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Trimmed to Death (Bad Hair Day Mysteries Book 15) Kindle Edition
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"This sweet cozy mystery has an interesting cast of characters along with plenty of suspects to thicken the plot." FS Brown, InD'Tale Magazine
"The dialogue is sharp, the eye for detail is masterful, andthe narrative pacing is just right. Plenty of suspicious-seeming characters raise the tension. Even if you're not yet a "Cozy" fan, you'll have a blast. All this and recipes, too." Phil Jason, Florida Weekly
"The Bad Day Hair novels can always be relied upon to deliver a satisfying mix of humor and moments of heart-breaking sadness. The impact of death is never taken too lightly, and the cost upon the mournful is shown in relatable and very moving ways. The laughs are more subtle than in previous entries, yet they continue throughout and are seamlessly blended into the mystery... Marla's struggle to overcome her past has come into play before, but now she may finally learn to move beyond it and accept a new path in her life. The future looks very bright for the Vail family, and readers will have much to look forward to in this evolving, very unique series." Cynthia Chow, KRL News & Reviews
Trimmed to Death by Nancy J. Cohen is the fifteenth book in the Bad Hair Day Mystery series. Marla has put her baking to the test after being convinced to enter her coconut fudge pie into the bake-off. When a scavenger hunt breaks out, Marla can't resist joining the fun until what she finds is the body of a fellow contestant. Investigating the mystery draws her into the world of food and takes her mind off her recent decision to expand her family. With the help of her husband and her best friend, she explores the inside life of professional cooking where she uncovers shocking motives and a surprising discovery that puts her in danger..."Trimmed to Death is a delightful and delicious mystery with humor, action, and suspense while Cohen provides plenty of surprises for longtime readers of the Bad Hair Day mysteries." 5 Star Review by Liz Konkel at Readers' Favorite
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- ASIN : B07F2FP55B
- Publisher : Orange Grove Press (September 25, 2018)
- Publication date : September 25, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 2430 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 290 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #860,606 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Bad Hair Day Mysteries are cozy mysteries, but cozy mysteries with a bit of an edge. Trimmed to Death is no exception. The plot is well-developed, the characters have depth and the mystery is complex. There are a lot of suspects at the beginning and a number of clues to help you try and solve the mystery along with Marla. Don’t be surprised if you can’t, because there are also a lot of twists and turns and surprises. Marla’s profession as a hair stylist adds the dimension of hair and fashion info, and her interest in food supplies delicious meal and recipe ideas. She always notices hair, skin, clothes and general appearance as well as her surroundings, and this plays right into understanding the characters and solving the mystery. Marla is inquisitive and observant with a knack for getting people to open up and through her eyes we get to benefit from author Cohen’s extensive research into a variety of subjects. Each book focuses on a different topic as part of the plot, and you find yourself being educated – in a very subtle way – about something you probably thought you weren’t interested in but find yourself learning about and enjoying. In Trimmed to Death it’s Egyptian rituals and mind-altering experiences, and Cohen does an excellent job of blending history, suspense, danger and humor. I laughed at Dalton’s behavior but I was scared for him and Marla.
By this point in the series Marla and Dalton have settled into a very comfortable marriage and family life and she’s as thrilled with him as she ever was. Stepdaughter Brianna is a pretty typical teenager, but Marla deals with it all in a positive manner and the family dynamics are sound. Author Cohen has done an amazing job of developing Marla’s character - a few books back Marla irritated me half the time but now she has become both stronger and softer at the same time, more comfortable in her own skin and less prissy with each book and therefore more likeable. She cares about people, her community, her business and especially her family and friends. Dalton values her opinions and insight and has more or less resigned himself to finding her in the middle of his investigations. His initial reaction to her finding another body: “Good God, Marla. Not another one.” To go along with the strong Marla who is determined to be an equal partner there is the Marla who sometimes doubts herself and who hasn’t quite decided about the whole baby thing. She’s come a long way from the Marla who thought having a baby would put a crimp in all her plans – no travel, too hard with work, no fun – and especially after caring for her friend Tally’s son Luke for such a long time in the previous book Hair Brained has mellowed. Luke has made her see just how sweet having a baby around can be.
As I said at the beginning of this review, Trimmed to Death is the best so far. Even though time passes, situations change and people grow, the behavior of the characters is consistent throughout the series. The mystery is intriguing and unusual and everything is satisfactorily wrapped up by the end. The story is complex and layered and the writing excellent. Cohen uses a variety of words and details that makes for an interesting read and characters with lives that seem real. Without you even noticing, she starts to wrap up story lines and build the suspense. Suddenly you realize the tension has ratcheted up, people are in real danger, and you aren’t quite sure if you’ve figured out whodunit or not.
I love the Bad Hair Day Mystery series and always look forward to the next book. Marla has become like a friend, just quirky enough to be funny, like when she says, “Gaining information from Sally was like coaxing a stubborn curl into place,” or “Holy highlights!” which always makes me laugh, but a friend you can count on and want to spend time with.
I was provided a copy of Trimmed to Death by the author. I was not asked or expected to write a review, but I recommend anything Nancy J. Cohen writes without hesitation. Be sure to read Trimmed to Death, take note of the cute cover, and check out the trailer and Instagram page while you’re at it!
Marla is the main character and even though she owns a hair salon and day spa, she still finds time to help the local law enforcement agency with cases. How can she not.....her husband is the lead detective and usually looks to Marla for insight.
One cannot help but fall in love with Marla and her husband Dalton and even his daughter Brianna. Brianna has a way, like Marla, of getting into the cases and helps in a way only a teenager can help. This is a very close, loving, and caring family who make you want to know everything about them.
And boy does Cohen know how to tell a story !!! And the way she twists and turns things and relates people and events will have you feeling like you are sitting in the kitchen with the Vail family hashing out the details.
I highly recommend this series to readers. I especially cannot wait for the next book in this series as Trimmed to Death left you with a big secret revealed !!!