Shear Murder (Bad Hair Day Series #10)

Shear Murder (Bad Hair Day Series #10)

by Nancy J. Cohen

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Weddings always make Marla Shore shed a tear of joy, and she's elated to attend her friend Jill's reception. Marla's own nuptials are weeks away, and she's busy following her frenetic to-do list. Her plans go awry when she discovers Jill's matron of honor dead under the cake table, a knife embedded in her chest. Lots of folks aren't sorry to see Torrie go, especially since the bride's sister knew their deepest secrets. But when suspicion falls upon Jill, Marla wonders if her dear friend is truly innocent. She'd better untangle the snarl of suspects and iron out the clues before the killer highlights her as the next victim.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781432825546
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 02/08/2012
Series: Bad Hair Day Series , #10
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

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Shear Murder: A Bad Hair Day Mystery 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Icefirestorm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very good mystery with enough suspects and possible motives to keep you guessing. The narrative is very detail oriented, sometimes a little too much so for me, but some would appreciate it. The only thing that bothered me is the seeming ease Marla had in getting information from some people. I really thought she would have to work harder for it in some situations, for example, at Hally and Torrie's office. Overall, I enjoyed this book and would read another of the series.
Tmtrvlr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Shear Murder is a fun mystery/romance. There is quite a bit of detailed wedding information because the character, Marla, is not only a bridesmaid in a wedding, but also planning her own wedding.Imagine finding a dead body under the wedding cake table! Suspects abound in this story, and Marla is well know by local police as someone who likes to get involved. I think that there was maybe a little too much information gained by eavesdropping, but Marla is eager to solve the crime.I was a little worried when I saw that the book contained just over two pages of a Cast of Characters with the names and brief bio of everyone in the book (including pets!), but keeping track of everyone was not a problem even without the list.This is the tenth in the ¿Bad Hair Day¿ mystery series, but it is very much a stand alone. This was the first in the series that I read and I never felt like I didn¿t know something that had happened in the past. I am not sure if this is the last in the series, but if it is, fans will be pleased.
SharonR53 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Marla Shore is a bridesmaid at her friend Jill's wedding and does all of the hair styling as well. During the salon time before the wedding, Marla picks up on tension between Jill and her sister Torrie. At the wedding venue, Torrie also gets into it with a photographer from the magazine she works at and a rival reporter. After a lot of drama, Jill gets married and Marla goes to find the cake knife at the reception. She finds it, but it has been repurposed as a murder weapon in Torrie's chest. Marla's fiance Dalton, a police detective, is on the scene and keeps it secure until the locals arrive. Dalton and Marla have their own wedding to plan and he chides her about getting involved in this murder. Marla has enough on her plate with semi-feuding mothers-in-law, getting flowers, expanding guest lists, etc, but being Jill's friend, she wants to help. Soon she is in up to her neck with photographers, reporters, florists and realtors, all involved with Jill and Torrie, and all having a possible reason to commit murder.I love this series and this is a great addition. Marla tries to stay out of these murders but she just can't. Dalton is exasperated but supportive for the most part, although he is acting a little strange over their wedding. Marla has to deal with frazzled friends, a molotov cocktail in her salon, an old "friend" of Dalton's and planning the wedding. It is all a wonderful mix of mayhem and romance that Ms. Cohen works into a lovely mystery. I hope the next one comes sooner than later!
dollycas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This whole series has been a lot of fun.In this installment, Marla not only does hair for a wedding, but is a bridesmaid and finally a bride. At crunch time for her own wedding plans she is also trying to solve a murder. Marla takes multitasking to a whole new level. Dalton really understands her need to be in the middle of things and his daughter Brianna has a great relationship with Marla. I am so happy this new family is coming together.The family dynamics at work in both Marla¿s case and Jill and Torrie¿s are very entertaining. Marla knows just how to handle her own relatives and her future in-laws. Torrie¿s family and friends are so dysfunctional the suspects in her death are many and when the culprit was revealed this reader was quite surprised.This is an ideal cozy mystery full of murder, mayhem, humor and romance. It is so fast paced you will read it in one sitting, just as I did. This book is definitely the perfect book to ¿escape into¿ this winter, it will warm you right up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like reading about florida that s not the villages and actually have a deverse popuation and no alligators we retired north into where the winter sports are ice fishing snow mobiles(usually come out at night parked by bars) and skis. and treks to see ice caves. nice to read how others survive with out snow. have to import matzo but we have lefske.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
Weddings are much on hairdresser Marla’s mind these days, her own ceremony in a few weeks and the one coming up shortly that will unite her friend, Jill, with her husband-to-be—but will it unite Jill with her fractious sister, Torrie? Apparently not, as Marla discovers when she finds Torrie dead and it looks like it’s up to Marla to save her friend from being pegged as a murderer. Of course, she has to fit this in with her own pre-wedding tasks and running her salon. At times, the bad guys are a relief from the simmering hostilities between her and Dalton’s mothers but then someone tries to burn down her shop, a clear sign that she may be getting to close to the killer. Marla Shore has been one of my favorite amateur sleuths for years and her escapades in Shear Murder are as entertaining as ever. Marla is a little different from your average amateur in a couple of ways. First, the woman is smart and she figures things out with a judicious amount of snooping rather than accidentally tripping over clues as so many do. The other thing that sets her apart is that the man in her life respects her intelligence and, even though he’s a police detective and that sort usually disdains the efforts of such sleuths (and often rightfully so), Dalton actually encourages Marla. How refreshing! Nancy J. Cohen is an author I always look for and I do hope #11 in the Bad Hair Day Mysteries series will be coming soon.