Murder, Curlers, and Canes (The Murder, Curlers Series, #2)

Murder, Curlers, and Canes (The Murder, Curlers Series, #2)

by Arlene McFarlane
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Murder, Curlers, and Canes (The Murder, Curlers Series, #2) by Arlene McFarlane

“Smart, entertaining, and laugh-out-loud funny!” —Liliana Hart, New York Times Bestselling Author

Valentine Beaumont is back in her second hair-raising mystery, this time, trying to find out who had it in for an elderly nun. Only trouble is there are others standing in her way: hot but tough Detective Romero, sexy new stylist Jock de Marco, and some zany locals who all have a theory on the nun’s death.

Making things worse: the dead nun’s secret that haunts Valentine, another murder, car chases, death threats, mysterious clues, an interfering mother, and a crazy staff.

Between brushing off Jock’s advances and splitting hairs with handsome Detective Romero, Valentine struggles to comb through the crime, utilizing her tools of the trade in some outrageous situations. Question is, will she succeed?

“MURDER, CURLERS, AND CANES is a beauty of a read. The quirky characters are fun, the mystery is well-plotted, and the romance is sizzling. Arlene McFarlane’s sleuth Valentine teases out every clue. It’s the perfect read for the beach or under the hair dryer. Delightful!” ~ Denise Swanson, New York Times Bestselling Author of mysteries and romances

Arlene McFarlane is the author of the Murder, Curlers series. Previously an aesthetician, hairstylist, and owner of a full-service salon, Arlene now writes full time. When she’s not making up stories or being a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, cat-mom, or makeover artist, you’ll find her making music on the piano.

Arlene is a member of Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Toronto Romance Writers, SOWG, and the Golden Network. She’s won and placed in over 30 contests, including twice in the Golden Heart and twice in the Daphne du Maurier.

Arlene lives with her family in Canada.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940154692011
Publisher: Arlene McFarlane
Publication date: 06/15/2017
Series: Murder, Curlers Series , #2
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 347,002
File size: 2 MB

