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Heiress-go-lightly Nora Blackbird and her two sisters- desperate housewife and nudist-yoga enthusiast Libby and fiercely independent Emma-are back in this rollicking mystery about a sports bar with hot wings and hotter waitresses, explosive political secrets, former rock stars, a dangerous fame-and-fortune-hungry aristo-brat, and, of course, a case of blue-blooded murder t Heiress-go-lightly Nora Blackbird and her two sisters- desperate housewife and nudist-yoga enthusiast Libby and fiercely independent Emma-are back in this rollicking mystery about a sports bar with hot wings and hotter waitresses, explosive political secrets, former rock stars, a dangerous fame-and-fortune-hungry aristo-brat, and, of course, a case of blue-blooded murder that only Nora can solve.


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Heiress-go-lightly Nora Blackbird and her two sisters- desperate housewife and nudist-yoga enthusiast Libby and fiercely independent Emma-are back in this rollicking mystery about a sports bar with hot wings and hotter waitresses, explosive political secrets, former rock stars, a dangerous fame-and-fortune-hungry aristo-brat, and, of course, a case of blue-blooded murder t Heiress-go-lightly Nora Blackbird and her two sisters- desperate housewife and nudist-yoga enthusiast Libby and fiercely independent Emma-are back in this rollicking mystery about a sports bar with hot wings and hotter waitresses, explosive political secrets, former rock stars, a dangerous fame-and-fortune-hungry aristo-brat, and, of course, a case of blue-blooded murder that only Nora can solve.

30 review for Have Your Cake and Kill Him Too

  1. 5 out of 5

    cloudyskye

    The usual fast and rather enjoyable read. Some minor annoyances: Why someone hasn't strangled Nora's sister Libby so far is beyond me. Nora herself is behaving stupidly sometimes, I know it's the hormones, but what's the big deal with Michael's family and his past? Her own husband was a junkie and a criminal, her parents are crooks and thieves, her sister's late husband was a murderer ... not quite the lilywhite background one might expect considering her scruples. And the Richard storyline, plea The usual fast and rather enjoyable read. Some minor annoyances: Why someone hasn't strangled Nora's sister Libby so far is beyond me. Nora herself is behaving stupidly sometimes, I know it's the hormones, but what's the big deal with Michael's family and his past? Her own husband was a junkie and a criminal, her parents are crooks and thieves, her sister's late husband was a murderer ... not quite the lilywhite background one might expect considering her scruples. And the Richard storyline, please. He looks really, really bad in all the (very few) scenes where he makes an appearance. And then, quite early on as she kisses him: "I tried to make it happen", oy vey, there's a stillborn relationship we should not torture ourselves with any longer. Never mind, I still enjoy the writing and the scenery, and I like Michael and Nora. I'll certainly continue with this series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lexy

    I thought this book was ok I should have read the first one first but I only have this book

  3. 4 out of 5

    Manda

    Couldn't make it past 2 chapters. I felt lost with the storyline and couldn't like any of the characters. Couldn't make it past 2 chapters. I felt lost with the storyline and couldn't like any of the characters.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Merwin

    3.5 stars really! I didn’t love how Nora handled Michael in this one! And the mystery was weak!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Maddielucy(Patti)

    I love these books mainly because of Michael, however the rest of it is pretty good too. But if they get rid of Michael, I'm not so sure.... I love these books mainly because of Michael, however the rest of it is pretty good too. But if they get rid of Michael, I'm not so sure....

  6. 5 out of 5

    Loretta

    HAVE YOUR CAKE AND KILL HIM TOO BY NANCY MARTIN 3.5*** For some reason I had a difficult time continuing reading this story. Here Nora definitely knows she is pregnant but is reluctant to tell anyone-especially Mick-because she has had one miscarriage in the past and there is the chance she could miscarry again. Richard is still in the picture but not as intensively intimate as Mick was which leaves Nora horribly, in my opinion, wishy-washy. Plus she is experiencing alot of morning sickness and no HAVE YOUR CAKE AND KILL HIM TOO BY NANCY MARTIN 3.5*** For some reason I had a difficult time continuing reading this story. Here Nora definitely knows she is pregnant but is reluctant to tell anyone-especially Mick-because she has had one miscarriage in the past and there is the chance she could miscarry again. Richard is still in the picture but not as intensively intimate as Mick was which leaves Nora horribly, in my opinion, wishy-washy. Plus she is experiencing alot of morning sickness and not eating a whole lot these days. "Just the hormones", Nora thinks. Nora and her sister, Emma, and a few other characters discover the dead body of a tycoon who has many enemies-many of which are in his own family. Off again, is Nora despite her delicate condition to solve this murder. Through it all Richard keeps pressing Nora to marry him which she is tempted to do, but then Mick re-enters the scene. The tension builds as Nora tries to fight her way through dark family secrets and hostilities of the dead tycoon, plus protecting and helping those she cares about - this time her own nephew Rawlins - when she really needs to be taking care of herself.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Roberta

