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, cool links, 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.

What’s New?

I am thrilled to announce Hanging by a Hair has been chosen by Suspense Magazine as a “Best of 2014″ Book (see page 44). Watch for the paperback edition coming from Worldwide Mystery Library in May 2015.

Meanwhile, I have a release date for Peril by Ponytail of October 7, 2015. Saddle up and set your sights for Marla’s honeymoon in the Wild West where a Bad Hair Day is the least of her worries. This will be number 12 in the series.

Hair Raiser, #2 in the Bad Hair Day Mysteries, is now available in a revised and updated edition on Kindle, iBooks, Kobo and Nook. You can also buy this book in a beautiful new Print version. I love this updated book, and I hope you will, too!

Hair Raiser


Recent Releases

Hanging By A Hair (Bad Hair Day Mystery #11)

Hanging by a Hair, a Bad Hair Day Mystery by Nancy J. Cohen

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.

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“A pleasingly lighthearted cozy.” —Publisher’s Weekly

“Cohen peppers the novel with numerous references to South Florida.”—Sun Sentinel

“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

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Shear Murder (Bad Hair Day Mystery #10)

Shear Murder   Shear Murder Mass Market

Weddings always make Marla Shore shed a tear of joy, and she’s elated to attend her friend Jill’s reception. Marla’s own nuptials are weeks away, and she’s busy following her frenetic to-do list. Her plans go awry when she discovers Jill’s matron of honor dead under the cake table, a knife embedded in her chest. Now what will the bride use to cut the cake?

“Smart, edgy dialogue and an intriguing cast of characters lift Cohen’s 10th Bad Hair Day mystery featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Shore. Once again, Marla shows she’s as adept at investigating murder as she is managing her hair salon.” –Publishers Weekly

“Mix together a sassy hairdresser with a penchant for sleuthing, a sexy detective and some eccentric friends and neighbors; stir in an unconventional murder or two, bake in the South Florida sun, and you have the makings of Nancy J. Cohen’s delicious ‘Bad Hair Day’ mystery series.”–The Island Reporter

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Warrior Lord (Drift Lord Series #3)

Warrior Lord, a Drift Lords paranormal romance novel by Nancy J. Cohen


A fantasy wedding in Las Vegas turns into a nightmare when contest winner Erika Sherwood realizes she’s married an alien. Pottery sculptor Erika Sherwood has no idea her televised wedding in Las Vegas is for real until an official confirms she and the stranger she’s just met are legitimately wed. A Drift Lord and warrior of the Tsuran, Magnor tricks the redhead into marriage because she’s one of six women prophesied to save Earth. But as he’s forced into her company in their race against the apocalypse, he wonders if he risks his heart more than his life. Can a free-spirited ceramic artist and a fierce swordsman trust each other enough to prevent disaster?

“A fun combination of action, adventure, sci-fi, mystery, mythology, and romance. I loved this book and cannot get enough Drift Lords.” 5 Stars! WiLoveBooks

“Cohen’s third book in her Drift Lords series is an action-packed thrill ride from start to finish. She effortlessly blends fact with Norse mythology and fiction to create a fabulous tale, layered in detail and rich in texture.” Muddy Rose Reviews

“This book has action, adventure, and romance. If that is not enough, this book will have you at the edge of your seat.” Drue’s Random Chatter

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Writing the Cozy Mystery

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

“Succinct and informative…this book uses its brief word count to its fullest potential. Highly recommended for the budding cozy author.” —A. Nightshade

“An absolutely top-notch book for anyone interested in writing a wonderful mystery.” —T. Wescott

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