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No Way to Kill a Lady (Blackbird Sisters Mysteries)by Nancy Martin
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The Blackbird sisters are back—and as witty and wonderful as ever!
For richer, for poorer...
Nora Blackbird, the Bucks County ex-debutante with a haute couture wardrobe, a hot job as a glamorous society columnist and a stone cold bank account, might finally have her own life just right, but everyone around her is going down in flames. Her sister Libby seems destined to be the lead character in a tabloid sex scandal. Her sister Emma is expecting a mysterious love child. Her best friend, Lexie Paine, is serving time in the slammer. And now her mobbed-up boyfriend, Mick Abruzzo—who might actually be her husband—is conducting clandestine capers from Blackbird Farm while under house arrest. What’s a good girl to do?
Find a killer, that’s what! Word arrives that the sisters’ great aunt, Madeleine Blackbird, has died in a volcanic eruption on an Indonesian island and left her fabulous country estate, worth millions, to the three of them. But when the Blackbird sisters show up to claim their windfall, they find the house in a state of disheartening decay and all of Madeleine’s to-die-for treasures gone. Worse, the mansion has been hiding a grisly secret: the body of a woman who died there many years ago. All the evidence points to a high society murder...
Nora’s special bond with flamboyant Aunt Madeleine compels her to seek out the truth. With her aunt’s amorous stepson dogging her footsteps, her unscrupulous lawyer acting like a skunk, and her devoted housekeeper not to be found, Nora’s investigation is going nowhere. Good thing Mick’s close by to offer Nora distractions both dark and delightful. And, as ever, her irrepressible sisters provide some unexpected... and highly unorthodox... assistance when she most needs it.
"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." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Murder under the stars...
Nora Blackbird—pregnant at last!—is spending summer afternoons wallowing in the Bucks County pool of her best friend, Lexie Paine, who has just been released from prison. At night, Nora is covering Philadelphias high-society events for the local newspaper. And this time she doesnt have to look far for a good story.
Next door, a Broadway show is in rehearsal at the estate of Toodles Tuttle, the long-deceased but ever-legendary composer. Reigning over the estate is Toodless diva widow, Boom Boom. The demanding old broad still rules with an iron fist, and considering the chorus line of enemies shes racked up over the years, her death has been a hotly anticipated event. So imagine everyones dismay when its her beloved daughter, Jenny, who drops dead—from a cause that is anything but natural—just as the lights are set to go on for the lucrative new Toodles musical.
Yet murder is only an overture to the drama to come....
Noras sister Libby, a soon-to-be-grandmother, has gotten herself into a sticky situation, wooed by both a lowly bug exterminator and a cheesecake-loving Broadway impresario. Edgy sister Emma has a dangerous new boyfriend who may jeopardize her show-jumping exploits. And the love of Noras life, Mick Abruzzo, has been desperate to prevent Nora from meeting the most notorious member of his mobbed-up family—his mother.
Now Nora has to deal with the bump-and-grind of her personal life, and also bring the curtain down on a daring killer—before he forces her to exit stage left, permanently.
No more pussyfooting around! Husband and wife PI team Helen Hawthorne and Phil Sagemont have barely scratched the surface of the world of show cats when a cornered kitty kidnappers claws come out....
This show cat is a no-show....
The one thing celebrity Trish Barrymore and her no-account accountant husband, Mort, can agree on in their bitter divorce is shared cat custody. But when Mort is found brained by a mahogany cat tower, and Justine, their pedigreed Chartreux show cat, goes missing, Trish calls on Helen and Phil. Despite a ransom note from the catnapper, Trish is still the prime murder suspect in the eyes of the police. As they await the post-Mort-em, its up to Helen and Phil to find the feline filcher and let the cat out of the bag.
Discovering that Mort had some shady dealings within cat show circles, Helen goes undercover as an assistant for a woman who shows prizewinning Persians. But Phil is not buying Trishs cat-that-swallowed-a-canary act—he thinks she might be staging the whole catnapping.
As Helen and Phil get deeper into a high-pressure world of primping, posing, and purring to collar a killer, they get caught up in a cat-and-mouse game where the stakes are literally life and death....
About the Author
Like her heroines, the Blackbird Sisters, Nancy Martin comes from a distinguished Pennsylvania family whose ancestors include Betsy Ross, a hanging judge, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
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