The Bad Hair Day Mysteries

Peril by Ponytail (Bad Hair Day Mystery #12)

Peril by Ponytail

Marla and Dalton honeymoon at a dude ranch where they uncover family secrets best left buried.

Hoping for a romantic honeymoon at an Arizona dude ranch, hairstylist Marla Vail and her husband Dalton arrive to find a series of mishaps plaguing the resort. A nearby ghost town is suffering similar problems. Is it mere coincidence that Dalton’s Uncle Raymond owns both properties? When Raymond asks for their help in finding the culprit, Marla and Dalton eagerly accept. Then news of a local forest ranger’s death raises the stakes.

With sleuthing more natural to Marla than horseback riding, she delves into the investigation. But as she digs deeper, she discovers skeletons in the family closet. Someone means to drive Raymond out of business, and the reason may be linked to his past misdeeds. Raymond isn’t the only one with secrets. The trail leads Marla from an environmental activist group to saguaro poachers to water rights proponents to an abandoned copper mine beneath the ghost town. She’d better saddle up, rein in the clues, and find the killer before she becomes the next spirit inhabiting the haunted hillside.

Hardcover ISBN: 9781432830984, Sept. 16, 2015, $25.95, Five Star
Digital ISBN: 9781432830922, Five Star
Large print edition coming Jan. 2016 from Thorndike Press

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

“Nancy J. Cohen once again delivers a delightful cozy mystery with the latest escapades of Marla and her partner Dalton.” —PaulineMichael, Night Owl Reviews

“Hairdresser Marla Vail spends her honeymoon at the dude ranch from hell . . . the Last Trail Dude Ranch in Arizona. When experienced forest ranger Garrett Long falls to his death on a trail he knew well, Marla and Dalton begin to think that the troubles at Last Trail are more than a series of pranks. As usual, it’s just a matter of time before Marla risks life and limb to help her husband solve a case that’s bigger than either of them anticipated.” —Kirkus Review

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

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

Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore Bestseller

Marla and Dalton Vail move into their new neighborhood and discover a murder next door.

Hardcover: 978-1-4328-2814-1, Five Star, April 18, 2014
Kindle ASIN: B00JJ2XVUQ, Five Star, $3.99, April 18, 2014
Large Print: 978-1410470812, Wheeler Publishing, Sept. 10, 2014
Mass Market: 9780373269457, $7.99, Worldwide Mystery Library, May 2015

“Marla Vail, a hairdresser in Royal Oaks, Fla., tackles married life and a slimy homeowners’ association in Cohen’s cheerful 11th series entry.” Publisher’s Weekly

“The suspense element in this unusually funny mystery is gripping.” Florida Weekly

“Cohen’s lighthearted approach shines in Hanging by a Hair.” Sun Sentinel

“Funny, quirky, fast-paced with just the right amount of romance and humor mixed in with the mystery. Great series!” Socrates Book Reviews

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Shear Murder (Bad Hair Day Mystery #10)

Shear Murder   Shear Murder Mass Market

Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore Bestseller

A wedding turns deadly when hairstylist Marla Shore discovers a dead body under the cake table.

Hardcover: 978-1-4328-2554-6, $25.95, Five Star , Jan. 18, 2012
Large Print: 978-1-4104-4653-4, $25.99, Wheeler, March 22, 2012
Kindle ASIN: B00CBDRGQU, $3.99, Five Star, Feb. 8, 2012
Mass Market: 978-0-3732-6909-9, Worldwide Mystery Library, $7.99, August 2014

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“Smart, edgy dialogue and an intriguing cast of characters lift Cohen’s 10th Bad Hair Day mystery featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Shore.” Publishers Weekly

“Who knows more about the wedding party than your hairdresser? Welcome back south Florida’s Marla Shore, who trips over the dead matron of honor in her tenth cozy.” Library Journal

“Interesting characters and South Florida scenery make “Shear Murder” a cut above other amateur sleuth mysteries.” Sun-Sentinel

“The action is fast-paced, the situations and characterizations provide plenty of this author’s trademark humor. ” Florida Weekly

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Killer Knots (Bad Hair Day Mystery #9)

Killer Knots

Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore Bestseller

Troubled waters lie ahead when hairstylist Marla Shore and her fiancé Dalton Vail sail away on their first Caribbean cruise.

