Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die (Blackbird Sisters Series #4)

Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die (Blackbird Sisters Series #4)

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by Nancy Martin
     
 

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You could say my sisters and I are hot-blooded bluebloods with a flair for fashion—and for solving crimes. But things have NOT been going well for us Blackbirds: Emma has busted out of a very exclusive clinic. Libby’s hormones are in overdrive from selling paraphernalia for Potions and Passions, a company that promises its customers full

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You could say my sisters and I are hot-blooded bluebloods with a flair for fashion—and for solving crimes. But things have NOT been going well for us Blackbirds: Emma has busted out of a very exclusive clinic. Libby’s hormones are in overdrive from selling paraphernalia for Potions and Passions, a company that promises its customers full satisfaction. And I’m still dating mobster’s son Mick Abruzzo, which keeps me in a permanent tizzy. At least, nobody in my vicinity has been knocked off lately. Oops—looks like I spoke too soon…

A TEMPEST IN A C-CUP

Nora’s next journalistic assignment: the unveiling of the most miraculous bra in fashion history. But before Nora can hand in her uplifting story, her boss is found shot execution-style and trussed up in expensive panty hose—an Abruzzo family trademark. Now Nora must find the killer before her innocent lover takes the rap. That means shadowing the most glamorous suspects in Philadelphia—including a bad-boy designer, a former child star, a high-strung ad exec, and a pair of luscious twin models. Though Nora’s accustomed to upper-crust murder, cross your fingers for the Blackbird sisters, because this time, high society has never seemed so low-down dirty.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A nifty tale…the author’s sense of humor adds sparkle.”—Florida Sun-Sentinel

“Fashion-forward romance and witty suspense…Martin’s wicked tongue-in-cheek satire will appeal to fans of Jennifer Crusie [and] Janet Evanovich.”—Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly
The three high-flying Blackbird sisters make their hardcover debut in their fourth mystery (after 2004's Some Like It Lethal), a blend of fashion-forward romance and witty suspense. When not assisting Kitty Keough, a Philadelphia society columnist, former debutante Nora Blackbird strives to save the family farm after the sisters' parents "spent our trust funds faster than drunken lottery winners could buy a fleet of Cadillacs." Meanwhile, wild baby sis, Emma, escapes rehab with a media cowboy, and fertile sis, Libby, keeps popping out babies. Assigned to cover the Philly launch for Brinker Holt's revolutionary Brinker Bra ("No need for straps or uncomfortable wires"), Nora recalls Brinker was the creepy preppie who once assaulted Emma and tortured other kids for fun. When Kitty, whom Brinker barred from the show, turns up dead on Nora's doorstep, Nora's lover, Michael Abruzzo, becomes the primary suspect due to his mob connections. Nora, Libby and ace crime reporter Richard D'eath's efforts to investigate more likely suspects lead to a madcap d nouement just in time for Nora's annual New Year's Eve bash and a sparkling but bittersweet surprise. Martin's wicked tongue-in-cheek satire will appeal to fans of Jennifer Crusie, who provides a blurb, and Janet Evanovich. Agent, Meg Ruley at the Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Mar. 1) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
With major debt as motivation and closets of vintage designer clothes as inspiration, formerly old-monied Nora Blackbird (Some Like It Lethal) writes columns for a Philadelphia newspaper. While attending a fashion show launching the self-supporting Brinker Bra, she and erotic toy-selling sister Libby witness younger rehab-escapee sister Emma riding practically naked on a horse. They all remember bad-boy designer Brinker, nasty when younger and nasty now, but nothing prepares Nora for the discovery of her fashion editor's body back home. Police suspect Nora's mob-connected boyfriend, but Nora suspects Brinker. Anyway, the resultant wide-eyed sleuthing, sisterly antics, and humorous dialog will have readers panting for more. This marks the hardcover debut of the popular paperback series. Martin lives in Pittsburgh. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
After three paperback adventures in couture and crime, Philadelphia's Blackbird sisters debut in hardcover. Bereft of the inheritance their debutante past prepared them for, the Blackbirds have coped differently. Twice-widowed Libby, a distributor for Potions and Lotions, is lining up naughty parties for her friends and relatives. Emma has bounced out of rehab to play Lady Godiva for the debut of ex-comedian Brinker Holt's revolutionary Brinker Bra. Nora, who'd seem like the downright sensible sister ("If you don't know where you'll end up at the end of the day, always choose Armani"-how's that for news you can use?) if it weren't for her romance with Mafia prince Michael Abruzzi, carries water for Philadelphia Intelligencer society columnist Kitty Keough until Kitty's corpse is dumped on her front porch. The atmosphere is as thick with suspects as innuendo. There's Hemmings Pierce, grasping uncle to preteen textiles heir Orlando Lamb; ambitious ad exec Sabria Chatterjee, who's just landed the Lamb account; Monte Bogartz, the washed-up country-and-western signer Emma's dragged home; and the nubile Finehart twins, aspiring spokesgirls for the Brinker Bra. But the cops don't need any of them, because Danny Pescara, the triggerman who's confessed to the crime, claims Michael hired him. Not a single overweight, ill-dressed, or remotely ordinary character disturbs the high gloss. The mystery, by the way, is settled before the big question: How will Nora's New Year's Eve party go?

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451215321
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/07/2006
Series:
Blackbird Sisters Series, #4
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
147,484
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 6.82(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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“A nifty tale…the author’s sense of humor adds sparkle.”—Florida Sun-Sentinel

“Fashion-forward romance and witty suspense…Martin’s wicked tongue-in-cheek satire will appeal to fans of Jennifer Crusie [and] Janet Evanovich.”—Publishers Weekly

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