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Some Like it Lethal (Blackbird Sisters Mystery #3)

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,873 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
When the husband of a wealthy dog food heiress is found bludgeoned to death at an exclusive hunt club, Nora Blackbird is as surprised as anyone. Worse still, the evidence points toward a devious blackmail scheme-with Nora's sister, Emma, as the main suspect. Investigating with the help of friend and foe alike, Nora uncovers the secrets of some of Philadelphia's high-and-mi ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 6th 2004 by Signet (first published 2004)
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Sep 19, 2012 Lizz rated it liked it
The scene in this book where Spike the dog is chasing the bratty little girl at the Christmas party is worth the price of admission just by itself. I fell off the sofa giggling. I was ..... a bit surprised at how this one ended as far as the choice that Nora makes. Got you wondering now don't I?
Dharia Scarab
Nov 24, 2014 Dharia Scarab rated it really liked it

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

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Jul 25, 2014 Robin rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2012
While Nora Blackbird is covering the annual Fox Hunt Breakfast at an exclusive club for the local newspaper, she is shocked to hear that Rush Strawcutter, husband of a wealthy heiress, has been murdered in a horse stall. She is even more alarmed when she finds her sister, Emma, unconscious and bruised nearby. All evidence points to Emma as the culprit. Working to prove Emma's innocence, Nora uncovers several secrets of Philadelphia's high society...secrets that could get her killed.

The third boo
May 11, 2015 cloudyskye rated it liked it
The cover is nice enough, but rather misleading. The story is set around Christmas which suits me well. I liked it, too, things between Nora and Michael are proceeding nicely. For a moment I dreaded a love triangle, but it dissolved, so much the better. Libby, the annoying sister, was not as much in evidence as I feared, either. One character (not spoiling here ...) I was all set to like turned sour, sadly. Still, all in all quite decent. Bring on the next one.
Kimberly Ann
Jan 25, 2016 Kimberly Ann rated it really liked it
We Have Another Winner

So many of her books are hit or miss..... I'm glad I didn't give up after the One I Hated!

So Nora is at a Hunt Breakfast and she finds her sister, Emma, passed out in a drunken stupor next to the dead body of Emma's very married friend. Emma is take to the hospital and kept under police guard, but somehow manages to escape. Then there is the question of the White Envelope found next to the dead man's body & the photographs therein.....

