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