Shear Murder (Bad Hair Day Series #10)

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Weddings always make Marla Shore shed a tear of joy, and she's elated to attend her friend Jill's reception. Marla's own nuptials are weeks away, and she's busy following her frenetic to-do list. Her plans go awry when she discovers Jill's matron of honor dead under the cake table, a knife embedded in her chest. Lots of folks aren't sorry to see Torrie go, especially since the bride's sister knew their deepest secrets. But when suspicion falls upon Jill, Marla wonders if her dear friend is truly innocent. She'd ...

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Overview

Weddings always make Marla Shore shed a tear of joy, and she's elated to attend her friend Jill's reception. Marla's own nuptials are weeks away, and she's busy following her frenetic to-do list. Her plans go awry when she discovers Jill's matron of honor dead under the cake table, a knife embedded in her chest. Lots of folks aren't sorry to see Torrie go, especially since the bride's sister knew their deepest secrets. But when suspicion falls upon Jill, Marla wonders if her dear friend is truly innocent. She'd better untangle the snarl of suspects and iron out the clues before the killer highlights her as the next victim.

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Publishers Weekly
Smart, edgy dialogue and an intriguing cast of characters lift Cohen’s 10th Bad Hair Day mystery featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Shore (after 2007’s Killer Knots). When Marla looks around for the knife to cut the cake at the wedding reception of her friend Jill, she finds it stuck in the chest of the bride’s sister, matron of honor Torrie Miller, whose body is lying under the table displaying the cake. Marla winds up assisting Jill in figuring out whether Jill should sell the commercial property she held jointly with Torrie, even as clues emerge suggesting Jill is the killer.In addition, Marla must prepare for her own upcoming nuptials to her police detective fiancé. Once again, Marla shows she’s as adept at investigating murder as she is managing her hair salon. Agent: Evan Marshall. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Who knows more about the wedding party than your hairdresser? Welcome back south Florida's Marla Shore, who trips over the dead matron of honor in her tenth cozy (Killer Knots). [See Prepub Alert, 8/2/11]
Kirkus Reviews
Finding the bride's sister's corpse under the dessert table can ruin most of your day, as hairstylist Marla Shore (Killer Knots, 2007, etc.) discovers at her friend Jill's wedding. With her own special day a scant two weeks off, Marla plays close attention to the Barlow-Hartman nuptials. And at first things look perfect. Jill Barlow has even converted to Judaism so she and Arnie can include the traditional Seven Blessings in their service under a gorgeous, flower-bedecked chuppah. Jill's sister Torrie, a fashion reporter from Boca Style Magazine, has talked philanthropist Falcon Oakwood into allowing the wedding to take place on the opening day of his Orchid Isle nature preserve, so Boca Style photographer Griff Beasley is on hand to take lots of fabulous pictures. Florist Phillip Canfield has outdone himself in supplying cascades of rare blooms. Of course, Jill's quarrel with Torrie over what to do with the parcel of land they co-own, managed by their realtor cousin Kevin, doesn't bode well. But the real downer is Marla's discovery of Torrie's body tucked under the table just before Jill and Arnie cut the wedding cake. Marla is so bummed out that she can hardly make tender love to her sexy fiancé, Dalton Vail, that evening. Instead of writing out place cards, she spends the time before she ties the knot asking pointed questions of anyone she thinks may be responsible for Torrie's demise, until of course someone decides to shut her up--unfortunately, not soon enough. Cohen takes the amateur-sleuth-who-asks-too-many-nosy-questions formula to new depths. It's enough to make your hair curl.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432825546
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/8/2012
  • Series: Bad Hair Day Series , #10
  • Pages: 246
  • Sales rank: 658,080
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted December 16, 2012

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    Weddings are much on hairdresser Marla¿s mind these days, her o


    Weddings are much on hairdresser Marla’s mind these days, her own ceremony in a few weeks and the one coming up shortly that will unite her friend, Jill, with her husband-to-be—but will it unite Jill with her fractious sister, Torrie? Apparently not, as Marla discovers when she finds Torrie dead and it looks like it’s up to Marla to save her friend from being pegged as a murderer. Of course, she has to fit this in with her own pre-wedding tasks and running her salon. At times, the bad guys are a relief from the simmering hostilities between her and Dalton’s mothers but then someone tries to burn down her shop, a clear sign that she may be getting to close to the killer.

    Marla Shore has been one of my favorite amateur sleuths for years and her escapades in Shear Murder are as entertaining as ever. Marla is a little different from your average amateur in a couple of ways. First, the woman is smart and she figures things out with a judicious amount of snooping rather than accidentally tripping over clues as so many do. The other thing that sets her apart is that the man in her life respects her intelligence and, even though he’s a police detective and that sort usually disdains the efforts of such sleuths (and often rightfully so), Dalton actually encourages Marla. How refreshing!

    Nancy J. Cohen is an author I always look for and I do hope #11 in the Bad Hair Day Mysteries series will be coming soon.

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