This was a new author for me and I enjoyed the protagonist, Nora Blackbird. She is from "old money" (her parents) but now broke since her parents took off to places unknown with what is left of the family fortune (conveniently in off-shore accounts). She has a 2 million dollar tax debt and has to get a job for the first time in her life. She and her two sisters, Emma and Libby, work together to find a friend's killer. They discover stuff about her parents' friends they wished they'd never known. I think I am going to enjoy this series.
I thought I would give the series a try. Some of the reviews I read compared the series favorably to Janet Evanovich. In reality the series is readable, but not very funny with very little depth in the characters. A decent series to pass the time, but not if you are looking for something with meat in it. These books are okay bedtime reading in that they will not cause you to have bad dreams--or good ones either.
The first of The Blackbird Sister Mysteries, I plan to read them all.
When Nora Blackbird's parents skipped town and left her with a property tax bill for two million, she found herself in dire need of a paycheck. So the former debutante finds work as the society page columnist for a Philly paper. She's happy to reclaim her place within the city's elite-until her first party assignment sends her stumbling...upon the murdered body of the host.
Nora's sisters--sexy Emma and flaky Libby--complicate matters as Nora investigates. And meanwhile, the son of a rumored New Jersey crime boss is pursuing Nora with bone-melting come-ons she can barely resist
From Stop You're Killing Me:
Nora, Emma and Libby Blackbird, three sisters who inherit a 2 million dollar tax debt from their high-society parents in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, are featured in The Blackbird Sister Mysteries:
How to Murder a Millionaire (2002)
Dead Girls Don't Wear Diamonds (2003)
Some Like It Lethal (2004)
Cross Your Heart and Hope To Die (2005)
Have Your Cake and Kill Him Too (2006)
The first in the Blackbird Sisters Mysteries. Not a bad attempt. The plot was decent & kept you wondering until the end who the culprit was. Loved the sexual tension between Nora Blackbird & tough-guy Michael Abruzzo. I'd like to see their relationship develope further and would also like Nora to gain more depth.
First in The Blackbird Sisters Mysteries. Looking forward to reading the others in the series.
My parents blew the country for a sunny resort that catered to American tax evaders, leaving the family art collection to my sister Emma and the furniture to my sister Libby. They gave me the land--and a property tax bill for two million dollars. Which is why I, Nora Blackbird, a former socialite who never really held a job in all my thirty-one years, found myself in dire need of a paycheck...
Now Nora has a job as a society page columnist for a Philadelphia paper. This down-and-almost-out former debutante is happy to reclaim her place within the city's elite. Until her first party assignment, when she stumbles upon the murdered body of the host--a millionaire art collector and old family friend. Her sisters--sexy, hard-edged Emma and flaky earth mother Libby, who has her hands full with husband number two and four kids--only complicate matters as Nora investigates. And meanwhile the son of a rumored New Jersey crime boss is pursuing her with bone-melting come-ons she can barely resist. Priorities, Nora, think priorities...
1st in series...Entertaining story of 3 sisters and their adventures solving murder...Each story is humorous with intelligent story lines and just the right amount of twists and turns in the plot...highly recommended for folks who like to follow the same characters from book to book.
Really cute book, and a lot of fun to try and guess the killer. I loved the sparking chemistry between the heroine and the male love interest. It is hot! LOL I hope I am able to read it a second time before someone wants to swap it with me :)
Former socialite Nora Blackbird found she had to get a job to stay ahead of the tax collectors. She finds a job is as a society page columnist. On her first party assignment, Nora stumbles over the murdered body of a millionaire art collector who was an old family friend. When the police ask for her help in questioning the party goers, Nora decides she is going to solve the murder with the help of her sisters Libby and Emma.
This is a good start to the Blackbird Sisters cozy mystery series. Nora is a smart heroine who is trying to get out from under the debt her parents left her in. She also has a hot guy named Mike Abruzzo trying to get to know her better. The story is well plotted and I never guessed who the villain was. My rating: 4 Stars.
First in the series. Socialite Nora Blackbird is out of money and takes a job as a society columnist for a Philadelphia newspaper. On her first assignment, she stumbles upon a murder and decides to investigate. Highly entertaining.
back cover - Nora, 31, has a job as a society page columnist in Philadelphia. at her first party assignment, she stumbles upon the murdered body of the host--a millionaire art collector and old family friend.
First in the Blackbird sisters' series. Nora Blackbird's parents blew the country for a sunny resort that catered to American tax evaders, leaving the family art collection to my sister Emma and the furniture to my sister Libby. They gave me the land - and a property tax bill for two million dollars. Which is why Nora, a former socialite who never really held a job in all of her 31 years found herself in dire need of a paycheck. Having a job as a society page columnist for a Philadelphia paper seemed a natural until an old friend is found murdered, she meets the son of a rumored New Jersey crime boss and contends with her somewhat cracked sisters.
This story was so much fun I was sorry to see this one end. I'm now officially a Nancy Martin Fan.
It's been a while since I read a cozy because they all started to feel the same. Different people, different locations, the same damn story. when I started to wonder if there was one person with a boatload of pseudonyms I gave up on them.
I loved the Blackbird sisters - such a hoot! All three of them. One of Nora's sisters is dependable; the other is a loon. Guess which one lives closest? And the new man in her life? Move over Joe Morelli, I think you are about to be dethroned.