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Permed to Death (The Bad Hair Day Mysteries) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 4, 2016
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When a rather nasty woman dies of poisoning in Marla Shore's Palm Harbor beauty shop, police suspect Marla, the only other person in the shop. Marla, who doesn't want the authorities to find out that the victim was blackmailing her, takes a defensive stance and falls for the attractive detective in charge. She conducts her own investigation, questioning the dead woman's estranged son, niece/heir, greedy business partner, and others. While not without redeeming qualities, this first effort suffers from inconsistent characterization and a few frayed story lines. An optional purchase for larger collections.
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"Fast-paced and jaunty..."--Publishers Weekly
"An amusing tale, buoyed by a likable amateur sleuth and enhanced by the South Florida atmosphere."--Sun-Sentinel
"Permed to Death is a beauty of a read. The characters are believable, the mystery is well-plotted, and the suspense is a real manicure-ruiner."--I Love a Mystery
"A fascinating story, with intriguing, sometimes quirky characters, a touch of humor, a hint of romantic possibilities, and a look at a profession we don't often see in mysteries." --Mysterious Women
"Permed to Death is a good book to start reading while waiting at your favorite salon for your hair appointment."--Cozies,Capers, & Crimes
"Nancy Cohen has styled a novel that is to curl up and die for. A permanent solution to the doldrums." --MyShelf.com
"Permed to Death is a witty and a well-crafted mystery that will have you guessing till the intense end."--Southern Scribe
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This book was a mixed bag. I found Marla full of spunk and really enjoyed her. The plot twisted very nicely and I couldn't figure out who done it until the very end. However, the book also had some serious flaws. Detective Vail kept behaving in an unrealistic manner. I doubt any police detective would treat their prime suspect the way he did Marla without being fired. While I liked the fact that Marla had a past, I felt beat over the head with it since it seemed to be mentioned every few pages. Finally, the book felt overwritten, with too much description at times slowing down certain scenes.
Part of my problem might have been my gender; women might enjoy it more then I did. It wasn't a bad book; a good edit could have fixed most of the problems. Hopefully the series gets better as the author learns her craft.
One of the habits I have that must annoy authors it to give them updates as to where I am at in their book. Truly I do not think it is happening in real time but it is just one of my quirks. Marla Shore owns a beauty salon. She is giving a perm to a wretched woman who dies in her chair! I am a hairdresser so I know how these women can be! Half-way through the book quite pleased with myself I wrote to tell her proudly that I had solved the crime. (I was wrong) but the author was very gracious.
I love reading books that belong to a series because you not only get the benefit of seeing characters grow in the book but you also see them evolve in the series as well. Her characters are not perfect, and are believable. It is a very exciting book and the ending was one that I did not see coming. I love a book that makes you put on your thinking cap but I do not like to be able to figure it out too quickly and that is an art that is part of story telling that Nancy Cohen does so well in this book.
I do not automatically give 5 star reviews to everything I read, but I only post reviews on books that I truly do like. I do like this series and will continue on to the others as well!
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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