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Murder Melts in Your Mouth (Blackbird Sisters Series #7)
     

Murder Melts in Your Mouth (Blackbird Sisters Series #7)

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by Nancy Martin
 

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Down-to-earth debutante Nora Blackbird is having a meltdown. A noted Philly philanthropist has taken a swan dive from an office balcony and Nora's friend Lexie stands accused of the murder. Then her scheming parents reappear, sending all three Blackbird sisters into a panic. Now Nora must uncover her parents' scandalous high jinks before she winds up taking the heat.

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Down-to-earth debutante Nora Blackbird is having a meltdown. A noted Philly philanthropist has taken a swan dive from an office balcony and Nora's friend Lexie stands accused of the murder. Then her scheming parents reappear, sending all three Blackbird sisters into a panic. Now Nora must uncover her parents' scandalous high jinks before she winds up taking the heat.

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Publishers Weekly

The Blackbird sisters, Nora, Libby and Emma, find themselves in the middle of another Main Line society scandal in the breezy seventh entry in Martin's cozy series (after 2007's A Crazy Little Thing Called Death). As the annual Chocolate Festival begins in Philadelphia, noted philanthropist Hoyt Cavendish dies. But did he jump or was he pushed? Nora, society reporter for the Philadelphia Intelligencer, investigates after she discovers a mysterious man hiding near the scene and wonders if he could be her long-lost father. Adding to the mess, Libby falls head over heels for the driver of the car that hit her, and wild child Emma is pregnant. Nora uncovers Hoyt's many enemies, as the devilish do-gooder was "charitable" with funds that didn't belong to him. The connection to the unexpected homecoming of the Blackbird parents adds another surprising twist. Despite Martin's trademark wit, events fly past so quickly that readers may feel dizzy. But the long-awaited reunion between the sisters and their parents will satisfy longtime fans. (Mar.)

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Library Journal

Nora Blackbird (Have Your Cake and Kill Him Too ) rushes to the aid of her best friend, Lexie Paine, when her business partner falls to his death from their office balcony. The trouble is that many of Philadelphia's blue bloods have been fleeced by Hoyt Cavendish, the dead man, and soon Nora must add her own parents to the list. Hilarious repartee and zany characters move the story along, but Martin never loses sight of the seriousness of death. The good news is that the entire Blackbird family is reunited in this volume. Martin is an outstanding mystery author who deserves more recognition and attention than she currently receives. If your patrons enjoy chick-lit mysteries featuring female sleuths who deal with their problems in unusual ways with a good belly laugh or two along the way (think Janet Evanovich and Lisa Scottoline), this excellent series is for your collection. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 11/1/07.]

