Sunday, August 3, 2014

Mick Abruzzo: The Second Wire, by Nancy Martin

I read a really good book recently, y'all — Mick Abruzzo: The Second Wire, by Nancy Martin.  Let me tell you a little about it.

From the author's website:

Have you wondered what Mick Abruzzo is up to when he's keeping secrets from Nora? Were you hoping to read the scene when Nora breaks the big news to Mick--the scene I left out of LITTLE BLACK BOOK OF MURDER? Then I have a short story for you! It's available as an e-book through all the places that sell e-books. Plus it's the perfect appetizer to read before the August 5 release of A LITTLE NIGHT MURDER. More Mick.  Could that ever be a bad thing?

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Book Synopsis, from Goodreads:

The son of New Jersey's last remaining mob boss, Mick Abruzzo wants to live in the real world with a legitimate job, a wife and happy family. But when his family needs him, Mick feels obligated to help. This time, it's his presumed-dead brother, Little Frankie Abruzzo, who needs help getting out from under a pushy bookie. But the simple job of getting Frankie out of debt soon escalates into bad business that threatens the life Mick wants with his lover, Nora Blackbird.

Series Synopsis, from Goodreads:

The Blackbird Sisters Mysteries feature Nora, Libby and Emma Blackbird, three Philadelphia heiresses whose parents have run off with their trust funds, forcing all three women to get jobs for the first time in their lives. Nora Blackbird becomes the assistant to a newspaper society columnist and attends parties for a living. Unfortunately, Nora also stumbles over a lot of dead bodies while she's covering the social scene on the Main Line. Follow Nora's amateur sleuthing as she solves crimes of fashion as well as aristocratic murder!

Nancy Martin's Mick Abruzzo: The Second Wire is great!  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  This short story / novella (72 pages) is #9½ in the Blackbird Sisters Mystery series.  All of the works in this series are highly recommended — four or five kitties! — and are a pleasing mixture of cozy mystery and chick lit.  I always look forward to the next book in the series, so I can find out what happens next to Nora, Libby, Emma and Mick — and if a mystery or two get solved along the way, that's just icing on the cake!     

The Second Wire is told, as you might have guessed, from Mick's point of view, rather than in first person from Nora's POV, as are the primary books of the series.  I was hooked from the first sentence:
Against his better judgment, Mick Abruzzo agreed to meet his idiot brother at a noisy South Philadelphia college hangout where Little Frankie swore they'd blend in.  
Idiot brother?  Details — I wanted details!

It is a nice change of pace to get Mick's thoughts and viewpoint on things, since his background is so different from Nora's.  Some of this background is revealed in The Second Wire, so if you've ever wondered about what makes Mick tick (ooh, bad pun, sorry about that), here's your chance to find out.  

If you're like me and you want to read books of a series in order, be sure to read Mick Abruzzo: The Second Wire first (after reading Little Black Book of Murder, #9) and then read A Little Night Murder (#10 — release date August 5, 2014).  By the way, author Nancy Martin has posted the first chapter of A Little Night Murder on her website — go check it out!