Easter Hair Hunt
Bad Hair Day Mystery
Nancy J. Cohen
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When hairstylist Marla Vail attends an Easter egg hunt at historic Tremayne Manor, she’s only there to fix hair for a client, Bonnie “Blinky” Morris. But when she’s asked to comb the grounds for leftover goodies, Marla discovers more than just a few dyed eggs. The dead body in the bunny costume is definitely not having a good hare day. And Blinky seems to have disappeared down a rabbit hole.
When trying to solve a murder, everyone needs a friend who’s all ears. For Marla, that’s her husband, homicide detective Dalton Vail. They make an eggcellent team. Dalton isn’t the kind to leap to conclusions, but with his wife seven months pregnant, and knowing Marla finds crime-solving to be irresistible, he worries about her running off on another hare-raising adventure.
Marla’s peeps are hoping for a happy ending, but she may have found a basketful of trouble this time. Can she crack the case before Blinky becomes the next victim?
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Marla is just trying to help one of her customers from her hair salon. She goes to Tremayne Manor to fix one of her customer’s hair for a luncheon. But things, of course, do not go as planned. The woman that she is supposed to make beautiful has disappeared, and she finds a dead body in a bunny suit. The very same bunny suit that her customer, Blinky, was wearing before her disappearance. That cannot be good, was her customer the intended target or was it the gardener, who was the dead body she found.
And if that was not enough to make Marla pull her hair out, she is hosting Easter dinner with her family and friends. And oh yeah, she is also seven months pregnant and trying to prepare for the birth of her son. She has furniture to buy, a nursery to set up and names to pick out. A lesser woman might have thrown in the towel, but Marla is a strong woman who can handle almost anything. But she will need the help of her husband, Dalton, who is a homicide detective. The two of them work together to solve the murder and fing the missing person. I really enjoyed the two of them working together, that was a welcome change from most cozy mysteries. Instead of demanding that she back off and leave the detecting to him, he values her input and cares about her opinions.
The characters are well rounded and well developed. I enjoyed spending time with Marla, Dalton, her coworkers, family and friends. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story right from the beginning. The mysteries were well plotted and had enough twists and turns to make it difficult to solve them.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a well crafted cozy mystery. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series and to meet Marla and Dalton’s son, and find out his name.