Sunday 25 November 2018

Trimmed to Death (Bad Hair Day Mystery, #15) by Nancy J. Cohen

Trimmed to Death (Bad Hair Day Mystery, #15)
Savvy hairstylist and amateur sleuth Marla Vail enters a charity bake-off contest at a fall festival sponsored by a local farm. While she waits to see if her coconut fudge pie is a winner, Marla joins a scavenger hunt where people playing character roles are the targets. Instead of scoring points with a live person, she finds a dead body planted face-down in the strawberry field. Who would want to cut short the life of food magazine publisher and fellow bake-off contestant Francine Dodger? As she investigates, Marla learns there’s no shortage of suspects. A celebrity TV chef, food critic, olive oil importer, food truck owner, pastry chef, and cookbook author may be stirring up more than their next recipe. Can Marla unmask the killer before someone else gets trimmed from life?

Recipes Included!
   (Summary via Goodreads)

One thing that I love about the Bad Hair Day Mystery series by Nancy J. Cohen is that the main character helps the police in solving the cases and they actually appreciate the help.  Usually in a cozy mystery the main character is an amatuer crime solver who takes on the "case" because they are closely involved or someone they love is involved and they want to clear the person's name.  Also by doing this they but heads with the lead detective and seem to "get in the way" more than help.  However that is not the case in the Bad Hair Day Mystery books.....

Marla is the main character and even though she owns a hair salon and day spa, she still finds time to help the local law enforcement agency with cases.  How can she not.....her husband is the lead detective and usually looks to Marla for insight.

One cannot help but fall in love with Marla and her husband Dalton and even his daughter Brianna.  Brianna has a way, like Marla, of getting into the cases and helps in a way only a teenager can help.  This is a very close, loving, and caring family who make you want to know everything about them.  

And boy does Cohen know how to tell a story !!!  And the way she twists and turns things and relates people and events will have you feeling like you are sitting in the kitchen with the Vail family hashing out the details.

I highly recommend this series to readers.  I especially cannot wait for the next book in this series as Trimmed to Death left you with a big secret revealed !!!

Review by Missi S.

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