"fun amateur sleuth"
Nora Blackbird is Philadelphia Mainline. However, she and
her sisters are hardly rich since her parents squandered
the family fortune and left town to avoid getting arrested
for failing to pay taxes. Her older sister inherited the
Blackbird art collection, while the younger sister got the
Blackbird antique furniture. Poor Nora got the Bucks
County farm and a tax bill of two million dollars.
She sells five acres of the property to Michael Abruzzo who
uses the land to expand Mick's Muscle Cars. If he wasn't
such a sexy studmuffin, Nora would cry. She also uses her
connection to newspaper owner Rory Pendergart to land a job
as a society columnist at the Intelligencer. When she's
invited to Rory's house for a party she comes across his
murdered body and decides to do some snooping to see if she
can ferret out the killer. Because of her society
connections the police encourage her but Nora doesn't
realize the danger she's placing herself in from a killer
who would murder again to keep his crimes secret.
Nancy Martin gives her audience a scenic tour of the
different Philadelphia neighborhoods that makes them
appealing enough so that reader will want to visit them.
The heroine is an adorable eccentric who is always on the
verge of fainting when life gets too stressful, though why
she would turn to sleuthing with that problem seems
questionable. The plethora of suspects will keep readers
turning the pages until they find out who done it and why.
HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE is a book that amateur sleuth
readers will want to have as a series, especially if the
star is the delightful heroine.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 5, 2002