Fire up the flatiron and break out the bulletproof blow-dryer, because Marla Shore—the sassy, South Florida beauty salon owner with a knack for fixing hair and finding trouble—is back. . . . Beauty shows are not always known for cold-blooded murder, but that’s exactly the case when Luxor Products company director Christine Parks is found dead in her hotel room—facedown in a foot bath. It does not take long into Marla’s investigation to discover that everyone who worked with Christine had a reason to hate her.
From serial cheating to indulging in blackmail and bad investment advice, she was a walking bad hair day, and the list of possible suspects is longer than a pop diva’s hair extensions. And when a model with top-secret information for Marla turns up dead, things go from bad to worse in a hurry. Behind the thumping house music and dazzling, high-platform hair tricks of Florida’s hottest beauty show, something very ugly is going down, something that goes beyond polish and style to the killer-takes-all ambition of the beauty biz. If Marla is not careful, she just may end up on the wrong end of a murderer’s very skillful hands . . .
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“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.” — Oline H. Cogdill, Sun‑Sentinel
“Cohen rewards the reader with a surprising conclusion…Marla’s suspenseful investigative efforts and her personal difficulties with the former in‑laws of her widowed fiancé Det. Dalton Vail make for a bumpy ride.” — Publisher’s Weekly
“Find your favorite beach chair and a tall glass of tart lemonade to enjoy another Marla Shore mystery amidst the fashionistas!…The perfect read for a beach chair or under the hair dryer.” — Nancy Martin, author of the Blackbird Sisters mystery series
“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.” — Sue Ann Carpenter, News Sun
“Nancy J. Cohen leads readers into the world of beauty shows, where salon owner and amateur sleuth Marla Shore finds things more tangled than a model’s tresses.” — Donna Gehrke‑White, Miami Herald
“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
“A fast paced, entertaining read.” — Prudy Taylor Board, Boca Raton News