Blue Blood (Debutante Dropout Series #1)

Blue Blood (Debutante Dropout Series #1)

by Susan McBride

NOOK Book(eBook)

View All Available Formats & Editions

Available on Compatible NOOK Devices and the free NOOK Apps.
WANT A NOOK?  Explore Now

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062319913
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/17/2013
Series: Debutante Dropout Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 65,503
File size: 416 KB

About the Author

Susan McBride is the USA Today bestselling author of Blue Blood and the Debutante Dropout Mysteries that include The Good Girl's Guide to MurderThe Lone Star Lonely Hearts ClubNight of the Living Deb, Too Pretty to Die, and Say Yes to the Death. She also writes the bestselling River Road Mysteries and has penned three women’s fiction titles: The Truth About Love and LightningLittle Black Dress, and The Cougar Club. She chronicled her bout with breast cancer in the short memoir, In the Pink: How I Met the Perfect (Younger) Man, Survived Breast Cancer, and Found True Happiness After Forty. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband and daughter.

Read an Excerpt

Blue Blood
A Debutante Dropout Mystery

Chapter One

Music played in the background, a soft tinkling of piano keys that filtered into the yellow-walled dining room at the Palm, a swanky restaurant with white linen tablecloths, pricey lobster and steak, and an even more expensive clientele that Mother had selected for what she'd told me was a "girls' night out."


I could swear the tune that teased my ears was "Mack the Knife," a fitting soundtrack for the murderous thoughts running through my head, though I could hardly hear the notes over the careful rise of her voice.

"Did I tell you, Andrea, that Trey has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Southern Methodist?" Cissy drawled above the hum of surrounding conversation, laying a smile so thick on Haskell E. Maxwell III that he blushed and nearly fogged up his Coke-bottle lenses.

"Hmmm," I turned away from Mr. Maxwell entirely to plant a glare on my mother that could've set her fashionably styled blond hair on fire. "Come to think of it, I don't believe you told me anything at all about Trey. "

She fluttered her eyes, playing innocent. Badly. "Oh, didn't I? Just an oversight, darling, I swear."

I swore as well. At her, under my breath.

Her "oversight" had started with a lie about dinner this evening -- "Oh, it'll be fun, Andrea, just us girls at the Palm, what do you say?" -- never letting on for a moment that -- surprise! -- our reservation would include a ménage à Trey, as it were. A blind date for moi. My prospective match, not surprisingly, was the son of a bosom buddy of Mother's. He was nearly forty, rather gawky (I'm being kind), and never married, which might be a chronic problem for him if what I'd seen so far was any indication.

"He's a musician, you know."

"Oh?" I arched an eyebrow at Trey, studying the long face, drooping hair, and geeky specs with black rims. Did he secretly wield a Fender Stratocaster for a rock band when he wasn't off philosophizing? For a moment, he almost seemed interesting.

Until Mother answered, just a tad too brightly, "He happens to be a brilliant pipe organist."

My eyebrow fell, along with any spark of intrigue that had flared at the idea of Haskell III as a closet Rolling Stone.

"It's a difficult instrument, Andrea, sweetie, one that requires years of study. Trey is nothing if not dedicated, and that's such a rare quality in men of your generation." She put the hard sell on me, like a Mary Kay cosmetics lady just a lipstick shy of a pink Cadillac. "Did I tell you he played the most breathtaking rendition of 'Ave Maria' at Highland Park Presby last Christmas?"

Cissy clasped a beautifully manicured hand to her silk-covered heart at the memory, drawing my eye to the triple strand of pearls at her throat so that I found myself wondering how tightly I'd have to pull them to cut off her oxygen.

"Please, Mrs. Kendricks, you're embarrassing me," Trey feebly protested, and I wondered how a man who'd grown up on a Texas cattle ranch the size of Rhode Island could be so meek and pale. Someone obviously hadn't eaten his Wheaties.

"A doctor of philosophy who plays the pipe organ. How ... unusual." I glanced at the bespectacled buttoned-down fellow across the table without a drop of my mother's enthusiasm, all the while thinking that a Ph.D. in basket weaving might have been handier. But, then again, Trey had a trust fund that could pay off the federal deficit, so employment probably wasn't his biggest concern.

