No Way to Kill a Lady (Blackbird Sisters Series #8)

No Way to Kill a Lady (Blackbird Sisters Series #8)

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by Nancy Martin
     
 

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Not much is going right these days for once rich, now impoverished Nora Blackbird—what with her lover under house arrest and her best friend in the slammer. Then Nora and her sisters receive word of a million-dollar inheritance....
Great-aunt Madeleine Blackbird has died in a volcanic eruption on an Indonesian island and left her fabulous Bucks

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Not much is going right these days for once rich, now impoverished Nora Blackbird—what with her lover under house arrest and her best friend in the slammer. Then Nora and her sisters receive word of a million-dollar inheritance....
Great-aunt Madeleine Blackbird has died in a volcanic eruption on an Indonesian island and left her fabulous Bucks County estate to the three Blackbird sisters. But when Nora and her scandal-ridden sisters, Libby and Emma, go to claim their windfall, they find the house in decay and all of their aunt’s to-die-for treasures gone. They also find a woman’s body.... 

Nora feels compelled to seek out the truth, but even with help from her mobster boyfriend, Mick Abruzzo, who provides distractions both dark and delightful, solving this case proves challenging. Relatives are circling to claim a share of Madeleine’s property, the suspect list is growing, and Nora’s wild and wacky sisters are adding one surprise after another. It’s enough to put Nora’s couture undies in a serious twist!

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for the Blackbird Sisters Mysteries

“Smart intrigue dressed in cool couture.”—New York Times bestselling author Susan Andersen

“Martin knows the inner workings of blue-blooded Philadelphia.”—New York Times bestselling author Margaret Maron

“It’s always a joy to see what those flawed and feisty Blackbird sisters are up to.”—Agatha and Anthony Award–winning author Rhys Bowen

“A fizzy, entertaining adventure.”—Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly
Like any family old enough to have its own “Washington slept here” story, Philadelphia’s Blackbirds have plenty of skeletons in the closet—but right now it’s the newly discovered one in an elevator that concerns society columnist Nora and her sisters at the outset of Martin’s eighth cozy to feature the madcap Main Line clan (after 2008’s Murder Melts in Your Mouth). And that’s not the only nasty surprise levelheaded Nora, lusty Libby, and a very pregnant Emma encounter during their first visit in decades to Quintain, the decaying estate they have just inherited from their late globe-trotting great-aunt, Madeleine—almost everything of value has vanished from the property. Add to the mix Madeleine’s lecherous and possibly larcenous lawyer, Simon Groatley; the sisters’ smarmy cousin, Sutherland; Nora’s Mafia prince love, Michael “Mick” Abruzzo; assorted ponies and one very endearing pig, and you have the makings for a fizzy, entertaining adventure. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Aug.)
VOYA - Barbara Allen
In this latest installment of the Blackbird Sisters Mysteries, Nora and her two sisters have inherited a sprawling estate from an eccentric aunt. When they are touring the grounds, which are oddly empty, a body is discovered in the elevator. When Nora returns to her beloved Blackbird Farm, she discovers that her gangster boyfriend, Michael, is being released from prison on house arrest. She is also dealing with her pregnant sister and all her suitors. What is a society reporter to do? Her cousin also wants the estate for his own devices, and her aunt’s lawyer seems to be up to something. Nora, Libby, and Emma must figure out if the rumors about their aunt are true; who the body is in the elevator; and who took the ledger that might be the key to the entire thing. This is an adult novel that is appropriate for older teens. There are mentions of sex, drugs, and criminal activities, but nothing is explicit. While it is a cute story, there is more drama than mystery. We do not even have a mystery until well into the book. Most of the book is about family issues, not finding out who the dead body is or what Aunt Madeline actually did in her castle-like estate. Overall, it is not a bad novel, just not really a very good mystery. Ages 15 to Adult.
Library Journal
The high-society Blackbird sisters swoop back in their eighth madcap case (after 2008's Murder Melts in Your Mouth) when their great-aunt dies and leaves them an inheritance hiding a grisly secret.
Kirkus Reviews
The death of her great-aunt sends Philadelphia socialite Nora Blackbird (Murder Melts in Your Mouth, 2008, etc.) into a nicely accessorized tizzy. It's not easy running Blackbird Farm, her family's sprawling Main Line estate, on her salary as a society-page reporter. Not even with the help of her pregnant sister, Emma, who supplements their income giving riding lessons, or the encouragement of her ditzy sister, Libby, whose attempts to raise five children and post pictures of her latest pedicure to her website, PitterPat, leave her no time to actually earn money. So Nora is overjoyed to learn that her great-aunt, "Madcap" Madeleine Blackbird, left her estate to the three sisters and their cousin, Sutherland. Unfortunately, her trip back to Quintain reveals the mansion stripped of all the glittering treasures Nora remembers from her childhood visits. But worse than what's gone is what's been added: a skeletonized corpse trapped in the elevator. While Sutherland tries in vain to seduce Nora into a partnership that will consolidate his hold over their joint inheritance, Nora slips a Dior spring jacket over her vintage lace suit and hits the charity fundraiser circuit, hoping that someone from Maddie's flamboyant past can ID the deceased. But her boyfriend, repentant mobster Michael "Mick" Abruzzo, is not the kind who can let a lace suit pass unnoticed, particularly when it encases his shapely paramour. Will Mick's release from prison to house arrest at Blackbird Farm distract Nora from her mission, or will his connections help her solve the puzzle from the past? Slightly gamer than in her earlier exploits, Nora steps closer to the plate in Martin's latest outing.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451418623
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/06/2013
Series:
Blackbird Sisters Series, #8
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
147,217
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Praise for the Blackbird Sisters Mysteries

“Smart intrigue dressed in cool couture.”—New York Times bestselling author Susan Andersen

“Martin knows the inner workings of blue-blooded Philadelphia.”—New York Times bestselling author Margaret Maron

“It’s always a joy to see what those flawed and feisty Blackbird sisters are up to.”—Agatha and Anthony Award–winning author Rhys Bowen

“A fizzy, entertaining adventure.”—Publishers Weekly

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