Honeymoon brings Florida sleuths to imperiled Arizona setting
Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on October 8, 2015
Great review of Peril by Ponytail by Phil Jason at Florida Weekly.
Peril by Ponytail, by Nancy J. Cohen. Five Star. 292 pages. Hardcover $25.95.
Certain formulas help focus a writer’s effort. Adaptations of the so-called classical unities of time, place, and action advanced by Aristotle (for drama, not prose fiction) put helpful limits, and the pressure of limits, on the writer and the reader. That’s why island motifs are so popular. In theater, the arrival/departure frame has long been a design staple. Nancy J. Cohen exploits these conventions effectively in her in twelfth “Bad Hair Day Mystery,” featuring hair salon owner Marla Vail, recently married to Dalton, a South Florida homicide detective.
The romantic Arizona honeymoon that they are planning at the Last Trail Dude Ranch, to which they’ve been invited by Dalton’s cousin Wayne Campbell, the general manager, ends up being short on romance but long on adventure. Strange happenings, disappearances, and even deaths plague the resort and threaten…
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