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Murder, Curlers, and Canes (The Murder, Curlers Series, #2) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Mama_Cat 7 months ago
Murder, Curlers and Canes is the second delightful romp in the Valentine Beaumont mystery series. The humor is at times laugh out loud and at times irreverent, while the mystery is layered and baffling. The author is adept with snappy dialog and unique personalities, weaving them easily into the mysteries. Valentine has a heart of gold when it comes to spending time at the children’s ward in the local hospital and going into the local retirement home to cut and style hair. She went to see Sister Madeline, who she had come to care about, knowing from her phone call that the retired nun wanted to talk to her about “the girl”. Valentine went into Sister’s room to work on her hair, only to be the first person to discover that Sister had just died while eating her lunch. Jokes are often made about the food in hospitals and rehab facilities, but murder is a new low, even for the …um… cook at Rueland Retirement. Valentine sets out to find who could have done in the dear woman and finds that even nuns have secrets. Staffing challenges at Val’s salon continue to be the source of challenges for her and Max, her long-term top stylist and confidant. After several aggravating interviews, she hires a hunk, Jock, who wields scissors and curling irons as if he has no idea the effect he has on the women fawning on him. He has eyes for Valentine, trying to tease and tempt her with his bike and leathers, his rippling muscles and smooth moves. As Valentine’s search escalates, her cousin Phyllis return as a stylist there only due to a promise made to their grandmother. Phyllis now sports a cigarillo and Guido, the love of her life. And Romero, the most excellent detective Valentine was starting to date, has been away for two months without contacting her. Now the blind dates begin, as telling her mother “no” would be like lighting a stick of dynamite and holding onto it. There is such a delightful mix of characters! The author describes them well through dialog, actions, and Valentine’s (or Max’s) view of their clothing choices. Such as Phyllis, who “designs” her own clothing, Jock’s R-rated temptations to Valentine, and Evalene, the house manager at Rueland Retirement who wears army boots. Most characters have at least one or two memorable traits, including the seniors at the retirement home who might be suspects. I like how Valentine bounces her theories off of Yitts, her recently-acquired cat. Nettie and her cane also are quite memorable! The mystery is one-of-a-kind and flows well. There are plot twists that keep the reader on his/ her toes, with several potential culprits. Valentine refuses to leave detecting to the police, especially after the first attempt on her life. She carries a kind of guilt since she couldn’t get in to see Sister Madeline before she died, and is determined to get justice for her. The secrets they learn about Sister are surprising and compelling enough to keep Val searching. I was somewhat surprised at who the real bad guy(s)/ gal(s) were, and very surprised at the final revealing. The resolution tied up all the loose ends. I highly recommend this novel to those who love well-written cozy mysteries with healthy sides of humor and romance. From a grateful heart: I received this eBook from the author and publisher, and this is my honest review.
grandmareads102 9 months ago
It's impossible for Valentine Beaumont to keep out of trouble. She's always in the middle of a murder investigation. A trip to Rueland Retirement to cut Sister Madeline's hair doesn't go as planned. She finds the Sister dead. Now she'll never find out the secret she wanted to confide. Valentine is suspicious which means she'll be doing her own investigation. I enjoy watching the spunky beautician follow the clues. She has the ability for finding the truth. Her quirky friends and employees make me smile. Their sassy dialogue and zany antics make these cozy mysteries great fun to read. I loved that Valentine has two handsome men who want her attention. When she works with Detective Michael Romero, they are an unbeatable pair. He's smart and savy and she has unbeatable instincts. Arlene McFarlane has done a great job. The characters are well written and the story is filled with unexpected twists. I can't wait to see what happens next with Valentine and her crew. I want more mystery and romance. I received a copy of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed. My comments are my honest opinion.
carol223CS 10 months ago
Arlene McFarlane's Murder, Curlers and Canes A sexy new stylist, a murder at the retirement home, the return of a fired stylist, several blind dates, a mother wanting to get her daughter married, a movie production, a baseball game and a missing in action handsome detective make Valentine Beaumont's life an interesting and intriguing one to follow. You will like the array of a creative characters in an adventure with plenty of twists and turns. You will take part in all the humorous shenanigans. This is the second book in A Valentine Beaumont Mystery: Murder, Curlers Series. It can be read as a stand alone. Looking forward to the next book to see what adventure awaits Valentine plus how her romantic prospects progress. I volunteered to read this story. Thanks to the author for the opportunity. My opinion is my own.
C_Fowler 10 months ago
Murder, Curlers, and Canes is a truly delightful book, and I enjoyed every page that I was quickly turning, because the story is so engaging. Just when Valentine thinks that things are looking up for her Beauty Shop with the departure of the incompetent Phyllis, she hires a replacement, Jock De Marco on a whim. Although Jock may brings in lots of clientele, he is an absolutely gorgeous hunk, and his undivided attention to Valentine may be her undoing. But with Detective Romano having been out of the picture for two months with no contact, Valentine's finds her resolve to ignore Jock's advances quickly disappearing. At her weekly hair appointment for residents at the Rueland Retirement home, Valentine discovers the body of her friend, Sister Madeline, who appears to have died of natural causes. However, she finds the nun's death highly suspicious, and decides to investigate. But it seems that Valentine can't catch a break, from between being warned off the case by the police, her mother setting up even more disastrous blind dates, and several mishaps that had me laughing out loud. She is convinced she is on the right path regarding her suspicions about Sister Madeline, when an attempt is made on her life, and she is rescued by the newly returned Detective Romero, who is now on the case. The characters in this story are well created and have a life all of their own. Max is hilarious as her sidekick, and Phyllis (yes she comes back), is even more over-the-top than ever. The sexual tension between Valentine and Jock and Romero is palpable, and left me almost as flustered as Valentine. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is refreshing, holds your attention and keeps you guessing until the very end about the fate of Sister Madeline. Valentine is a delightful character -- one I want to see more of -- and I can't wait for the next installment in this series to be released. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
D-does-reviews 11 months ago
Valerie Beaumont has a heart of gold, a body to die for and a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time when murder is involved. She's a self employed beautician by day and a super sleuth by night, but right now she's got man problems. Her second in command, Max, is either her best friend or her biggest headache, depending on what day of the week it is. Detective Romero is her on again/off again love interest, but he disappeared several months ago leaving Val feeling lonely and confused. Now her new sexy-as-sin new employee, Jock de Marco, has legions of women falling all over him and while business is great, Val spends much of her day hot and bothered that she's hot and bothered over Jock. Add a dead body to the chaos that is Val's daily life and you're in for a hilariously delightful adventure that will make you laugh out loud but you need never doubt that this adorably clumsy crime solver will eventually get her man. I read a complimentary copy of this book and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.
bluegreen91 11 months ago
I love this series! The small-town Massachusetts setting, the hair salon workplace, Valentine's little rental all make for great backdrops for the storyline. I like the main character, Valentine, even though she has a pretty weak stomach, her employee/buddy Max, her maybe-boyfriend Detective Romero, and her seldom-seen friend Twix. The plot was great... several potential suspects, a related, secondary mystery, and side stories. The story moves at a good pace and I wasn't left with any slow, dull spots. There's a prominent, new character and a returning character in this book that make for some interesting, unpredictable situations. If you liked the first book in the series, or even if you haven't read that one yet, and you like mysteries, give this one a try! I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Dmaxtownsend 11 months ago
“If I’d have known owning a salon was this much hassle, I would’ve made a career in music, or as a stand-in bridesmaid.” Valentine Beaumont, full-time salon owner and operator, amateur detective and sufferer of countless blind dates, and her crew are happily back again. The gang at the salon is down one stylist, the incompetent Phyllis, when hunky Jock is hired. He a terrific addition to this crazy crew, a possible love interest for Val, and hopefully will stick around. When Val finds her elderly friend, a retired nun, dead at the local retirement home, she decides to investigate. She doesn’t buy that it is a natural death and doggedly seeks answers. Having once captured a murderer using a perm rod, she resorts to battling a truck driver who forces her off the road using the contents of her beauty kit: lotions, nail polish, combs; it’s this kind of silliness that gives the story the charm that makes this series is so engaging. I so enjoyed revisiting the beauty shop, the stylists and ongoing characters, especially Val’s mother. Everyone poor Valentine knows is bent on finding her the perfect man. The dates are a hoot! Meanwhile she agonizes over Romero, the cop. It’s about time for her to focus on this guy and commit. Enough shilly-shallying. What comes after the uncertainty of initial attraction can be so much more interesting! Excellent series! So looking forward to the next one!