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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451214447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451214447
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #623,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Like her heroines, the Blackbird Sisters, Nancy Martin comes from a distinguished Pennsylvania family whose ancestors include Betsy Ross and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.  She has written numerous novels, directed a few Shakespeare plays, and raised two delightful daughters.


Elaine Viets has actually worked those dead-end jobs in her mystery novels, just like her character, Helen Hawthorne. Over the years, Elaine has been a dress store clerk, phone book proofreader, babysitter, telemarketer, bookseller, and weed puller at fifty cents a bucket.  She is also the author of the Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper series and numerous short stories. Elaine has won an Anthony Award and an Agatha Award. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with her husband, author and actor Don Crinklaw.  Please visit her blog: The Lipstick Chronicles.
Denise Swanson has worked as a school psychologist for 17 years. This is her second novel featuring Skye Denison and Scumble River. Her first book, Murder of a Small-Town Honey, debuted to advance praise from the Charlotte Austin Review, Meritorious Mysteries, and BookBrowser. She is currently working on the next Scumble River mystery, Murder of a Sleeping Beauty. Denise lives in Illinois with her husband, Dave, and their cool black cat, Boomerang. For more information, visit her website: www.deniseswanson.com

Real-life professional psychic Victoria Laurie drew from her career as a gifted clairvoyant and police psychic to create the character of Abigail Cooper. She lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, with her two spoiled dachshunds, Lilly and Toby. For information about upcoming novels and appointments for readings, visit her Web site at www.VictoriaLaurie.com.

Customer Reviews

This is a collection of short stories by 4 of my favorite authors.
Amazon Customer
All the characters bring their own style to the storyline and I totally love especially Nora and Michael.
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Four mini-books in one makes for a good book to take along on beach weekends.
A Reader

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Book Maven on February 14, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This collection of four mysteries about blondes isn't earth shattering, but it's a cute read suitable for riding on the subway or lying on the beach. Some of the mysteries end up being quite silly (&without any real clues to help you figure them out), but the storeies do get progressively better as the book continues. The Dead End Job and the Psychic Eye mysteries were my favorites...the writing was a bit better with more developed characters and more intense mysteries. I suggest taking this book out from a library or buying it used. While it's not really bad, you might not want to spend full price for this mystery anthology.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By dessert on January 23, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Bite sized stories from 4 authors. I was a first time reader new to their works except for Victoria Laurie's. All stories of course involved blonde women as the title suggests. Like they say, blondes have more fun but they may end up in more trouble.

Nancy Martin - 2 stars. I found her style of writing difficult to get into. In the first place, all her characters seem to have wierd names that seem to imply that they are rather ditzy. Lots of brand names some imaginary thrown around as the sleuth used to be wealthy.

Denise Swanson - 4 stars. Liked the down to earth girl in a small town working as a counsellor in school full time but doubles up as a sleuth during school vacations.

Elaine Viets - 4 stars. Interesting plot in this book seen thru a retrospective angle going back to the 1970's.

Victoria Laurie - 5 stars. Ah, my favourite amateur sleuth author who never fails to deliver with her protaganist, Abby Cooper's, pyschic powers in solving crimes.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By cb VINE VOICE on November 17, 2005
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`Slay Belles' by Nancy Martin tells the story Lucy who is ex-debutante and hot mafia man who solve a high-end department store murder.

`Killer Blonde' by Elaine Viets does a flash back to the 1970's telling a dead-end job mystery.

`Dead Blondes Tell no tales' by Denise Swanson the best book of all the four. This tells the story of Skye who spend her spring break week working at her boyfriends mothers `Bunny' bowling ally. Bunnies' friend arrives from Vegas and then the chaos mystery unfolds. The romantic tension between the Skye's current boyfriend a funeral home director and hot local police chief is electric. I am off to find more books by this author.

`Blind sighted' by Victoria Laurie finds Abby Cooper at Psychic convention and solving a murder with the help of her rich sister and spunky elderly lady. I am off to read more of the Psychic Eye Mysteries.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vicki A. Dawson on June 29, 2006
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For a quick read, "Drop Dead Blonde" is a good choice. Four authors with quick mysteries followed by a chapter in each one of the author's next book. It made you want more. My favorite was Victoria Laurie's. The short story and snippet from her next book had me online ordering the rest of her books. This is a good way to try out new authors. Good read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Mostyn on July 30, 2006
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I really liked the DROP-DEAD BLONDE anthology, which I bought for the short story by Victoria Laurie. Unfortunately, other than the characters being the same, it doesn't really fit into her Psychic Eye Mysteries series. Definitely read the other stories in the Psychic Eye Mysteries series, but don't worry if you read this one out of chrological (by publication date) order.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on June 2, 2005
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Four mini-books in one makes for a good book to take along on beach weekends.

I'd just read the first Blackbird Sisters mystery last week, so they were still fresh in my mind. Obviously this story takes place after a few more installments of the series, but I enjoyed this one enough to order the others and bring myself up to speed.

The Dead End Job series is one of my favorites, and I liked the way the author crafted a mystery from the past. It was something different and quite enjoyable.

The Denise Swanson story is the one that lost me. I've pretty much given up this series because Skye and all her friends are such nerds that it's painful and unbelievable to read about them solving mysteries (and even more painful to read about Skye trying to be romantic and sexy). Add in the silly characters, and this one was a real bust.

This was my first time reading Victoria Laurie, and I really enjoyed it. I'll be picking up the Abby Cooper series soon. Brilliant idea to package her with three established authors in order to get the word out about this new find.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen Dyer on March 4, 2011
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I know I'm slow but this is the first time I've gone to write a review and found out the book was out of print!

I encourage you to look for this book. If you find it, you're in for a treat. I was fortunate and bought it while copies were easily available. Two of the four authors who have stories in this anthology were new to me and two were (and are) favorites. All four mystery stories are still wonderful and I have since had the pleasure of reading all books by all four authors up to the present, consider all four as my favorite writers and have pre-ordered books written by three of the authors. I am excited!

Oh, the authors are Nancy Martin (Blackbird sisters); Elaine Viets (Dead-End Job series and Mystery Shopper series); Victoria Laurie (Psychic Eye series); and Denise Swanson (Scumble River series).

Regardless of whether you will be able to read DROP DEAD BLONDE, you can get copies of the books by these wonderful and prolific authors. I strongly advise you do so--it's for your own good reading pleasure!
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