Nora Blackbird and her sisters Emma and Libby have done a remarkable job of putting their lives back together. Given the fact that their parents scandalized polite mainline Philadelphia society, by running through the family fortune and then left the country one step ahead of the feds, it's surprising really that the girls are able to even live in Philadelphia, let alone thrive. Through six previous books, readers have been with the sisters through their struggles. Nora attends the social functions she was raised with-only now as a society reporter not a guest, Emma runs through jobs and men weekly, and “The Blackbird Curse” continues to plague the men Libby marries causing her to acquire new husbands (and children) at an alarming rate.
As Murder Melts in Your Mouth opens, Nora is trying to recover from two major heartbreaks. Nora and Michael, her most inappropriate lover have split up after they suffered a devastating loss. Emma has supposedly settled in running a riding school at Blackbird Farm but not surprisingly seems to be missing. And Libby, after being hit by a car, has found yet another man to pursue, while leaving her children for Nora to tend. However, the most surprising development in this book, is the return to Philadelphia of the long gone Blackbird parents. While their return is great fun for readers, it creates great stress for the girls-especially Nora. She discovers her parents have returned, when she opens a closet door at her friend Lexie's investment firm, and finds her father...smoking pot. This can't be good. Lexie's business partner has fallen or been pushed from the balcony of her office, and now Nora's father is back-and at the scene of the crime.
The fact that Murder Melts in Your Mouth takes place during a chocolate festival is just one of of the things that makes this book a fun read. There are many surprises for readers involving Nora and her fabulously dysfunctional family. Her parents are not the only people from her past to come back into her life, while someone dear to her is nearly lost. Oh yes, and the Blackbird family even adds yet another member in this book. Martin's books are so much fun to read, it's hard as a fan to wait for the next book!
REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR
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