It is always a treat to read one of Nancy Martin's mysteries. Even more of a pleasure when a series gets better and better over time, as do Ms. Martin's novels.
In this installment, Nora once again tries to hold the center together as her fabulously wacky sisters and her maybe-mobster boyfriend complicate her life. The murder--creepily realistic to anyone who reads the magazine Vanity Fair where the real-life strangeness of societies foibles can read like fiction--serves to illuminate the main players.
Nick and Nora, and their family and friends change, grow, and sometimes digress with each new novel in the series. In this new adventure, Nora and Mick are clear that they love each other profoundly--and continue to discover of how far apart their personal codes of ethics may take them over time.
It is a tribute to the author that she manages to make Nora and Mick's relationship so complicated and intense, keeping the overall tone of the book teetering between comedy and pathos while serving up an entertainingly surreal mystery. Big feathered and tulle wrapped hats off to Ms. Martin. Can't wait to read number seven.
I like this series. By this time, I was beginning to get tired of the whole on again/ off again thing with Mick. But I put the book down for afew weeks, then I enjoyed it very much. They are fun, and the plots are always interesting. I just wish she'd make up her mind already.
As always, these books are wonderful. Love the characters.
I love the Blackbird Sisters
Nora Blackbird, of the Philadelphia Blackbirds, has agreed to wed Mick Abruzzo, of New Jersey's most notorious crime family. While society is in shock Nora has her hands full trying to keep her fiance alive. Are Mick's recent close brushes with death connected to his family's business or are they the result of the Blackbird Curse: Anytime a Blackbird sister marries, the groom is bound to die? Will a silly superstition doom these lovebirds? Then Nora's troubles are eclipsed by some ominous news - Penny Devine, ex-Hollywood starlet and daughter of the Philadelphia Devines, has mysteriously disappeared. Even stranger, her family wants her declared dead pronto. Could someone have plotted her final act?