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Have Your Cake and Kill Him Too (Blackbird Sisters Mystery #5)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,834 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
When the tycoon owner of a spectacularly tacky sports bar is killed, Nora Blackbird suspects a secretive politician, a shady former rock star doubling as a pastry chef, and a dangerous aristo-brat on the verge of stardom.
ebook, 272 pages
Published March 6th 2007 by Signet Book (first published April 2006)
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The usual fast and rather enjoyable read.
Some minor annoyances: Why someone hasn't strangled Nora's sister Libby so far is beyond me. Nora herself is behaving stupidly sometimes, I know it's the hormones, but what's the big deal with Michael's family and his past? Her own husband was a junkie and a criminal, her parents are crooks and thieves, her sister's late husband was a murderer ... not quite the lilywhite background one might expect considering her scruples.
And the Richard storyline, plea
Aug 28, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't make it past 2 chapters. I felt lost with the storyline and couldn't like any of the characters.
Dharia Scarab
Not my favorite book in the series.

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
I'm getting a little bit tired of the will they or won't they aspect of this series. I understand that the tension is needed, but Michael's lifestyle really creates tension enough and the breaking-up-to-make-up is, frankly, a little tedious at this point. The ending hints at a maybe-better start to the next book so I'll leave that there for now.
The mystery in this one was decent--lots of characters involved and twists and turns I didn't see coming. There were a lot of extraneous parts of this to
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just as entertaining as all the previous books in this series. They just hit the right "reading spot" for me. I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of these books so far. They have it all: mystery, humor, romance, adventure (in a few of them)--what more could a reader want in a book!
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was good. I will have to go back to the first few books in the series and catch up but I like the characters.
Pippi Mcsqeeky
Nice easy read, I enjoyed it but it didn't leave me hunting for other books by the author which is what I hope for when I find a new one.
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love the Blackbird Sisters. Keep them coming!
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013, 4-stars
This week's Review is over Nancy Martin Book Have Your Cake and Kill Him Too. this is the 5th book in the blackbird sisters mystery series. Now first off this is the only book I've read in the series. did i like it yes it difference then from what i normally would pick out for my self and one of the better mysteries books i own. since this is not my fave thing to read it did take me awhile and i put it down for a while also to read other stuff. over all it a great story fell with little twist he ...more
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kept me on the edge of my seat, and I don't mean the mystery! Let's face it, those of us who have been reading this series from book one do not keep coming back for the oh-so-enthralling mysteries. No, we come back to find out if the on again, off again Nora Blackbird and Michael "the Mick" Abruzzo will ever get it together and finally decide to make it "official". Well, I guess I will have to just keep reading to find out but I must admit there is no couple I am rooting harder for, Bo and Hope ...more
Barbara ★
For the first 100 pages or so, all the Blackbird sisters did was bicker. Boy did that get on my nerves. I actually gave up reading and went to bed hoping that the next time I picked it up, it wouldn't get on my last nerve. No such luck! The only good thing I got from this book was a "Z" male for a challenge. This is definitely not a series I would continue reading.

Society columnist Nora Blackbird is nosy and literally gets her nose into things that don't really concern her, like murder of Zell O

For some reason I had a difficult time continuing reading this story. Here Nora definitely knows she is pregnant but is reluctant to tell anyone-especially Mick-because she has had one miscarriage in the past and there is the chance she could miscarry again. Richard is still in the picture but not as intensively intimate as Mick was which leaves Nora horribly, in my opinion, wishy-washy. Plus she is experiencing alot of morning sickness and no
It is a 3 stars but I do wish to deduct half a star for this one.

As usual, it's a fun read, more insane drama circling the Blackbird sisters. Another person died and Nora is again in the center of it. This series is one of those, it's not really not that great, sorry to say that, but somehow I keep going back for more.

So far, from the first to this sequel of the series, someone is always murdered and the Police can't seem to solve the case but Nora easily does. Like I said on my short review on
Feb 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Blackbird sisters are back in fifth installment, this time Nora and her little sister Emma stumble on the body of Zell Orcutt the outcast of the wealthy Fitch family. Nora has own with two men vying for her affections, her house literally crumbling on her, and she just may be losing her job as the most talked about society columnist.

With the evidence piling up against her friend Delilah (who is innocent), wants a girl to do? Investigate of course!

