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Highlights to Heaven (A Bad Hair Day Mystery) [Mass Market Paperback]

Nancy J. Cohen
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13 Dec 2004 A Bad Hair Day Mystery
Professional hair stylist and amateur sleuth Marla Shore lands a case close to home when her pet loving neighbour, a man aptly named Goat, disappears, leaving his animals and a dead body - behind. The corpse might be just another anonymous stiff except for the distinctive highlighting in his hair. Marla immediately recognizes the signature technique of Ft. Lauderdale's Heavenly Hair Salon and the work of stylist Cutter Corrigan. Curiosity - and a desire to impress sexy Detective Dalton Vail - motivate Marla to question the proprietor of Heavenly Hair before the police do. And before she even leaves the murder scene, Marla makes another a grisly discovery that suggests the killing involves the exotic pet trade, where fancy fur coats are illegally made from local Tabbies and Rovers.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Books; New edition edition (13 Dec 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758200714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758200716
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,211,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"Full of twists and turns, great characters, and an interesting setting. Who could ask for more?"

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars murder comes close to home 10 Mar 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
for marla when a body is found in her next door neighbour's house. but goat is nowhere to be found. so marla and her sexy cop dalton vail get on the case to track goat and the murderer down. in this book their relationship developes into a much more committed relationship and also marla and brianna's relationship takes a turn for the better. another good read but i did get a bit bored with the murder mystery bit but the other stuff did keep me interested
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars God Awful 15 Jan 2005
By A Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Usually when a series starts out bad, it can only get better. Unfortunately, this series keeps getting worse.

There were so many things going on in this book that it was hard to keep track of them all -- a murder in a neighbor's home, an incident between neighbors, animal cruelty, illegal fur business, exotic bird trade, competing salon owners, baldness, citrus canker, teenage angst, bad deeds from the past. Way too much to keep track of.

Marla never learns her lesson and keeps putting herself into stupid, dangerous situations. Her cop boyfriend does nothing to discourage her from involving herself in his cases other than shaking a finger now and then, but yet he turns around and tells her that the case is "our case." Cops do *not* encourage civilians to get involved in their investigations, particularly a civilian as stupid and careless as Marla.

After she finds out about two hairdressers being killed, Marla thinks she went to school with one and doesn't recognize the name of the other. After she goes to her beauty school and finds out they were all classmates, we suddenly learn that the three, along with two other students, were part of a tight "gang" who hung around together and basically ruined another student's life. So why doesn't Marla recognize the name of someone she was supposedly so tight with? That really lost me.

This author has enough trouble trying to write mystery -- the last thing she should do is try to add romance. There's really no chemistry at all between Marla and Dalton, and her attempts at writing romance for them come off as juvenile and amateur. On one page, Marla is fretting about their differences and how a relationship between them won't work, then on the next page she's discussing the changes she'd make to his decor if she moves in with him. No consistency and certainly nothing about these two that makes you want to read about them having a meal together (which will, of course, be filled with leers and attempts at sexually suggestive comments and feelings) much less living together.

This author really needs to go back to writing school, because she's a textbook for "How To Get Your Novel Published." There's no red, yellow and blue in Marla's world -- only crimson, lemon and azure. Clothing, table settings, meals, cars, everything is described in painstaking detail to the point where you end up skimming over paragraphs at a time. And, in addition to the very annoying "Bless My Bones!" and random Yiddish phrases, we're now also treated to "Holy Highlights!" throughout the book. What is this, Batman?

Anyone who lives in South Florida knows that Palm Haven is really Plantation -- it's silly to try to invent a town when you're specific enough to tell us that someone is driving down Nob Hill Road to get onto I-595. Why the author felt the need to invent the name of the town is beyond me, since a large portion of her reading audience is local.

Yet another poor effort by a very poor writer.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible 2 Sep 2010
By Ally Bishop - Published on Amazon.com
While there are some books that just don't fit your taste, this book goes well beyond. There are plenty of synopsis on previous reviews, so I won't rehash that here. In several spots, grammatical errors were not corrected, the plot has so many complications, it can't keep track of them, and the romance is awkward and shoved together. This reads like a poorly written first draft, not a published novel. I saw the ending coming from the first chapter.

Add to that the author maligns homosexuals with her stereotypical descriptions and determination to make them the bad guys.

I have no idea how this kind of tripe gets published, but highly recommend trying out some other cozy mystery -- not this one.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reminiscent of Evanovich... fun read. 22 Feb 2004
By Thomas Duff - Published on Amazon.com
If you want a mind-candy read somewhat reminicient of Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, you'll enjoy Highlights To Heaven by Nancy J. Cohen. This is part of her "Bad Hair Day Mystery" series. The main character, Marla Shore, is a south Florida Jewish hair stylist with her own salon, and she finds herself in the middle of crime investigations, much to the dismay of her love interest and police dectective Dalton Vail.
In the latest installment, her strange neighbor (nicknamed "Goat") has gone missing. When she goes over to investigate with Vail, they find a dead body, a stash of cash, and no Goat. Shore recognizes the highlighting style on the dead guy, and asks some questions of the stylist who did the work. Things start happening quickly at that point, and it seems to tie back to her styling school days when a group of her friends played a joke on another stylist who lost his hair in the process. All the friends are being killed off, and Shore narrowly escapes death a couple of time. A few unexpected plot twists brings the story to the typical life or death climax at the end. And as a subplot throughout the story, Shore's relationship with Vail advances forward to the next major stage... moving in.
This isn't deep thought-provoking material. It's a light story with interesting characters, and it's the exact type of recreational read that I often look forward to.
4.0 out of 5 stars Bad Hair Day 18 April 2014
By C. KING - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a fun cozy mystery series. The formula driven stories have the typical cast of characters, but aare fun to read.
3.0 out of 5 stars The cop invites the heroine along 26 Aug 2013
By J - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I do enjoy this series of mysteries but the cop which is her love interest is a little unbelievable. On to the next one.
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