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A Crazy Little Thing Called Death (Blackbird Sisters Mystery #6)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,796 Ratings  ·  90 Reviews
Impoverished Philadelphia heiress Nora Blackbird has agreed to wed Mick Abruzzo, son of New Jersey's most notorious mobster, leaving the city's bluebloods in shock. Then Nora and her sisters get some ominous news-Sweet Penny Devine, ex-Hollywood starlet and daughter of the Philadelphia Devines, has mysteriously disappeared. Even stranger, her family wants her declared dead ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 6th 2007 by NAL Hardcover (first published January 1st 2007)
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May 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Just a fun read.... I liked the main character and her family, intrigued by her relationship with Mick, and where that may go, all in all I will read others in this series.

Impoverished Philadelphia heiress Nora Blackbird has agreed to wed Mick Abruzzo, son of New Jersey's most notorious mobster, leaving the city's bluebloods in shock. Then Nora and her sisters get some ominous news-Sweet Penny Devine, ex-Hollywood starlet and daughter of the Philadelphia Devines, has mysteriously disappeared. Ev
Mailis Viiand
Sep 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Dialog Martin writes is always funny and to the point and keeps surprising me to no end...even something frivolous can be satisfying if its been done so well...and the frustration of having meddling relatives is real and sometimes i think the main heroine should be awarded as worlds most patient sister, but in the end the comedyball keeps rolling with vigor, martin writes a pretty darn good book...this one has a little drama in it too, and it only adds warmth to it never gets to sappy o ...more
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
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Kerry Allen
Aug 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Nora is reminded every five pages what it means to be in a mob family, and every five pages, she is surprised and distraught. Nothing Mick does is ever good enough to compensate for his EEEEEEEVIL. He's like a puppy on a "but I love you" leash that she uses to reel him in so she can kick him, and it is officially on my last nerve.

Repeat after me: LOVE is ACCEPTANCE. If there's any "He'd be perfect, if he'd only change into a completely different person," you need to cut him loose and find a com
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Blackbird Sisters are a fun and fast read for me. This book disappointed me as it had no real plot. There a number of themes that didn't seem to go anywhere. Nora and Mick have separated again. Libby and Emma are there usually zany selves. The themes seem to take us in different direction and not brought together.
Nora and Lucy attention a beach memorial for movie star Penny DeVine. While there AM arm is found and her family wants to buried it. The question is Penny DEAD or has she disappeare
Jan 27, 2009 rated it liked it
I really like this series. This one was pretty true to form. I found it less hysterically funny, though several scenes made me laugh out loud. On the other hand, I thought several of the characters were getting a little actual depth. Overall, very enoyable.
Nov 11, 2012 rated it liked it
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Alice Teets
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure how I missed hearing about this series, but I'm glad my husband found this book for me. Now, to get the rest of the series and start from the beginning! Even though this was book 6, I followed the storyline just fine. I think reading the earlier books would help, but it was not a necessity to enjoying this one. All of the characters were interesting, and the mystery kept me guessing until the end. It reminded me somewhat of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. I will definitely ...more
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Still loving reading about Nora, Libby, and Emma. Though I think this book's pace slowed a bit in a few places. Regardless, still entertaining and moved the Blackbird sisters a little further down the line in their quest for money, jobs, boyfriends, husbands, etc. Love Libby's daughter Lucy.
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love this series! Love the characters, love the clothes, love the sisters.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love reading this series from Nancy Martin! The plot and characters are so engaging I never want the story to end...then I remember there's another book waiting for me.
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Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Alas I am giving this 2 stars as not much has changed. I don't see any character growth with the lead character Nora, in fact, she sounds more a hypocrite here when it comes to Michael.

Once again, someone died/murdered and Emma is again in the center of it all. She, of course, won't stop till she knows everything. And oh, there is still this same detective who uses Nora, but she's too dumb to realize that. Doesn't matter, police or detectives here only comes and do the arresting, be it the right
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Once again Nora is planning on getting married to Mick and, once again, her sister Libby is driving her crazy with the wedding plans she has drummed up. Mick keeps having "accidents" and even ends up in the hospital with a broken ankle. Meanwhile, one of the Blackbird sisters distant relative, Penny Devine, has mysteriously disappeared. Penny's immediate family are declaring her dead but Nora is not so sure about that and begins to try and determine Penny's whereabouts especially since a severed ...more
Aug 22, 2012 rated it liked it
I am a huge fan of the Blackbird sisters mysteries, I have read each of them as soon as they were released and will be pre-ordering the next installment 'MURDER MELTS IN YOUR MOUTH'. I am saying all this to say that although 'A CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED DEATH' was not my favorite book in the series it is still very much a series worth reading.

