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Nancy Martin

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Nancy Martin likes to say that, after writing twenty-five romance novels, she “got so tired of romance, [she] decided to start killing people.” In print, that is. Pittsburgh-resident Martin’s tongue-in-cheek and breezy humor pervade her two mystery series, both set in Pennsylvania. She serves on the Board of Sisters in Crime and is a founding member of Pennwriters, a writer’s professional organization. Along with several other mystery authors, she blogs at The Lipstick Chronicles.

What she writes: The first series features the Blackbird Sisters, a trio of Main-Line Philadelphia debutantes whose failing fortunes have forced them to get jobs (gasp!) in order to maintain their status and comfort. Nora writes a society column for the local newspaper, which gets her invitations to the best events, where mayhem and murders of the rich and famous inevitably occur. Nora’s sisters, Libby and Emma, make regular appearances with their hilarious new career attempts. A new Blackbird Sisters mystery is due out in 2012.

Martin’s second mystery series follows the antics of Roxy Abruzzo, a mob-connected, former sex-addict who runs her own architectural salvage business. Smart-mouthed and opinionated, Roxy is trying to walk the straight path to set a good example for her teenage daughter, Sage. If only she didn’t keep finding dead bodies and doing odd jobs for her mob-boss Uncle Carmine. Roxy, who lives in Pittsburgh, will appeal to fans of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum.

Nancy Martin’s funny mysteries should appeal to fans of Janet Evanovich, Jennifer Crusie, Donna Andrews, Harley Jane Kozak, and Lois Winston. She’s also a great choice for lovers of ChickLit.


List of works

Blackbird Sisters series
  How to Murder a Millionaire (2002)
  Dead Girls Don't Wear Diamonds (2003)
  Some Like It Lethal (2004)
  Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die (2005)
  Have Your Cake and Kill Him Too (2006)
  A Crazy Little Thing Called Death (2007)
  Murder Melts in Your Mouth (2008)
Roxy Abruzzo series
  Our Lady of Immaculate Deception (2010) - CD
  Sticky Fingers (2011)


2003 Nominated Agatha Award.

2009 Lifetime Achievement Award for Mystery Writing from Romantic Times magazine.

What the critics say

Regarding the Blackbird Sisters series:

"[A] laugh-out-loud comic mystery as outrageous as a pink chinchilla coat." - Jenny McLarin, Booklist

"...wicked tongue-in-cheek satire." - Publishers Weekly

"A fantastic series that is funny and series with enough twists and turns to keep you wondering what will happen next in this wacky tale of mayhem and madness." - Pat Wilson, Rendevous

Regarding the Roxy Abruzzo series:

"In this stellar first in a new series, Martin introduces Roxy Abruzzo, ultra-sexy Pittsburgh sleuth ... a tough girl like Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum... will leave Martin’s fans clamoring for more." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A clever and naughty mystery." - Mary Todd Chesnut, Library Journal


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