Hair Brained

Hair Brained

by Nancy J. Cohen

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ISBN-13: 9781432852771
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 08/08/2018
Series: A Bad Hair Day Mystery Series
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 428
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have made the IMBA bestseller list, been selected by Suspense Magazine as best cozy mystery, and won third place in the Arizona Literary Awards. Nancy has also written the instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery. Her imaginative romances, including the Drift Lords series, have proven popular with fans as well. Her first book in this genre won the HOLT Medallion Award. A featured speaker at libraries, conferences, and community events, she is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who's Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets. When not busy writing, Nancy enjoys fine dining, cruising, visiting Disney World, and shopping. Visit her at

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Hair Brained 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Missisue4 More than 1 year ago
It is hard to believe that Hair Brained is the 14th book in Nancy J. Cohen's Bad Hair Day Mystery series. I will admit I have not read all of the books in this series....but it doesn't matter !! This is the 2nd book in the series that I have read and it reads like it could be a stand alone book. In Hair Brained there is so much going on that you get lost in Marla and Dalton's lives instantly. As they deal with the death of their good friend Ken, Ken's wife's injuries and caring for their newborn son Luke, you realize that they are doing exactly what you would in their situation. As executors to their estates and guardians of Luke, they have a lot on their plates. While Tally is still in a coma Marla and Dalton have to handle everything for Tally while she is in that state. There are a lot of unanswered questions regarding what to do with Ken's insurance business as well as Tally's shop. Everything changes when they find out that Ken was responding to a work related matter and was run off the road intentionally. As Dalton and Marla go in different directions investigating their friends death, Marla finds out that she doesn't really know her friend as well as she did. But really .... How well do we know our friends ?? Marla realizes that there is a lot about her friend that she didn't know and hopes that Tally recovers so that she can learn the truth about some of the stuff that is uncovered. As you are reading Hair Brained and riding along with Marla, you will begin to agree with her and her theories until you turn the page and something happens. One minute you are sure that the accident was a result of something Ken did but then Marla finds out something relating to Tally and you begin to think that maybe Tally was the intended target........ So many great possibilities that you are always thinking and on your toes while reading this book. And when you get to the end and everything is will blow your mind !!! I did not see that coming.....did you ??
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Talk about a whirlwind of emotions, I had to get a box of Kleenex for this amazing cozy story. I read this story while Hurricane Irma was hitting Florida too. I am keeping everyone affected by the storms in my prayers. The story begins with Dalton and Marla learning that their friends Tally and Ken are missing when they receive a call from the babysitter. They quickly go to pick up the baby and Dalton reports the parents as missing. Then Marla receives a call from the hospital. Ken and Tally were in a car accident. Marla takes over care off their young son, Luke, and Dalton determines the crash may have been intentional. Marla starts to help Dalton with the investigation and finds she may not have know her BFF as well as she thought. But Tally legally designated Marla as the baby’s guardian if anything should happen to her so while not wanting a child of her own she will do anything to keep that little boy safe until his mom comes home. Back in 2001 I was in an automobile accident so similar to the one in this story, but I was by myself. Like Tally my injuries keep me in the hospital, unconscious or sedated for a long time. It was so easy to visualize Tally in that hospital bed with Marla reading and talking to her. Letting her know her son was o.k. It mirrors exactly what happened to me. Tally has been a key character in this series and her being hurt in a situation like mine really rocked my emotions. The way Marla took on not only the care of Tally’s child but trying to handle both Ken and Tally’s businesses as well as her own, and helped with the investigation also tugged at my heart. Her entire family stepped to help and it gave a little picture of what life would be like if she did decide to have a child of her own. All of this would have made great women’s fiction but it’s a mystery and the author has plotted out a great one. There are suspects galore and motive for days. It is all about clipping all the clues together while trying not to tip the wrong person off. Cohen has written a very complex mystery that could have ended up several ways. I had a lot of fun following along trying to solve it myself but another murder late in the story really turned the whole thing on its ear for me. There were so many unexpected twists and the final one was excellent. This is the 14th book in this series. It is the absolute best one so far, and they are all pretty darn good. It is fresh, believable and timely. I enjoyed going beyond the hair salon and seeing Marl’s evolution over the story. Nancy J. Cohen has brought together family and friendship and paired it with murder, insurance fraud, and false identities. I stayed up late, well early into the morning, to finish this one. This book is a must read for cozy lovers whether you are already a fan of this series or not. The book can stand on its own, you can catch up on previous titles later I have read so many top notch books the past couple of weeks and Hair Brained will be joining them on my Best Reads list for 2017! I am beyond excited for the next installment in this series!
TarynLee More than 1 year ago
