Book Review

by Nancy Martin

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

2002 Best First Mystery Award Winner

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Nora Blackbird is in a sticky situation. Her high society parents have relocated to a country that caters to American tax evaders and have given her the family farm—complete with a $2 million delinquent property tax bill. But her grandfather's old tennis partner, Philadelphia Intelligencer owner Rory Pendergast, lands Nora a job as assistant to Kitty Keough, Philadelphia's most-despised society columnist.

Nora's life is thrown into chaos when she goes to a party at Rory's house and finds his dead body. With the police casting suspicion on old family friends, Nora decides that she must uncover the killer herself. However, she soon discovers the hidden interests of many people in her social circle, including one of her sisters. Another complication is Michael Abruzzo,
a man with a questionable past and ties to Rory, who is determined to keep Nora safe.

Fans of cozy mysteries will be excited to discover Nancy Martin's new Blackbird Sisters series. HOW TO MURDER A MILLIONAIRE is an intriguing tale with a mystery that is far from predictable. This lively story is fast paced, with dynamic characters, a vibrant setting and just enough romance and humor to leave you wanting more. (October, 254 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed By: Shannon Short

Publisher: Signet

Published: October 2002

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How to Murder a Millionaire

Submitted by Robin in PA on May 14, 2011 - 6:49pm.

Former socialite Nora Blackbird found she had to get a job to stay ahead of the tax collectors.  She finds a job is as a society page columnist.  On her first party assignment, Nora stumbles over the murdered body of a millionaire art collector who was an old family friend.  When the police ask for her help in questioning the party goers, Nora decides she is going to solve the murder with the help of her sisters Libby and Emma.

This is a good start to the Blackbird Sisters cozy mystery series.  Nora is a smart heroine who is trying to get out from under the debt her parents left her in.  She also has a hot guy named Mike Abruzzo trying to get to know her better.  The story is well plotted and I never guessed who the villain was.  My rating: 4 Stars.