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Hair Raiser (A Bad Hair Day Mystery) [Hardcover]

Nancy J. Cohen
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25 Jan 2001 A Bad Hair Day Mystery
Not just your average South Florida beachcomber, Marla's now a volunteer for Ocean Guard, a coastal preservation group. She's even in charge of their upcoming Taste of the World fundraiser. But when chef Pierre Chevalier's flaming Bananas Foster results in a three-alarm fire, she can't help wondering: too much rum in the recipe-or sabotage? Something is beginning to smell fishy in sunny Palm Haven, and it isn't just the polluted shoreline. But even Marla is stunned when Ocean Guard's attorney, Benjamin Kline, is murdered. Not that she was crazy about the guy-in fact, nobody was. The victim had his share of enemies, though Marla's old friend, the irritatingly appealing Detective Dalton Vail, is convinced the culprit was one of Ocean Guard's esteemed board members. Now he's counting on Marla to untangle the clues. The suspects couldn't be more varied-or less likely-from likable businesswoman Babs Winrow to quiet, respectable banker Darren Shapiro. Even Digby Raines, the smarmy mayoral candidate himself, and creepy funeral director Stefano Barletti are on the ever-growing list. One of them snipped Ben Kline's life short, and Marla's determined to get to the root of a case that's anything but cut and dried. And with her own brush with death serving as a blunt reminder that a killer's still on the loose, Marla realizes that if she isn't careful, the next thing to wash up on the sand might not be mere medical waste... With her sassy style and flair for local color, Nancy J. Cohen has created another sleek page-turner that will leave readers eagerly awaiting their next appointment with the pert and plucky Marla.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing (25 Jan 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575666227
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575666228
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 13.1 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,981,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Nancy J. Cohen writes the humorous Bad Hair Day mystery series featuring hairdresser Marla Shore, who solves crimes with wit and style under the sultry Florida sun. Several of these titles have made the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association bestseller list. Nancy is also the author of Writing the Cozy Mystery, a valuable instructional guide for writers on how to write a winning whodunit. Her imaginative romances have proven popular with fans as well. Her titles in this genre have won the HOLT Medallion and Best Book in Romantic SciFi/Fantasy at The Romance Reviews. A featured speaker at conferences, libraries, and community events, Nancy is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who's Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets.

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4.0 out of 5 stars things are getting interesting 4 Mar 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
things between marla and dalton are hotting up as they get involved in another murder mystery. this time its someone that marla is working with on a charity event that gets bumped off!! the plot twists and turns and in the end it was a suprise to find out who was the killer. also dalton and marla take a step towards each other as they go on a date and have that first pash!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A mystery both exciting and fun to ead 22 Nov 2000
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In Southern Florida, Marla Shore owns the Cut 'N Dye Beauty Salon where she also works as a stylist. Currently, Marla is preoccupied with the Taste of the World fundraiser sponsored by Ocean Guard, a preservation group concerned with the coastal environment. She serves as the liaison between the participating chefs in the event and the leaders of the sponsoring group. If this occasion succeeds, Ocean Guard will obtain ownership of the property next door to her friend's property. If the property is to remain a nature preserve, Ocean Guard must also donate $20,000 to a designated political lobby, hence the fundraiser.

Obtaining the property appears to be a snap until many of the chefs withdraw from the event. Marla thinks someone is trying to prevent the transfer of the property. Two organization members are murdered and biological waste washes ashore onto the property whose ownership appears in doubt. Marla begins making inquiries that will make her a key target of a determined killer.

HAIR RAISER is a delightfully funny yet stylized murder mystery that shows the talent of author Nancy J. Cohen to entertain her audience. The characters are easy to identify with, likable and realistic next-door neighbors. The brilliantly crafted mystery makes it extremely difficult to identify the villain until Ms. Cohen reveals whom the individual is. The second installment in the "Bad Hair Day" series is a near perfect perm.

Harriet Klausner
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Series is getting better 23 Feb 2001
By "kathrynlively" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I'll admit that while I did not completely like Permed to Death, Hair Raiser's predecessor, I did not hate it, either. While I found the characterization a bit awkward and certain sub-plots of the story predictable, I thought Cohen had a nice concept with Marla Shore and hope she could pull off an improved sequel. I'm happy to say Hair Raiser is evidence that Cohen is getting better at the mystery game.
The mystery -- where Marla is determined to hunt the killer of a lawyer on the board of an environmental committee which includes her cousin -- is thought out and written well. Plus the relationship between Marla and Detective Vail makes for great page-turning sexual tension -- their relationship does not come off as awkward as it did in the first book. I can genuinely say I'm looking forward to reading more.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How did this book make it to hard cover? 31 Oct 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Although I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series (Permed to Death), this one was very disappointing. It was not well written, the villain was too easy to spot, and some of the things that come out of Marla's mouth are totally ridiculous. She acts like everone's psychotherapist, and people just accept it. She throws in yiddish words in ridiculous places, just for effect, and her obsession with pleasing her family after the Tammy episode in the past is sickening. I'm through with this series.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and fun 5 Dec 2000
By C. Thomason - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Readers of cozy mysteries will enjoy this book. The heroine is cute, sassy, and clever. The plot is intruging with just enough romance from sexy Dalton Vail to keep me turning pages. I didn't know the guilty person until the very end and I was surprised. I can't wait until the next Marla Shore mystery comes out.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but too obvious. 4 Mar 2008
By Jennifer Terry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I did enjoy this mystery, reading about the different restaurants, the descriptions of the mangrove swamp, etc., but the clues might as well have been underlined in red in the book. How many times did we have to read about Marla almost opening the letter from the dead lawyer to know it was pivotal to the plot? How many times did we have to read about the potential boyfriend's brief moments of bad behavior to know he was involved? I don't think I've ever correctly solved a mystery before the end of a book, but it was patently obvious here by halfway through. And Marla's desperation to have her cousin respect her was a little too pathetic. I look for improvement in subsequent attempts, as the story was for the most part enjoyable.
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