Nora Blackbird is putting forth her best effort, as usual.
Busy caring for sister Emma's ponies, trying to keep
Blackbird Farm's plumbing functional, and working on her
society column for the Intelligencer, Nora really doesn't
have the time or energy to take on more jobs but she does
anyway. Getting a call from sister Libby after being hit by
a car, in truth a non-injurious tap by a Rolls-Royce, Nora
is so relieved by Libby's good health she agrees to take her
four nephews and niece for the week. Unexpectedly running
into Emma while on her way to the office should have been a
good thing, a chance to remind her sister about the ponies.
Instead Nora gets a few surprises: Emma is wearing one of
Michael's t-shirts, Emma has a new (temporary) job at
Philadelphia's Chocolate Festival, and that Emma is pregnant
but won't reveal the father's name. With her head already in
a spin, the bad news continues. Nora's best friend Lexie has
just become the prime suspect Hoyt's murder, a partner in
Lexie's investment firm. While at the crime scene, trying to
help her friend however possible, Nora opens a closet door
to find her father. Her parents skipped town with money they
scammed from people who used to be their friends. Making for
a complete package of troubled times, Nora's love and
ex-boyfriend Michael seems to be helping her with her family
at every turn. The fact that he's still connected to his
mobster dad remains an issue for them both, but is his
family really any worse to handle than her family? Oh yeah,
and who killed Hoyt?
This is the latest entry to the long list of A Blackbird
Sisters Mystery series. It's always nice to have read the
previous books so you can get that feeling of revisiting old
friends, but this book can be read on its own just as well.
The family feels like a real family that happens to have
some average members as well as some extremely eccentric
members. If you think this is strictly a funny mystery,
you're wrong. Yes, there is humor, but there's also plenty
of love, family, and friendship too.
Down-to-earth debutante Nora Blackbird is having a meltdown.
A noted Philly philanthropist has taken a swan dive from an
office balconyâ€”and Noraâ€™s friend Lexie stands accused of the
murder. Then her scheming parents reappear, sending all
three Blackbird sisters into a panic. Now Nora must uncover
her parentsâ€™ scandalous high jinksâ€”before she winds up
taking the heatâ€¦