Drop-Dead Blonde

Drop-Dead Blonde

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by Nancy Martin
     
 

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Do blondes have more fun?

Four beloved authors with all new fair-haired mysteries to dye for do.

They're blondes with style, money, and men falling at their feet. But now these perfect women are perfect victims. In Drop-Dead Blonde, four of today's top mystery authors-Nancy Martin, Denise Swanson, Elaine Viets, and Victoria Laurie-spin four all

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Do blondes have more fun?

Four beloved authors with all new fair-haired mysteries to dye for do.

They're blondes with style, money, and men falling at their feet. But now these perfect women are perfect victims. In Drop-Dead Blonde, four of today's top mystery authors-Nancy Martin, Denise Swanson, Elaine Viets, and Victoria Laurie-spin four all-new tales of fair-haired sirens, secrets, and seduction.

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It has long been open to question whether blondes really do have more fun…but there's absolutely no doubt that Drop-Dead Blonde is an anthology designed to show mystery fans a really great time. Get ready for four cunning tales, each blending blonde bombshells with explosive plots. One warning before you dip into the diverse delights of Drop-Dead Blonde: Don't put your faith in stereotypes. The flaxen beauties in these tales may be fair-haired, but that's no guarantee of fair play. And these dynamic stories offer proof positive that some blondes can be deceptive, deadly, and anything but dumb.

In "Slay Belles," Nancy Martin sets Nora Blackbird (from her Blackbird Sisters mystery series) on the trail of a cold-blooded culprit who has found a way to spoil a Philadelphia personal shopper's Christmas plans…permanently. This talented author blends her delightfully fashion-conscious tale of holiday frivolity with a mix of more serious issues, including elder abuse, murder, and more.

In "Killer Blonde," Helen Hawthorne, protagonist of Elaine Viets's delightful Dead-End Job mystery series, takes a brief break from her own off-the-books employment to listen to her eccentric landlady's fascinating account of two dueling blondes whose office politics produced deadly -- though still undicovered -- consequences 35 years ago.

In "Dead Blondes Tell No Tales," Denise Swanson's Scumble River setting lends true small-town charm to her story of shenanigans that keep school psychologist Skye Denison busy during spring break. This time Skye's juggling sex toys, false alarms, karaoke, malicious mischief, a Marilyn Monroe look-alike contest, and more.

"Blind Sighted" by Victoria Laurie is the second outing for crime-solving psychic intuitive Abby Cooper (introduced in Abby Cooper: Psychic Eye), and it's a real treat. This engaging, paranormally gifted sleuth's vacation is unexpectedly transformed into an investigation when a professional cynic is murdered at a seminar hosted by a famous psychic.

And the fun doesn't stop there. Each of these terrific stories is followed by a tantalizing preview of the author's upcoming full-length novel in the same popular series. Sue Stone

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101219980
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/01/2005
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
214,910
File size:
506 KB

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Meet the Author

Like her heroines, the Blackbird Sisters, Nancy Martin comes from a distinguished Pennsylvania family whose ancestors include Betsy Ross and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.  She has written numerous novels, directed a few Shakespeare plays, and raised two delightful daughters.

Elaine Viets has actually worked those dead-end jobs in her mystery novels,just like her character, Helen Hawthorne. Over the years, Elaine has been a dress store clerk, phone book proofreader, babysitter, telemarketer, bookseller, and weed puller at fifty cents a bucket.  She is also the author of the Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper series and numerous short stories. Elaine has won an Anthony Award and an Agatha Award. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with her husband, author and actor Don Crinklaw.  Please visit her blog: The Lipstick Chronicles.
Denise Swanson has worked as a school psychologist for 17 years. This is her second novel featuring Skye Denison and Scumble River. Her first book, Murder of a Small-Town Honey, debuted to advance praise from the Charlotte Austin Review, Meritorious Mysteries, and BookBrowser. She is currently working on the next Scumble River mystery, Murder of a Sleeping Beauty. Denise lives in Illinois with her husband, Dave, and their cool black cat, Boomerang. For more information, visit her website: www.deniseswanson.com

Real-life professional psychic Victoria Laurie drew from her career as a gifted clairvoyant and police psychic to create the character of Abigail Cooper. She lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, with her two spoiled dachshunds, Lilly and Toby. For information about upcoming novels and appointments for readings, visit her Web site at www.VictoriaLaurie.com.

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Drop-Dead Blonde 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great set of books and a really fun read.
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KittyS More than 1 year ago
I loved this set. Denise Swanson and Victoria Laurie are two of my favorites. But all 4 books were fun and interesting. My favorite kind of mystery. Turns out I had read this one before, but enjoyed it the 2nd time around too! Highly recommended!
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harstan More than 1 year ago
¿Stay Belle¿ by Nancy Martin. After her parents moved out of the country but not before wasting the family fortune, Nora Blackbird goes to work as a society reporter. She gets locked in a department store bathroom, but once she escapes, she finds a murdered person. The police make an arrest but Nora thinks they have the wrong person and almost loses her life snooping. This upbeat and funny mystery will have readers wanting more Blackbird sisters¿ tales.................... ¿Kill Blade¿ by Elaine Viets. Helen moved to Florida and takes dead end jobs so she won¿t have to pay her cheating ex husband alimony. Her landlady Margery tells Helen about a job she had where a smart blonde made the workplace unpleasant. She picked on the shy Minnie until the victim gained the self-confidence to get rid of her boss permanently. Elaine Viets story proves that blondes have more fun especially when riled......................... ¿Dead Blondes Tell No Tales¿ by Denise Swanson. School psychologist Skye Denison is helping out at the bowling alley owned by the mother of her boyfriend in order to keep Bunny out of trouble. When Ruby comes to town, it becomes obvious that somebody s after something she has and when she disappears, everyone fears the worst. This small town amateur sleuth tale is an engrossing who-done-it filled with eccentric characters in amusing situations............... ¿Blind Sighted¿ by Victoria Laurie. A vacation turns into work when a guest is murdered at the hotel Psychic Abby Cooper is staying at. Using her powers of clairvoyance and precognition, Abby identifies the killers who don¿t take kindly to someone missing up their plans. Victoria Laurie will make believers out of the most skeptic people who don¿t believe in ESP................................ This anthology involving blond females is a charmer!..................... Harriet Klausner