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Little Black Book of Murder

(Blackbird Sisters Mystery #9)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,299 ratings  ·  130 reviews
Someone’s getting crossed off the register.
Nora Blackbird may have been to the manor borne, but these days money is so tight, she can’t afford to lose her job as a society columnist. So when her new boss at the Philadelphia Intelligencer—Australian tabloid editor Gus Hardwicke—tells her to work the celebrity gossip beat or start checking the want ads, the choice is easy
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by NAL
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Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I adore the Blackbird sisters, feisty Emma, nymphomaniac Libby and steady, dependent Nora. A new editor has taken over at the Philadelphia Intelligencer, trying to turn it into a tabloid and charged Nora with digging up the dirt on Swain Starr, a retired fashion designer opening an organic farm next to Nora's beloved family farm. Nora gets more than she bargained for when Swain turns up dead, stabbed by a pitchfork. Mick Abruzzo, Nora's fiancée, and Nora are barely getting by since Mick is tryin ...more
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm always a happy camper when a new Blackbird Sisters mystery comes out! These books are just plain fun! ...more
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: challenge
Another fun adventure with the Blackbird sisters. Lots going on as usual with everyone, from babies to pigs and murder. Can't wait to see what happens next. ...more
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A suspense-filled, sexy cozy mystery that you won't want to miss! Taken from my review at

With the declining economy, newspapers are being hit hard, so society columnist and socialite Nora is being forced to put in extra hours at the Philadelphia Intelligencer where she works, and her duties have been extended to celebrity gossip. Her unethical new editor, Gus Hardwicke, an Australian tabloid editor, wants her to dig up dirt on the people she depends on for her column, somethi
3.5 stars

A mostly enjoyable addition to the Blackbird Sisters mystery series. I say mostly because there was one element, dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace, that truly angered me. This is a very serious issue and I did not care for the way it was handled in this book (view spoiler). In any event, I sincerely hope that issue does not come up again in future books. I was also disappointed that one extr
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nora's new boss is a piece of work, and he presses her into making a mistake that causes some distrust against her. Lots of suspense, especially in the family drama, and some new Blackbird family members are about to make an appearance.

One issue with the murder: if the body had been in a pig pen for any length of time, there would not be much left, but especially if it had been left overnight. Nora should have found a much more gruesome crime scene.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely enjoyed this book. Lots of action, colorful delicious characters, lots of humor. Love this author.
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: series, mystery
If the only criteria for a good book is"characters don't use four-letter words," then this is a good book. Nora has stand-up sex in the pantry with her new boss listening right outside the door and Nora's boss is named, appropriately, Gus Hardwicke. Libby is having a baby with a married man, Nora is having a baby with an unmarried man, Emma needs a spread sheet to keep track of the men she's had babies with and to list more would be a spoiler. The only one not rutting like a hog is Ralphie, the ...more
Robert Scott
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Amanda Hopeless.Book.Romantic
“The only time a woman is truly helpless, is when her nail polish is wet. Even then, she should be able to pull a trigger.”

Little Black Book of Murder is the much anticipated ninth book in the Blackbird Sisters series by Nancy Martin. We follow up with Nora after her best friend’s imprisonment, living with her on again-off again boyfriend Mick and her career in turmoil after her paper is bought out by an arrogant asshole. Oh... did I mention the unexpected pregnancies and the murder she finds he
Theresa Schultz
Mar 18, 2020 rated it liked it
(Contains spoilers, somewhat)
I'm fully invested in the world of Nora and her sisters and I love the descriptions of the beautiful clothes, but I didn't care for the newest character introduced in this book -- Nora's boss Gus. I realize this was written a few years ago, but their interactions didn't sit well with me in this era of MeToo. A sudden, inexplicable change in Gus' character in the final chapter, though welcome, felt unreal. That said, I'm still interested in reading the next book.
Cindy Welch
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Light reading. Humorous.
Laura Graefe
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read this awhile ago so I can't remember too many specifics but I do remember this book just making me happy. It was purely enjoyable. ...more
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wouldn't the pregnant girlfriend get jail time since he's just seventeen? Also, why does everyone fall in love with nora? Like, ugh. If have my mob boyfriend all up in that. ...more
Sometimes you just need a book that’s all plot and you can read in a day, igniting all that great literary fiction piled up by your bed. This one fits the bill.
Mar 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Humor so broad I had to put the book down sometimes to let it fade a bit in my memory before resuming. Quite a romp though.
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
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Jean Chryst
Enjoyable as always
Hannah Merwin
Apr 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Lots of interesting twists in this one! And drama too! Did not really see the killer coming but honestly the scheme with the pig was way more compelling than finding out who murdered Swain!
Chelsey Wolford
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Nora and her sisters are back at it again, and to be honest I hope Nancy Martin keeps writing this awesome series! I don’t care if anyone disagrees with me; this series just keeps getting better and better. Nora and her sisters have grown, their family has grown, and their outside connections have grown, so the entire town they live in is now full of some new people that we didn’t have from the beginning and also some of the golden oldies that have been around since the first book! In the newest ...more
May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved It! The Blackbirds are the craziest, loving family…

