaculate Deception (Roxy Abruzzo #1)

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Big truck, big dog, big hair. Bad attitude.

Roxy Abruzzo, bestselling author Nancy Martin's latest creation, is the loud-mouthed, sexy, independent-minded niece of a Pittsburgh Mafia boss trying to go (mostly) straight. She'd like to stay completely out of her uncle Carmine's shady business dealings, though he's trying to reel her in. She'd like to concentrate on the archi
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Published April 5th 2010 by Tantor Media (first published January 1st 2010)
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Dee Renee  Chesnut
Mar 28, 2010 Dee Renee Chesnut rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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. We are introduced to the characters who are important in her life and we readers hope Roxie Abruzzo will be around for a series set in modern-day Pittsburgh. The author introduced a lot of characters and did a lot of "world-building" and this whets my appetite for more books.
Roxie's architectural salvage business puts her near the scene of the murder
Feb 11, 2010 Spuddie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
#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. When the owner of a burned-out mansion ends up shot to death shortly after talking with Roxy at the site, she and her not-too-bright-but-muscley assistant Nooch are both being questioned by the cops. And since Roxy's uncle is big in the local Mafia, she's always learned to be leer ...more
Jul 21, 2010 Sally rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What a disappointment! I just loved the Blackbird Sisters series which was quirky and fun but still with real heart and characters I cared about. With this book, the first of a new series, the main character is a nymphomaniac with violence issues - not someone I feel I can relate to. Even the characters that it appears Martin is hoping will catch our fancy and interest, such as menopausal aunt and low intelligence helper have not touched any chord in me at all. Even the dog she chooses as the he ...more

Roxy Abruzzo, is beautiful and sexy. 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. Roxy runs Bada Bling Architectural Salvage in Pittsburgh. Her right-hand man is Nooch Santonucci. Nooch has had some problems in the past and has a parole hearing coming up soon. Roxy is hoping to find some respectable business people to speak up for Nooch at his hearing. The third member of Roxy’s company is Rooney, a pit bull she rescu
I have been a big fan of Nancy Martin through her Blackbird Sister Mysteries, loving the zany Blackbird family from book one. I was excited to see that the Abruzzo family was getting their own series with the introduction of Roxy. The book was entertaining, but it fell a bit flat of what I had come to expect. The story was a bit grittier than previous books with characters that had more emotional damage to tell about. Roxy is the definition of "tough broad" that wasn't nearly as likable as her s ...more
Apr 02, 2010 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A favorite author of mine is changing it up, and wow! What a wild ride!!! Roxy is definitely an individual, with issues and flaws.

Roxy is definitely not Nora from the Blackbird Sisters, but then, this isn't a Blackbirds Mystery. And I liked it. A lot. I so enjoy when an author decides to change things up and introduce something new for my enjoyment.

This was a well-paced book, with characters galore. And even though I had my suspicions as to the outcome, I was definitely surprised. And totally
Jun 06, 2016 Ellenw rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I checked this out of the library because I loved "Miss Ruffles Inherits Everything". I'm afraid I didn't enjoy it anywhere near as much. 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. It also felt as if I should have known these characters before I read it-as if it was a book in a series inste ...more
May 10, 2010 Julia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
With a nod to her Blackbird Sisters series, Martin introduces us to Roxy Abruzzo, a slightly mob-connected, sex-obssessed, architectural salvage specialist. She and soon to be off parole assistant, Nooch, stumble onto a murder mystery after "salvaging" what turns out to be a priceless Greek statue from the Hyde estate. There are only so many incarnations of Stephanie Plum possible and although the mystery was fine, I don't know if I'll bother checking in with Roxy again.
Apr 09, 2014 Adrienne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

A Non-Review
I gave this book a shot but eventually decided that I am not interested in reading a book with a female anti-hero whose moral compass, paraphrasing the book, is slightly askew. The premise is interesting enough, but the protagonist is written as unlikeable and judgmental (in my opinion).

I wish I had read the reviews on Goodreads before starting the book, as other reviewers mentioned that the language is foul and
Sep 30, 2015 Miriam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What fun! A spin off from the Blackbird Widows, Nancy Martin combines antique picking, blue-blood Pittsburgh families, and lots of run ins with the cops. Roxy Abruzzo, yes she's related to Mike Abruzzo in the Blackbird Widows series, is trying to stay legit. Roxy is the queen of "a little theft," and lots of slight of hand as she tries to unload a Greek marble statue of Achilles, she 'accidentally' takes from an estate while salvaging architectural fixtures. Little did she know that the statue t ...more
Jun 16, 2015 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The only reason this got 2 starts was the last 30 or so pages. Well, that and all the bad reviews it's gotten. Let me 'splain. Roxy, as well as most of the other characters, was incredibly hard to like. For most of the book she just comes across as an emotionally stunted, immature brat. But here's my problem, all the reviews seem to take issue with 2 things: 1) Roxy is a slut. 2) How can such a slut be mad when her kid tells her she's pregnant. Well. I say. Let's just go in order, shall we?

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. When salvaging parts from a burned out building, Roxy and her assistant Nooch steal what turns out to be a priceless Greek statue from the garden, a theft which leads to all sorts of trouble. When one of the homeowners, Julius Hyde, is shot, Roxy finds herself investigating the crime to protect herself and ...more
Mar 09, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a big fan of Martin's Blackbird Sisters Series, I was really looking forward to being introduced to Roxy Abruzzo. The first thing you notice is that she is one tough cookie. She is nothing like Nora Blackbird! I like Roxy's toughness but I did grow a little weary of it after awhile. Some of the stunts she pulled were a little hard to swallow and I wondered, Does this woman ever sleep? There were a lot of quirky and original characters to keep up with and a few I thought could've been left out ...more
Nov 23, 2012 Beckiezra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
I'm not sure I'd categorize this as a mystery at all. For the first half of the book I don't know if I would have known Roxy was the main character because so much time was spent focused on other characters' points of view. The blurb I read describing the book made me think it would be a very different kind of character.

There wasn't much, if any, focus on actually solving the murder in this so-called mystery. It just felt like there was a mild curiosity regarding the murder and much more focus
Mar 24, 2010 Cheryl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Roxana “Roxy” Marie Abruzzo is in the business of collecting and selling architectural items as part of her salvage business. Roxy’s half brother is New Jersey’s crime boss, Michael Abruzzo. Roxy is trying to break away from her family’s influence and turn straight but it isn’t easy, especially when friends and family come calling. Roxy soon finds herself in over her head, when she feels the need for the five finger discount.

Our Lady of Immaculate Deception is the first book in a new series by a
Jules Goud
Nice fast, easy read with some murder and mystery to liven up the plot.

