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 The Blackbird sisters are back—and as witty and wonderful as ever! For richer, for poorer...                                                              Nora Blackbird, the Bucks County ex-debutante with a haute couture wardrobe, a hot job as a glamorous society columnist and a stone cold bank account, might finally have her own life just right, but everyone around her is  The Blackbird sisters are back—and as witty and wonderful as ever! For richer, for poorer...                                                              Nora Blackbird, the Bucks County ex-debutante with a haute couture wardrobe, a hot job as a glamorous society columnist and a stone cold bank account, might finally have her own life just right, but everyone around her is going down in flames. Her sister Libby seems destined to be the lead character in a tabloid sex scandal.  Her sister Emma is expecting a mysterious love child.  Her best friend, Lexie Paine, is serving time in the slammer.  And now her mobbed-up boyfriend, Mick Abruzzo—who might actually be her husband—is conducting clandestine capers from Blackbird Farm while under house arrest. What’s a good girl to do?  Find a killer, that’s what!  Word arrives that the sisters’ great aunt, Madeleine Blackbird, has died in a volcanic eruption on an Indonesian island and left her fabulous country estate, worth millions, to the three of them.  But when the Blackbird sisters show up to claim their windfall, they find the house in a state of disheartening decay and all of Madeleine’s to-die-for treasures gone. Worse, the mansion has been hiding a grisly secret: the body of a woman who died there many years ago.  All the evidence points to a high society murder... Nora’s special bond with flamboyant Aunt Madeleine compels her to seek out the truth.  With her aunt’s amorous stepson dogging her footsteps, her unscrupulous lawyer acting like a skunk, and her devoted housekeeper not to be found, Nora’s investigation is going nowhere.  Good thing Mick’s close by to offer Nora distractions both dark and delightful.  And, as ever, her irrepressible sisters provide some unexpected... and highly unorthodox... assistance when she most needs it.


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 The Blackbird sisters are back—and as witty and wonderful as ever! For richer, for poorer...                                                              Nora Blackbird, the Bucks County ex-debutante with a haute couture wardrobe, a hot job as a glamorous society columnist and a stone cold bank account, might finally have her own life just right, but everyone around her is  The Blackbird sisters are back—and as witty and wonderful as ever! For richer, for poorer...                                                              Nora Blackbird, the Bucks County ex-debutante with a haute couture wardrobe, a hot job as a glamorous society columnist and a stone cold bank account, might finally have her own life just right, but everyone around her is going down in flames. Her sister Libby seems destined to be the lead character in a tabloid sex scandal.  Her sister Emma is expecting a mysterious love child.  Her best friend, Lexie Paine, is serving time in the slammer.  And now her mobbed-up boyfriend, Mick Abruzzo—who might actually be her husband—is conducting clandestine capers from Blackbird Farm while under house arrest. What’s a good girl to do?  Find a killer, that’s what!  Word arrives that the sisters’ great aunt, Madeleine Blackbird, has died in a volcanic eruption on an Indonesian island and left her fabulous country estate, worth millions, to the three of them.  But when the Blackbird sisters show up to claim their windfall, they find the house in a state of disheartening decay and all of Madeleine’s to-die-for treasures gone. Worse, the mansion has been hiding a grisly secret: the body of a woman who died there many years ago.  All the evidence points to a high society murder... Nora’s special bond with flamboyant Aunt Madeleine compels her to seek out the truth.  With her aunt’s amorous stepson dogging her footsteps, her unscrupulous lawyer acting like a skunk, and her devoted housekeeper not to be found, Nora’s investigation is going nowhere.  Good thing Mick’s close by to offer Nora distractions both dark and delightful.  And, as ever, her irrepressible sisters provide some unexpected... and highly unorthodox... assistance when she most needs it.