Having said that, I found that 'A CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED DEATH' was somewhat repetitive. There was nothing fresh in this storyline, the mystery was just
Kimberly Ann
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nora Blackbird is one of three old money sisters who happens to be the local paper's Society Page reporter. During a memorial polo match for a disappeared/deceased relative, famous movie star Penny Devine, Nora finds a severed hand in the grass. The Devine family claims the hand belongs to Penny, but it turns out to be the hand of a man....

Nora is engaged to Mick Abruzzo, who has Crime Family ties. When Mick helps Nora with her investigation of her relatives' farm his leg gets caught in a steel
Libby has emerged as my favorite Blackbird sister, hands down. Nora, though being the main protagonist, is just a little too much of a Miss Goody Two Shoes. It was charming at first but it's starting to wear thin now...especially in relation to Mick. Sure, he's a reformed bad boy with a shady past, but he has a huge heart and the people who DON'T have sticks up their asses seem to think so too. Nora needs to decide once and for all if she trusts him or not, otherwise she needs to let him find so ...more
Dharia Scarab
Another not as good as the beginning of the series book. I'll keep reading in hopes that it gets better.

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
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
In this adventure, Nora stumbles upon a disembodied hand while at a Memorial Service / Polo match for Penny Devine. Is Penny dead? If not, who does the hand belong to? In a series of craziness, cats of all sizes compete with Abruzzo's bad luck, or is it clumsiness. Nora, Libby, and Emma team up once again to solve the mystery of Penny's disappearance. Nora, in addition to her sleuthing, learns there's a price on Abruzzo's head and she's a target too. Tension, investigating, and some serious disc ...more
May 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
In this Blackbird sisters mystery, Nora decides that she is done with Michael, their lives and values just don't match up. Then, she changes her mind, again. As the book ends, Emma, Nota's wild, horse-loving sister announces she is expecting. There are no hints given as to the father. I am sure Nora will struggle with this as she just lost her baby, a child she very much wanted. And speaking of children, we learned in this book that in college Nora supplied eggs to fertilize sperm for a friend a ...more
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Each Blackbird sister has a distinctive personality. Each one makes me think of old friends. They are believable yet outlandish in some way. They support and chafe each other as only siblings can do while involving themselves in a murder mystery. As in all cozies, you don't feel bad the victim was done in because he/she was so nasty. You root for the home team girls in this well-crafted and humorous book.
Jann Barber
Aug 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
The sixth outing for the Blackbird sisters.

Nora suffered a miscarriage. She is now engaged to Michael Abruzzo, son of a notorious New Jersey mobster.

In this book, former child star Penny Devine goes missing. Penny's brother, Porter "Potty" Devine, throws a memorial party and polo match instead of a funeral. Nora finds what could be Penny's severed hand and this puts a damper on the festivities.

More frothy fun.
Mar 29, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, philadelphia
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Oct 31, 2008 rated it it was ok
My absolute least favorite of all the books in this series. I enjoyed aspects, but the mystery got to be eyrollingly ridiculous and the addition of Ben Bloom as a potential rival for Nora’s affections was laughable. I know that happily ever after leads to dull characters, but the constant will-they-or-won’t-they gets to be tedious. I still enjoy some of the regular characters, but the whole thing seemed forced and a little haphazard to me.

Apr 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Nora finds herself in the middle of yet another mystery, this time: What happened to a local celebrity and whose hand was it that she found at the polo match? Yep, it can only be a Blackbird Sisters Mystery. These books never fail to delight. The couture alone is worth reading the book. But there is so much more. Best read in series, otherwise, the mind just might boggle.
Amanda Meggs
Feb 20, 2014 rated it liked it
I like the Blackbird sisters but I'm finding Nora a little pathetic. I get that she cares a lot what society thinks of her and I can't help feeling that she comes over as pretty shallow. Her feelings about Mick are conflicted, but again I think it's really about "what will people think?" It gets old real fast.

The mystery is good, although I worked it out early, it was still good.
Jun 12, 2009 added it
Once i pic up the book from the library i was like, oo i will enjoy this book and i did. Nora Blackbird a little detective in this book who tries to crack the secrets of life. There were many parts when she try to solve some cases that she made some really funny mistakes and it cracked me up. This book is very funny but yet mystically interesting.
It's been a little over a year since I read her books in the series. Still, although I jumped #5 in the cozy series and read #6 out of order, it's still an enjoyable good read to peruse with bits of humor and intrigue. I'll be reading #5, 7-8 later this year. What a great read in 3 days.
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
A; Took me awhile to finish this one; thankfully the story was easy to pick up and dive back into. Martin still has me hanging whether Nora will marry Michael or not. A lot of moving parts as the mysterious hand is identified. Add in the tigers and WOW, it's an adventure!
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm getting a little frustrated with the love story between Nora and Mick. I'm really hoping that the next book has them getting over the "we're from different worlds " mentality. Actually was a little scared when Nancy Martin introduced the Tigers. Laughed at myself for that one! Good easy read.
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