Not much is going right these days for once rich, now impoverished Nora Blackbirdwhat with her lover under house arrest and her best friend in the slammer. Then Nora and her sisters receive word of a million-dollar inheritance....
Great-aunt Madeleine Blackbird has died in a volcanic eruption on an Indonesian island and left her fabulous Bucks County estate to the three Blackbird sisters. But when Nora and her scandal-ridden sisters, Libby and Emma, go to claim their windfall, they find the house in decay and all of their aunts to-die-for treasures gone. They also find a womans body....
Nora feels compelled to seek out the truth, but even with help from her mobster boyfriend, Mick Abruzzo, who provides distractions both dark and delightful, solving this case proves challenging. Relatives are circling to claim a share of Madeleines property, the suspect list is growing, and Noras wild and wacky sisters are adding one surprise after another. Its enough to put Noras couture undies in a serious twist!
Like any family old enough to have its own "Washington slept here" story, Philadelphia's Blackbirds have plenty of skeletons in the closet-but right now it's the newly discovered one in an elevator that concerns society columnist Nora and her sisters at the outset of Martin's eighth cozy to feature the madcap Main Line clan (after 2008's Murder Melts in Your Mouth). And that's not the only nasty surprise levelheaded Nora, lusty Libby, and a very pregnant Emma encounter during their first visit in decades to Quintain, the decaying estate they have just inherited from their late globe-trotting great-aunt, Madeleine-almost everything of value has vanished from the property. Add to the mix Madeleine's lecherous and possibly larcenous lawyer, Simon Groatley; the sisters' smarmy cousin, Sutherland; Nora's Mafia prince love, Michael "Mick" Abruzzo; assorted ponies and one very endearing pig, and you have the makings for a fizzy, entertaining adventure. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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August 06, 2013
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