30 review for No Way to Kill a Lady

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    The 8th book in the Blackbird Sisters mystery series was a hoot to write. I hope everybody enjoys getting back to Nora's world as much as I did.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cooper

    It should be retitled, Why Don't They Kill Stupid or Did I Really Just Waste Time Reading This Drivel? Where to start....Pros. The storyline of the death of the Aunt and her companion was an intriguing storyline. Estranged aunt dies, leaves the house to her nieces, they find a skeleton in the house elevator, then another skeleton is found a few days later. The premise was what made me want to read the book. Cons....there are many, so many! The nieces (Nora, Emma, and Libby) are all incredibly stup It should be retitled, Why Don't They Kill Stupid or Did I Really Just Waste Time Reading This Drivel? Where to start....Pros. The storyline of the death of the Aunt and her companion was an intriguing storyline. Estranged aunt dies, leaves the house to her nieces, they find a skeleton in the house elevator, then another skeleton is found a few days later. The premise was what made me want to read the book. Cons....there are many, so many! The nieces (Nora, Emma, and Libby) are all incredibly stupid! Nora, the main character, was married to Todd who turned into a coke fiend (and I'm not talking coka-cola) and Nora decides to ignore it and her friends warnings until his drug dealer kills him. Then she takes up with an ex-con who just got out of prison and is on house arrest at her farm. Oh, and he's a mob boss that wants to go straight. Unless of course Nora or her sisters need someone beat up or their property burned down, and then everyone is OK with it. She gets sexually and physically attacked at a party when thankfully, a waiter appears and Nora's attacker leaves. How does Nora deal with it? She goes back to the party, has a drink and then goes home and has sex with her boyfriend and we never hear about the attack ever again. That passage is so incredibly demeaning to any victim of abuse. Emma is pregnant, we're not really sure how far along as it varies depending on the chapter. One chapter she's eight months pregnant and ready to pop and another chapter we're told she has several weeks to go. I have to admit, I wasn't paying much attention by this time as I really didn't care, so there may have been an explanation to the time difference. The baby daddy, oh, he's a slim ball that's engaged to a wealthy woman and of course doesn't want to give her or Emma up. But is he really the baby daddy? There are several men who come up and ask Emma to marry them as they all assume they're the father. Look, I'm not judgmental, but really, if you're going to sleep around, be an adult and use protection. Oh not Emma, she's just as stupid as her sisters. Libby, has five kids and has decided that her youngest (12 month old Max) is the one that will take care of her by becoming an NFL kicker and being in the SuperBowl. I'm not sure who the father is of the children (because once again I failed to give a hoot), but she flirts with every man who comes her way and never seems to spend anytime with the kids. She was the least annoying, but probably because she wasn't mentioned as often. I loved the Aunt, but she was dead the entire book. There were pages that were complete fluff and in no way moved the story forward. The pacing was at a snails pace and the characters were unlikeable and even more offensively, they were uninteresting. How all three sisters decided that they'll just be taken care of by men and none of them truly felt a need to take care of themselves, was disappointing and irritating. They continued to play the victim the entire book and took no responsibility for their actions. The old story of, love will turn a man straight is so cliched. To state the Nora's boyfriend/fiancé will change is way is unbelievable when he continues to run the family business and conduct any illegal actives Nora and her sisters ask/infer that he take care of. There are a few more storylines that once again just didn't add to the overall story of Aunt Madeleine....it was just drivel drivel drivel. As you can tell, this book really got under my skin as one of the most loathsome books I've read. Ugh...what a foolish and dull-witted book of nothingness.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Redfern

