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Hair Brained (The Bad Hair Day Mysteries) (Volume 14) Paperback – September 7, 2017
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"Nancy Cohen does an excellent job of constructing a suspenseful mystery, with thoroughly believable characters and conflict that produces great tension. I raced through the pages...Hair Brained is a compelling read. Don't miss it!" Stephanie Saxon Levine, Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
"This is Nancy J. Cohen's 14th Bad Hair Day mystery, and given its vigor, humor and inventiveness, the series has a lot of life left in it...Her mastery of the "cozy mystery" category guarantees a good time, an inspiring adventure, a flock of well-defined characters, intricate plotting, plenty of suspense and many touches of delightful humor." Phil K. Jason, Fort Myers Florida Weekly
"This is the 14th book in this series. It is the absolute best one sofar, and they are all pretty darn good. It is fresh, believable and timely." Lori Caswell, Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book
"You are always thinking and on your toes while reading this book. And when you get to the end and everything is revealed....it will blow your mind!" Missi S., Cozy Mystery Book Reviews
"Readers will become immersed in book #14 as quickly as they did in book #1 of this incredible series. From page one, you'll hang on every word as the twists and turns of the mystery are revealed and Marla goes into overdrive to prove that the friends she trusted all this time were definitely worthy of that trust." Amy Lignor, Suspense Magazine
About the Author
Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have made the IMBA bestseller list, been selected by Suspense Magazine as best cozy mystery, won a Readers' Favorite Gold Medal, and earned third place in the Arizona Literary Awards. Nancy has also written the instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery. Her imaginative romances have proven popular with fans as well. Her first book in this genre won the HOLT Medallion Award. A featured speaker at libraries, conferences, and community events, she is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who's Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets. When not busy writing, Nancy enjoys fine dining, cruising, visiting Disney World, and shopping. Visit her at NancyJCohen.com
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Talk about a whirlwind of emotions, I had to get a box of Kleenex for this amazing cozy story. I read this story while Hurricane Irma was hitting Florida too. I am keeping everyone affected by the storms in my prayers.
The story begins with Dalton and Marla learning that their friends Tally and Ken are missing when they receive a call from the babysitter. They quickly go to pick up the baby and Dalton reports the parents as missing. Then Marla receives a call from the hospital. Ken and Tally were in a car accident. Marla takes over care off their young son, Luke, and Dalton determines the crash may have been intentional. Marla starts to help Dalton with the investigation and finds she may not have know her BFF as well as she thought. But Tally legally designated Marla as the baby’s guardian if anything should happen to her so while not wanting a child of her own she will do anything to keep that little boy safe until his mom comes home.
Back in 2001 I was in an automobile accident so similar to the one in this story, but I was by myself. Like Tally my injuries keep me in the hospital, unconscious or sedated for a long time. It was so easy to visualize Tally in that hospital bed with Marla reading and talking to her. Letting her know her son was o.k. It mirrors exactly what happened to me. Tally has been a key character in this series and her being hurt in a situation like mine really rocked my emotions.
The way Marla took on not only the care of Tally’s child but trying to handle both Ken and Tally’s businesses as well as her own, and helped with the investigation also tugged at my heart. Her entire family stepped to help and it gave a little picture of what life would be like if she did decide to have a child of her own.
All of this would have made great women’s fiction but it’s a mystery and the author has plotted out a great one. There are suspects galore and motive for days. It is all about clipping all the clues together while trying not to tip the wrong person off. Cohen has written a very complex mystery that could have ended up several ways. I had a lot of fun following along trying to solve it myself but another murder late in the story really turned the whole thing on its ear for me. There were so many unexpected twists and the final one was excellent.
This is the 14th book in this series. It is the absolute best one so far, and they are all pretty darn good. It is fresh, believable and timely. I enjoyed going beyond the hair salon and seeing Marl’s evolution over the story. Nancy J. Cohen has brought together family and friendship and paired it with murder, insurance fraud, and false identities. I stayed up late, well early into the morning, to finish this one. This book is a must read for cozy lovers whether you are already a fan of this series or not. The book can stand on its own, you can catch up on previous titles later 🙂
I have read so many top notch books the past couple of weeks and Hair Brained will be joining them on my Best Reads list for 2017! I am beyond excited for the next installment in this series!
While having a New Year’s Eve celebration at their house, Marla and her husband Dalton receive a phone call informing them that two of their friends are missing. Tally and Ken’s babysitter has called to tell them that the two have not returned home from a night out. Marla and Dalton go pick up their friend’s young son and begin to look for them. They eventually find out that Tally and Ken have been in a car accident. That is bad enough, but when Dalton, a detective, determines that the accident may not have been so accidental, Marla knows she has to help figure out exactly what happened. But between her own busy life with work and taking care of an infant, her plate is overflowing. She has no idea of how to care for an infant, she has never had any children of her own. But she knows she will do whatever it takes to make sure the baby is safe.
The characters are well rounded and well developed. Marla is a great woman who seems to be able to handle most anything. Watching her work with her husband to try to figure out how the accident happened and who was involved was a refreshing change for me. Usually in the cozies I read, the protagonist is at odds with law enforcement and is always being told to keep her nose out of the investigation. I really liked that that was not the case in this book.
The mystery was well plotted and moved along at a nice pace. There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through that it was not an easy one to figure out. I found myself swiping pages as fast as I could to find out what was going to happen next. And not only for the mystery but to see how Marla was going to handle being an instant mother and how all of the turmoil in their lives would work itself out.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a well crafted cozy mystery. This book was a little meatier than your typical cozy, which was great. I have not read any other books in this series, but I was able to follow along just fine. After reading this one, I have to go back and read the others.