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When the husband of a wealthy dog food heiress is found bludgeoned to death at an exclusive hunt club, Nora Blackbird is as surprised as anyone. Worse still, the evidence points toward a devious blackmail scheme-with Nora's sister, Emma, as the main suspect. Investigating with the help of friend and foe alike, Nora uncovers the secrets of some of Philadelphia's high-and-mi When the husband of a wealthy dog food heiress is found bludgeoned to death at an exclusive hunt club, Nora Blackbird is as surprised as anyone. Worse still, the evidence points toward a devious blackmail scheme-with Nora's sister, Emma, as the main suspect. Investigating with the help of friend and foe alike, Nora uncovers the secrets of some of Philadelphia's high-and-mightiest-and attracts the unwanted attentions of the real killer...


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When the husband of a wealthy dog food heiress is found bludgeoned to death at an exclusive hunt club, Nora Blackbird is as surprised as anyone. Worse still, the evidence points toward a devious blackmail scheme-with Nora's sister, Emma, as the main suspect. Investigating with the help of friend and foe alike, Nora uncovers the secrets of some of Philadelphia's high-and-mi When the husband of a wealthy dog food heiress is found bludgeoned to death at an exclusive hunt club, Nora Blackbird is as surprised as anyone. Worse still, the evidence points toward a devious blackmail scheme-with Nora's sister, Emma, as the main suspect. Investigating with the help of friend and foe alike, Nora uncovers the secrets of some of Philadelphia's high-and-mightiest-and attracts the unwanted attentions of the real killer...

30 review for Some Like it Lethal

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lizz

    The scene in this book where Spike the dog is chasing the bratty little girl at the Christmas party is worth the price of admission just by itself. I fell off the sofa giggling. I was ..... a bit surprised at how this one ended as far as the choice that Nora makes. Got you wondering now don't I? The scene in this book where Spike the dog is chasing the bratty little girl at the Christmas party is worth the price of admission just by itself. I fell off the sofa giggling. I was ..... a bit surprised at how this one ended as far as the choice that Nora makes. Got you wondering now don't I?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Zermeena

    This was another great installment of the Blackbird sisters by Nancy Martin. It opens with Nora helping Libby after her baby is born which of course is typical Libby chaos. Soon Nora is caught up with trying the prove that Emma is innocent of murder. The book has lots of subplots and as always vintage fashions. Unlike earlier books this one leaves a few loose ends to be addressed in the next book. As always there are some LOL episodes.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Merwin

    Definitely left me wanting more! A super good story and I love how Nora comes to Michael’s aid!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Sadly, I wasn't on vacation to read this. But it was a much needed break in the middle of a rough few weeks. Fun, easy, mindless. Sadly, I wasn't on vacation to read this. But it was a much needed break in the middle of a rough few weeks. Fun, easy, mindless.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dharia Scarab

    Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. 3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. 4 sta Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. 3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. 4 stars... I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be on the look out to pick up more from the series/author. 5 stars... I loved this book! It has earned a permanent home in my collection and I'll be picking up the rest of the series and other books from the author ASAP.

  6. 5 out of 5

    cloudyskye

    The cover is nice enough, but rather misleading. The story is set around Christmas which suits me well. I liked it, too, things between Nora and Michael are proceeding nicely. For a moment I dreaded a love triangle, but it dissolved, so much the better. Libby, the annoying sister, was not as much in evidence as I feared, either. One character (not spoiling here ...) I was all set to like turned sour, sadly. Still, all in all quite decent. Bring on the next one.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Connie N.

    #3 in the Blackbird Sisters Mystery series I'm liking this series more and more. Nora Blackbird is a strong heroine, with a bit of a different twist. She's from an originally wealthy family, but now she is struggling to make ends meet. She works as a society reporter for a local newspaper, which puts her in the middle of the action and allows her to use her many contacts to investigate the crimes she happens upon. This time someone is killed at a hunt breakfast, plus there's some blackmail going #3 in the Blackbird Sisters Mystery series I'm liking this series more and more. Nora Blackbird is a strong heroine, with a bit of a different twist. She's from an originally wealthy family, but now she is struggling to make ends meet. She works as a society reporter for a local newspaper, which puts her in the middle of the action and allows her to use her many contacts to investigate the crimes she happens upon. This time someone is killed at a hunt breakfast, plus there's some blackmail going on. I like that Nora doesn't really put herself into dangerous situations, although her questions probably don't help. But her personal relationship with the son of a notorious crime boss probably keeps her safer. She's unsure about developing her relationship with Michael, although they are both attracted to each other. My favorite part of the book is about Spike, the demon dog she carries around in her purse. The scene at the children's Christmas party made me laugh out loud--very entertaining. Secondary characters of sisters Emma and Libby add some laughs, and the camaraderie between the sisters if sweet and strong. I will definitely continue with this series sooner rather than later.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Roberta

    I'm being a little generous here with the star rating because I thought the book was better than 3 stars but we can't give 1/2 stars so I'm rounding up to give it 4 stars. I found Nora's sister, Libby, much less annoying in this book than in the last one but I don't know if she was actually less annoying or if I'm just getting used to her. I was generally satisfied with how the other characters developed in this book but, without giving anything away, not 100%. I'm being a little generous here with the star rating because I thought the book was better than 3 stars but we can't give 1/2 stars so I'm rounding up to give it 4 stars. I found Nora's sister, Libby, much less annoying in this book than in the last one but I don't know if she was actually less annoying or if I'm just getting used to her. I was generally satisfied with how the other characters developed in this book but, without giving anything away, not 100%.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Finally got around to finishing this book! I love this series, but I realize that I need to pay attention while reading. This isn't a book where I can space out and come back in. I love the Philly social scene and the different sites around the city. Nora and her sisters are the best, as is Michael. I wish this series was more widely available, honestly. I don't know when I'll get around to the next book, but I love this series and I highly recommend it. Finally got around to finishing this book! I love this series, but I realize that I need to pay attention while reading. This isn't a book where I can space out and come back in. I love the Philly social scene and the different sites around the city. Nora and her sisters are the best, as is Michael. I wish this series was more widely available, honestly. I don't know when I'll get around to the next book, but I love this series and I highly recommend it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    Campy, easy read of the wacky Blackbird sisters and the trouble they get into. Between Nora and her possible Mob boyfriend, her postpartum sister and youngest sister being found unconscious near a dead man following a Philly mainline trendy Fox hunt...minus the fox - lots of Philadelphia references and name dropping of elite but bored upper crust.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jules

    Continuing to love this series. I'm enjoying learning more about the main characters that move from book to book, but also appreciate how Ms. Martin creates a set of new characters that are just part of the single mystery. You get a chance to really get to know those characters as well. Its fun to see how all the different relationships evolve. Already on to the next book in this series. Continuing to love this series. I'm enjoying learning more about the main characters that move from book to book, but also appreciate how Ms. Martin creates a set of new characters that are just part of the single mystery. You get a chance to really get to know those characters as well. Its fun to see how all the different relationships evolve. Already on to the next book in this series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany E-P

    Such a great series. All the vintage couture descriptions. And the society insider perspective from Nora. Her crazy sisters. The building romance that comes to a head at the end of this 3rd in the series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    Just as good as the first 2 stories. Love this series and all the characters.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    I stepped over two other books that I had actually started to read this. I need something light and breezy and fun and this series fills the bill!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Latisha Bramlett

    I really don't like Nora's sisters. Especially Libby. I would've told her to mind her own business a long time ago. I really don't like Nora's sisters. Especially Libby. I would've told her to mind her own business a long time ago.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Swanbender2001

    I am enjoying this series so very much. I like the sisters and all the oddball characters in their small community. I really like Michael and the fashion.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Marcia

    Another very fun puzzle in the Blackbird Sisters mysteries. I am liking the expanded characterization and growing sense of the community Nora lives in.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    This series is a wonderful read. I still think about who done it, but I can just read and relax.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carol Engelbrecht

    The Blackbird Sisters are hilarious! Princess meets Pauper with funny witty women.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Liz Parissenti

    These books have more twists than the average cozy mystery, which I enjoy - although Nora is becoming a predictable heroine.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I like the main character and the setting. The love interest is okay. The "wacky" sisters and slapstick antics don't seem to work for me. I like the main character and the setting. The love interest is okay. The "wacky" sisters and slapstick antics don't seem to work for me.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Roberta

    More romance genre than mystery but still not a bad way to spend a few hours off.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Erin L