    In Nancy Martin’s long awaited eighth book in the Blackbird Sisters Mysteries, it looks like things are looking up for the sisters. Forced to live in genteel poverty since their parents absconded with their trust funds, news that they inherited their Aunt Madeleine’s estate seems the answer to their prayers. Life is complicated for the sisters, Nora’s lover, Michael, is in jail, Emma is pregnant with no chance of marrying the father and Libby is ….well, Libby. When they get to the site of the man In Nancy Martin’s long awaited eighth book in the Blackbird Sisters Mysteries, it looks like things are looking up for the sisters. Forced to live in genteel poverty since their parents absconded with their trust funds, news that they inherited their Aunt Madeleine’s estate seems the answer to their prayers. Life is complicated for the sisters, Nora’s lover, Michael, is in jail, Emma is pregnant with no chance of marrying the father and Libby is ….well, Libby. When they get to the site of the mansion, they discover that the house is a wreck, all of the valuables are missing and to top it off, they find skeletal remains in the elevator. Add to the mix a smarmy cousin, Sutherland, who might contest the will, and it’s obvious that this is not going to be the answer to the sister’s problems. There is some good news, Michael is released to the Blackbird farm on supervised home release but that means his thuggish entourage also will be on the premises. Michael has another surprise for her, but it's a big surprise to him as well. Nora works on finding out what happened to her aunt, clearing her aunt’s name after salacious rumors surface, and finding out what happened to all of the pilfered items from the house. Nora uses her job as a society columnist to get information about her aunt’s history and finding out who would have had access to the estate. Her aunt’s lecherous lawyer seems pretty suspicious and there are a few society matrons who were very jealous of Aunt Madeleine and would have been happy to see her gone. I have always enjoyed this series because of all the different threads that run through every story. I love the insider look at mainline society and the descriptions of the vintage outfits Nora wears to events. The contrast between that life and the mob family connections of Michael’s has led to problems in the relationship in the past but in this book they seem to be on a pretty even keel. Emma’s pregnancy is stressing her out physically and mentally and the off/on relationship with the father does not help. Libby is convinced her toddler son is destined for athletic superstardom and is still on the prowl for anything in pants. Nora has a full plate of craziness to deal with and Michael is her anchor even with his problems. They are perfect together even though their life is still unsettled. If you have been a fan of this series, you will love this book. The biggest problem will be waiting for the next one to come!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    Things aren't going well for Nora, the love of her life Mick, and her best friend are both incarcerated, her sisters are still driving her crazy and her parents have taken off again. Than comes word that Great Aunt Madeline has passed away, and the real adventure begins. There are a few twists and turns and an unexpected dead body (of course!), but the end result is an outstanding 8th outing for Nancy Martin's Blackbird Sisters Series. Do yourselves a favor and add this one to your 2012 summer M Things aren't going well for Nora, the love of her life Mick, and her best friend are both incarcerated, her sisters are still driving her crazy and her parents have taken off again. Than comes word that Great Aunt Madeline has passed away, and the real adventure begins. There are a few twists and turns and an unexpected dead body (of course!), but the end result is an outstanding 8th outing for Nancy Martin's Blackbird Sisters Series. Do yourselves a favor and add this one to your 2012 summer MUST READ list, you will not be disappointed ... well except for the nagging problem of waiting for the next one!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    As always, Nancy Martin has written another wonderful and intriguing Blackbird Sisters mystery. I was so excited when I found out that she was writing a new book, that I think I had this on pre-order for about 2 months! I absolutely love the Blackbird Sisters antics and all of the situations that they find themselves in. Of course, my favorite is Nora, she always seems to be the one that everyone turns to for help. Her relationship with Mick is complicated yet she always seems to make it work. I As always, Nancy Martin has written another wonderful and intriguing Blackbird Sisters mystery. I was so excited when I found out that she was writing a new book, that I think I had this on pre-order for about 2 months! I absolutely love the Blackbird Sisters antics and all of the situations that they find themselves in. Of course, my favorite is Nora, she always seems to be the one that everyone turns to for help. Her relationship with Mick is complicated yet she always seems to make it work. I am desperately hoping that there are more Blackbird Sisters books to come.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Linda Sable

    As always, Nancy Martin has you laughing through the entire book with the escapades of the three sisters. It is a continuation of her previous books but if the reader just picks this one up without reading the rest, she does fill you in briefly. If you are looking for a light read with plenty of good laughs, pick up any of her books.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ann Adams

    Hokey Yuk! I put it down!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Schielmann

