Hare today, dead tomorrow… Can a stylish sleuth pull a rabbit out of her hat to solve an Easter murder in this to-dye-for cozy mystery?
When hairstylist Marla Vail attends an Easter egg hunt at historic Tremayne Manor, she’s only there to fix hair for a client, Bonnie “Blinky” Morris. But when she’s asked to comb the grounds for leftover goodies, Marla discovers more than just a few dyed eggs. The dead body in the bunny costume is definitely not having a good hare day. And Blinky seems to have disappeared down a rabbit hole.
When trying to solve a murder, everyone needs a friend who’s all ears. For Marla, that’s her husband, homicide detective Dalton Vail. They make an eggcellent team. Dalton isn’t the kind to leap to conclusions, but with his wife seven months pregnant, and knowing Marla finds crime-solving to be irresistible, he worries about her running off on another hare-raising adventure.
Marla’s peeps are hoping for a happy ending, but she may have found a basketful of trouble this time. Can she crack the case before Blinky becomes the next victim?
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Another marvelous mystery with Marla
Today is pub day for Easter Hair Hunt! Yay! If you, like me, are a long-time fan of Nancy J. Cohen and her terrific Bad Hair Day Mystery series (or anything this author has written, for that matter) then you will have been eagerly awaiting this book, the sixteenth in the series. And let me tell you right up front, you will not be disappointed. Easter Hair Hunt is the best one yet. I know I say that with every release, but with every release it’s true. Is it because the plot and mystery are that much more engaging, or the phrasing seems that much more real, or because Marla’s character has grown with each book into someone you’d really like to have as a friend, or is it just the way author Cohen magically combines all these elements into a story you cannot put down and will enjoy reading on every page? Whatever it is, it works.
When Easter Hair Hunt begins, there’s a lot going on in the background. Marla is seven months pregnant. She and husband homicide detective Dalton Vail are expecting their first child. Although she still has concerns and fears, Marla is really looking forward to having a baby and being a mother. But it might just cut into this amateur sleuthing she’s so good at. And a side note: Marla is already a mother, and a good one. She’s worked hard for the positive relationship she has with her stepdaughter Brianna, who’s going off to college soon. Life is going to be different in the Vail household in the future for sure.
Marla is to meet a client and friend, Blinky, at an Easter gala at an historic estate. But someone is murdered and the client is missing. Is she the murderer? Has she been murdered also? Marla might take it a bit easier because of the baby, but she is determined to find out what has happened to Blinky and who was responsible. There are many clues – so many characters seem to be hiding something that you’ll be guessing right until the end – and will be pleased and surprised with the ending.
As always in a Bad Hair Day book, Nancy J. Cohen treats us to a bit more – a deep dive into the history of some aspect of the case or something particular to a location Marla visits while investigating the crime. It’s just enough. Not too much to seem like a lecture or history lesson but enough to pique your interest and keep you entertained, and it often helps Marla to solve the case. This time it’s stamps, and Faberge eggs, and the dreaded Love Bugs on the Florida highways. And there are recipes! (Not for the Love Bugs, of course!)
Easter Hair Hunt is a book you will enjoy and should definitely read. It works wonderfully as a standalone with no gaps left wondering about any character, but to get the full reading pleasure experience you should go back and read from the start. Hairdresser and salon owner Marla’s growth is amazing and believable, the friends and family surrounding her are interesting with stories of their own, and each case is full of twists and turns and some genuine bad guys.
Thanks to author Nancy J. Cohen for providing an advance copy of Easter Hair Hunt. I was not required to write a review and all opinions are my own. I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it.