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Kirkus Reviews
Witnessing a murder temporarily inconveniences Philadelphia socialite-turned-reporter Nora Blackbird (A Crazy Little Thing Called Death, 2007, etc.) but puts her love life back on track. Appalled that their younger sister Emma would even consider aborting the child she conceived accidentally and has no interest in raising, Libby and Nora Blackbird demonstrate how easy it is to parent. Libby dumps her brood of five, including infant Maximus, on Nora in order to recuperate at the Ritz-Carlton on the dime of chef Jacque Petite, who knocked her down with his Rolls-Royce on the way to the Chocolate Festival. Equally maternal Nora leaves them in the charge of, well, whoever happens to be at home, so she can go into the city to figure out who pushed philanthropist Hoyt Cavendish out the Market Street office window of his partner, investment banker Lexie Paine. Suspects abound. Cosmetics magnate Elena Zanzibar and her actor grandson Chad are mad because Hoyt embezzled their fortune; Lexie's mad because Hoyt punched a hole in her favorite Vermeer; and Hoyt's son Tierney is just plain mad. When Tierney kidnaps the Blackbird sisters, Nora's beloved but mobbed-up boyfriend Michael Abruzzo comes to the rescue. And once again Nora wonders whether she, whose parents swindled thousands out of their fellow bluebloods, could ever connect with someone whose kinfolk were common crooks. No suspense, no detection, not even much chocolate. Agent: Meg Ruley/Jane Rotrosen Agency
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Praise for The Blackbird Sisters series
“Nancy Martin knows the inner workings of blue-blooded Philadelphia and she lets us in on the fun with style and panache.” —New York Times bestselling author Margaret Maron
“Great clothes, great mystery, great fun!” — New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Crusie
“Clever, good-humored, and sharply observed.”––The Philadelphia Inquirer
“A delicious mix of murder, sex, and cupcakes on the Philadelphia Main Line.” —Pittsburgh Magazine
“Hilarious repartee and zany characters....”—Library Journal (Starred Review)
“Smart intrigue dressed in cool couture.” —New York Times bestselling author Susan Andersen
“What a hoot! What a treat!” —Rhys Bowen, author of the Royal Spyness series
“What scandal for high society, but what fun watching Nora figure it out.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451223111
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/04/2008
Series:
Blackbird Sisters Series , #7
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Praise for The Blackbird Sisters series
“Nancy Martin knows the inner workings of blue-blooded Philadelphia and she lets us in on the fun with style and panache.” —New York Times bestselling author Margaret Maron
“Great clothes, great mystery, great fun!” — New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Crusie
“Clever, good-humored, and sharply observed.”––The Philadelphia Inquirer
“A delicious mix of murder, sex, and cupcakes on the Philadelphia Main Line.” —Pittsburgh Magazine
“Hilarious repartee and zany characters....”—Library Journal (Starred Review)
“Smart intrigue dressed in cool couture.” —New York Times bestselling author Susan Andersen
“What a hoot! What a treat!” —Rhys Bowen, author of the Royal Spyness series
“What scandal for high society, but what fun watching Nora figure it out.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
 

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.

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Murder Melts in Your Mouth (Blackbird Sisters Series #7) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
2.5 stars only. While these are fun books to read the growth and development is pretty stagnant. I have read a few books in the series skipping in between. The romance is still the same on again off again...the characters do not seem to learn or grow except maybe teenaged Rawlins grows up nicely. They have the exact same problems book after book. It has not mattered in the least that I skipped a few books. Missed nothing. Hate giving a bad review so will end by saying I am glad I read them. They were entertaining and a quick read.
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Teach107 More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with the Blackbird sister and all of their escapades. Super funny and entertaining, and one of those that you cant' put down. I do hope that Nancy Martin writes more of these. Recommend highly.
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EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
This novel really picks up once you read until chapter 13. Nora has a zany & kooky family and she has plenty of family secrets to keep her busy. As Nora tries to decipher the motive for Hoyt's death she has plenty of suspects to choose from as well as try to uncover the whereabouts of the money Hoyt "gave away." Nora has her hands full juggling all her "house guests" and the Chocolate Festival that's in town along with what's happening in the lives of those around her like Emma, Michael, Lexie, Crewe, Brandi, Daniel, Eric, Ms. Zanzibar and Libby. Was it a murder or a suicide? Read Nora's story and find out.
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This is a terrific series! The characters are interesting and unique. Mainline Philadelphia meets the mob through Nora & Mick. The eccentricities of the Blackbird family keep me in stitches. I'm looking forward to more hijinks from Nora's parents.
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I have fallen in love with the Blackbird sisters, Nora, Libby and Emma. Good story line and great fashion. Good quick read, funny, good one liners. You can read the series out of order but characters make more sense when you start with the first in the series. I am looking forward to the next but Nancy Martin has put the Blackbird series on the shelf for now.
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babserock More than 1 year ago
I was kind of disappointed in the outcome of this book. Though suspects changed throughout the book, it seemed that they went from being highly suspect to not a suspect at all very quickly. I am also kind of tired of the on again off again romance between Nora and Michael.
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Enjoyed this in the series. Characters are fun to follow as they get involved in interesting situations. Would like to see more romance with Mick. Easy read when you just want to relax on a lazy day or at the beach! Good series to share with friends-
jmugrad72 More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of the Blackbird Series and have read all the books. Cannot wait to see how the on-again/off-again romance is doing. Was sad with the ending of this book because the character that was the killer is a favorite and I did not want her to be guilty. But, the book was still good and I hope there will be many more in the series.