LITTLE BLACK BOOK OF MURDER
The Blackbird Sisters mysteries are charming, fun, humorous, and enchanting, with complicated, fully satisfying characters. Though this is the series ninth, Martin is an expert at taking the new reader along. This is a don’t-miss series and if you haven’t read it and get to start at the beginning, I envy you.
The Blackbird sisters were born to money, but that’s all gone. Not trained in anything practical, they now depend mostly on their wits. Social columnist Nora is called on by her editor to find the killer of a retired fashion designer before the police do. Throw in her lover, a former mobster currently on house arrest, her sister Emma giving up her baby to her married lover, and a missing genetically perfect pig and Nora has her hands and heart full. (OBSIDIAN, Aug., 384 pp., $23.95)