Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Review:Have Your Cake and Kill Him Too by Nancy Martin

Genre: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 272pp
Isbn: 0451218930
Challenge This one does not cover any challenges at this same time.

First Sentence or two: My sister Emma blew into the country-club dining room and conned the waiter into bringing her a bloddy New York strip. Then she planted her elbows on the pink tablecloth and laid down the conversational ground rules. She said, "I'll choke the first person who brings up carbohydrates as a topic of serious discussion."

Synopsis: The three sisters Blackbird-Nora, Emma and Libby-return in Martin's charming and funny fifth novel (after 2005's Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die). Zell Orcutt, a dirty old man on the periphery of the Blackbirds' high-society Philadelphia circle, is found dead. If the arrow shot through his heart at first seems a tad improbable, well, all his disgruntled relatives are archery fans. From a state senator who may not be as dumb as he appears to an obnoxious, busty teenager who thinks she'll come into big bucks now that Zell is dead, the suspects are legion, and Nora, of course, can't resist detecting. But the real mystery is the paternity of the baby Nora's carrying, and whether she is really, truly, finally through with her hunky but oh-so-dangerous lover, Michael Abruzzo. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Random Thoughts - Nancy Martin has a way of writing the most unusual characters. They feel like old friends. I was happy to continue on with this series. I missed them and all their oddities. This was a fun and fast read. Sometimes that is just what the Dr. ordered. I felt really bad for Nora at the end. (No spoiling here) I sure hope she and Michael can find a way to make things work.

Favorite Scene - There are a few scenes that really call out for attention. Any scene her sister Libby in is going to be hysterical. The things that pop out of that womans mouth could make a sailor blush. I liked the scene where the sisters Emma and Nora both were trying to keep certain secrets from Libby and they both almost spilled the beans on each other through hints and clues during regular conversation. Just the thing that kids do and here they are widowed woman in their 30's acting like children. LOL

Rating - I give this book 4.5 stars.

*Note I have also reviewed the first 4 books on my shelfari shelf before starting this blog. Feel free to look to the footer of the page to find my shelfari shelf.


Carpoolqueen (formerly known as Beth) said...

I really dig your reviews. I'm may incorporate some of your ideas! (like a thief in the night, I steal the good ideas! mwahh mwahh mwahh!) Why are you keeping track of the number of pages?

Jennifer The Forgetful Faerie Queen said...

Just kidding. Sure you can borrow some of my ideas. Don't forget to let everyone know I am the brain child of your ideas. LOL J/K
Naming my site as your favorite is sufficient. *winks
I am just putting some of the basic info like the isbn and pages and such. You never know some of our challenges may incorporate pages. Like on Pbt group we are going to get points for certain pages and such. Thought I would cover all the basis.

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