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No Way to Kill a Lady: A Blackbird Sisters Mystery Hardcover – August 7, 2012

4.6 out of 5 stars 94 customer reviews
Book 8 of 10 in the Blackbird Sisters Series

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Praise for the Blackbird Sisters Mysteries

“Smart intrigue dressed in cool couture.”—New York Times bestselling author Susan Andersen

“Martin knows the inner workings of blue-blooded Philadelphia.”—New York Times bestselling author Margaret Maron

“It’s always a joy to see what those flawed and feisty Blackbird sisters are up to.”—Agatha and Anthony Award–winning author Rhys Bowen

“A fizzy, entertaining adventure.”—Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Like her heroines, the Blackbird Sisters, Nancy Martin comes from a distinguished Pennsylvania family whose ancestors include Betsy Ross, a hanging judge, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
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Product Details

  • Series: Blackbird Sisters Mystery (Book 8)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: NAL; 1 edition (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451237056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451237057
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,104,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Yates on August 7, 2012
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Quirky characters often mean one-dimensional characters...not so with Nancy Martin and her Blackbird sisters. I found myself laughing out loud as I pictured a few of the unique folks who make their appearance in No Way to Kill a Lady: A Blackbird Sisters Mystery. But I also found myself connecting with others in the midst of their own personal brand of "suffering". My favorite kind of mystery- one that makes me laugh and also tear up...but keeps me guessing along the way.

This is yet another fun addition to the Blackbird Sisters Mystery series. It has an enjoyable story-line that will leave you wanting more.
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It's been four long years, but the Blackbird Sisters are back and I love it. Nora, Libby and Emma just inherited their aunt's property only to discover that someone has absconded with all the valuable property and left the house in ruins. It soon appears that something nefarious has happened within the walls of Quintain and the sisters with Nora leading the way are determined to unearth the truth.

This was a fun read that I enjoyed immensely in this cleverly written mystery. The Blackbird sisters are as madcap as ever and at their best in this easy-flowing and charming whodunit and along the way, we meet an aging gigolo cousin, a crooked lawyer and Ralphie who is so adorable. Mick is home and lends a helping hand in this delightfully entertaining adventure. This is the best book yet in this fabulous series and I can't wait for more good times with the Blackbird sisters.
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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 sister, 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 for 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.
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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!
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When Martin put her Blackbird sisters mysteries aside to concentrate on the Roxy Abruzo series, I was seriously bummed! And when I heard she was writing No Way to Kill a Lady: A Blackbird Sisters Mystery I was seriously elated!

Although I hope we don't go four years between Nora Blackbird and her zany cast of relatives again, this one was worth the wait!

In Martin's eighth book in the series, Nora and her sisters Emma and Libby, have inherited a huge monstrosity of an estate from their Great Aunt Madeleine. The sisters have been leaving in what their society friends would call - well poverty! After their parents absconded with their trust funds way back in book 1 of the series, How to Murder a Millionaire (Blackbird Sisters Mysteries, No. 1), Nora, Libby and Emma were forced to cut way back on life's luxuries in order to survive. Nora has been trying to keep the Blackbird home in one piece. Libby married somewhat well, but is now single with I think five kids. Emma has turned to drinking and riding and is now pregnant. The sisters see Madeleine's inheritance as their saving grace.

A trip to the house to meet with lawyer finds a crumbling mansion stripped of its treasures and it comes complete with a dead body in the elevator. In the last book,
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