Highlights to Heaven (Bad Hair Day Series #5)

Highlights to Heaven (Bad Hair Day Series #5)

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by Nancy J. Cohen

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Professional hair stylist and amateur sleuth Marla Shore lands a case close to home when her pet-loving neighbor, a man aptly named Goat, disappears, leaving his animals - and a dead body - behind. The corpse might be just another anonymous stiff except for the distinctive highlighting in his hair. Marla immediately recognizes the signature technique of Ft.


Professional hair stylist and amateur sleuth Marla Shore lands a case close to home when her pet-loving neighbor, a man aptly named Goat, disappears, leaving his animals - and a dead body - behind. The corpse might be just another anonymous stiff except for the distinctive highlighting in his hair. Marla immediately recognizes the signature technique of Ft. Lauderdale�s Heavenly Hair Salon and the work of stylist Cutter Corrigan.

Curiosity - and a desire to impress sexy Detective Dalton Vail - motivate Marla to question the proprietor of Heavenly Hair before the police do. And before she even leaves the murder scene, Marla makes another a grisly discovery that suggests the killing involves the exotic pet trade, where fancy fur coats are illegally made from local Tabbies and Rovers.

How could gentle Goat be involved in that? Outraged and upset, Marla vows to find out the truth. Soon her unofficial questioning of other area hairdressers turns up a surprising link between Goat, the victim, and her own past. The long and short of it is danger for Marla, as she gets closer to uncovering a hair-raising secret someone would kill to keep.

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Publishers Weekly
With its many loose ends, Cohen's fifth cozy whodunit starring hairstylist-sleuth Marla Shore (after 2002's Body Wave) lives up to its billing as a "Bad Hair Day" mystery in more ways than one. In Palm Haven, Fla., Shore juggles the demands of her salon business with problematic relationships with her mother, her mother's importunate suitor and attractive police detective Dalton Vail. A missing neighbor, a murder victim with a signature highlighting pattern and Vail's official investigation conspire to put Marla on the scent of crimes involving contraband animals, illegal furs and a potion to cure baldness. A bizarre murder scheme apparently aimed at Marla's former beauty-school classmates also figures in the patchwork plot. The supporting characters aren't vivid enough to help carry the story, while the Jewish slang and humor seem forced rather than natural. As a result, the action careens from one improbable happening to another with interludes of romance and comedy that fail to captivate or convince. With Janet Evanovich setting a high standard for screwball mysteries and Sarah Strohmeyer's Bubbles Yablonsky already providing one successfully lighthearted hairdresser-sleuth heroine, Cohen has tough competition and fails to measure up in this outing. (Dec. 2) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Hairstylist and sometime sleuth Marla Shore (Body Wave) finds murder in the neighborhood when pet lover "Goat" disappears, leaving behind his animals and a corpse. Marla investigates, identifying the victim by way of his distinctive bronze highlights, but there's still that handsome detective boyfriend. Lively fun. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Bad Hair Day Series , #5
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4.34(w) x 6.82(h) x 0.84(d)

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Highlights To Heaven (Bad Hair Day Mystery 5) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not many writers can manage a mixed genre without "cute" but cohen can handle a story on several levels and make it work by a neat balance of mystery business friends fsmily and a touch of love interest and humor page counter mom
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hairdresser Marla falls in the middle of a neighborhood mystery when her dog groomer neighbor turns up missing. She sleuths her way through the crime and finds herself in a sticky situation. Adorable story with something for everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Marla Shore kickts it up in 'Highlights to Heaven'. She just knows this neighbor, who she's never taken the time to get to know, is innocent. Not too many detectives state that right away and never question their choice. The descriptions of Florida make me want to drive right down there for a visit. Marla is quick to defend herself in danger, and uses beauty for clues, self esteem, and relaxation. With all the clues thrown at her, it's a wonder she doesn't suspect herself! a great, fun read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again Nancy has done a terrific job. This is a great book! I highly recommend it. A wonderful addition to a superb series. Marla Shore¿s neighbor Goat is missing and a man is found dead in his townhouse. Her boyfriend Detective Dalton Vail asked her to accompany him to Goat¿s townhouse. But, once the dead man is found, he asks her to let him handle the investigation. Of course, Marla can¿ do that. The police think Goat killed him. She just can¿t believe that. She does some investigation. She goes to see her old teacher Cutter Corrigan at his salon. She recognizes the highlights in the dead man¿s hair as being Corrigan¿s signature. At the same time Louise Cunningham is opening her salon just down the street from Marla¿s Cut `N Dye Salon. Marla is having trouble hiring another stylist and receptionist. She feels torn between the investigation and her salon. Plus Marla¿s mother Anita keeps setting her up with Barry, the son of her boyfriend Roger. Marla can¿t stand Roger. Barry is a nice lawyer. She is confused because she can¿t decide whether she and Dalton have a future. Dalton¿s daughter Brianna is about to turn 13 and Marla isn¿t sure she wants a relationship with a child involved. Brianna is becoming attached to Marla. Marla and Dalton don¿t see eye to eye in the way Brianna should be brought up. This is causing a lot of friction. Before Marla is done investigating, she will find herself in danger. Eventually Dalton goes along with her to help keep her safe. Marla is such a great protagonist. She is likeable and strong willed. There are so many things going on in her life that at times she feels overwhelmed and has trouble focusing. I always enjoy this series and look forward to many more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Between owning and operating her own hair salon in a south Florida town and trying to keep her relationship with Detective Dalton Vail on an ever keel, one would think that Marla Shore doesn¿t have time for any extracurricular activities. When Dalton informs her that he got an anonymous tip that there is a dead body in her neighbor Goat¿s house, she¿s anxious to find out if it¿s true and what she can do to help.

Against his better judgment, Dalton let¿s Marla accompany him to investigate the tip and they find the murdered body of a man in Goat¿s home only it is not her neighbor. By the time they identify the body, Marla start her own investigation as well as nurturing her relationship with Dalton¿s daughter. Before the killer is caught, Marla is mugged, kidnapped and almost gets into a fatal car accident, courtesy of a killer with a score to settle.

HIGHLIGHTS TO HEAVEN is a heavenly amateur sleuth tale starring a protagonist who fills in every minute of her day, whether it¿s writing, sleuthing, or dealing with her matchmaking mother. Her deepening relationship with her lover¿s daughter is a beautiful scenario to read-about and comes across as totally believable. Nancy J. Cohen is excellent when it comes to plotting her adventurous storyline and creating eccentric adorable characters.

Harriet Klausner