Salon sleuth Marla Vail determines to peel back the truth when a wealthy socialite has a fatal facial at her day spa in this stylish cozy mystery.
During the frenzy of the December holidays, the last thing salon owner Marla Vail needs is a dead body slathered in a green facial mask at her new day spa. The victim, Valerie Weston, was a major donor for Friends of Old Florida, a historic building preservation society. Marla’s stylists are scheduled to work backstage at their upcoming fashion show, but Val’s demise might put a crimp in their plans. Hoping to salvage her reputation, Marla determines to track down the killer. As she learns more about their client, she realizes the benefactress might have stumbled onto secrets others would kill to keep. She’d better prepare for a body count that has nothing to do with hot stone massages and everything to do with murder.
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“Take a twisty mystery, add a cast of amiable characters, a dash of family drama, and a pinch of South Florida during the holiday season—they all add up to the recipe for a delightful cozy!” —Lucy Burdette, bestselling author of the Key West Food Critic Mysteries
At the start of Cohen's lame 13th Bad Hair Day mystery (after 2015's Peril by Ponytail), Valerie Weston, a major source of support for Friends of Old Florida, a historical building preservation society, expires while getting a facial at Marla Vail's hair salon, the Cut 'N Dye, in Palm Haven, Fla. Marla's husband, homicide detective Dalton Vail, lends a hand in the process of investigating Weston's demise. Since Marla's staff members were hired to prep the models at FOFL's big fashion show/fund-raiser event, Marla has the chance to interview Weston's associates, including designer Yolanda Whipp. When photographer Jason Faulks is murdered at the show and Yolanda's jeweled headpiece is stolen, the investigation widens. Marla gets help from photos that Faulks sent to her right before his death and from an old journal given to her by a friend of Weston's as she pushes and prods her way to a dangerous but unexciting climax. \n