    This book did not shape up to be as good as the previous books in the series. The mystery part is fine. Lots of interesting suspects. However, Nora's personal life sucks. #1 Nora is being too holier-than-thou about Michael's family considering her parents. In a way, her family is worse since they ran out on all their debts and left their daughters holding the bag when Michael's family works for a living. OK, so maybe some of their businesses aren't exactly legal but they didn't run out on their This book did not shape up to be as good as the previous books in the series. The mystery part is fine. Lots of interesting suspects. However, Nora's personal life sucks. #1 Nora is being too holier-than-thou about Michael's family considering her parents. In a way, her family is worse since they ran out on all their debts and left their daughters holding the bag when Michael's family works for a living. OK, so maybe some of their businesses aren't exactly legal but they didn't run out on their kids. #2 The get-pregnant-and-don't-know-for-sure-who-the-father-is thing has been used in 4837 crappy romance novels. It's so old it's got mold growing on it. Not telling the baby daddy only just misses being another cliche because she still didn't know who the father was. (view spoiler)[I'm not sure that this is a spoiler since it doesn't have to do with the mystery but losing the baby which allows a do-over is also just another cliche. (hide spoiler)]

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dharia Scarab

    Not my favorite book in the series. Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. 3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for Not my favorite book in the series. Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. 3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. 4 stars... I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be on the look out to pick up more from the series/author. 5 stars... I loved this book! It has earned a permanent home in my collection and I'll be picking up the rest of the series and other books from the author ASAP.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    Even if you liked the first couple of books of this series (which I did in a guilty sort of way)... this book was hard to swallow. It didn't seem to go with the other books, I found the main characters to behave in a way that was inconsistent with their previous behavior... it seemed basically ridiculous (as in more ridiculous than the rest of the books. If this had been the first book in the series, I would not have read another book written by this author, ever. Even if you liked the first couple of books of this series (which I did in a guilty sort of way)... this book was hard to swallow. It didn't seem to go with the other books, I found the main characters to behave in a way that was inconsistent with their previous behavior... it seemed basically ridiculous (as in more ridiculous than the rest of the books. If this had been the first book in the series, I would not have read another book written by this author, ever.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Teddi

    My least favorite of the series thus far. WAY too much of idiotic sister Libby, Richard turns out to be a jerk, Nora acts really stupid with a "delicate" pregnancy, Michael is in and out of Nora's life like a yoyo and there is way more insipid romance than mystery. I've made it this far with the series so I will finish it.... My least favorite of the series thus far. WAY too much of idiotic sister Libby, Richard turns out to be a jerk, Nora acts really stupid with a "delicate" pregnancy, Michael is in and out of Nora's life like a yoyo and there is way more insipid romance than mystery. I've made it this far with the series so I will finish it....