“Fans of vacation mysteries will enjoy watching Marla find her way through this light whodunit.” Publisher’s Weekly

“Overeating isn’t the only danger when a Florida hairdresser and her fiancé take a Caribbean cruise…When passengers start to disappear, Marla suspects lobster thermidor isn’t the only thing aboard that’s not kosher.”  Kirkus Reviews

“Cohen’s latest Marla Shore novel shines with the compelling drama of an old-fashioned whodunit. A cruise ship is the perfect setting for this closed-door mystery.” RT BOOK Reviews


Perish By Pedicure (Bad Hair Day Mystery #8)

Perish by Pedicure

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Just as her fiancé Detective Dalton Vail’s uptight former in-laws descend on her home, Marla is up to her roots in a big‑time beauty show that could make or break her career.

“Plantation author Nancy J. Cohen’s series about amateur sleuth and hair salon owner Marla Shore gives readers an inside view of the beauty business while also focusing on South Florida scenery.” Sun‑Sentinel

“All of Cohen’s fast-paced books are full of twists and turns, great characters, and interesting settings. The chatty prose pulls you into the swirl of Marla’s Jewish family and her community activities. This likable amateur sleuth handles a curling iron and murder clues with equal aplomb in this stylish series.”News Sun

“PERISH BY PEDICURE is filled with hair splitting humor, unexpected nail biting twists, and a bad hair week caused by future in‑laws while Marla cuts to the roots of the case.”  Midwest Book Review


Dead Roots (Bad Hair Day Mystery #7)

Dead Roots

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Marla’s family reunion at a haunted Florida resort turns up dead bodies instead of fond memories. She and her fiancé, Detective Dalton Vail, launch another murder investigation in the midst of Thanksgiving dinner.

“Well‑developed characters and an intriguing historical background enhance this winning cozy.”  Publishers Weekly

“Ghost stories, nifty secret passages, tales of gemstones and family secrets enliven this tale.” Sun-Sentinel

“Condemned wings of the hotel, secret passages, and a gaggle of paranormal experts investigating the resident ghosts, all add up to a frenetic mixture of mirth and mayhem.” I Love A Mystery

Died Blonde (Bad Hair Day Mystery #6)

     Died Blonde

Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore Bestseller

Marla stumbles over her rival’s body in the meter room behind their competing salons.  Her boyfriend, hunky Detective Vail, asks for her help in solving the murder.

“Died Blonde is a thoroughly enjoyable mystery, and one which you won’t want to miss!” Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore

“Another bright addition to a charming series.”  Library Journal

“The sixth of Cohen’s Bad Hair Day series featuring hairdresser/shop owner Marla Shore is just as charming and as good a murder mystery as the others.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Highlights To Heaven (Bad Hair Day Mystery #5)

     Highlights to Heaven

 Independent Mystery Booksellers Association Bestseller
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore Bestseller

Marla lands a case close to home when her pet‑loving neighbor named Goat disappears, leaving his animals alone and a dead body in his master bedroom.

“Lively fun.” Library Journal

“A great addition to a delightful series.” Mystery Lovers Bookshop

“If you want a mind‑candy read somewhat reminiscent of Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, you’ll enjoy Highlights to Heaven by Nancy J. Cohen.” Duffbert’s Random Musings.

“Fun Florida settings and adorable eccentrics make a popular series.” Inkwood Books

Body Wave (Bad Hair Day Mystery #4)

Body Wave

 Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore Bestseller

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Marla goes undercover as a nurse’s aide for wealthy Miriam Pearl to investigate her granddaughter’s murder. While Marla snoops into the elderly matriarch’s affairs, her friend Detective Vail is afraid the only affair she’ll snag is with her ex-spouse, Stan.

