Publication Date: 08/05/2014
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Obsidian Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
(Received for an honest review from Obsidian Mystery)
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Books in the series:
1. How to Murder a Millionaire
2. Dead Girls Don't Wear Diamonds
3. Some Like It Lethal
4. Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die
5. Have Your Cake and Kill Him Too
6. A Crazy Little Thing Called Death
7. Murder Melts In Your Mouth
8. No Way To Kill a Lady
9. Little Black Book of Murder
10. A Little Night Murder
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Excerpt from, A Little Night Murder, courtesy of the author's website.
Murder under the stars...
Nora Blackbird—pregnant at last!—is spending summer afternoons wallowing in the Bucks County pool of her best friend, Lexie Paine, who has just been released from prison. At night, Nora is covering Philadelphia’s high-society events for the local newspaper. And this time she doesn’t have to look far for a good story.
Next door, a Broadway show is in rehearsal at the estate of Toodles Tuttle, the long-deceased but ever-legendary composer. Reigning over the estate is Toodles’s diva widow, Boom Boom. The demanding old broad still rules with an iron fist, and considering the chorus line of enemies she’s racked up over the years, her death has been a hotly anticipated event. So imagine everyone’s dismay when it’s her beloved daughter, Jenny, who drops dead—from a cause that is anything but natural—just as the lights are set to go on for the lucrative new Toodles musical.
Yet murder is only an overture to the drama to come....
Nora’s sister Libby, a soon-to-be-grandmother, has gotten herself into a sticky situation, wooed by both a lowly bug exterminator and a cheesecake-loving Broadway impresario. Edgy sister Emma has a dangerous new boyfriend who may jeopardize her show-jumping exploits. And the love of Nora’s life, Mick Abruzzo, has been desperate to prevent Nora from meeting the most notorious member of his mobbed-up family—his mother.
Now Nora has to deal with the bump-and-grind of her personal life, and also bring the curtain down on a daring killer—before he forces her to exit stage left, permanently.
Nancy Martin's 10th novel in the Blackbird Sisters Mystery series, A Little Night Murder will have readers thinking Broadway and delivery rooms. Martin continues her story of three once privileged sisters who have seen better days in her latest cozy offering. This is the perfect mystery for theatre lovers and mystery buffs alike, as it focuses on the murder of the daughter of a late musical genus. Readers looking for a series with strong family ties (even to the mob) won't be disappointed with this one!
What I liked:
I always look forward to the next adventure with Nora Blackbird and her sisters Libby and Emma. There never ceases to be a lot of drama where these three are concerned but it is there deep rooted love and respect for each other that solidifies the series. Sisters will be sisters! Sometimes they don't get along, or don't approve of each other's decisions but they always have each others backs. Nancy Martin does such a good job of showing that in every novel she writes about the Blackbird sisters. The bond between sisters is full of magic and murder in this case.
A Little Night Murder finds the sisters in some stressful situations as Nora is about to have her first child with Nick, who happens to be a former mobster. She is trying to plan a wedding, preparing to meet her soon to be mother in-law, fending off advances from her boss both professionally and personally, and then a murder drops in her lap. Now that is stress! Nora as always personify's grace under pressure. I love the fact that Nora is able to keep up her sensuality and her sexiness even though she is about to deliver. It was crucial to the love triangle aspect of the story.
Meanwhile both Libby and Emma are having trials of their own including, a son, who is having an unwanted baby with an older woman, two male suitors to choose from, exterminator, or cheese cake maker, and new business idea that might be more trouble than profit.
On top of everything else that Nora has going on, she ends up in the middle of another murder investigation. As a reporter for the Philadelphia Intelligencer, Nora often finds herself covering the social scene and the trials and tribulations of the Philadelphia elite. And where the rich and famous are, chaos follows, often in the form of murder. I loved the idea of the theatre ties to this mystery. There was a lot of potential here for this mystery to take on a Broadway quality and I enjoyed all of the behind the scenes production tidbits and interesting facts. The nods to familiar musical names was also fun but I felt like this novel focused so much more on Nora's personal life than on the mystery itself.
What I didn't like:
Add all these things together and you can see that there is a lot of family and personal issues going on in this mystery. Cozies often rely on the personal lives of the characters to fill in the gaps, but in this particular novel, they tended to take over a little bit, leaving the mystery on the back burner. I wanted to see Nora leading the way in discovering Jenny's killer, when most of the book was more about her coming babies (plural) and her love life. Not that I was disappointed in those aspects of the story, I just wanted a more balanced approach to the novel.
I am probably going to love any novel about the Blackbird Sisters, because Nancy Martin has made them interesting and lovable characters, but this one was little light on the mystery and heavy on the personal drama. If you are fan of the series you can easily overlook this and if you're not. Start at the beginning, it will make all the difference when you get this far.
A Little Night Murder is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.
I'm giving this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag!
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. She is the author of the Blackbird Sisters Mysteries: Little Black Book of Murder, No Way to Kill a Lady, Murder Melts in Your Mouth, A Crazy Little Thing Called Death, Have Your Cake and Kill Him Too, Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die, Some Like it Lethal, Dead Girls Don’t Wear Diamonds, and How to Murder a Millionaire.
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