    This book lost a star for me mostly because I'm just not a very sympathetic person. I get that people have fears and phobias and they're just not rational. The problem is that I get irritated by people who freak out at a the tiniest spider or snake in real life. Even when they're my friends. So when Nora acts completely irrationally in the book over a fear, I got irritated. I'm not sure if I struggled because she turned into a screaming pile of emotional woman over it, or because her character w This book lost a star for me mostly because I'm just not a very sympathetic person. I get that people have fears and phobias and they're just not rational. The problem is that I get irritated by people who freak out at a the tiniest spider or snake in real life. Even when they're my friends. So when Nora acts completely irrationally in the book over a fear, I got irritated. I'm not sure if I struggled because she turned into a screaming pile of emotional woman over it, or because her character wasn't developed in any way prior to the incident to show that phobia. I also found the book tried to get deep about the issue with Rawlins, but failed. I think that's mostly because no one seems to really care about any of the kids, most of all their own mother. It was fine when she was just a flake, but now she's gone from mildly flakey to ridiculously flakey and a horrible parent. And finally, the dog. Perhaps I shouldn't be surprised. Why train a dog you can put into your purse, no matter how many people he bites and/or pees on? Yet, no matter how obnoxious the dog was, did he need to be hit by a car? DID HE? That said, I still enjoy these books. Nora is mostly sane, rational and intelligent. She doesn't do stupid things for the sake of advancing the story (mostly. See above for phobia). She truly cares about the people around her and Michael is a great partner for her, hopefully helping her lighten up a bit. Characters are mildly flawed, rarely completely good or completely evil which is also refreshing. And I'm ridiculously envious of all of the vintage couture.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Devon

    Nora Blackbird is at it again in the best Blackbird sisters mystery yet! In `SOME LIKE IT LETHAL' Nora is forced to use her vast social connections and handy newspaper credentials to investigate a murder that hits close to home. When Rush Strawcutter, husband to the heir of the Strawcutter dog food fortune, is found murdered Nora's sister Emma is the prime suspect. Now Nora must figure out who the real killer is and how it is connected to a plot to blackmail many of Philadelphia's most prominent Nora Blackbird is at it again in the best Blackbird sisters mystery yet! In `SOME LIKE IT LETHAL' Nora is forced to use her vast social connections and handy newspaper credentials to investigate a murder that hits close to home. When Rush Strawcutter, husband to the heir of the Strawcutter dog food fortune, is found murdered Nora's sister Emma is the prime suspect. Now Nora must figure out who the real killer is and how it is connected to a plot to blackmail many of Philadelphia's most prominent figures...including herself. Not only does Nora have to fend off a smarmy blackmailer and try to figure out how to get her sister, who has fled the police with the aid of Michael Abruzzo (Nora's boyfriend), off the hook, but since sister Libby has decided to become a goddess after the birth of her fifth child she also has to watch over her five unruly children. If all of this weren't enough Nora is also worried about the money laundering charges that could be brought against Michael! Needless to say Nora experiences quite a few fainting spells in this third installment of the series. This series keeps getting better with each installment and I cannot wait to get my hands on the fourth `CROSS YOUR HEART AND HOPE TO DIE' where it seems Kitty will finally get her just deserts. 4 ½ stars for the third book in this amusing series!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cherisse

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Mixed feelings about this one - hilarious zany fun in the beginning (the Hunt club breakfast, the children's Xmas party with Spike chasing the little girl, Nora following Tottie and ending in the bushes at Michael's feet, etc) but which turns very somber at the end as Nora's friend Hadley turns out to be a blackmailer who also deliberately runs over Spike, the odd, aggressive puppy; and as Nora's friend Tim turns out to be the murderer (he was trying to save Emma, who was being hit by Rush who h Mixed feelings about this one - hilarious zany fun in the beginning (the Hunt club breakfast, the children's Xmas party with Spike chasing the little girl, Nora following Tottie and ending in the bushes at Michael's feet, etc) but which turns very somber at the end as Nora's friend Hadley turns out to be a blackmailer who also deliberately runs over Spike, the odd, aggressive puppy; and as Nora's friend Tim turns out to be the murderer (he was trying to save Emma, who was being hit by Rush who had just had an argument with his wife Gussie, the dog food heiress). Nora's reluctant to turn Tim in because of his daughter, who'd be left all alone (her mother's been in a coma for a year due to a skiing accident). Nora and the FBI; Nora and Michael re incident of the gun; Nora and Det. Bloom/Gloom; Nora and Flan at the ballet gala; Nora and Michael in the morning when Libby and Emma bring Spike home. Libby and her inner goddess Placida; Libby and the "doctor"; Libby's fifth child still unnamed. Emma still not able to fully use her arm (broken by Libby's second husband). Hadley and Nora visit Reading Terminal Market to talk (nice touch of nostalgia thinking about my visits to the Market).

