OUR LADY OF IMMACULATE DECEPTION
Bestseller Martin's latest heroine -- a
single mom with a bad attitude, a big mouth and a scarred soul -- is the niece of a Pittsburgh mafia boss. She's tough, independent and sassy, with a casual attitude toward sex and ambivalence toward her daughter's father. Laugh-out-loud funny, complicated with plot shifts and eccentric characters, Martin's new series promises to be as popular
as her Blackbird Sisters series.
All Roxy Abruzzo wants is to keep out of her shady uncle Carmine's business (so far, so good), control her teenage daughter's behavior (not much luck here) and make a profit from her architectural salvage business. But when a wayward husband's wife turns arsonist, Roxy winds up with an ancient Greek statue she really doesn't own and gets caught up in the murder of the statue's owner. She's also trying to keep her pal "Nooch" Santonucci out of jail and her former flame, professional chef Patrick Flynn, out of her business -- despite the fact that she still finds the ex-Marine sexy as hell. (MINOTAUR, Mar., 320 pp., $24.99)