    Nora Blackbird and her sisters have inherited a houseful of treasures when an aged aunt - traveling the world these past 20 years - is killed in a natural disaster. However, when they show up to view the loot, they find the house emptied of anything valuable and a crumbling corpse in the elevator. I just love this series! It's got high fashion, exasperating (and often hilarious) family drama, society folk both rich and hoping, romance, and a good mystery in each book. Light, entertaining, and qui Nora Blackbird and her sisters have inherited a houseful of treasures when an aged aunt - traveling the world these past 20 years - is killed in a natural disaster. However, when they show up to view the loot, they find the house emptied of anything valuable and a crumbling corpse in the elevator. I just love this series! It's got high fashion, exasperating (and often hilarious) family drama, society folk both rich and hoping, romance, and a good mystery in each book. Light, entertaining, and quite addictive. Nora is a Philadelphia socialite who had to step up when her parents ran off with the last of the family fortune, leaving her with a crumbling heap of stone and a $2 million dollar tax bill. She has a ditzy older sister obsessed with men and odd spiritual notions (usually of a sexual nature), and a self-destructive younger sister who does a great impression of an alcoholic nymphomaniac. Nora's boyfriend - to complicate matters - is a member of a crime family who tries to stay on the straight and narrowish, but keeps getting sucked into family hijinks and is the constant focus of lawmen and reporters. Nora's involvement with murders doesn't do him any favors in those areas.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Eileen

    In spite of all the trouble she's gone through lately, Nora's life is finally starting to fall into place. There are lots of challenges, but mentally and emotionally she's beginning to find her place in the world. She and Michael are figuring out how to work together, and they support each other in their individual challenges, letting the other work, but still clearly there when needed. The mystery of who her great-aunt was is intriguing and even though solving who killed her isn't a huge part of In spite of all the trouble she's gone through lately, Nora's life is finally starting to fall into place. There are lots of challenges, but mentally and emotionally she's beginning to find her place in the world. She and Michael are figuring out how to work together, and they support each other in their individual challenges, letting the other work, but still clearly there when needed. The mystery of who her great-aunt was is intriguing and even though solving who killed her isn't a huge part of the book, the overall story is wonderful. There is still a lot of resolving to do with Emma's situation, but it's set up to boil over in the next book. And Libby's craziness was a little toned-down, but it might be gearing up for some more antics in the next book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    There's nearly always too much happening in these stories, and it's unrealistic to believe that it all just wraps up neatly at the end. But as with most cozies, you suspend your disbelief (majorly) and just keep going, at which point they usually become cute and funny. This series gets particularly cute and funny when you accept that it's nonsense.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Schultz

    I haven't read one of the Blackbird sisters' mysteries in years, but I hope there are more. I like Nora and her crazy sisters and her gorgeous "trying hard not to be a mobster" boyfriend. Another fun adventure, though it wrapped up really quickly.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    Took me almost half the book to really grab my interest. While it did have a few good lol moments and the story line was ok, It just wasn't my cup of tea.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joan Horkey

    The Blackbird sisters are at it again in this fun-filled book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    Bravo - so very entertaining!! Nancy Martin writes a fast paced, funny, and at times sad, mystery. One of my favorite authors.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    I just love this series. The characters are quirky, but believable. And the mystery keeps me guessing until the end.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sheryl

    it's a great (quick) summer read

  17. 5 out of 5

    Deb White

    Body in an elevator! How did the great aunt die? Why?

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Another winner Nancy Martin writes cozy mysteries for those of us who are interested in more than just a plucky heroine who bests the police at solving crimes. A joy to read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Roberta

    I thought that the previous book in the series was too angst-ridden and just not interesting or funny enough. But this book seems to getting the series back on track. I was just wondering, if Nancy, Bess, and George grew up would they be Nora, Libby, and Emma? And don't try to tell me that Nancy, Bess, and George were any smarter or better detectives because, if you go back and read books from that series again, they weren't. How many times did Nancy go out detecting on a dark night with dead fl I thought that the previous book in the series was too angst-ridden and just not interesting or funny enough. But this book seems to getting the series back on track. I was just wondering, if Nancy, Bess, and George grew up would they be Nora, Libby, and Emma? And don't try to tell me that Nancy, Bess, and George were any smarter or better detectives because, if you go back and read books from that series again, they weren't. How many times did Nancy go out detecting on a dark night with dead flashlight batteries?

