Blackbird Fly

Blackbird Fly

by Lise McClendon, Rory Tate
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Blackbird Fly by Lise McClendon, Rory Tate

Five sisters, all lawyers. The Bennett sisters, featured in Blackbird Fly, return this spring in The Girl in the Empty Dress. All five sisters are on a walking tour in France when the sixth member of their party, a secretive, unpleasant law colleague, finds an injured dog by the side of the road. This begins a cascading turn of events from the bumbling thieves who stole the dog to the calculating truffle hunters who desperately want her. Read more about The Girl in The Empty Dress at and watch for its May release!

Blackbird Fly - Five years of reading pleasure! Suspense and French country life

The sudden death of her husband turns Merle Bennett's life upside down. Her work for poor legal clients isn't going to pay the bills and her son is kicked out of school. The blows just keep on coming. Merle finds herself doing what she least expected, decamping to France for the summer to fix up her late husband's ancestral home. The village in southwest France should be idyllic: warm sunshine, vineyards, and walls of golden stone. Merle gets an off-the-books job as a tour guide at a local winery and evicts a squatter. But the townspeople are more than merely unfriendly. As the past unravels, colliding with modern tensions and the filthy trials of renovation, the summer takes on a dark cast, full of secrets best left buried.

In this stand-alone suspense novel, the first of the Bennett Sisters novels, Lise McClendon reaches deep into the past to find a France untouched by the outside world of tourism and fashion. Writing in a "lyrical, often humorous style," she brings both the pain and rewards of rebirth and the rich French countryside to life.

Read more by Lise McClendon in her new thriller, PLAN X, written as Rory Tate, and her new adult novel, All Your Pretty Dreams. Follow her on Facebook at and on Twitter at @LiseMcClendon

Product Details

BN ID: 2940011867880
Publisher: Thalia Press
Publication date: 11/16/2009
Series: Bennett Sisters Mysteries , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 299
Sales rank: 112,842
File size: 676 KB

About the Author

In Blackbird Fly, Lise McClendon (author of the Alix Thorssen Jackson Hole mysteries and the Dorie Lennox Swingtown Mysteries) reveals her love of both the French countryside and the intimacies and drama of family. Her style has been described as lyrical, often humorous and her mysteries have been praised as "richly detailed... quite simply gets to your heart" (Michael Connelly) and "full of twisty plot-turns and unforgettable characters." She lives in Montana. Visit her website at

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Blackbird Fly 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Angelreadr More than 1 year ago
This was my first Lise McClendon book, recommended by a friend and I really enjoyed it. The threads of the story easily came together and although I had figured out some of the mysteries before they were answered, I found the storytelling to be quite pleasant and would definitely read more of Ms. McClendon's books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked the story. Had mystery, romance and entertainment. Would recommend it for anyone who wants to be entertained in light reading.
Tregjm More than 1 year ago
Harry Strachie dies of a heart attack in the first pages. This starts a whole series of mysteries, lies, deceits, and intrigue. His wife and son are left without much but a key, a photo, and a deed to a house in France. Merle, his wife, and Tristan, his son, travel to France to see about selling the house. There is a squatter in the house, the people in the village don't like the Americans, some even seem to hate them, but why? This is a fast moving story, with trips back in time to when Harry's parents lived in the house, and what happens then effects what is happening now. It is very well done, very well written, and the characters are very interesting, likeable, and you really care about them. There are dead bodies, lots of suspense and mystery, great characters, a bit of romance, but mostly it's just a great story! This is one of the best books I've read this year. You won't disappointed. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This my first by this author and it was easy to read...a good blend ef dialog and description...meaning that she doesn't beat you up with all the description that you forget what the paragraph was about in the first place. I empathized with the main character and was pleased at how she progressed through her grief. Not over the top, if you know what I mean. There were some moments when the author's writing was a bit clumsy or disjointed but the story was very good, holding my interest. I recommend this book.
debb855 More than 1 year ago
very cute book love it
DianeLove2020 More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I read by Lise McClendon and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I cannot wait to read more from her. 
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
Blackbird Fly by Lise McClendon is a long book, but a very good book. Well written, solid characters, a deep, twisty plot and terrific attention to details. I have never been to France, so I cannot attest to the accuracy, but the descriptive details and subtle hints into the mystery, made this a very visual read for me. A win, indeed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It had mystery, love, a few unexpected twists, interesting characters, and a look into life abroad. I recommend it. GC
Annie950 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. This is a quick read with a lot of twists and turns. You will not want to put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept my interest. Interesting story line.
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Well written with a good story line.
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