Savvy hairstylist and super sleuth Marla Vail visits her friend Tally who just got out of the hospital after a serious car accident. Marla has been caring for Tally's baby and is sad but grateful to return him to his mother. She and Tally reconcile their friendship that had become estranged before the crash.
Happy to have her friend back, Marla is about to leave when a knock summons her to the door. It's a distraught elderly neighbor who claims her cat is missing. Marla, unable to turn down a person in need, accompanies the lady home. But when Marla enters the house, she realizes much more is missing than a lost feline. The place has been ransacked, and when she calls the police, they inform her the neighborhood has been beset by a series of thefts. Can she find the crooks before they cause another cat'astrophe?
This story comes after Hair Brained, #14 in the Bad Hair Day Mysteries.
Bonus One: An interview with Marla
Bonus Two: 5 new recipes!
Bonus Three: A sneak preview of Trimmed to Death
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, won a Readers' Favorite Gold Medal, and earned third place in the Arizona Literary Awards. Nancy has also written the instructional guide Writing the Cozy Mystery. Her imaginative romances have proven popular with fans as well. These books have won the HOLT Medallion and Best Book in Romantic SciFi/Fantasy at The Romance Reviews. 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 NancyJCohen.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you follow this series, you will know that Marla's best friend Tally was involved in a very serious accident in the last book. This short story picks up shortly after the last book ended, with Tally becoming conscious, going to rehab and finally getting out of the hospital. When Marla takes Marla's back to her (she and her husband were caring for him while Tally could not) one of Tally's neighbours shows up at her door asking for help to find her missing cat. Marla is concerned about the neighbour, so off she goes to help. This is a short, sweet story with a quick mystery to solve. It is a nice way to keep us interested in the series between books, but also to fill us in on what happened to Tally. I have read most of this series and I have enjoyed every one. I am looking forward to #15, Trimmed to Death. I requested and received a copy of this book from the author to read. The opinions stated are my own.
In this short we find Marla returning Tally's son to her, you see she just got out of the hospital and is trying to move forward after the accident and death of her husband. While there a neighbor catches Marla and asks for her help in finding her cat who has gone missing. Marla can't not help the elderly neighbor so she agrees to see what she can do. While looking for the cat Marla realizes that the woman's house has been broken into and that is how the cat escaped. She calls the police and starts looking for clues herself. Follow along as Marla looks for a missing cat, tries to figure out who broke in, and helps her friend settle back into her home. Will she be able to find the cat and a burglar or will the mystery remain open? This was a wonderful short read that answered several questions the previous book had you asking at the end not to mention a fun mystery to solve.
Hairball Hijinks: A Bad Hair Day Cozy Mystery Short Story by Nancy J. Cohen is the perfect bridge between Bad Hair Day Cozy Mystery #14, Hair Brained, and the next book in the series, Trimmed to Death, due out in September. Hair Brained dealt with some very serious issues and readers were left not knowing how serious the consequences or far-reaching the aftermath would be. That was a great way to end Hair Brained – perfect lead in for the next book. But in Hairball Hijinks author Cohen came up with an ingenious way to satisfy long-time readers who want to know exactly what happened next as well as first time readers who will be captivated by the cat’astrophe and get to know hairdresser Marla Vail. This in-betweener wraps up the loose ends from Hair Brained so that a lengthy recap is not necessary before jumping right into Trimmed to Death. Nancy J. Cohen provided an epilogue to her newsletter readers that served this purpose but Hairball Hijinks is even better! Not only do we find out what happened next, but we are treated to a delightful story with Tally’s elderly neighbor, PLUS an interview with Marla, 5 new recipes, and a sneak preview of Trimmed to Death. I have spent a lot of time with Marla Vail. You never know what to expect but you know you are in for a good mystery and a good time. Hairball Hijinks is another winner, a fun short read that will whet your appetite for Trimmed to Death.
This brief story fits in shortly after (with enough overlap to keep you up to speed) Bad Hair Day mystery #14. Marla is still considered a newly wed, so having children immediately isn't, or wasn't, the plan. However, she stepped up to care for her friend Tally's baby after a tragic accident. Now Tally is better and Marla has to tearfully send back the youngster who has stolen her heart and awakened maternal feelings. Before she has too long to dwell on any "free time" this opens up, a knock on the door drags Marla directly into another "case." Besides being an enjoyable puzzle to solve, this book gently and tastefully brings about a conversation about loneliness and people being there for each other. I enjoyed Mr. Stanton and his antics. I am grateful to the author for allowing me to read this book. The rating and review are my own.