Book Review

by Nancy Martin

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Amateur Sleuth

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The Blackbird sisters, Nora, Libby and Emma, are back for their fourth adventure—and oh, what an adventure it is. Nora has been working as a society columnist for a Philadelphia newspaper to pay off the debt that her rich parents left behind when they ran off. Although Nora loves her job, she hates her boss, Kitty Keough, who is jealous of Nora's position in the upper-crust world.

Soon, Kitty's murdered body is dumped on Nora's front door. The police don't think that Nora would be stupid enough to incriminate herself, but they do believe that someone close to Nora killed Kitty to make Nora's life easier. The focus immediately turns to Michael, Nora's boyfriend, whose family has connections
to the mob. Nora knows he didn't do
it and decides to figure out what is
really going on.

This fourth book in the series—the first to be published in hardcover—is
a strong entry. Nora is funny, and all the secondary characters are vividly drawn
and immensely entertaining. Hopefully, Martin will show more of Emma in
her next book, but otherwise this is an absolute delight. (Mar., 272 pp., $19.95)

Reviewed By: Robyn Glazer

Publisher: NAL

Published: March 2005

Reader Rating

4.5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
(1 ratings)

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Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die

Submitted by Robin in PA on May 17, 2014 - 9:25pm.

Journalist Nora Blackbird is sent to cover the unveiling of the new Brinker Bra, an undergarment that is sure to change the fashion industry. But the morning after the big party, Nora finds her boss, Kitty Keough, dead on her porch. Nora's boyfriend with mob connections, Michael Abruzzo, is the chief suspect in the murder. Nora knows Mick is innocent and decides to investigate on her own to help clear Michael's name.

This is the fourth book in the Blackbird Sisters Mystery series and the best one yet. Nora, with the help of her little dog, Spike, decides she must trace Kitty's last steps in order to find the murderer. She also receives assistance from her older sister, Libby, who is currently selling adult sex toys to make extra money. Her other sister, Emma, has left rehab to become the current model for the Brinker Bra. I loved the humor in this book and thought the mystery was top-notch. My rating: 4.5 Stars.