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Trimmed to Death by Nancy J. Cohen
The Bad Hair Day Mysteries #15
Orange Grove Press • September 25, 2018
Mix together a cocktail for murder, add a few salty suspects, toss in a dollop of sweet humor, and you have the recipe for Trimmed to Death, #15 in the Bad Hair Day cozy mystery series.
Savvy hairstylist and amateur sleuth Marla Vail enters a charity bake-off contest at a fall festival sponsored by a local farm. While she waits to see if her coconut fudge pie is a winner, Marla joins a scavenger hunt where people playing character roles are the targets. Instead of scoring points with a live person, she finds a dead body planted face-down in the strawberry field. Who would want to cut short the life of food magazine publisher and fellow bake-off contestant Francine Dodger? As she investigates, Marla learns there’s no shortage of suspects. A celebrity TV chef, food critic, olive oil importer, food truck owner, pastry chef, and cookbook author may be stirring up more than their next recipe. Can Marla unmask the killer before someone else gets trimmed from life?
“Thanks to bloggers like Alyce Greene, my readership is eroding. Her online site is so popular that it’s stolen my audience. I’m aiming to become editor of the newspaper’s entertainment section. That won’t happen unless I can increase my followers.”
“So you begrudge Alyce her success?”
“She’s undermining my ratings. Now I know this doesn’t sound nice, but my wife figured out a way to discredit Alyce. She knew something about her. Francine and Sally are acquainted from the gym. I suggested that Sally put a bug in Francine’s ear about Alyce.”
“What did you hope to accomplish?”
He avoided eye contact, staring at the ground. “I thought when Alyce heard the rumor going around, she’d get upset and would leave the festival early.”
“What information does your wife have on Alyce?” Marla asked, appalled by his intent.
“She didn’t share it with me. You can talk to Sally if you want to learn more.”
“I will, thanks. Do you have any theories about who might have bashed Francine on the head?”
Her mild tone didn’t fool him, because he stiffened. “I hope you don’t think it was me. I’m not a violent person. My talent is using words, not implements, to get my points across.”
Implements? Did he know a shovel was used as the murder weapon? Or was it a guess, since the police had issued a public statement that a blunt instrument was involved?
Or perhaps his wife, fearful of him losing his job, took matters into her own hands. A visit to the woman rose to the top of Marla’s to-do list.
About the Author
Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have made the IMBA bestseller list and been selected by Suspense Magazine as the best cozy mystery. Nancy has also written the instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery. Her imaginative romances, including the Drift Lords series, have proven popular with fans as well. A featured speaker at libraries, conferences, and community events, Nancy is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who’s Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets. When not busy writing, she enjoys fine dining, cruising, visiting Disney World, and shopping.
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