This is my first Blackbird sisters mystery,
Kathryn Long
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Martin continues to entertain with this addition to the Blackbird Sisters Mystery series. Her talent to create interesting characters is definitely a strong point. In fact, she does it so well that it's hard for me to pick out a favorite, but if pressed to do so, I would have to say Emma stands out with her female strength and independence, not to mention some eyebrow-raising choices in job careers :-)

And the plot? Indeed, it has a couple of surprises, which was a relief since there were a coup
Mar 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-cozy, 2014
If you love great cozies, you'll enjoy the 5th installment of the Blackbird Sisters Mystery series, Have Your Cake and Kill Him Too. Poor Nora Blackbird. She has two men fighting for her, when she discovered she's pregnant and haven't told the father of her baby yet While this love triangle have been going on and on, besides having a high-risk pregnancy, her sisters have been going on their own crisis of her own. Nora planned to spruce out the society column to focus on the younger generation, w ...more
Nov 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I thought I had read all the delightful Blackbird Sisters mysteries but somehow I missed this one. Big mistake! This one is essential to the series and is possibly the best. The whole series is worth reading--in order--if you like great characters (including a wacky sister), really amusing lines, romance with a true bad boy and murder without undue gore. Martin is easily good enough to be mentioned in the same breath as Evanovich but their heroines inhabit different worlds. Stephanie hails from ...more
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I was convinced for the first few chapters that I'd missed a book or two, and actually almost stopped reading it a little way in because I was so frustrated with characters (I'd even stopped liking Nora). As the story moved along, though, it picked up, and by the last third I couldn't put it down. There were a few parts I didn't find believable and some that were kind of predictable, but overall it was a decent story. Parts of it made me laugh or want to cry, but it lacked some of the fashion de ...more
Please allow me to apologize in advance. It is possible that I was just in a mood when I sat down with this one. Or maybe I just didn't have enough background on the characters (I haven't read 1-4 of the series). But I simply could not get past chapter 2 of this snippy, catty, flat out 6itch-fest. My first encounter with these sisters made me dislike them so much I thought to myself, "the only way this book could get better is if they all get hit by a bus in the next chapter." When that didn't h ...more
Nov 07, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Blackbird sisters mystery. Nora, Libby and Emma are three sisters whose Philadelphia blue blood family has endured some hard time. A little mystery, Nora's delicate condition, racy establishments (you would think Cupcakes would be a great name for a bakery, but think more along the line of Hooters), and quirky characters make this who done it a fun quick read. Nora's like a modern day Nancy Drew, but much of the book centers on her romance with Nick and Richard. This edition had a bonus sectio ...more
Jann Barber
The fifth installment in the Blackbird sisters mysteries.

Zell Orcutt, a dirty old man on the edges of the Philadelphia society circles, is found dead with an arrow shot through his heart. Zell is the current owner of "Fitch's Fancy," an old Main Line manor house. Nora happens to arrive at his manor house just as the body is found. Of course, the entire Fitch clan are all archery champions.

Nora is pregnant and refuses to name the father until she is ready. Is it Michael Abruzzo?

The books are sti
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
The Blackbird widows are accidentally at Fitch's Fancy when its owner and the owner of Cupcakes, Zell, is murdered. Of course, Nora gets involved and must poke her nose into this complicated mystery. To make matters worse, Nora is pregnant and having morning sickness, Michael is almost absent from the book, and Richard makes his big play. Will Nora solve the mystery? Of course, but getting there is half the fun.
Faith Bevitz
This is the 1st book in the series I read. I knew I was coming in at the middle but didn't realize how lost I would be. Tried to read this book a few times and kept putting it down since it wasn't making much sense. Finally got over the hurdle and finished. It was fairly enjoyable since I am a Bucks County native. I wouldn't go out of my way to buy another book by the author. If I found another of her books on clearance, I would buy it.
The sexual tension is ratcheted up this novel which is good because the mystery was not that involving. Rawlings continues to be a compelling character, but for the first time I found some of the secondary characters not as well drawn. I still enjoyed the book, but either I had to work a little harder to get through it when it was focusing on the “mystery portion.” However the torn-between-two-lovers aspect had me riveted. I really felt Martin shifted from mystery to romance this book.

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Jan 02, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
I created a brand new shelf for this book. I found the main character completely unlikeable. While pregnant with one man's child (she doesn't even like the guy, so why she'd have unprotected sex with him is beyond me), she has more unprotected sex with an ex-boyfriend in a phone booth, then after they're finished, he just hands her off to the baby-daddy.
The dialogue was awful, and while the murder plot may have drawn me in, I just couldn't take the main characters and their whining.
Katharine Kimbriel
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: amateur detective fans, cozy readers, people who like a series,
Shelves: mystery, humor
When I downsized, I gave away my earlier Blackbird Sisters novels, and I regret it. Nora Blackbird is the lovely, fragile but relentless young woman who grounds her sisters and pretty much everyone around her. Gossip, humor, haute couture, penniless heiresses trying to make a go of it, and a boyfriend whose father is a mafia figure. Watching Nora grow and make decisions for her future is as good as the mystery. If the back copy intrigues, go for it—they are well-written and fun!
Dec 13, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Even if you liked the first couple of books of this series (which I did in a guilty sort of way)... this book was hard to swallow. It didn't seem to go with the other books, I found the main characters to behave in a way that was inconsistent with their previous behavior... it seemed basically ridiculous (as in more ridiculous than the rest of the books.

If this had been the first book in the series, I would not have read another book written by this author, ever.
Nancy Wilson
I picked up this book while staying in a rental house for a wedding--it caught my fancy and while not the greatest story ever, the characters and relationships are interesting and a decent read. The only problem is that this is the fifth in the series so I feel a bit like I jumped in the deep end of the pool.
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