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