  26. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    This was not my favourite of the Blackbird Sisters mysteries. In fact, I was quite disappointed in it compared to the others I've read so far. I didn't care for any of the new characters -- Hadley was a bit of a shit and I couldn't see why Nora thought he might be fun (although in Martin's defence, none of the other characters except for Nora seemed to think his so-called fun-ness was enough to overcome his repugnance), the dog food heiress (who made such little impact on me that I can't remembe This was not my favourite of the Blackbird Sisters mysteries. In fact, I was quite disappointed in it compared to the others I've read so far. I didn't care for any of the new characters -- Hadley was a bit of a shit and I couldn't see why Nora thought he might be fun (although in Martin's defence, none of the other characters except for Nora seemed to think his so-called fun-ness was enough to overcome his repugnance), the dog food heiress (who made such little impact on me that I can't remember her name) almost seemed to slide into caricature with her penny-pinching ways, and Nora's new dog just seemed annoying (view spoiler)[to the point where I didn't really care whether he lived or died after getting hit by the car (hide spoiler)] . Then there was the ending, which was abrupt. I'm not talking about the solution to the mystery--(view spoiler)[although I agree with a couple other people here that there could have been more lead up to Nora's realization of who the murderer was (hide spoiler)] --but the dénouement, which came so suddenly I though maybe my copy (which was an ebook) was missing a couple of pages. Still, I've enjoyed the other books so far, so I'm hoping that this one was just a rare miss for me.

  27. 4 out of 5

    THT Steph

    I really could have done without Nancy Martin's political B.S. I love the Blackbird sisters, all three of them. Each is different from another, allowing each of them to bring something different to the story. I have especially liked Nora, but not nearly as much as before. This installment has her on a anti - gun rant that has seriously turned me off. "Anyone who carries a gun is no friend." Really? Well, I guess that Nora and I would not be friends, although I am sure that she would be savvy enou I really could have done without Nancy Martin's political B.S. I love the Blackbird sisters, all three of them. Each is different from another, allowing each of them to bring something different to the story. I have especially liked Nora, but not nearly as much as before. This installment has her on a anti - gun rant that has seriously turned me off. "Anyone who carries a gun is no friend." Really? Well, I guess that Nora and I would not be friends, although I am sure that she would be savvy enough to hide behind me if there was trouble. Unfortunately, this stand by the character did not feel so much like character development as much as it seemed like the author's lame attempt to push her own agenda that guns must be removed from all good people (because we know the bad **** are going to have them). Strange. That being said, I will continue with the series since there is enough to come back for. The mysteries are good, the characters are among some of the most interesting in the genre and the high class society setting makes it all quite interesting, but... Anymore political ranting and I am finished.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    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 boo 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.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shirley

    This series is a good mix of mystery and romance. Nora Blackbird and her sisters are quite the trio and their personalities couldn't be more different. But family is family and Nora seems the most level-headed of the group. She has a wide and varied circle of friends and acquaintances and the moment one of them, in this case her sister Emma, is in trouble she rushes to the rescue with seldom a thought for her own safety. The only time she is hesitant to rush headfirst into things is with her on- This series is a good mix of mystery and romance. Nora Blackbird and her sisters are quite the trio and their personalities couldn't be more different. But family is family and Nora seems the most level-headed of the group. She has a wide and varied circle of friends and acquaintances and the moment one of them, in this case her sister Emma, is in trouble she rushes to the rescue with seldom a thought for her own safety. The only time she is hesitant to rush headfirst into things is with her on-again-off-again bad boy, gangster connected boyfriend. I have read most of the Blackbird Sister mysteries, but this so far was my least favorite. For some reason, the characters and twists in the plot became a bit confusing at times for me. I often had to backtrack to remember where the next chapter was heading. All in all, still a good read and I'm definitely a Mick fan.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    In Some Like It Lethal, Nora Blackbird returned to another crime scene in the third installment of this amazing cozy series. When the husband of a wealthy dog food heiress was found bludgeoned to death at an exclusive hunt club, she was surprised as everyone was to learn about her demise. And to make matters even worse, the police suspect her sister Emma from a suspicious blackmail scheme. It was now up to Nora and Libby to discover the truth of the true culprit to clear her sister's name, while In Some Like It Lethal, Nora Blackbird returned to another crime scene in the third installment of this amazing cozy series. When the husband of a wealthy dog food heiress was found bludgeoned to death at an exclusive hunt club, she was surprised as everyone was to learn about her demise. And to make matters even worse, the police suspect her sister Emma from a suspicious blackmail scheme. It was now up to Nora and Libby to discover the truth of the true culprit to clear her sister's name, while she continued to fan the flames she experienced with Mick Abruzzo. As she did that, she uncovered some unsavory secrets of Philly's finest and mightiest of the unwanted attentions of the culprit, before she came close to danger from the killer's warpath.

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