"And he's a member of Mensa, if that isn't enough."

"Oh, it's enough already," I murmured and felt the pointed toe of a Prada pump poke me in the shin.

Cissy Blevins Kendricks strikes again.

How like her to fix me up with a guy who thought he was smarter than everyone else, played the organ (which doesn't sound like a good thing any way you put it), and who could quote Plato ad nauseam.


He fit right in with all the others she tried to foist on me when I least expected it. Last month it was an investment banker who wore a black eye patch but "had an impeccable nose for IPOs" and collected Lladro figurines. The month before, it was the heir to an ostrich farm whose long neck, receding hairline, beaked schnozz, and supersized Adam's apple lent him a striking resemblance to his feathered beasts. Though I was the one who'd wanted to bury my head in the sand.

I wished my mother could just let me be. It's not as if I were an old maid or anything, at least from my perspective. I was still on the sunny side of thirty and not desperate enough to settle for money instead of love. For Mother, good bloodlines superseded matters of the heart. Any son of Ross Perot would do, even if that meant her grandchildren would have Dumbo ears and a squeaky drawl that made nails on a chalkboard sound pleasant in comparison.

Trying to change her mind was a hopeless cause. Sort of like investing in Enron while they were making packing material out of financial reports.

Part of me wondered why I hadn't stayed in Chicago instead of coming home again, though I'd felt so guilty for leaving Mother alone and going off to art school after Daddy died that I'd nearly succumbed way back then and remained in Dallas to attend SMU. Cissy had her diamond-studded arrow badge ready to pin on me, expecting I'd go through sorority rush and pledge Pi Phi, as she did. But my father had always insisted I follow my dreams ...

Blue Blood
A Debutante Dropout Mystery
. Copyright © by Susan McBride. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Table of Contents

What People are Saying About This

Carolyn Tillery

“BLUE BLOOD is delightful, witty and oh-so-proper (not!). Susan McBride has Dallas society on its designer-clad toes!”

Charlaine Harris

“Andrea a treasure.”

Sarah Strohmeyer

“BLUE BLOOD has it all—suspense, humor, friendship, snobbery and televangelists...BLUE BLOOD is positively gripping.”

Jerrilyn Farmer

“All mystery readers should applaud!”

Thomas Perry

“Susan McBride has an engaging new heroine in Andrea Kendricks.”

John Westermann

“BLUE BLOOD is a wry, dead-on social commentary masquerading as a can’t-put-it-down mystery. Highly recommended....”

Tess Gerritsen

“Susan McBride kept me laughing all the way through this delicious romp of a mystery.”