Roxy is a refreshing character. She has some problems, and she is pretty close to being broke. I loved the way that she kicked ass and wouldn't let anyone push her around. When it came time, she was there for the people that needed her and she would anything for the people she loved. However, she also had some problems that she needed to work out too. It was cool to see a kick ass character with some issues that we say her wo
Mar 01, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I really enjoy Martin's Blackbird Sisters series, this book was out a year before I decided to give it a try. I was set to dislike Roxy Abruzzo because of the way she was described in summaries and reviews--"loud-mouthed"(NO!!), "sexy" (YES!!), "independent-minded" (YES!!). I figured she'd be a female Mick Abruzzo and I didn't want to read a whole series with that. How wrong I was!! I love this character--foibles and all--because she is s strong woman who doesn't let people take advanta ...more
Suzanne Jacob
Feb 07, 2016 Suzanne Jacob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nancy Martin, absent from the scene for a while and not writing any Blackbird Sisters mysteries, has returned with Pittsburgh's version of Stephanie Plum - but with a Mafia connection and a host of family issues.
The writing is crisp and pulls the reader along with the first sentence: "The only witness to the arson was a one-armed marble statue of a naked man with ivy frowing where his fig lead should have been."
Great characterization, good plot with a surprise ending.
Feb 17, 2012 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-reads
Our Lady of Immaculate Deception was a book chosen for my book club and the first book that I had read by Martin. Martin delivers a very humorous book with more than a few twists and turns. Roxy is a very comical character who gets herself into some tight situations but she has a big heart and tries to do the right thing even for strangers finding themselves in need of her help. Roxy has some interesting friends who help her out and help to make the book even more interesting with Nooch, Rooney, ...more
Amanda Meggs
Feb 13, 2014 Amanda Meggs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rosy is a fun character, she's tough and had a hard start in life, including a teen pregnancy. This is a bit of a rollicking tale rather like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum. I thoroughly enjoyed it, there are a few dark over tones, like drug addiction but they are dealt with as a part of life which I guess they are for a lot of people. The mystery was a good one, I didn't suspect the killer pretty much till I read it. I will read the next one.
Apr 30, 2011 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't expecting the tough-talking, booze-swilling, fist-throwing, sex-aholic main character... At first, it was refreshing. I was glad to not be reading another bubble gum type hot chick that solves crimes while being wooed by multiple hot men. However, the ending killed it for me. I like a mystery to be, well, a mystery. I like to be surprised by the evil-doer, not bored. There was so little reasoning behind the crime, that it's almost as if the author realized she had one chapter left and s ...more
Jan 22, 2014 Fmorlan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Roxy Abruzzo lives in Pittsburgh and does salvage jobs. This time her job included a murder or two. She has a daughter named Sage she tries to keep safe. Roxy salvages a statue that she finds out is worth big bucks and wanted by several people. She investigates the murder using her neighborhood connections. It has its funny moments and some edgy times but good book. I listened to it rather than read. The reader did a great job which made me continue to the end.
Aug 04, 2010 Toni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this mystery merely because it was set in Pittsburgh.I found that part interesting, although I have a slight problem with the author hitting us on the head with the concept that any one who makes money immediately leaves the city for the suburbs- every urban" Pittsburgher's dream." Sorry, Nancy, but some of us like the city and want it to flourish. The mystery kept me interested. I have mixed emotions about the nymphomaniac-with heart of gold- lead but I think that there is potential ...more
Nov 09, 2011 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-s-t
I have very mixed feelings about this book.

It was interesting enough to keep me reading, But I wasn't racing to find out what happened. And I didn't guess the killer right away, which was nice.

I overall liked the characters, but there were a LOT of them to keep track of. My biggest character complaint was with the main character, Roxy- and that's where the problem comes in. We know very little of her thoughts and feelings through out the book unless she's panicking over something her daughter
Aug 23, 2010 Viccy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
Roxy Abruzzo stays far away from Uncle Carmine's criminal actitives, but they always seem to rope her in. Roxy runs an architectural salvage business and keeps her sidekick Nooch out of trouble, except Roxy manages to find her own trouble. She is out at the home of a wealthy client when he is murdered. She is in the process of hauling away a priceless Grecian sculpture that everyone had forgetten was there. Everyone that is except the owner who now wants it back. Figure in the family's sleazy la ...more
Robert Scott
Roxy Abruzzo is not my favorite Nancy Martin character. She is abrasive, promiscuous, shady, poor example as a single mother. She does however have many redeeming qualities like her protection of those she loves and any underdog. In this debut to a series? she is joined by her daughter Sage, her aunt Loretta, restaurateur Patrick Flynn, the chief of police's son and numerous friends, enemies, pals, and diverse clients/villains. What makes the book worth 4 stars is the fabulous ending. Do not ski ...more
Sarah Sammis
Jul 16, 2011 Sarah Sammis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Our Lady of Immaculate Deception by Nancy Martin caught my eye at the library for two reasons: the ugly cover and the title similar to Courtney J. Webb's Immaculate Deception.

This book is apparently the start of a new mystery series featuring Roxy Abruzzo, the niece of a Pittsburgh Mafia boss. She sort of wants to go straight but can't control her urges. She runs an architectural salvage business and that sometimes leads her into mysteries and other trouble.

Although I liked the first chapter, I
Jan 06, 2016 Corinne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Completely different from my usual reading choices. I listened to the audiobook. Interesting characters and plot line. I would like to continue the series with the characters, if only the audiobook were available from my library.
Dec 29, 2014 Ellie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Penguin Publishing had a tell me your favorite authors and we will give you some suggestions. Based on the fact that I had added Janet Evanovich to my list they thought I would like Nancy Martin & I certainly did.
Apr 12, 2014 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun-reads
A good first book in a new series. This one is a bit rough around the edges (but then so is Roxy), but I will read at least one or two more before fully committing to the series.
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