Marla and Dalton's honeymoon at an Arizona dude ranch veers from dangerous to downright deadly faster than a horse headed to the corral. With her husband's uncle--the resort's owner--on the suspect list for murder, Marla races to prove his innocence. She hopes her blind trust isn't misplaced, especially when she learns their relative has secrets he'd rather keep buried. As the bodies pile up, she digs deep to find the killer. With her new family in jeopardy, she'd better figure out who's adding to the spirits haunting a nearby ghost town before someone she loves is hurt. Saddle up for Marla's latest adventure in the Wild West where a Bad Hair Day is the least of her worries.
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About the Author
Nancy J. Cohen writes the humorous Bad Hair Day mystery series featuring hairdresser Marla Vail, who solves crimes with wit and style under the sultry Florida sun. Several of these titles have made the IMBA bestseller list. Nancy is also the author of Writing the Cozy Mystery, a valuable instructional guide for writers on how to write a winning whodunit. Her imaginative romances have proven popular with fans as well. Her titles in this genre have won the HOLT Medallion and Best Book in Romantic SciFi/Fantasy at The Romance Reviews. A featured speaker at conferences, libraries, and community events, Nancy is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who's Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets.
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Peril By Ponytail: A Bad Hair Day Mystery based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Author Nancy J. Cohen combines several of my favorite things with mystery and suspense in her latest release, PERIL BY PONYTAIL. Blending a dude ranch, ghost town, and the beautiful Arizona countryside with murder and mayhem, Cohen once again delivers a tantalizing tale. Hoping to enjoy a belated honeymoon Marla and Dalton agree to visit an Arizona dude ranch owned by Dalton’s uncle. When they arrive, Marla learns her detective husband is really there to help check out a rash of unexplained mishaps plaguing the resort. When a friend of Dalton’s uncle is found dead, the stakes become deadly. With family secrets being revealed, environmentalists upset and water rights in trouble, the real killer has to be caught quickly before the family business is lost or much worse. Cohen’s characters are quirky, realistic and likable. The story is fast-pace holding readers’ attention until the very last line. The rich details of the Arizona setting come to life through Cohen’s vivid descriptions. Her eye for detail enhances the story as she adds informative tidbits about the area. The story is filled with suspense and mystery, but also humor, touches of romance and family bonding. PERIL BY PONYTAIL can be read as a standalone even though it is the 12th installment in the Bad Hair Day Mystery series. This is a rip-roaring fun cozy murder mystery loaded with all the right elements for a delightful read FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
Dollycas’s Thoughts Finding time in their busy lives for a honeymoon wasn’t easy but Marla and Dalton head to an Arizona dude ranch when his cousin asks for help promising them a wonderful honeymoon getaway. They arrive to learn the ranch and a nearby ghost town renovation have had a run of bad luck, at least that is what everyone hopes. Both properties are owned by Dalton’s Uncle Raymond. Just as Marla and Dalton arrive they learn a local forest ranger’s body has been found just off a trail he was very familiar with. Accident, maybe but added to all the other mishaps Marla and Dalton start to investigate and decide to follow wherever the trail may lead, even underground if necessary. Experiencing this trip to a dude ranch with Marla and Dalton was a lot of fun. I am glad it was a virtual trip or I would have been completely exhausted The dude ranch has plenty of things to do including horseback riding and hiking trails. The distance from the main lodge to the cabins is also a good walk. Plus they followed leads to the ghost town and several other places like Scottsdale. It would have made a great honeymoon sans the dead bodies, the explosion and the fire. Maybe not as good as the tropical vacation Marla would have liked by maybe next time. These are characters I have grown to love, this being the 12th book in the series. They have sure come a long way since Permed to Death. Newly married they are still figuring things out like Dalton not talking to Marla about honeymooning in Arizona until after he told his cousin they would be delighted to come. They both enjoyed getting to know these long lost family members better and I did too. The mystery was tricky but I did figure out the guilty parties a bit before Marla and Dalton. I still enjoyed following along to find out if I was right and to get all the details straight. I lost count of all the twists and turns that tried to divert my attention. The ending was very suspenseful. Learning some of the history of the area and copper mines was a great bonus. If you are new to this series, this book can be read on it’s own. The author provides a cast of characters at the beginning of the book.