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Kimberly Ann (auntie-nanuuq) | 753 comments Sticky Fingers (A Roxy Abruzzo Mystery #2) by Nancy Martin

Sticky Fingers, Nancy Martin

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Roxy Abruzzo's architectural salvage business isn't doing so well; not only does she have a cash-flow problem, she is lacking the money that her daughter Sage needs for her tuition.

Roxy's Uncle Carmine, Pittsburgh's mob boss, knows this & sends his attorney, Marvin Weiss, to offer Roxy a job.

Someone has sent Carmine a cryptic contract note requesting a kidnapping. Local museum curator, Clarice Crabtree (Roxy's former high school nemesis) is on someone's short list and that person want Clarice gone.

But Roxy has a heart and goes to warn Clarice. Between Clarice being her same nasty self and Rooney, Roxy's dog, digging through a freezer of old bones; Roxy forgets what she actually came to do and Clarice leaves before Roxy can warn her of the contract.

When Clarice is found dead, floating in the river & trussed up in a rug the problems really begin.

It turns out that Clarice had two husbands and two children that she was supporting, all in a very expensive lifestyle; her daughter Sugar, an Olympian ice skater hopeful and her son Richie, an up & coming avant garde dress designer lacked nothing to aid them making their dreams come true.

Meanwhile Clarice had put her father, a famous paleontologist, in a nursing home for Alzheimer's patients, but he escapes & returns home in an attempt to protect his frozen bones...

Also in the mix are:
Nooch, Roxie's friend & co-worker
Flynn, Roxie's former, Sage's father, & chef extraordinaire whose newest soup (made for a rockstar who collects dinosaur bones) has a secret ingredient that not even Flynn knows about
Aunt Loertta, who raised Roxy
Sister Bob, former nun & Loretta's cousin
Gino Martinelli, who owes Carmine money & receives an unpleasant visit from Roxy
Zack Cleary, Sage's on-off again boyfriend & police academy cadet
Adasha Washington, Roxy's friend, neighbor & ER Doctor who helps abused women find shelter

Add all these people and several others into the mix and you have a zany, rollicking, funny story that rivals Carl Hiaasen.

The Strong Women:

* Roxy Abruzzo: Single mother, business woman, & heroine
* Aunt Loretta: Roxy's aunt & attorney who raised Roxy and is now helping to raise Roxy's daughter, Sage
* Sister Bob: Loretta's cousin who left the convent immediately after her first hot-flash in order (no pun) live a more fuller life
* Adasha Washington: Roxy's friend, neighbor & ER Doctor who helps abused women find shelter
* Sage: Roxy's daughter who is dealing w/ two boyfriends, one who his possessive & controlling
* Clarice Crabtree; Murder victim, bigamist, local museum curator, & mother of two

message 2: by annapi (new)

annapi | 5159 comments LOL this sounds like fun!

message 3: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly Ann (auntie-nanuuq) | 753 comments annapi wrote: "LOL this sounds like fun!"

It is and so is the first one: "Our Lady of Immaculate Deception" which is also titled: "Foxy Roxy"


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