Welcome to the Nancy J. Cohen official website. I write humorous mysteries and paranormal romance novels with a scifi or fantasy twist. Here you’ll find details about my books, reviews, recipes, contests, and more. As a Florida author, the tropical images represent the settings that populate my stories. So sit back, imagine yourself in a lounge chair on the beach sipping a rum punch, and enter my world. Escape with a story that sweeps you away.
PERIL BY PONYTAIL, #12 in the Bad Hair Day Mysteries, has a shipping date of September 16 and an on-sale date of October 7. This is my latest title from Five Star.
Marla and Dalton’s honeymoon at an Arizona dude ranch veers from dangerous to downright deadly faster than a horse headed to the corral. With her husband’s uncle—the resort’s owner—on the suspect list for murder, Marla races to prove his innocence. She hopes her blind trust isn’t misplaced, especially when she learns their relative has secrets he’d rather keep buried.
“Peril by Ponytail ropes in the reader in Nancy J. Cohen’s captivating new tale, which deftly braids together deadly secrets under the sand, long hidden resentments, and romance on the range.”—Ellen Byerrum, Author of the Crime of Fashion Mysteries
“Another winner from talented author Nancy J. Cohen. Saddle up and come along for a great read!”—Maggie Toussaint, author of the Dreamwalker Mysteries
Hanging By A Hair (Bad Hair Day Mystery #11)
Marla’s joyous move to a new house with her husband, Detective Dalton Vail, is marred by their next-door neighbor who erects an illegal fence between their properties. When Dalton reminds the man of the local permitting laws, tempers flare—and worse, the neighbor is found dead the following day.
Watch for the mass market edition coming from Worldwide Mystery Library in May!
“A pleasingly lighthearted cozy.” —Publisher’s Weekly
“The suspense element in this unusually funny mystery is gripping.”—Florida Weekly
“Funny, quirky, fast-paced with just the right amount of romance and humor mixed in with the mystery.”—Socrates Book Reviews
Murder by Manicure (Reissue Bad Hair Day #3)
Hairstylist Marla Shore joins a fitness club to get in shape but discovers a dead body instead of an exercise routine. Jolene Myers—a client at Marla’s salon—has drowned beneath the frothing waters of the whirlpool. When Homicide Detective Dalton Vail determines Jolene’s death was no accident, Marla decides to give her deductive skills a workout and help solve the case.
“An amusing, well‑paced mystery.” Kirkus Reviews
“Cohen fashions her Bad Hair Day series with plenty of humor, snappy repartee and even a healthy helping of current events.” The News Press
“In Murder by Manicure, a southern sleuth who’s a cut above the rest pulls out all the stops to wrap up another nail-biting murder that will leave readers eagerly awaiting their next appointment with Marla Shore.” Barnes & Noble Ransom Notes
Hair Raiser (Reissue Bad Hair Day #2)
When savvy hairstylist Marla Shore volunteers for a fund-raiser, she has to comb through a knot of suspects to determine who’s sabotaging the gala event. Participating chefs are dropping off the roster like hot rollers, and it’s only through a series of hair-raising exploits that the brazen beautician can tease the truth from them. Too late to stop a murder, Marla must salvage the grand affair before she’s moussed into oblivion.
“A saucy murder mystery by Nancy J. Cohen.” Publisher’s Weekly
“An easy-to-take series title with the ready appeal of an independent female sleuth and colorful Florida settings.” Library Journal
“The mystery is great, the dialogue sparkling, and the sexual tension runs rampant in Hair Raiser. Nancy J. Cohen gives romance and mystery fans a heady concoction to savor.” 4-1/2 stars and a Top Pick! Nominated for a Reviewer’s Choice Award as Best Amateur Sleuth novel. RT Book Reviews
Writing the Cozy Mystery
Do you want to write a mystery but don’t have a clue where to start? Or maybe you’ve begun a story but are stuck on the plot? Perhaps you’re already writing a series, and you need tips on how to keep track of your material? This concise tool will show you step-by-step how to develop your characters, establish the setting, plot the story, add suspense, plant clues and sustain your series. You’ll find everything you need to know in an easy-to-read, clear manner to write your own whodunit.
“Easy to read and chock full of useful information.” —Muddy Rose Reviews
“Highly recommended for the budding cozy author.” —A. Nightshade
“An absolutely top-notch book for anyone interested in writing a wonderful mystery.” —T. Wescott
Spring into Summer Contest, March 24 – April 3
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