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Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die: A Blackbird Sisters Mystery Mass Market Paperback – Mar 7 2006

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reissue edition (March 7 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 045121532X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451215321
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.8 x 17 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #812,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

The three high-flying Blackbird sisters make their hardcover debut in their fourth mystery (after 2004's Some Like It Lethal), a blend of fashion-forward romance and witty suspense. When not assisting Kitty Keough, a Philadelphia society columnist, former debutante Nora Blackbird strives to save the family farm after the sisters' parents "spent our trust funds faster than drunken lottery winners could buy a fleet of Cadillacs." Meanwhile, wild baby sis, Emma, escapes rehab with a media cowboy, and fertile sis, Libby, keeps popping out babies. Assigned to cover the Philly launch for Brinker Holt's revolutionary Brinker Bra ("No need for straps or uncomfortable wires"), Nora recalls Brinker was the creepy preppie who once assaulted Emma and tortured other kids for fun. When Kitty, whom Brinker barred from the show, turns up dead on Nora's doorstep, Nora's lover, Michael Abruzzo, becomes the primary suspect due to his mob connections. Nora, Libby and ace crime reporter Richard D'eath's efforts to investigate more likely suspects lead to a madcap dénouement just in time for Nora's annual New Year's Eve bash and a sparkling but bittersweet surprise. Martin's wicked tongue-in-cheek satire will appeal to fans of Jennifer Crusie, who provides a blurb, and Janet Evanovich.
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Nora Blackbird is no singing star, but she knows how to act like a diva, complete with the designer clothes and the little dog in her arms. But Nora is one thing most divas are not: she is broke. Determined to save the family manse outside Philadelphia, frittered away by her parents, Nora is forced (shudder) to get a job. As an assistant for fashion-writer Kitty Keough, she does grunt work for little recognition--such as covering the unveiling of the hot new "Brinker bra." After fighting the crowds for a seat, Nora is shocked to find that her sister Emma, supposedly in rehab, is the top bra model. She is even more shocked to return home and find her boss, Kitty, dead on her doorstep. It's perhaps not quite so shocking to learn that her "mobbed-up" boyfriend is the prime suspect. This third in the Blackbird Sisters series (and first to appear in hardcover) is a laugh-out-loud comic mystery as outrageous as a pink chinchilla coat. Jenny McLarin
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5.0 out of 5 stars addictive Sept. 7 2015
By Beth - Published on
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I have just found Nancy Martin's Blackbird sister series! They are fabulous and these are no exception.
As a writer myself I often go thru novels evaluating style, and among other things, my favorite evaluation factor, resesrch. Ms Martin did a
wonderful job in seamlessly plying her art with her research with the result, I couldn't critique as in depth as I often do because I was too enthralled
with the plot and the characters.
I'm sure I will be streaming thru this entire series like my husband's addiction to Netflix.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nancy Martin Has Taken It To The Next Level.... April 18 2005
By WIAPilot - Published on
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In "Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die," Nancy Martin has taken the "Blackbird Sisters Series" to another level! Her latest installment, which features the often chaotic lives of the three Blackbird Sisters, is filled with Martin's trademark wit and banter dialogues; mystery; innovative plots; and When you reach the final page in "Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die" - you CARE about these characters and what is going to happen in their lives next. Nora, Libby, Emma, Michael, Lexie, and "Killer Dog Spike" - you find that you can't wait to read about the next chapter in their lives.

Martin doesn't disappoint with her play on words when "Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die" centers around "the Brinker Bra" - an invention which turns every woman's physique into the "Jane Russells" of yesteryear. The fashion industry becomes fierce however, when Nora's boss, Kitty Keough - Chief Society Columnist, is "pantyhosed" to death!

Nora has more on her mind, however, than writing a memorial to Kitty, when Michael Abruzzo and his mobster family are implicated in the murder. Between rescuing her two sisters: Libby, who has become the "tupperware porn saleswoman of adult toy products" and Emma who has escaped from rehab to ride bareback as the Brinker Bra's "Lady Godiva" - Nora has her hands full!

This is a series that just keeps getting better with Martin's immaginative plots and multi-dimensional characters. The highest compliment that I can give to her is that when the box arrived from, it contained six new works by six of my favorite authors. Nancy Martin's book was the one I chose FIRST. It was better than every expectation....a great read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Last one you'll need to read in the series Aug. 6 2008
By E. Durham - Published on
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If you have been reading the series as I have, you can stop after this book. It is as good as the first three: How to Murder a Millionaire, Dead Girls Don't Wear Diamonds and Some Like it Leathal. This book runs in the same vein. HOWEVER, from here on out the books are repetitious, the plots are plodding, the sisters lack depth and the romance betweeen Nora and Mick is on in one book, then off in the next and then on again in the next and so on. The characters never develop from now on beyond what they are here. Its like the formula for cozy mystery stagnates in the authors' writing and she doesn't know how to give more substance to either the characters or the mysteries. So enjoy this book, but forget about the rest; Have Your Cake and Kill him Too, A Crazy Little Thing Called Death or Murder Melts in You Mouth.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the Best Blackbird Sisters Mystery Yet! April 9 2005
By L. Kelly - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The outrageous pink coat that Nora Blackbird is wearing on the front cover of this book really sets the tone perfectly for this hilarious romp. "Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die" is all about an innovative new bra design, Nora Blackbird's continuing struggle to make ends meet and make her relationship work with her boyfriend Mick Abbruzzo, and, oh yes, the murder of Nora's boss, the newspaper's high society editor Kitty Keough. Kitty's body is found on Nora's front porch, shot execution style and trussed up with a pair of panty hose, which just happens to be a signature of an Abruzzo family hit. Nora's boyfriend Mick Abruzzo is immediately taken to the police station for questioning, so Nora goes to work to find out who really killed Kitty Keough, and just as importantly, why Kitty was killed. The plot is an excellent one, with lots of unexpected twists and turns. Author Martin's descriptions of the moneyed society families of Philadelphia are great. The resolution of the mystery was well-done and tied the many sub-plots together nicely.

My only reservation about this book is the silly job that Nora's sister Libby has taken, which is selling adult sex toys. There were a few good laughs in the book from this new job, but I though I should mention this sub-plot in case anyone might be offended by this subject.

I'm looking forward to the next story in this series, as the reader is left with several cliffhangers about Nora's future.
2.0 out of 5 stars Janet Evanovitch Lite Sept. 16 2009
By Richard Middleton - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was my first experience of the Blackbird sisters, so I can't judge whether (as some other reviewers have said) this was the last good one before the author's inspiration began to wane. My impression was that the author (perhaps under pressure to produce) didn't really have enough ideas worked out to sustain a full-length book. It's pleasant enough "frothy" reading, but the villains are almost excerpts from Victorian melodrama (I don't think they actually twiddled mustachios, but they were close to it), the heroine is infuriatingly well-connected with everyone who is anyone in Society, her sisters are flaky (and/or nymphomaniac), and the dog, I agree, should have been sent to obedience school long ago. And the culminating scene (SPOILER ALERT!), involving pratfalls, a food fight, a fake snake, and novelty bras used as handcuffs (hitherto only used as a tedious running joke that they are almost impossible to remove and result in sensational bosom enhancement) is essentially very weak and seems to belong in schoolboy literature. It's the sort of book that one reads straight through in a few hours, and I don't really regret the time spent, but I am not tempted to read any more in the series - Janet Evanovitch's low-life Stephanie Plum is, for my money, far more entertaining.