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    I love these books and will be sad when the series is done!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany E-P

    Entertaining. Another covid desperation re-read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dottie

    A zany story that will keep you guessing! Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com: Amateur sleuth Nora and her two sisters, Libby and Emma, have been struggling to make ends meet since their parents absconded with their trust funds and left the country. With the estate, Blackbird Farm, in bad shape, Nora found work as a society columnist, having traveled in mainline society her whole life. The one bright light in Nora’s life is her boyfriend Mick, who also happens to be the son of a mob leader A zany story that will keep you guessing! Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com: Amateur sleuth Nora and her two sisters, Libby and Emma, have been struggling to make ends meet since their parents absconded with their trust funds and left the country. With the estate, Blackbird Farm, in bad shape, Nora found work as a society columnist, having traveled in mainline society her whole life. The one bright light in Nora’s life is her boyfriend Mick, who also happens to be the son of a mob leader. They would already have married, but the Blackbird sisters seem to be under a curse; any man they marry ends up dead. Nora has already lost one husband and doesn’t want to risk losing Mick. Still things are beginning to settle down for Nora, but not for those around her. Nora’s best friend, Lexi, is serving time in prison, as is Nora’s significant other, Mick, and her sister Emma is pregnant by a man she has no hopes to marry. However, with the reports that their great-aunt, Madeleine, has died in a volcano in Indonesia and left them her estate and its contents, it seems that their money problems have been solved. But when they go to the estate, they find that all of the beautiful works of art that Madeleine had accumulated are missing and the estate is in sad shape. Additionally, their cousin Sutherland does not know why he did not inherit the estate and plans to remedy that situation, any way he can. Meanwhile, due to the prison being overcrowded, Mick has been placed on house arrest at Blackbird Farm. However, he has his own set of problems. While he was in prison, his accountant made off with his money, leaving Mick broke. While trying to start up his gasoline business again and, with his brother and father in prison, attempting to break down their crime organization, Mick is gaining more enemies. He has also just discovered that he has a nineteen-year-old daughter, Carrie, who is not happy to find that her father is the son of a mob boss. To keep the press and other undesirables away from the house, he has stationed several of his thugs on the property as guards as he conducts business while under house arrest. As Mick takes care of his problems, Nora uses the social events that she attends in order to find fodder for her column, to investigate her great-aunt’s death. Recent discoveries point to the fact that her great-aunt did not die in the way it was reported and not only Sutherland, but also Madeleine’s attorney are acting strangely. Fortunately, when things get to be too much for Nora and Mick, they have each other to turn to for love, passion and to confide in. Can they work out their problems without one or both of them dying or ending up in prison? Will their recent problems tear them apart or being them closer together? With their backgrounds, do Mick and Nora stand a chance of a happy ending? A madcap tale, NO WAY TO KILL A LADY, the eighth novel in talented author Nancy Martin’s BLACKBIRD SISTERS series, is a humorous, suspense-filled cozy mystery that will keep you up late into the night, curious about the outcome. I absolutely love this series and this book especially. With this series, Ms. Martin gives readers a look into mainline society as she brings this story to life with her phenomenal storytelling abilities. Although a strange lot, Nora and her sisters, as well as Mick, are likeable characters and I could not help rooting for them. The pairing of Mick and Nora is absolutely perfect and I was happy to see that their relationship itself is not as filled with angst as it has been in prior novels. Packed with humor, suspense, mystery, engaging characters, clever banter, high society, designer fashions and romance, this story is one that readers are sure to enjoy. The antics of Nora and her two sisters with the occasional input from Mick as they conduct their investigation are laugh-out-loud funny, although the story also has its solemn moments. Definitely a keeper! It is not necessary to read the rest of the series to understand this story, but for further insight into the series and the sisters, as well as for additional entertainment, I advise reading the whole series. NO WAY TO KILL A LADY is an exciting, witty tale that you will not want to miss. The only drawback to finishing this story is the wait for the next addition to Ms. Martin’s delectable series to be released. Dottie, RomanceJunkies.com