  11. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I found all of the interpersonal relationships maddening in this. Nora needs a spine, stat.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    This is the 5th installment in the Blackbird Sisters Mystery series, and while you can read it as a standalone, you will be missing some information. In this book Nora lets out the secret she’s been keeping for the past couple of months. The secret that keeps her on the bathroom floor for an hour each morning, and has her sticking to a boring, bland diet. While stopping at a friend’s house, they discover the body of the owner of Cupcakes (Think Hooters and Coyote Ugly got drunk and had a baby). This is the 5th installment in the Blackbird Sisters Mystery series, and while you can read it as a standalone, you will be missing some information. In this book Nora lets out the secret she’s been keeping for the past couple of months. The secret that keeps her on the bathroom floor for an hour each morning, and has her sticking to a boring, bland diet. While stopping at a friend’s house, they discover the body of the owner of Cupcakes (Think Hooters and Coyote Ugly got drunk and had a baby). With multiple people around, including a security detail from an auction house, there’s plenty of suspects, but local police zone in on another of Nora’s friends after some planted evidence and an anonymous phone call. Now Nora has to wade through a politician with secrets, a bratty teenage diva with no discernable talent, a former Rockstar turned bake shop owner, a single teenage mom, plus the co-owner of Cupcakes who has more skeletons in her closet than a college anatomy lab to find the actual killer. But that’s not all that poor Nora has to deal with. Her sister Libby is trying to pressure her into posing nude with her for a calendar, but she has to diet first. Her other sister Emma is moving back home. Mr. Twinkles, Emma’s horse, keeps escaping his enclosure and knocking on her back door looking for treats, her ex is a mob boss’ son, and if that wasn’t enough, her current boyfriend is using her to get a story about her ex. This is a good story, but you could tell that the author is of an older generation. There were descriptive phrases sprinkled throughout that the younger generations wouldn’t know. I would definitely recommend reading this series in order, that way you’ll understand the overall arc of the story, the relationship between the sisters, etc.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    I'm getting a little bit tired of the will they or won't they aspect of this series. I understand that the tension is needed, but Michael's lifestyle really creates tension enough and the breaking-up-to-make-up is, frankly, a little tedious at this point. The ending hints at a maybe-better start to the next book so I'll leave that there for now. The mystery in this one was decent--lots of characters involved and twists and turns I didn't see coming. There were a lot of extraneous parts of this to I'm getting a little bit tired of the will they or won't they aspect of this series. I understand that the tension is needed, but Michael's lifestyle really creates tension enough and the breaking-up-to-make-up is, frankly, a little tedious at this point. The ending hints at a maybe-better start to the next book so I'll leave that there for now. The mystery in this one was decent--lots of characters involved and twists and turns I didn't see coming. There were a lot of extraneous parts of this too, things that could have been fleshed out but weren't, mostly for the relationship drama which we didn't really need, so that was a little disappointing. Nora is still a great character, and I love where they're taking Emma; Libby I could do without but she's slightly comic relief at least, and this book needed it. I'll continue the series with the next book but am really hoping it starts to make a definitive turn soon.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ladd

    I debated between 1 and 2 stars for this book. I didn't hate it so I'll go with 2 stars but just barely. Even though these are murder mysteries, the first 4 books in the series had a light, fun feel to them. Book 5 is anything but fun. The victim, his family and associates are all horrid people with dark, ugly secrets. Nora, Michael and "Clark Kent" seem darker than previous books too and Libby is even more immature and annoying than she is in Book 4. And I hate to say it but by the end of the b I debated between 1 and 2 stars for this book. I didn't hate it so I'll go with 2 stars but just barely. Even though these are murder mysteries, the first 4 books in the series had a light, fun feel to them. Book 5 is anything but fun. The victim, his family and associates are all horrid people with dark, ugly secrets. Nora, Michael and "Clark Kent" seem darker than previous books too and Libby is even more immature and annoying than she is in Book 4. And I hate to say it but by the end of the book I had stopped caring what happens with Nora, she's become a doormat and a bit of a hypocrite (saying that one character was using her yet she was using him too, for security). I think I'll take a long break from this series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Eileen

    In this one, I figured out who did it pretty quickly, though there were lots of twists and turns. More hard things and heartbreak in this one too. At first, I was upset by the love triangle, but it was handled interestingly--Nora was never that serious about the other guy, but I could understand why she was interested in him. We didn't get the satisfaction of a break-up, though. Also, some sadness for Nora, though it ended happily-ish. I'm interested to see what happens next. In this one, I figured out who did it pretty quickly, though there were lots of twists and turns. More hard things and heartbreak in this one too. At first, I was upset by the love triangle, but it was handled interestingly--Nora was never that serious about the other guy, but I could understand why she was interested in him. We didn't get the satisfaction of a break-up, though. Also, some sadness for Nora, though it ended happily-ish. I'm interested to see what happens next.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jules

    While the mystery remained sharp I thought the tone of the book was very downbeat because of Nora's pregnancy. I found it hard to enjoy this book as much as the others in the series. What adds to the problem is that the mysteries are all one right after the other in terms of the time in the novel, so the main characters are still feeling the sting and negativity from the previous novels. I still think this is a great series, but I'm hoping the next one feels more fun. While the mystery remained sharp I thought the tone of the book was very downbeat because of Nora's pregnancy. I found it hard to enjoy this book as much as the others in the series. What adds to the problem is that the mysteries are all one right after the other in terms of the time in the novel, so the main characters are still feeling the sting and negativity from the previous novels. I still think this is a great series, but I'm hoping the next one feels more fun.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    Just as entertaining as all the previous books in this series. They just hit the right "reading spot" for me. I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of these books so far. They have it all: mystery, humor, romance, adventure (in a few of them)--what more could a reader want in a book! Just as entertaining as all the previous books in this series. They just hit the right "reading spot" for me. I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of these books so far. They have it all: mystery, humor, romance, adventure (in a few of them)--what more could a reader want in a book!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Swanbender2001

