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Shear Murder (Bad Hair Day Mystery 10) Hardcover – January 18, 2012
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"The action is fast-paced, the situations and characterizations provide plenty of this author's trademark humor. Her knowledge of the look, feel and social texture of South Florida living is another great attraction for her readers." Florida Weekly
"Mix together a sassy hairdresser with a penchant for sleuthing, a sexy detective and some eccentric friends and neighbors; stir in an unconventional murder or two, bake in the South Florida sun, and you have the makings of Nancy J. Cohen's delicious 'Bad Hair Day' mystery series."--The Island Reporter
Marla is at a friend's wedding when a murder occurs during the reception. Interesting characters and South Florida scenery make "Shear Murder" a cut above other amateur sleuth mysteries." --Sun-Sentinel
"Shear Murder, like its predecessors in the series, is a fast moving, humorous mystery. Cohen offers insight into the world of beauty salons in addition to providing a suspenseful cozy read."--Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
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Dalton and Marla have their own wedding to plan and he chides her about getting involved in this murder. Marla has enough on her plate with semi-feuding mothers-in-law, getting flowers, expanding guest lists, etc, but being Jill's friend, she wants to help. Soon she is in up to her neck with photographers, reporters, florists and realtors, all involved with Jill and Torrie, and all having a possible reason to commit murder.
I love this series and this is a great addition. Marla tries to stay out of these murders but she just can't. Dalton is exasperated but supportive for the most part, although he is acting a little strange over their wedding. Marla has to deal with frazzled friends, a molotov cocktail in her salon, an old "friend" of Dalton's and planning the wedding. It is all a wonderful mix of mayhem and romance that Ms. Cohen works into a lovely mystery. I hope the next one comes sooner than later!
In this installment, Marla not only does hair for a wedding, but is a bridesmaid and finally a bride. At crunch time for her own wedding plans she is also trying to solve a murder. Marla takes multitasking to a whole new level. Dalton really understands her need to be in the middle of things and his daughter Brianna has a great relationship with Marla. I am so happy this new family is coming together.
The family dynamics at work in both Marla's case and Jill and Torrie's are very entertaining. Marla knows just how to handle her own relatives and her future in-laws. Torrie's family and friends are so dysfunctional the suspects in her death are many and when the culprit was revealed this reader was quite surprised.
This is an ideal cozy mystery full of murder, mayhem, humor and romance. It is so fast paced you will read it in one sitting, just as I did. This book is definitely the perfect book to "escape into" this winter, it will warm you right up!
I will quote from the book jacket as I absolutely agree, "Shear Murder is a fast paced humorous mystery that will have you rooting for Marla to walk down the aisle with her groom before another disaster befalls her." This book is a definite must read!!!
Jill's wedding is perfect until Marla finds the bride's sister Torrie with a knife in her chest under the cake table. The police suspect Jill as she had the motive since the sisters argued over what to do with property they both owned; the means and opportunity as well. Deciding she has a chance to delay her personal issues for a while, Marla investigates which guest murdered the Matron of Honor who had collected damning information on an assortment of people while her fiancé the homicide detective pleads with her to stay out of the case.
It has been couple of years since the last "A Bad Hair Day Mystery" (see Killer Knots, Dead Roots and Perish by Pedicure), but Marla remains a wonderful amateur sleuth as she is a likable heroine who uses the homicide investigation to put off her personal workload. Although she has found corpses before (see Died Blonde), this is an engaging fast-paced romantic cozy in which readers will enjoy the antics of Marla as her life is overwhelming at the moment, but still adds one more murderous item to the mix.
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I enjoyed the beautiful South Florida setting. The amatuer sleuth, Marla, is great. I enjoyed all the mentions of Florida and Jewish cuture. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ms. Loves To Read
This was my first Marla Shore mystery. Fun story - good characters. There are Jewish hairdressers in South Florida. Who knew? Anyway, looking forward to her further adventures.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
"Shear Murder" by Nancy J. Cohen was a mystery till the end. The tension built and you had to finish to find out who the murderer was and why he/she did it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by sharon rabner
This one is good. Many possibles, twists and turns. I like these books as the themes are all Love and kindness. But is a great story as well.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
As stated before I love reading this series, this was a great readPublished 24 months ago by orenaj
I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Shear Murder" by Nancy J. Cohen and I stayed up way past my bedtime last night to finish reading it because I HAD to know who the killer was. Read morePublished on July 6, 2014 by Patricia Gligor
Absolutely awesome!! Great believable characters, enough twists and turns to keep the reader turning pages and just when you think you know... bam! All changes!!! Read morePublished on July 1, 2014 by Raquel Russell
The story is one where you may think you know who done it, but you never know until the very end. The main characters are likeable and fun. Read morePublished on May 15, 2014 by Sr. Donna Font