  23. 4 out of 5

    Chelsey Wolford

    Things are looking up for the Blackbird sisters. This book starts off with a somewhat large inheritance for Nora, Emma, and Libby. Their Aunt Madeline has just been killed in a natural disaster, volcano eruption, and has left her sprawling estate, Quintain, to the Blackbird girls. When they reach her mansion and hope to claim their prize and hopefully free themselves of some debt incurred by their frivolous parents, they find that they are not the only ones vying for this massive inheritance. Ma Things are looking up for the Blackbird sisters. This book starts off with a somewhat large inheritance for Nora, Emma, and Libby. Their Aunt Madeline has just been killed in a natural disaster, volcano eruption, and has left her sprawling estate, Quintain, to the Blackbird girls. When they reach her mansion and hope to claim their prize and hopefully free themselves of some debt incurred by their frivolous parents, they find that they are not the only ones vying for this massive inheritance. Madeline’s stepson, Sutherland, has his eyes on the prize as well and lets the sisters know that he won’t let Quintain go without a fight. While exploring the estate, the girls notice that their Aunt Madeline might have been robbed while she was off gallivanting in Indonesia. Oh, and did I forget to mention that they found a dead body in the elevator?! I have religiously followed this series since I first discovered it when I was a teenager! I love Nora Blackbird and honestly I wish I could meet her and be her best friend. This book was no different than the rest of the series, and maybe it’s actually Nancy Martin that I need to meet. This is the eighth book and I am still just as content to sit and read these murder mysteries as I was when the first one released. Nora and her sisters are always up to some mischief, and they find trouble around every nook and cranny. I will always believe that Nora is the sensible one, and in this book she proves that even more. Her new husband has just been locked away in prison and with another mystery on her hands she perseveres. The mystery in this story is like the rest of them, fast-paced, interesting, and so hard to resist. I enjoyed learning more about the Blackbird family and meeting some more members of it. I wish Aunt Madeline hadn’t of died because she sounded like a fascinating and eccentric character. Nora really had a connection with her Aunt Madeline, and I enjoyed seeing Nora so emotionally invested in this murder mystery. The Blackbird sisters are still making me laugh and keeping me on my toes! ***A copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Signet/NAL in exchange for my honest review***

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ashleu

    Originally posted at Nose in a book No Way To Kill a Lady is the eighth book in the Blackbird Mystery Series. This series went on hiatus for a few years. Although the seventh book ended on an almost perfect note, I was more than happy to pick this book up. Nora, the lead sister, has her life in upheaval. Both of her sisters live fairly messed up lives. Her husband is in jail (mob connections) and she has a knack for finding dead bodies. This is no different. Once again Nora finds a dead body. Nor Originally posted at Nose in a book No Way To Kill a Lady is the eighth book in the Blackbird Mystery Series. This series went on hiatus for a few years. Although the seventh book ended on an almost perfect note, I was more than happy to pick this book up. Nora, the lead sister, has her life in upheaval. Both of her sisters live fairly messed up lives. Her husband is in jail (mob connections) and she has a knack for finding dead bodies. This is no different. Once again Nora finds a dead body. Nora’s personal life also comes into this story more than previous books in this series. Nora not only has to deal with her two sisters, she is dealing with long lost family members, that pesky estate where Nora found the dead body and Mick. Oh Mick, her husband. Mick gets out of jail early (yay!), Mick is on house arrest (boo! This will drive Mick and in turn Nora crazy), and Mick is dealing with a few problems of his own. This isn’t to say that the story runs amok, because it doesn’t. Martin’s writing is strong as ever, better, one could say, and the fact that I’ve recently been to the Philadelphia area makes this book even more ‘real’ to me. But that trip to Philadelphia isn’t necessary. Promise. Martin uses the fact that Nora is an ex-society lady and now covering events to bring Philadelphia to life. I’ve read this book series since almost the beginning. Martin does an excellent job and makes this book, the eighth in the series, easy to pick up as a first book. I will also be honest with you, I read this book for Mick. He’s a bad boy. Sadly he is a bad boy who loves Nora with all of his heart. This doesn’t mean that he isn’t on my book crush list. Yes, I have one. You know you have one.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Loretta

