Hair Brained (The Bad Hair Day Mysteries) by Nancy J. Cohen

Hair Brained (The Bad Hair Day Mysteries) Cozy Mystery 14th in Series Orange Grove Press (September 12, 2017) 
Print Length: 342 pages 

Was the car crash an accident or a deliberate attempt to run Marla's friends off the road?
When hairstylist Marla Vail's best friend is hurt in a suspicious car accident, Marla assumes guardianship of her infant son. No sooner does Marla say, "Baby want a bottle?" than she's embroiled in another murder investigation. Her husband, Detective Dalton Vail, determines the crash may not have been an accident after all. But then, who would want Tally--or Ken in the car with her--out of the way? As Marla digs deeper into her friends' lives, she realizes she didn't know them as well as she'd thought. Nonetheless, it's her duty as their son's guardian to ensure his safety, even if it means putting her own life at risk. Can she protect the baby and find the culprit before someone else ends up as roadkill?
WOW- a complicated and intense mystery with strong emotional elements that may make you look closer at your own friendships and personal values.  If you are expecting something light and fluffy focusing on women and salons, you will soon find that there is much more to any investigation Marla dives into. 

Her close friend Tally is in an auto accident along with her husband, Ken. Tragically he did not survive and Tally is in a coma, with only a 50 percent chance to live. The only bright side is that their very young son was not in the vehicle.

Marla, who has her hands full with husband Dalton's teenage daughter, and who has no dreams of motherhood in her future, is charged with being Baby Luke's main guardian. This emotional turmoil plays a huge role in the book. Besides finding time for her regular work schedule and still being fairly newly wed herself, desiring couple time with Dalton, Marla wants to be there as much as possible for Tally. That means hospital visits, caring for Luke and finding out why this tragedy happened.

Tally's husband owned an insurance company. It seems there is a very hush hush fraud investigation going on there and a body in a warehouse near the accident site seems to be connected to Ken's death. Or is Tally the real target? Things become very twisted and complicated before anyone can be sure.
In investigating, Marla draws some unwelcome attention to herself. That means anyone she draws into conversation is also in danger. 

 Oh what a can of worms that turns out to be.


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 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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  1. It's very interesting. When one thing unravels, everything seems to unravel. I guess it's a part of life.

    1. Yes, and we have to learn to take things as they come.

  2. A complicated and intense mystery might be just the ticket!

    1. This one is more intense than usual for my series.

  3. Oooh well is sounds like a good mystery read.
    Thank you,


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