- STAFF PICKS
- GIFTS + GIFT CARDS
- SELL BOOKS
- FIND A STORE
This item may be
Check for Availability
Other titles in the Blackbird Sisters Mysteries series:
Little Black Book of Murder (Blackbird Sisters Mysteries)
Synopses & Reviews
Someones getting crossed off the register.
Nora Blackbird may have been to the manor borne, but these days money is so tight, she cant afford to lose her job as a society columnist. So when her new boss at the Philadelphia Intelligencer—Australian tabloid editor Gus Hardwicke—tells her to work the celebrity gossip beat or start checking the want ads, the choice is easy.
Now Noras writing a profile on billionaire fashion designer Swain Starr, who recently retired to build a high-tech organic farm with his new wife, Zephyr, a former supermodel. But before Nora can get the story, the mogul is murdered. And now Gus wants her to snap up an exclusive on who killed Starr before the cops do.
But solving a celebrity murder isnt easy with a home life as colorful as Noras. Her sort-of-husband, Mick, a former mobster, is associating once again with unsavory characters. Her sister Libby is on a mission to get her diabolical twins on stage or screen with the help of an unscrupulous former child star. And the youngest Blackbird sister, Emma, just got kicked out of the house by Mick—who refuses to explain why.
If anything can bring the blue-blooded Blackbird sisters together, its a murder investigation involving high-society events, glamorous people, and the disappearance of a genetically perfect pig that may or may not be basking in the sun at Blackbird Farm. Theyll all have to pull together this time, because if Nora cant bring home the bacon, she might have to exchange her bucolic estate for a cramped walk-up.
"Martin's enjoyable ninth Blackbird Sisters mystery (after 2012's No Way to Kill a Lady) finds Libby pushing her 13-year-old twins, Harcourt and Hilton, into an acting career; Emma pumping milk for the baby she gave up to her lover and his wife; and Nora trying to maintain her job as society reporter at the Philadelphia Intelligencer. Nora attends a party hosted by wealthy Swain Starr and his new wife, Zephyr, at his state-of-the-art farm, where Swain's first wife, Marybeth, pokes an antique musket at him and yells about a prize pig. Later, Nora discovers Swain dead in his barn. Nora is torn between her boss's urging to use her connections to scoop the police on the story; protecting her nephew Rawlins, whose keys she found near the body; and worrying about pet pig Ralphie, who's at risk from Marybeth's chef brother. Despite the large cast, Martin keeps the story tight as she smoothly weaves together Blackbird and Starr family dramas. 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.
In the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Scones and Bones, Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning finds herself in hot water when a body surfaces at the grand opening of Charleston's Neptune Aquarium...
The opening of the aquarium is a major Charleston event, and Theodosia has been hired to cater tea, scones, and sandwiches for the private party to honor dignitaries and big buck donors. Things are going swimmingly, until Theodosia escapes the party for a momentary rest, only to discover the body of a man entangled in a net, drowned in one of the aquarium's state-of-the-art tanks.
To make matters worse, the victim is Theodosia's former boyfriend Parker Scully. The EMTs on the scene think Parker's drowning was an accident, but when Theodosia notices what look like defense wounds on his hands, she realizes that someone wanted Parker dead. The local police aren't keen on hearing her theory-especially because of her ties to the victim-so Theodosia knows that if she wants Parker's killer brought to justice, she'll have to jump into the deep end and start her own investigation...
INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS!
About the Author
Carolyn Hart is the author of Death on Demand and the Henrie O series. Her books have won the Agatha, the Anthony and Macavity awards. She was a founding member and is a former president of Sisters in Crime. Her most recent title is Sugar Plum Dead.
What Our Readers Are Saying