Nora Blackbird is just trying to keep everything together, from her sisters, nieces, nephews, Michael, her job which pays the taxes on her family’s historic falling down home to her sanity. Nora is a pillar of society, but her new boss, Gus Hardwicke, sees her as a way to scandalize the wealthy and sell lots of newspapers.

Nora is assigned the celebrity profile of a recently retired fashion designer, Swain Starr. Starr has bought the farm
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May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I've been reading this series since the first book came out, How to Murder a Millionaire, and I've been hooked from the start. I can't think of one book in this series that I'd call weak, and Little Black Book of Murder, IMO, upholds the series winning streak. I loved this book and it's always great fun to catch up with the Blackbird sisters and their individual insanities. Libby is often a bit "too much" but the author does try to expose us only in smallish doses, so it never wears too thin. I ...more
Sharon Redfern
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: signed-by-author, own
I have enjoyed(and own) every book in this series and this one is no exception. Nora is really in the middle of a mess in this book- her house is falling down around her, her sister Libby has decided to push her twin boys into acting, her husband/ lover Mick is going stir crazy on house arrest and her younger sister, Emma, is not handling her personal issues in a really adult manner.
Nora is having problems with her new boss a Rupert Murdoch wannabe who thinks scandal is they way to beef up circu
After reading this I feel like I have a lot of backstory to catch up on with the Blackbird sisters. The sisters, who are Philadelphia society-types fallen on hard times because their parents have run off with what's left of the family fortune, have interesting lives and problems, and in the middle of it all - they have murders to solve. Nora is the main character and her sisters are Emma and Libby. The sisters believe that Blackbird husbands are cursed since they generally do not live too long. ...more
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Things sure aren't going well for Nora Blackbird and her family. Her new editor is unethical and has questionable morals; her job is greatly endangered; her younger sister Emma is in a funk and doing who-knows-what; her older sister Libby has decided her twins are bound for stardom; her fiancé Mick has cabin fever from being under house arrest; and Blackbird Farm continues to fall down around their ears despite the family's rapidly emptying pocketbook. When a murder and other criminal acts occur ...more
I was excited to win a copy of Little Black Book of Murder through the Goodreads Giveaways Program. The Blackbird Sisters have once again found themselves entangled in the drama surrounding a recent homicide. While tending to their neighbors' animals, Emma and Nora, stumble across a crime scene. Swain Starr, designer and Main Line resident is lying bludgeoned to death in a pig pen. This murder hits close to home when Nora finds an object linked to someone close to the Blackbird Sisters near the ...more
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Love, love, love this series! A quick and entertaining read.

Nora Blackbird is barely making ends meet. With a layoff looming overhead, Nora puts in extra hours whenever possible at the Philadelphia Intelligencer, where she is a society journalist. Her new boss from Australia, Gus Hardwicke, has questionable ethics grate to the core. Not only that, he's good looking and has eyes for her. When he adds the celebrity gossip beat to her duties with an ultimatum: report on the sleazy secrets of the ri
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really, really enjoyed this book. Having only read the first in the Blackbird Sisters series, I did feel like there was quite a bit of background that I missed, but it made me want to read the rest in the series. For a cozy mystery, these are VERY well written, with rich characterizations and strong realism. Some mysteries present the problem of the main cast of characters being continually upbeat and borderline annoying, but Martin's characters are relatable, with all the insecurities and pro ...more
Diana Gotsch
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a very nice addition to a very good series. Nancy Martin has done a very good job of keeping it fresh. letting the story line move forward. One of my biggest complaints in cozies is how nothing changes in the lives of the cast of characters form one book to the next. She has filled the series with wonderful zany people that are fun to follow through their drama filled lives. She also continues to add new bigger than life character's. Nora's new boss is a great example of this. I see him ...more
Sep 01, 2013 rated it liked it
A good installment in the Blackbird Sisters mysteries. I manage to like Emma and Libby, which I think is a testament to Nancy's writing since Emma does some pretty unlikeable things at times, like (view spoiler). She's going through a lot though, after what happened last book with Hart, and while her behavior wasn't okay, it's understandable. Libby's crazy as always, same old antics. Nora's new boss is something else, and I hope he does ...more
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