Book Review

by Nancy Martin

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

2004 Best Amateur Sleuth Nominee

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Nora Blackbird's sister Emma is found unconscious and covered in blood next to a dead body. To remove suspicion from Emma, Nora must find the real killer.

She discovers that someone is blackmailing members of Philadelphia's high society, including her, and realizes the blackmail is somehow connected with the murder. When her sister disappears from protective custody in the hospital, Nora is even more pressed for time.

Martin has outdone herself in the latest installment of her Blackbird Sisters series. This book has it all—suspense, murder, blackmail, secrets and let's not forget romance. The mystery will keep you on the edge of your seat, and the characters are so vivid and entertaining, you won't be able to put the book down. The ending will leave you counting the days until the next installment. (Apr., 320 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed By: Shannon Short

Publisher: Signet

Published: April 2004

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4 Stars

Average Rating: 4 Stars
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Submitted by Robin in PA on September 16, 2012 - 12:24pm.

While Nora Blackbird is covering the annual Fox Hunt Breakfast at an exclusive club for the local newspaper, she is shocked to hear that Rush Strawcutter, husband of a wealthy heiress, has been murdered in a horse stall. She is even more alarmed when she finds her sister, Emma, unconscious and bruised nearby. All evidence points to Emma as the culprit. Working to prove Emma's innocence, Nora uncovers several secrets of Philadelphia's high society...secrets that could get her killed.

The third book in Nancy Martin's Blackbird Sisters series is a nice cozy mystery with a lot of humor. Nora gets help from childhood friend Hadley Pinkham, crazy older sister Libby, and sometime boyfriend Michael Abruzzo. But her new puppy, Spike, is the star of this book. He is described as the offspring of her neighbor's beloved rat terrier-poodle-rattlesnake mix and a legendary mongrel that has been featured on Animal Control's most wanted list for two years. My rating: 4 Stars.