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Some Like it Lethal (Blackbird Sisters Mystery #3)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  2,165 Ratings  ·  92 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 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
Dec 19, 2013 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.

4 sta
Nov 26, 2014 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.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it
This series is holding steady with its characters, twists, turns, surprises, and overall flavor! Nora's sisters are crazy, and both get into trouble which Nora feels obligated to fix, although she's growing enough to recognize some of their problems they need to fix.

Interestingly, this book ends with an unanswered question: what is Nora going to do about what she knows? The murderer's situation is complicated, and Nora feels that naming the murderer will just cause more stress and heartache for
Gail W
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star, read-nook, series
I stepped over two other books that I had actually started to read this. I need something light and breezy and fun and this series fills the bill!
Latisha Bramlett
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I really don't like Nora's sisters. Especially Libby. I would've told her to mind her own business a long time ago.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just as good as the first 2 stories. Love this series and all the characters.
Erin L
Apr 23, 2012 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
Aug 22, 2012 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 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: horses
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Apr 25, 2013 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
Jun 25, 2016 rated it liked it
I really could have done without Nancy Martin's political B.S.
I love the Blackbird sisters, all three of them. Each is different from another, allowing each of them to bring something different to the story.
I have especially liked Nora, but not nearly as much as before. This installment has her on a anti - gun rant that has seriously turned me off. "Anyone who carries a gun is no friend." Really? Well, I guess that Nora and I would not be friends, although I am sure that she would be savvy enou
Jul 25, 2014 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
Shirley Worley
May 26, 2013 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
Apr 17, 2008 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
Kimberly Ann
Jan 25, 2016 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
May 13, 2008 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
Jun 22, 2015 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 12, 2015 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
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Russ Strawcutter is married to Gussie, the socially inept the dog food heiress. He is a partner in the dog grooming business, Laundro-Mutt. He is also dead. he is discovered in a horse stall, bludgeoned by a polo mallet -- with Nora's sister Emma, unconscious with no memory beside him. Who killed Russ? Why was Emma with him? Who is blackmailing the blue bloods of Philadelphia with very artistic photographs? Can Nora find the murderer in time to save Emma? And is Mick really involved in a money l ...more
Catherine Leggitt
Oct 29, 2015 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
Jann Barber
Aug 02, 2010 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.

Apr 10, 2014 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.
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
These Blackbird Sisters books fall right at the intersection of mystery and chick lit. They are light and fluffy and frothy; they read fast and are a lot of fun, but they ARE well-written. In spite of that light tone, Nancy Martin knows how to draw sharp pictures with an economy of words -- and some clever, playful ones at that. For those who have read the first two, this one makes some nice advancement in the overall back story, too.
Jan 31, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, mystery
This was a ridiculous book. The mystery was so-so (and the conclusion came out of nowhere with no convincing evidence just circumstantial, I like real evidence; I guess I'm spoiled watching CSI). The romance aspect was hilarious! The lack of sex for the main character and the over-abundance for her sisters was comical.
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
A; Took me awhile to get through this one (limited reading time) but it was easy to jump back into the story. Nora stumbles upon another murder and we are left hanging at the end as to if she'll turn in the killer. The good news is she finally lets her heart open to Michael and they admit their love. Can't wait to read the next installment to see what happens!
Tessa in Mid-Michigan
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, humor, romance
Definitely for gals, this steamy series offers snark, innuendo, and sisters sniping. Sometimes it's hilarious. A little sex, but not graphic. The sexual innuendo between the sisters reminds me of some friends and their family on FB...I enjoy one of these occasionally, and I learn about fashion and benefits along the way. No real faults to her writing--recommended for most women.
Oct 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Allowing Nora’s sister Emma to take center stage as a suspect was a smart choice. Adding to a very satisfying mystery and resolution, we get to learn more about the sexy sister who is frequently overshadowed by Libby’s ridiculousness. I really enjoyed this one and felt that Martin had a really firm grip on the characters and where they were going.

Mark Macatee
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love these books. The characters are well developed and the stories fun. I would have given this particular book a 4.5 if possible because i loved it as much as the earlier ones. The only problem was that I found the resolution very dissatisfying. They don't usually carry over to the next book, but i am hoping in the next instance they do. Anyway, another fun read.
Mar 26, 2009 rated it did not like it
This was disappointing in that it got a rave review from the circulation lady at the library. I was expecting something along the lines of a Miss Marple, and was thrown for a loop with the Blackbird sisters. They weren't at all credible, but if one hadn't been expecting a reasonable group of characters, it might have been fine.
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