Shear Murder Review
Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on March 19, 2012
Shear Murder, the tenth in Nancy J. Cohen’s Bad Hair Day Mystery series, features beauty-shop owner/ amateur sleuth Marla Shore. In this outing, Marla and fiance Dalton Vail are planning their own wedding and building a new house. Marla is delighted to serve as a member of her friend Jill’s bridal party, until, at the wedding reception, she discovers the matron-of-honor, Jill’s sister, Torrie, murdered under the cake table.
Jill and her sister weren’t as close as one might imagine; they had argued over commercial property that they co-owned. Torrie also knew a secret involving Jill’s past. These facts lead Marla to suspect that Jill might be implicated in her sister’s death. And when Marla investigates, she finds herself in peril.
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. She fills its pages with a veritable host of intriguing characters, some of whom are culled from the earlier books. She thoughtfully provides a cast listing at the beginning of the book. It was a pleasure for this reader to catch up with familiar characters, such as Goat, who is Marla’s neighbor, Anita, her mother, Roger Gold, Anita’s boyfriend, and Brianna, Dalton’s daughter.
It is not necessary to have read the earlier books to thoroughly enjoy this one. But having read it, one might well want to find out more about Marla and Dalton, and how their previous adventures led to where they find themselves at the end of Shear Murder.
–Stephanie Saxon Levine, Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore.