Killer Knots

Killer Knots

by Nancy J. Cohen

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Set sail for murder and mayhem when hairstylist Marla Shore and her fiancé cruise to the Caribbean with a killer on board in this cruise ship cozy mystery.

Hairstylist Marla Shore is looking forward to a romantic interlude with her fiancé, Detective Dalton Vail, on their first Caribbean cruise. Her excitement hits a snag when she discovers his parents have come along for the ride. It isn't how she might have chosen to meet her future in-laws, but she hopes they'll have smooth sailing ahead.

The first sign of trouble is a mysterious note addressed to Martha Shore on her cabin door. Marla assumes the sender spelled her name wrong but is disturbed by the message. When she meets her dinner companions and learns they've received similar notes, she suspects something isn't kosher, and it's not the lobster on the menu. Moreover, Dalton's parents have been seated at another table by mistake. Is it merely a mishap, or something more?

Their tablemates all seem to know each other as colleagues from an art museum, where an artist died recently under dubious circumstances. When her dinner companions start disappearing one-by-one, Marla realizes they're headed for stormy waters. If she doesn't find the culprit fast, she might end up with a one-way ticket to Davy Jones's locker.

"Delightful...The Love Boat meets Sex and the City. A charming heroine and a hero to die for, pick this one up posthaste!" MaryJanice Davidson, NY Times Bestselling Author

Killer Knots was originally published by Kensington. This Author's Edition has been revised and updated with added bonus materials.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161187081
Publisher: Orange Grove Press
Publication date: 07/10/2019
Series: The Bad Hair Day Mysteries , #9
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 196,766
File size: 446 KB

About the Author

As a former registered nurse, Nancy J. Cohen helped people with their physical aches and pains, but she longed to soothe their troubles in a different way. The siren call of storytelling lured her from nursing into the exciting world of fiction. Wishing she could wield a curling iron with the same skill as crafting a story, she created hairdresser Marla Vail as a stylist with a nose for crime and a knack for exposing people’s secrets.

Titles in this series have been named Best Cozy Mystery by Suspense Magazine, won a Readers' Favorite gold medal, placed first in the Chanticleer Book Awards and third in the Arizona Literary Awards. Nancy’s instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery, was nominated for an Agatha Award. 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, Nancy is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who's Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets. When not busy writing, she enjoys fine dining, cruising, visiting Disney World, and shopping. Visit her at

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Killer Knots 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Marla Shore, owner of the Cut 'N Dye Salon, is off on a cruise with her fiancé Detective Dalton Vail. His teenage daughter and parents are joining them. It's her first meeting of the in-laws. Soon after boarding the cruise ship, a note is found in an envelope addressed to 'Martha' Shore stuck in their cabin door reading 'I know what you did and I have what you want.' Marla figures it was delivered by mistake, or at least she hopes it was and doesn't refer to nudie pictures from her long ago past. Marla and Dalton get seated with tense employees and associates of a Tampa art museum instead of with Dalton's family. An unknown benefactor paid for all of them to attend the cruise and they each received a note similar to the one Marla received. The cruise hosts an art auction including the work of Alden Tusk, an artist who died mysteriously from a fall. Marla decided to investigate. Who is sending the threatening notes? Who is the secret benefactor paying for the museum staff to come on the cruise? Is this the same person? How and why did the artist die? Can she do this and still have a good first visit with Dalton's family? I love this series. Marla and Dalton are such fun characters. They have really grown through this series as well. I like Marla's interactions with his teenage daughter. They are very believable. It's fun seeing them in a different setting this time. I enjoyed the cruise setting for this installment in the series. I can't wait to read the next book! I highly recommend this book and series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of Nancy Cohen's mysteries. Combined with the fact that Marla Shore is an amateur sleuth, solving a murder mystery, there is humor and real questions on the development of relationships. We've met and experienced Marla's family in previous books, and now it is time to meet Detective Dalton's parents. As Marla balances her nerves with the in-law experience and works to find a murderer, Ms. Cohen sets the reader on-board a cruise ship and allows him/her to travel to warm ports of call. I rather enjoy Marla and her adventures and the tropical setting added to it this time around. Thank you, Ms. Cohen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again our Marla finds herself in the middle of a mystery. This time, it's on the Tropical Sun, sailing on a Caribbean cruise. From the moment Marla and her family walk onboard, you feel like you are cruising along with them. Marla soon finds herself in the middle of a murder. Employees from an art museum, were all given free tickets to cruise to paradise, the victim, was part of the group, and, as you can imagine..Marla is smack in the middle,and off she goes, trying to get to the bottom of it! Between Nancy Cohen's spot on descriptions of the ship, and the islands,you would swear you were on vacation too! I have been a fan of the author, for years, and she has never let me down, Being a cruiser myself, MystI was one happy reader! Get it,or give it as a gift,you will be a happy reader too!
charleneC 17 days ago
Marla and Dalton go on a cruise with his daughter and his parents. Of course mystery and intrigue follow! Fast moving interesting storyline, twists and turns, and lots of new information about Marla and more quirky characters. I really enjoyed hearing about the cruise as I will be leaving on one soon, hopefully won't have any murders to contend with! I loved how more information about Marla's past is inserted into this story. I am so happy that her in laws love her! Cannot wait to start the next book! Thank you Nancy J. Cohen for writing such a fun series!
Cherylk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Marla Shore is ready for some fun, sun and getting to spend quality time with her fiancé, police detective, Dalton Vail and his fourteen years old daughter, Brianna aboard a cruise ship. What Marla didn¿t realize was that Dalton had other ideas about how to spend their quality time together and it involved Marla getting to know her soon to be future in-laws! It seems though that Marla won¿t be spending much time with anyone. She already has a new case just calling her name in the form of a personal note addressed to her¿ok so maybe the first name was made out to Martha and not Marla but still¿Marla can¿t stop herself from getting involved. Marla discovers that art and cruise ships don¿t mix. Marla meets a group of museum employees that were all invited to have fun on the same cruise liner. While at an art auction, an very valuable art pieces shows up, painted by an artist who¿s died under mysterious circumstances. Can Marla solve this case before she is all washed up?Marla is such a fun loving gal. There isn¿t any case too big or too small that Marla can¿t solve and you can guarantee that Marla will look good doing it. If you think Marla¿s one tough cookie when she¿s on the case you should see her take on every woman¿s nightmare¿.the dreaded split ends! I liked this book so much that I read it in one sitting. Killer Knots is the ninth book in this series featuring everyone¿s favorite hairdresser and sleuth, Marla Shore. It can be read as a stand alone book. I hope to see this series go on for a long time. Nancy Cohen is a new favorite author of mine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author must have really been on a cruise this is a good read especially in winter for those with color or h c love the covers! Page counter mom
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He follows his sister.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What was once a peaceful being, is now a chaotic demon. Thoughts of loyalty and determination are replaced with thoughts of hatred and misery. Revenge. Fur of fire, pelt of mist. Eyes of loyalty and eyes of betrayal
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This one is not up to pare and Marla just comes off as someone who sticks her nose in when she doesn't need to.
harstan More than 1 year ago
As part of meeting her future in-laws for the first time, hairdresser and part-time detective Marla Shore joins her fiancé police detective Dalton Vail, his parents Kate and John and his teenage daughter on a Caribbean cruise. Not long after they go on board the Tropical Sun, a crew member delivers a message to Marla that is a threat, but is actually addressed to Martha Shore.--------------- At dinner, Marla and Dalton sit with tense employees and associates of a Tampa art museum. Apparently an unknown benefactor paid for them to attend the cruise and each of them received a note similar to that ¿Martha¿ got. When the cruise hosts an art auction to include the work of an artist Alden Tusk who died mysteriously from a fall, Marla decides enough as she not one to let her hair knot. Instead, she begins to investigate who is behind the threatening notes who, if a different person, is the secret patron paying for the museum staff to come on the cruise and how did the artist die and if it was murder who is the killer? She investigates this while trying to get on with her fiancé¿s family.----------- This laid-back cruise cozy is a fun Bad Hair Day Mystery as Marla struggles with balancing her investigation with meeting the folks. In many ways her sleuthing takes a back seat to her insecurities as she wonders if the parents and the teen will accept her. Fans who appreciate an amiable often amusing tale will enjoy Marla¿s seaworthy antics dealing with KILLER KNOTS that rival her previous PERISH BY PEDICURE pedigree.--------- Harriet Klausner