    I do enjoy this series and the connections and chasms between the sisters and I love the character of Michael. My only problem with the whole story line is Nora's angst at her love for Michael...it starts wearing thin, but he shines through. I do enjoy this series and the connections and chasms between the sisters and I love the character of Michael. My only problem with the whole story line is Nora's angst at her love for Michael...it starts wearing thin, but he shines through.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Pippi Mcsqeeky

    Nice easy read, I enjoyed it but it didn't leave me hunting for other books by the author which is what I hope for when I find a new one. Nice easy read, I enjoyed it but it didn't leave me hunting for other books by the author which is what I hope for when I find a new one.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    This was good. I will have to go back to the first few books in the series and catch up but I like the characters.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Love the Blackbird Sisters. Keep them coming!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine Ellis

    I miss the humor that Spike added to the story.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Roberta

    Fully admit I’m trying not to think about world events, so reading this series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn Upright

    Will Nora and Michael ever get together?

  25. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    A little less than I expected perhaps due to having read another Blackbird book recently.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy

    This week's Review is over Nancy Martin Book Have Your Cake and Kill Him Too. this is the 5th book in the blackbird sisters mystery series. Now first off this is the only book I've read in the series. did i like it yes it difference then from what i normally would pick out for my self and one of the better mysteries books i own. since this is not my fave thing to read it did take me awhile and i put it down for a while also to read other stuff. over all it a great story fell with little twist he This week's Review is over Nancy Martin Book Have Your Cake and Kill Him Too. this is the 5th book in the blackbird sisters mystery series. Now first off this is the only book I've read in the series. did i like it yes it difference then from what i normally would pick out for my self and one of the better mysteries books i own. since this is not my fave thing to read it did take me awhile and i put it down for a while also to read other stuff. over all it a great story fell with little twist here and there. You follow Nora as she try to solve a mystery. her love life a mess and she knocked up but one false move and she could lose the baby. now one of the man in her life Micheal is a guy from the wrong side of town caught up in a few things of his own. Also in this love triangle i frond my self on his side. this was simply because Richard the other man just seem to care about his job more the Nora and at some point seem to be using Nora to get facts for it job since he was a reporter. you also have Nora two over baring sisters Emma and Libby. now Emma was different and not afraid to let people know the type of person she is i found she also had the best in mind for Nora while with Libby she seemed to be more about herself and just someone i wanted to slap and yell get the hell over your self and think about what your sister would want. while she does try to control both of her sister live you do see her a little bit in a pickle towards the end. now i'm not sure if i'll pick up any of the other books maybe if i find for really cheap whose knows. over all i give the book 4 out of 5 stars

  27. 5 out of 5

    Barbara ★

    For the first 100 pages or so, all the Blackbird sisters did was bicker. Boy did that get on my nerves. I actually gave up reading and went to bed hoping that the next time I picked it up, it wouldn't get on my last nerve. No such luck! The only good thing I got from this book was a "Z" male for a challenge. This is definitely not a series I would continue reading. Society columnist Nora Blackbird is nosy and literally gets her nose into things that don't really concern her, like murder of Zell O For the first 100 pages or so, all the Blackbird sisters did was bicker. Boy did that get on my nerves. I actually gave up reading and went to bed hoping that the next time I picked it up, it wouldn't get on my last nerve. No such luck! The only good thing I got from this book was a "Z" male for a challenge. This is definitely not a series I would continue reading. Society columnist Nora Blackbird is nosy and literally gets her nose into things that don't really concern her, like murder of Zell Orcutt. He is merely her clients (Delilah) client and she just happened to be at his house when his body was found. When Delilah is accused of the murder, Nora starts investigating. There are lots and lots of people involved and it is difficult to keep you mind on what is happening, who is actually involved in the murder and Nora's personal life. Nora finds out she is pregnant and the father of the baby is a mobster whom she loves but dumps anyway but is still having sex with. Her new boyfriend, Richard is a journalist and IMHO she doesn't love him but is stringing him along. I found Nora's attitude and wishy-washy manner irritating. For pete's sake, if you don't love Richard, drump him already. And if Michael's career goes against your morals, get rid of him too. Afterall, there are plenty of fish in the sea.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Devon