    NO WAY TO KILL A LADY by Nancy Martin 4**** contains a spoiler Nora is skimming along well in her job as her newpaper's society columnist, Mick and her best friend, Lexie, are serving jail sentences, Emma is eight months pregnant and eating everything she can lay her hands on, and Libby is supposed to be involved in some type of tabloid scandal, which never gets any more mention of it than that. Then they get the news that an aunt has been killed by a volcano blast on an Indonesian island where sh NO WAY TO KILL A LADY by Nancy Martin 4**** contains a spoiler Nora is skimming along well in her job as her newpaper's society columnist, Mick and her best friend, Lexie, are serving jail sentences, Emma is eight months pregnant and eating everything she can lay her hands on, and Libby is supposed to be involved in some type of tabloid scandal, which never gets any more mention of it than that. Then they get the news that an aunt has been killed by a volcano blast on an Indonesian island where she supposedly has been living for some years. So, another Blackbird sister mystery starts off. And, because the three sisters find out that their inheritance from the dead aunt's estate has mysteriously vanished they all are intent in solving this case. The cover design of this book and another review of it that I read made me think they all go off to Indonesia in search of clues but that is not the case. There is just more frollicking. rollicking going on at Blackbird farm. And, Ralphie, the pet pig, makes his debut here. Of course, as with all the Blackbird sister stories, there is a whole trunkful of characters. And, in the end they all have a lot to be thankful about. I gave the story 3 stars and added the extra star for Ralphie, the pig. The spoiler is that I am going to add that jealousy can be such a lethal weapon. If I had written this story, and if there was not another book series, I would have titled this book "Lethal Weapon".

  26. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    A four-year wait is too long!! That said, this is the eighth in the Blackbird Sisters mystery series. This one finds the girls set to inherit the estate of their recently deceased aunt. Into the picture comes their aunt's step son, who also happens to be a cousin on another side of the family. All are surprised to find the estate in disrepair and void of almost all its treasures. On top of that, there's a body found in the elevator---someone trapped inside years ago and apparently starved to dea A four-year wait is too long!! That said, this is the eighth in the Blackbird Sisters mystery series. This one finds the girls set to inherit the estate of their recently deceased aunt. Into the picture comes their aunt's step son, who also happens to be a cousin on another side of the family. All are surprised to find the estate in disrepair and void of almost all its treasures. On top of that, there's a body found in the elevator---someone trapped inside years ago and apparently starved to death. Ms. Martin has a gift for putting us in Nora's shoes. As Nora seeks answers to what happened to the estate, she must also deal with her very pregnant younger sister, her very lusty older sister, and her under-house-arrest maybe husband (who appears to be conducting business from the house), plus mercenary romantic advances from her cousin---while keeping up with her job attending events, etc. And, she doesn't have her friend Lexie to vent to. Phew!! I have to admit that I felt a bit overwhelmed with all she was dealing with. This was a quick read; everything (and there was a lot!) flowed together cohesively. I can't say it was a page-turner, but I was never bored and read it in one sitting. I look forward to more in the series---preferably sooner rather than later.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Viccy

    Nora Blackbird and her sisters learn their great-aunt Madeline died in a volcano explosion in Indonesia. Nora will inherit Quintain, the family estate now that Madcap Maddie is gone. However, when Nora, Libby and Emma arrive with the family lawyers, they discover a body in an elevator. Maddie didn't die in Indonesia; she's been dead for 20 years and the big house has been stripped of all its valuables, including Fabrege eggs and important paintings. Life for the Blackbirds is never easy. Fortuna Nora Blackbird and her sisters learn their great-aunt Madeline died in a volcano explosion in Indonesia. Nora will inherit Quintain, the family estate now that Madcap Maddie is gone. However, when Nora, Libby and Emma arrive with the family lawyers, they discover a body in an elevator. Maddie didn't die in Indonesia; she's been dead for 20 years and the big house has been stripped of all its valuables, including Fabrege eggs and important paintings. Life for the Blackbirds is never easy. Fortunately, Nora's significant other, Michael Abruzzo, is out of jail and under house arrest at the farm because of prison overcrowding, so he can help Nora figure it all out. Michael is trying to go straight and get out of the life of crime his family has been pursuing for a long time so he can marry Nora. So who has been sending postcards from Maddie all these years, if she was dead? What transactions did Maddie record in her little black book that she tells Nora to burn after her death? Who stands to gain the most from Maddie's death? And where did Pippi, Maddie's companion go? Another great adventure for the Blackbird sisters with Nora wearing great fashion. I really enjoy this series!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Crawford