“Ms. Cohen’s plot has more twists than a French braid, and Marla is a shear delight.” Joanne Fluke, author of the Hannah Swensen mysteries

“In Nancy J. Cohen’s fourth bubbly Bad Hair Day mystery, Florida hairdresser Marla Shore agrees to help her snake of an ex husband, Stan Kaufman, who’s been arrested for the murder of his third wife, Kimberly, find the real killer.” Publishers Weekly

“In Body Wave, Marla faces more shades of guilt and malice than she has colors of nail polish in her salon and exposes herself to a hidden killer who may decide that eliminating Marla is a permanent solution for getting away with murder.” Barnes & Noble Ransom Notes

“The Bad Hair Day mysteries have been noted for their humor, quick pacing and an intelligent amateur sleuth. Author Nancy J. Cohen continues to offer a refreshing and fun series.” Creatures ‘n Crooks

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Murder By Manicure (Bad Hair Day Mystery #3)

Murder by Manicure

 Independent Mystery Booksellers Association Bestseller

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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.

“Observations about makeup, hair, and apparel mix with humorous, sexy overtones and catty remarks.  A solid series addition.”  Library Journal

“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

“For the reader who enjoys the twists and turns of a tale by Mary Higgins Clark, Murder by Manicure is a must read!” Reader to Reader

“Marla Shore is a beguiling, clever sleuth who teases out every clue. Absolutely delightful!” —
Jill Churchill, author of the Jane Jeffry & Grace and Favor mystery series.

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Hair Raiser (Bad Hair Day Mystery #2)

        Hair Raiser

Nominated for a Reviewer’s Choice Award by RT BookReviews

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Beauty salon owner Marla Shore volunteers for Ocean Guard, a coastal preservation society. When someone sabotages their gala fund-raiser, she must comb through a knot of suspects to unmask a killer.

“Hair Raiser kept me guessing until the very end. Hats off to Nancy Cohen and her engaging sleuth, Marla the hairdresser!” Laurien Berenson, author of the Melanie Travis mystery series

“Curl up with Nancy Cohen’s stylishly witty and chillingly suspenseful tale of murder on the Florida coast—Hair Raiser is a cut above.” Joanne Pence, author of the Angie Amalfi mystery series

“Hair Raiser is a light, funny, cozy read…I had the serious urge to call my hairdresser and schedule an immediate appointment.” Cozies, Capers, & Crimes

“Hair Raiser is a delightfully saucy tale of sabotage, murder, and culinary chaos.” Fabulous Florida Writers

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Permed To Death (Bad Hair Day Mystery #1)

      Permed to Death

Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore Bestseller

Hairstylist Marla Shore is giving grumpy Mrs. Kravitz a perm when her client croaks in the shampoo chair. If that isn’t enough to give her a bad hair day, handsome Detective Vail suspects Marla of poisoning the woman’s coffee creamer.

 “A fascinating story, with intriguing, sometimes quirky characters, a touch of humor, a hint of romantic possibilities, and a look at a profession we don’t often see in mysteries.” Mysterious Women

“ PERMED TO DEATH is a witty and a well-crafted mystery that will have you guessing till the intense end.” Southern Scribe

“An amusing tale, buoyed by a likable amateur sleuth and enhanced by the South Florida atmosphere.”Sun-Sentinel

 “Fast-paced and jaunty…”Publishers Weekly

Wicked Women Whodunit

Kensington Brava Anthology MaryJanice Davidson, Amy Garvey, Jennifer Apodaca, Nancy J. Cohen “Three Men and a Body” Novella by Nancy J. Cohen

Wicked Women Whodunit

Reality show contestant Heather Payne’s assignment is simple: get a bed-and-breakfast in Winter Park up and running within seven days. But when “accidents” start plaguing the show, Heather begins to suspect the contestant she’s sleeping with may be the enemy.

“Cohen pens a unique whodunit.” RT BOOKClub Magazine

“These four amusing amateur sleuth romances are well written fine novellas starring wonderfully “wicked” women solving a murder mystery while finding the right hunk.”

“Those of us who have read Nancy’s Bad Hair Day series know we can count on her to provide a suspenseful mystery with intriguing characters.  The addition of more romance to the mix sweetens the tale.” Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore

“A steamy, fun read…the interaction between the characters is fascinating and gives a whole new meaning to Reality TV…“WICKED” WOMEN WHODUNIT is a great anthology with just the right mixes of romance and mystery to make anyone happy.” Romance Readers Connection

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