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Hair Raiser (The Bad Hair Day Mysteries) (Volume 2) Paperback – January 20, 2015
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An engaging, busy plot drives saucy beautician Marla Shore's second outing (after 1999's Permed to Death), set in Palm Haven, Fla. When Marla assembles 10 local chefs to cook for a gala benefit to save a pristine beach property from commercial development, the chefs start enthusiastically but nasty accidents soon cause them, one by one, to withdraw. Sabotage isn't out of the question, since the board members of Ocean Guard, the preservation group sponsoring the benefit, are all at each other's throats. When someone bludgeons the board's lawyer to death with a Samoan knife belonging to a banker on the board, Marla goes to the Bahamas to look for answers, taking malicious pranks and even murder attempts in stride with all the panache of a grown-up Nancy Drew. At times Cohen overwrites, especially when describing her characters' reactions ("Marla gazed into Babs's frantic hazel eyes and her mouth curved upward"; "His face wore its usual supercilious grin as he peered at her, hazel eyes raking her attire"), but there's no reason why a good editor can't curb such excesses in future Bad Hair Day episodes. Marla's romance with police detective Dalton Vail continues to thrive, and should be a major focus for fans in the next installment. A bold pink jacket perfectly complements the text. Agent, Linda Hyatt. (Dec. 5)
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"Nancy J. Cohen gives romance and mystery fans a heady concoction to savor." 4-1/2 stars Top Pick! Nominated for a Reviewer's Choice Award. RT Book Reviews
"Hair Raiser is curled around a likable amateur sleuth who can handle a curling iron and murder clues with aplomb." Sun-Sentinel
"An easy-to-take series title with the ready appeal of an independent female sleuth and colorful Florida settings." Library Journal
"Hair Raiser is a light, funny, cozy read...I had the serious urge to call my hairdresser and schedule an immediate appointment." Cozies, Capers, & Crimes
"Hair Raiser is suspenseful and engrossing. Cohen has richly filled this novel with quirky characters, plus twists and turns that make for a completely satisfying reading experience. The plot will keep you guessing, and Ms. Cohen's writing style will keep you coming back for more." MyShelf.com
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In Hair Raiser: The Bad Hair Day Mysteries, book 2, the body count starts to add up. Marla has caught the eye of a new suitor and Taste of the World is shaping up … but not like one would expect!
Nancy Cohen has taken Marla, growing her character into a tenacious sleuth with the intellect and tenacity of Columbo but the fun and outgoing personality of a young Jessica Fletcher. One cannot help but love Marla. The chemistry between Marla and Dalton continues to get more interesting but one is not clear where their relationship is headed. Cohen keeps us guessing past the end of the book!
I thought I knew who the killer was in this book but much to my surprise, each person suspected proved to not to be the killer. Cohen is a masterful weaver of mystery and twists; she skillfully misdirects the reader until the last moment.
Mary Ann Jacobs gives an excellent performance. She assumes the role of each character projecting them through her many voices. I could listen to Jacobs for days, her voice is soothing.
If you enjoy light cozy mysteries, this is a great series to get hooked on!
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I liked how she went about combining interviewing suspects, gathering clues, and finding chefs to take part in Taste of the World. She also finds time to combine dating with sleuthing and still work her day job.
This was an interesting mystery and I plan to explore more in the series. “I voluntarily received a review copy of this audiobook from the author.”