When Maria's best friend is involved in an accident she dives right in to find out what happened. The police think it could have been an accident with no foul play involved but that's not how Marla and her detective husband Dalton see it. When did things start popping up about her friend Tally, Marla begins to wonder just how well she really knows her. While taking all this in Marla is also guardian of Tally's baby son and is dealing with the pressure of maybe wanting a child of her own. I was immediately pulled into the story and couldn't put the book down until I had all the answers to my questions. I loved how the author kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next and how many more surprised could Marla take. I look forward to finding out what comes next for Marla.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
This is a great book; this is the fourteenth book in the Bad Hair Day Mystery series and is written by Nancy Cohen. When hairstylist Marla Vail’s best friend is hurt in a suspicious car accident, Marla assumes guardianship of her infant son. No sooner does Marla say, “Baby want a bottle?” than she’s embroiled in another murder investigation. Her husband, Detective Dalton Vail, determines the crash may not have been an accident after all. As Marla digs deeper into her friends’ lives, she realizes she didn’t know them as well as she’d thought. Nonetheless, it’s her duty as their son’s guardian to ensure his safety, even if it means putting her own life at risk. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader’s copy of this book. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
Hair stylist Marla Vail receives some very bad news...their friends, Tally and husband, Ken, have been involved in a serious car crash that the police ultimately determine was not an accident . This sends Marla on a path that will ultimately change her life in ways she cannot imagine. As Dalton and Marla oversee their friends' personal and business affairs, they become involved in an investigation that has many suspects and motives, but nothing that seems solid. From Ken's real estate business to Tally's boutique to the ladies' tea parties that Tally attended...everything seems suspicious as secrets are uncovered that Tally, her supposedly best friend, never shared with Marla . And of course, Marla is also trying to cope with taking care of Tally's baby, Luke...when she herself has been trying to avoid motherhood entirely. The story moved at a nice pace and had enough clues and suspects to keep the reader guessing until the final surprise reveal. I enjoyed the relationship between Marla and Dalton, as well as her interaction with her staff, and of course, Luke. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. Disclosure: I am voluntarily reviewing an ARC of this book.
141536 More than 1 year ago
I love this series. I look forward to each new book and this one does not disappoint. I could not put the book down till I finished it. You will love Marla and her family can't wait till the next one
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Marla and Dalton Vail make an awesome husband and wife sleuthing team. Even though Dalton is a cop, he is investigating a crime that is not in his jurisdiction in this story. Marla has a very personal and legitimate reason to get involved in this mystery. Her best friend Tally is injured in a car accident, where she and her husband Ken were forced off the road. Ken was killed, Tally is in a coma. Because Marla is the legal guardian for their son as well as having Power of Attorney, she is not taking care of a baby and trying to make decisions for Tally's business. Of course, Marla puts herself at risk a couple of times while investigating, but with her wits, she is able to escape. This book deals with many situations that families do not always consider. Things like power of attorney, health insurance, long term care insurance, guardianship of minors, executors, and pre-planned funerals. The book isn't preachy, but the story makes you think about things you might not have considered before. The characters continue to show more of themselves in the story and Marla begins to seriously rethink her stand on having children. I liked getting to know more about some of the secondary characters as well. The relationship between Ken and Marla is almost too good to be true. They do have their disagreements, but they always get worked out. The story actually has a couple of mysteries within its pages and all is worked out by the end, but there are a lot of plot twists along the way. With so many suspects, I challenge you to see if you can figure out who is to blame for everything that is happening in this story. I would like to thank Nancy for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
Marla and Dalton have been struggling with the idea of having a baby---he wants one, she doesn't---so it's fortuitous, if unhappily, that Marla takes guardianship of her best friend Tally's four-month-old son when Tally and her husband, Ken, go missing. Having little Luke around might give their dilemma a bit of clarity but the reason for his presence is ominous. Marla had already been thinking that Tally had recently been a little reserved and uncommunicative as though there was something she wan't prepared to share with Marla. Now, she has to consider that this secret, if that's what it is, has something to do with the disappearance. A lot about the couple going out makes no sense even though it was New Year's Eve; they hadn't planned on an outing so why did they suddenly change their minds just because Ken got a business call? When Marla and Dalton learn that Tally was hurt and Ken killed in a car accident, their immediate attention is on Tally's survival and what they can do for her and the baby but then they find out the accident may have been no accident after all. Spending time with Marla and Dalton is like visiting old friends and I think Hair Brained is one of Ms. Cohen's better entries in the series. The mystery itself and their investigations are absorbing and the baby issue is a question that confronts many couples that are in a more "settled" time in their lives. Marla is directly invested in this particular case and rightfully so, creating a natural rationale for her sleuthing. With the story concluding in an open-ended fashion, I can't wait for the next book.