NO WAY TO KILL A LADY
Funny and fluid, the latest Blackbird Sisters mystery has plenty of quirky and shadowy characters fluttering around the family that’s back to investigating murders, whether they want to or not.
Nora Blackbird’s life as a glamorous society columnist with a high-priced lineage and a zero-balance checking account might be plugging along fine, but the rest of the family is in big trouble, from sister Libby’s tabloid sex scandal to Emma’s mysterious love child and friend Lexie Paine’s conviction. And mobster boyfriend Mick Abruzzo is under house arrest, but that’s not stopping him from setting up shop on the Blackbird Farm. Then, the girls find out their great-aunt Madeline has died in a volcanic eruption, leaving them an estate worth millions. Too bad when they show up to claim it they find the mansion gutted — except for the skeleton of a woman who died there years ago. (NAL, Aug., 320 pp., $23.95)