There is murder, blackmail & hi
Jun 30, 2015 Miriam rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Another exciting adventure for the Blackbird Widows. This time Emma is accused of murdering a fellow horserider when she's found unconscious and covered in blood just steps away from the dead man. Nora is on the lookout for the culprit. In the meantime, Nora received pretty sexy photos along with a blackmail request for 10K, which she cannot pay. But wait, others of her social set are also being blackmailed. Mischief, fancy parties, an attack dog that fits into a purse, and snarky people add to ...more
Julie Mink
Jan 21, 2015 Julie Mink rated it it was amazing
Each book in the Blackbird Sisters mystery series gets better than the last one. I stayed up late last night sitting by myself laughing hysterically as I read. I have found another author who makes me laugh out loud just like Janet Evanovich. The Blackbird sisters are high society widows but poor because their folks took all the money and skipped the country. They each handle their situation in different ways but they look after each other. Nora seems to be drawn into murder investigations and h ...more
Mar 16, 2014 Devon rated it really liked it
Nora Blackbird is at it again in the best Blackbird sisters mystery yet! In `SOME LIKE IT LETHAL' Nora is forced to use her vast social connections and handy newspaper credentials to investigate a murder that hits close to home. When Rush Strawcutter, husband to the heir of the Strawcutter dog food fortune, is found murdered Nora's sister Emma is the prime suspect. Now Nora must figure out who the real killer is and how it is connected to a plot to blackmail many of Philadelphia's most prominent ...more
Apr 25, 2013 Megan rated it it was ok
This was not my favourite of the Blackbird Sisters mysteries. In fact, I was quite disappointed in it compared to the others I've read so far. I didn't care for any of the new characters -- Hadley was a bit of a shit and I couldn't see why Nora thought he might be fun (although in Martin's defence, none of the other characters except for Nora seemed to think his so-called fun-ness was enough to overcome his repugnance), the dog food heiress (who made such little impact on me that I can't remembe ...more
Oct 26, 2015 Erin rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-pi
This book lost a star for me mostly because I'm just not a very sympathetic person. I get that people have fears and phobias and they're just not rational. The problem is that I get irritated by people who freak out at a the tiniest spider or snake in real life. Even when they're my friends. So when Nora acts completely irrationally in the book over a fear, I got irritated. I'm not sure if I struggled because she turned into a screaming pile of emotional woman over it, or because her character w ...more
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Catherine Leggitt
Nov 03, 2015 Catherine Leggitt rated it liked it
Packed with fun descriptions of vintage fashion and the high-jinx of the Philadelphia rich and famous, Book 3 of The Blackbird Mysteries had plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing. I enjoy the witty repartee between characters, as well as some darn good writing by Nancy Martin. My only beef concerns the main character's choices. Just when I had begun to appreciate her moral fiber, she let me down and I'm, well, disappointed. Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed this light-hearted glimpse of t ...more
Shirley Worley
May 26, 2013 Shirley Worley rated it liked it
This series is a good mix of mystery and romance. Nora Blackbird and her sisters are quite the trio and their personalities couldn't be more different. But family is family and Nora seems the most level-headed of the group. She has a wide and varied circle of friends and acquaintances and the moment one of them, in this case her sister Emma, is in trouble she rushes to the rescue with seldom a thought for her own safety. The only time she is hesitant to rush headfirst into things is with her on- ...more
May 13, 2008 Jodi rated it really liked it
This is the third in the Blackbird Sisters mystery series set in the Philadelphia area. Nora Blackbird is the protagonist. Her parents were very wealthy but spend all of the family fortune, fleeing the country with the debt and leaving the mansion to Nora who can't afford to keep it up. Nora takes a part-time job writing for a society column in one of the local papers. She wears her grandmother's vintage gowns to the parties. There's lots of high society partying, gossip and fun. Lots of romance ...more
Aug 07, 2014 Kristen rated it liked it
Shelves: serial-cozy
In Some Like It Lethal, Nora Blackbird returned to another crime scene in the third installment of this amazing cozy series. When the husband of a wealthy dog food heiress was found bludgeoned to death at an exclusive hunt club, she was surprised as everyone was to learn about her demise. And to make matters even worse, the police suspect her sister Emma from a suspicious blackmail scheme. It was now up to Nora and Libby to discover the truth of the true culprit to clear her sister's name, while ...more
Phyllis Herrmann
Nov 22, 2015 Phyllis Herrmann rated it liked it
I like the Blackbird sisters but I think they are getting more and eccentric. Not sure I want to deal with weird dogs, weird sisters and weird phobias.
Apr 28, 2014 Suzanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult
Another fun novel from Nancy Martin. I read these as a vicarious vacation from reality. They are fast, fun, and interesting. I am alreading reading book four.
Jan 27, 2016 Hollye rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, humor, mystery, women
The Blackbird Sisters mysteries are a favorite of mine. Their humor and hijinks are wonderful.
Dec 15, 2014 Maggie rated it really liked it
I'm loving this series! Spike at the party, laugh out loud funny! Nora's dilemma, hmmm. Tough choice for her to make.
Joan Horkey
Apr 22, 2014 Joan Horkey rated it really liked it
Nancy Martin adds humor to her mysteries. They are all fun to read.
Jul 01, 2014 Marjorie rated it really liked it
Very, very funny!!! Enjoying the Blackbird Sisters a lot!!
Jann Barber
Aug 02, 2010 Jann Barber rated it it was ok
Nora is at a hunt club breakfast when Rush Strawcutter, husband to a wealthy dog food heiress, is found bludgeoned to death in a horse stall. Unfortunately, Nora's sister Emma is found unconscious and bruised nearby.

This is the third mystery involving the Blackbird sisters. Michael Abruzzo is back to woo and court Nora. Nora's first husband, a doctor, became a cocaine addict and was shot to death. Nora is wary about dating, especially since Michael's family is associated with organized crime.

Jan 17, 2016 Robin rated it liked it
Typical for the series.
Julie Desjardins
Apr 14, 2014 Julie Desjardins rated it it was amazing
Love this series
Dec 23, 2015 Alessandra rated it liked it
Nancy Wilson
Sep 05, 2015 Nancy Wilson rated it really liked it
These are turning into excellent mysteries--I not only haven't figured out who did it--I don't care! Keep up the good work Nancy Martin.
Feb 11, 2016 Margo added it
These are fun books.
Maureen Hetzel
Dec 10, 2014 Maureen Hetzel rated it really liked it
A fun read in a series that is entertaining reading! Will be back for the next installment!
Jun 11, 2014 Betty rated it it was amazing
A badly beaten unconscious Emma is found near the body of Rush Strawcutter making her the prime suspect. Michael helps her escape from the hospital before she can be arrested. Nora given the gift of a puppy, Spike and becomes attrached to him. His antics added much to the book. Nora and Libby discover a scheme to blackmail to blackmail her friends. Their dilemma is to punish the blackmailed and clear Emma without hurting innocent persons. How can they do this.
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