Thursday, November 10, 2011

Shear Murder-Nancy J. Cohen

Shear Murder

Nancy J. Cohen

Five Star, Feb 8 2011, $25.95

ISBN: 9781432825546

South Florida beautician Marla Shore prays the next frantic four weeks does not prove to be a “Bad Hair” month. Besides getting married at the end of the stretch to detective Dalton Vail while keeping her mom and her future mother-in-law from a mutual beat-down, Marla renovates her beauty parlor into a spa, works along with her fiancĂ© on their new home, and participates as a bridesmaid in her friend Jill’s wedding.

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 fiancĂ© 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.

Harriet Klausner

1 comment:

Nancy J. Cohen said...

Thank you, Harriet, for another great review and for your support through the years.