    Kept me on the edge of my seat, and I don't mean the mystery! Let's face it, those of us who have been reading this series from book one do not keep coming back for the oh-so-enthralling mysteries. No, we come back to find out if the on again, off again Nora Blackbird and Michael "the Mick" Abruzzo will ever get it together and finally decide to make it "official". Well, I guess I will have to just keep reading to find out but I must admit there is no couple I am rooting harder for, Bo and Hope Kept me on the edge of my seat, and I don't mean the mystery! Let's face it, those of us who have been reading this series from book one do not keep coming back for the oh-so-enthralling mysteries. No, we come back to find out if the on again, off again Nora Blackbird and Michael "the Mick" Abruzzo will ever get it together and finally decide to make it "official". Well, I guess I will have to just keep reading to find out but I must admit there is no couple I am rooting harder for, Bo and Hope have nothing on these two! In Maritn's newest Blackbird sisters mystery Nora finds herself entangled in yet another murder investigation, this time, however, one of her best friends is the prime suspect! Nora, with many other pressing issues on her mind such as her new pregnancy and her sisters constantly playing who's the daddy, is thankful for the distraction when asked once again to use her connections to look into the murder of one of the towns most hated men. Unfortunately the real distraction comes in the form of her ex-boyfriend Michael Abruzzo and whether or not he has really gone back into the "family business". 'HAVE YOUR CAKE AND KILL HIM TOO' is definitely the best book to come out of this delightful series thus far, and on the edge of my seat is where I am doomed to remain until the next installment...I can't wait!

  29. 4 out of 5

    CasPerfitz~SLiTsReaD

    It is a 3 stars but I do wish to deduct half a star for this one. As usual, it's a fun read, more insane drama circling the Blackbird sisters. Another person died and Nora is again in the center of it. This series is one of those, it's not really not that great, sorry to say that, but somehow I keep going back for more. So far, from the first to this sequel of the series, someone is always murdered and the Police can't seem to solve the case but Nora easily does. Like I said on my short review on It is a 3 stars but I do wish to deduct half a star for this one. As usual, it's a fun read, more insane drama circling the Blackbird sisters. Another person died and Nora is again in the center of it. This series is one of those, it's not really not that great, sorry to say that, but somehow I keep going back for more. So far, from the first to this sequel of the series, someone is always murdered and the Police can't seem to solve the case but Nora easily does. Like I said on my short review on the previous book, how the murder mystery is solve is very convenient and unbelievable. I also wondered who's next to die in the Blackbird's circle of the rich friends. Seems to be the trend in here. :D There was a sad loss near the end but for some reason, perhaps the author didn't want to dwell too much on it, its like it was just shrugged off, so I, the reader, only felt a tiny bit sad. Plus, she was advised to be careful and what did she do next? So, it was inevitable that she would pay for it. And moving on.. I wish Nora and Michael's story will stop going backwards and just move forward or just totally dissolve cause it does get exhausting.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ronica

    The Blackbird sisters are back in fifth installment, this time Nora and her little sister Emma stumble on the body of Zell Orcutt the outcast of the wealthy Fitch family. Nora has own with two men vying for her affections, her house literally crumbling on her, and she just may be losing her job as the most talked about society columnist. With the evidence piling up against her friend Delilah (who is innocent), wants a girl to do? Investigate of course! This is my first Blackbird sisters mystery, The Blackbird sisters are back in fifth installment, this time Nora and her little sister Emma stumble on the body of Zell Orcutt the outcast of the wealthy Fitch family. Nora has own with two men vying for her affections, her house literally crumbling on her, and she just may be losing her job as the most talked about society columnist. With the evidence piling up against her friend Delilah (who is innocent), wants a girl to do? Investigate of course! This is my first Blackbird sisters mystery, for the last year or two I have seen the books on the shelf at the library but I always passed them and mentally filed them away. However when I take a trip to the library this past Sunday this one jumped out at me, Boy was I not disappointed I found Nora and her sisters to be funny and I laughed myself into the night. There was one downside for me, since this was a series there seemed to be alot of backstory from previous novels but that didn't stop me for enjoy the book, it has however made me a instant fan and I'm going to eagerly seek out the rest of the series.

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