    The Blackbird Sisters are back in this novel by Nancy Martin. This story starring Nora and her sisters picks up shortly after the end of the last one. Emma is still pregnant, Libby is still sex-crazed, and Mick is under house arrest. The quirkiness of this series is actually magnified in this story. The sisters get word that great-aunt Madeleine died in a volcano eruption. But did she? When they go to the deserted old mansion, the sisters find that their aunt's valuable art and jewels have been The Blackbird Sisters are back in this novel by Nancy Martin. This story starring Nora and her sisters picks up shortly after the end of the last one. Emma is still pregnant, Libby is still sex-crazed, and Mick is under house arrest. The quirkiness of this series is actually magnified in this story. The sisters get word that great-aunt Madeleine died in a volcano eruption. But did she? When they go to the deserted old mansion, the sisters find that their aunt's valuable art and jewels have been stolen. They also find a body in the elevator. The main plot of discovering who the body is, and who stole Madeline's treasures is augmented by the ongoing drama of Emma's decision about what to do with the baby she is going to have, Mick's secretive and possibly criminal activities, and Nora's efforts to understand who her aunt really was and what secrets she kept hidden. The whole gang is present in this book, and the mixture of lighthearted mystery is balanced nicely by the real emotions of the characters who face serious and life-changing decisions. If you are a fan of the Blackbird Sisters you will like this entry into the series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sallee

    This was the first Blackbird sisters mystery for me and I was delighted in how good it was. The Blackbird sisters of Old Philadelphia mainline society are not so wealthy as they were when they were growing from children to adults. Their parents lived a raucous lifestyle that included spending money they didn't have, often taking advantage of their wealthy friends. Now Nora, Libby and Emma are living unusual lives of their own. When they learn that their Great Aunt Madeline has died and left the This was the first Blackbird sisters mystery for me and I was delighted in how good it was. The Blackbird sisters of Old Philadelphia mainline society are not so wealthy as they were when they were growing from children to adults. Their parents lived a raucous lifestyle that included spending money they didn't have, often taking advantage of their wealthy friends. Now Nora, Libby and Emma are living unusual lives of their own. When they learn that their Great Aunt Madeline has died and left them her estate, Quinton, they are hopeful that her riches might help them out financially. When step-son, Sutherland shows up and is determined he gets a share of the pie, things become complicated. Fraud, breaking and entering, arrests and murder make this a fun who-did-it. Nora, coping with having her fiancé who has mafia ties and is under house arrest at her Blackbird Farm, Emma who is having a baby out of wedlock, and Libby who has many children and many unusual interests, are tasked with finding out what is really happening. Humurous with a fast pace makes this an enjoyable read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    ❂ Murder by Death

    I love this series and I was thrilled to see No Way to Kill a Lady published - I had thought Ms. Martin had killed the series with the last book. The crazy sisters are back and as nuttier as ever, with Nora starting to embrace the dark side just a teeny tiny bit - only for a greater good, of course. The mystery surrounding the death of their great-aunt had an interesting cast of suspects, although not nearly so interesting as the life Aunt Madeline lived. A very short list of suspects meant that I love this series and I was thrilled to see No Way to Kill a Lady published - I had thought Ms. Martin had killed the series with the last book. The crazy sisters are back and as nuttier as ever, with Nora starting to embrace the dark side just a teeny tiny bit - only for a greater good, of course. The mystery surrounding the death of their great-aunt had an interesting cast of suspects, although not nearly so interesting as the life Aunt Madeline lived. A very short list of suspects meant that the 'reveal' at the end wasn't shocking, but also wasn't obvious. I am happy to see that in this book, Michael finally pulled his head out of his nether regions and revealed a bit of the mystery, as his refusal to share anything in previous books was wearing thin. I genuinely hope to see more of Nora Blackbird in many future books - it's truly one of my all-time favorite series, and with No Way to Kill a Lady, Ms. Martin has shown that she and Nora still have plenty of tales to tell.

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