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Blue Blood (Debutante Dropout Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was great. It had everything to like in a book. I would definately recommend this book to someone who wants to and likes to read great books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Blue Blood' is a chick lit mystery set in the high society of Dallas, with a twist. No, it doesn't discuss who shot JR. It has an underlying message of true friendship. Andy Kendricks in the typical woman trying to live a life the opposit of what her mother wants. Her seemingly inocuous job gives her help in ways she'd never gess. Each suspect elimination somehow links to the creastion of another. The interesting plot kept me asking the queston 'What could happen now?: A good book that looks at the meaning of true friendship, evading inborne society upbringing, and the lighter side of murder.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book! Author wrote me personally back and says 'it's the first in a new series. The next book, THE GOOD GIRL'S GUIDE TO MURDER, will be out in February of 2005.' Funny, interesting and will keep the pages turning. Absolute delight to read! I encourage you to give this one a try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this mystery. It is a glimpse into Debutante society with the heroine shunning it altogether. I did not really figure out the mystery until much later in the book. I will point out that there are some editing errors in it though. I have already bought the second book and am reading it now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual along comes harriet klausner to reveal every detail of the book. Its bad enough she has gotten other people revealing every detail of the book, but ole harriet is the queen at it. Please bn, do something to harriet klausner and these other plot spoilers that think they must reveal every detail of a book,, thereby ruining it for other readets. It is not right.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Andrea 'Andy' Kendricks had never been the deb her mother, Cissy Kendricks, had hoped for. Andy was a web designer who enjoyed taking care of herself and living in a small place, rather than being pampered and living in a mansion. ..................... When Andy¿s old college roommate, Molly O¿Brien, was accused of killing her boss, Bud, Andy rushed to help. Molly had worked at Jugs, a type of restaurant where the waitresses made those at Hooters look like children. To prove Molly innocent, Andy must go undercover¿padded bras, tight pants, layers of cosmetics, and all! ........................ **** This is the first of a new mystery series. The author gives the reader a bit of humor to tweak the seriousness of typical mysteries. The result is a delightful new type of mystery that will entice its readers and leave them eager to see what Andrea will do next. Recommended! ****
Guest More than 1 year ago
BLUE BLOOD kept me turning pages faster than my brain could absorb the words. It's that good! Andy Kendricks will be at the top of your list for favorite 'accidental sleuths'right away. She's savvy, sassy and hilarious, and she sizzles better than a hot Texas night. Great plot, super supporting cast and a surprise ending that took me by surprise...and I'm a mystery writer who should know better!
NewsieQ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Andrea Kendricks wears a pony tail in the Land of Big Hair: Dallas. Although her parents represent two of Big D's finest families, her debut gown is hanging unused in the closet more than a decade after it was scheduled; Andy's proud to be a debutante drop-out. She also opted for a small Chicago college, where she majored in art, instead of the college mother chose for her. Now she's designing websites for non-profits. Thank goodness Andy doesn't need earn a living, so she has lots of time for sleuthing. She needs it after a call from an old friend, Mollie O¿Brien, who¿s in jail for murder. Although not in touch for years despite living in the same town, Mollie and Andy were friends when both of them needed one. Andy hasn't forgotten. Mollie¿s a single mom, with a six-year-old son, David, and a waitress job at Jugs, a pub that's claim to fame is waitresses in little Spandex outfits. Mollie's jailed for the murder of her lecherous boss. She admits nicking old Bud Hartman with a knife, strictly in self-defense, then running away. But Mollie convinces Andy she didn't fatally stab Bud. Andy's mother, Cissy, gets a lawyer for Mollie, but doesn't want her daughter involved with ¿that scholarship girl¿ and her problems. Police are convinced they have the murderer -- and so, unfortunately, is Brian Malone, Mollie's attorney. Andy is not impressed with him and decides she has to take on the investigation herself. If she can get a job at Jugs, she can find out what really happened. Andy is "jug-deficient" and so she gives nature a little boost -- and tells a whopper of a lie -- to get the job. Blue Blood is played strictly for laughs -- it is funny. Andy is an independent sort, a loyal friend and a loving daughter, despite her rebellion against Cissy's dreams for her future. Readers will be hard pressed to find anything to not like about Andy. The plot is simple, the writing straightforward and the story doesn't bog down anywhere. It¿s a light and lighthearted mystery, a quick read I very much enjoyed. By Diana. First published in Mystery News, February-March 2004.Review based on publisher- or author-provided review copy.
bookwormteri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cute and fun but not real deep.
NemesisClaws on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting up to a point. Took a while for me to get into the storyline. It also sounds like this rich girl's life was a bit on the boring side too. Will read another to see if it gets better.
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Andy is a web designer who tries to live within her means and avoid the social complications of her priviledged family in the Park Cities, Dallas' most prestigious area. Her mother, Cissy is determined to draw her back into society. When a friend from school is implicated in a murder, Andy jumps in to help clear her.This is the first of the Debutante Dropout Mysteries and like most cozy mysteries is character driven more than plot driven. I enjoyed the characters, particularly Cissy, who is a classic strong southern woman.
Jebbie74 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and was very happy to hear that it was part of a series. I have the other books in my TBR pile and know I will enjoy them when I get to them.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Andrea "Andy" Kndricks has lost touch with her friend from high school, but she's willing to jump in and clear this friend of killing her boss even if it means going under cover at a questionable restaurant as a waitress. The pacing was uneven, but the characters were good and the book fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A really good suspense, 239 pages, hard to put down. I read in just a few hours as it keeps you wondering who the killer is & what Andy is going to do next. GJRA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read with lots of action, intertwined mysteries, and fun and funny surprises. Thank you for the inspired intertainment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read enjoyed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago