A Little Night Murder


Little Night Murder by Nancy Martin           Posted:  6/10/16

I’m always in search of a good, solid mystery with very unique characters.  There are plenty of entertaining mysteries with solid plots – but frankly, many times, the characters are somewhat interesting, but in the scheme of mysteries, a bit “run of the mill.”

Not so with Nancy Martin’s “A Little Night Murder” – book #10 in the Blackbird Sisters mystery series.  Even though I hadn’t read any of the previous books in this series, it was easy to immediately fall prey to the zany, hair-brained, laughable effects of the Blackbird Sisters as they accidentally stumble into another murder – this time while getting involved in a Broadway show.

Nora Blackbird is the lead sister in this one – bun in the oven, and trying desperately to wed her long-time “almost out of the crime syndicate” fiancé, Michael, while keeping her best friend, Lexie, out of the big-house again, for a crime that she didn’t commit.

Toss in a Broadway cast of characters who are so dysfunctional, they make me instantly think of the Napolean Bonapart song from the 60’s – “They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha Ha,” and Michael’s sexy senior mom, a bawdy ex-Broadway broad herself (how many ways can you wear “leopard prints”), and you’ve got great whodunit with more suspects than can fill a MacDonald’s at lunchtime.

My only regret in reading this delightful mystery, is that I waited until book #10 to pick up the series. Now I got to go back and find books #1 through #9 so I can follow the Blackbird sisters’ past and how they wound up where they are today!

This mystery had me laughing all the way to the “funny farm, where life is beautiful all the time, and I’ll be happy to see those nice young men in their clean white coats and they’re coming to take me away….!”

CLAM WAKE (a bed and breakfast mystery) by Mary Daheim      posted 5/17/16

For all you “cozy” mystery lovers out there, here’s another light-hearted, fun loving mystery by Mary Daheim.

While housesitting at their aunt and uncle’s retirement home, feisty cousins Judith and Renie tackle a cold-blooded killer in a sleepy, off season beach community where a beloved local gets bumped off for no apparent reason.

Since the cousins found the body on the beach, they get dragged into the drama.  Thus begins their rude awakening – what appears to be a sleepy little retirement community is boiling over with shams, scams and old secrets.  And hey, there’s so many “cocktail hours” in this quaint little town, that it made me want to grab a cocktail shaker, shake my booty and mix an old-fashioned Harvey Wallbanger!  Also, if you’re a fan of clam chowder, you might find yourself simmering a batch of chowder to go with that Harvey Wallbanger!  Keep the tiki drink umbrellas and oyster crackers handy!

The back and forth bantering of the two cousins is a breath of fresh air and quite entertaining – they obviously adore each other, but their personal jabs are real zingers and will give you that LOL feeling.  That, coupled with a solid “whodunit” plot, makes for a good read at the beach.

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