Styled for Murder

  • Publisher: Orange Grove Press
  • Series: The Bad Hair Day Mysteries , 17
  • Release Date: Nov. 16, 2021
  • Genre: Cozy Mystery
  • Available Formats: eBook and Paperback
  • Digital: 978-1-952886-21-8
  • Paperback: 978-1-952886-22-5

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Hairstylist Marla Vail flushes out a killer when murder disrupts her mother’s home renovation plans in this stylish cozy mystery.

When hairstylist and savvy sleuth, Marla Vail, gets a frantic call from her mother that there’s a dead body in her shower, Marla realizes this wasn’t part of the home renovation plans. The victim turns out to be the project manager, who had an untrustworthy reputation in town. Disgruntled customers, unpaid suppliers, and the design company’s staff are among the suspects. Which one of them wanted the foreman to pipe down about their shady dealings?

Meanwhile, the lead investigator sets his sights on Marla’s stepfather, Reed, who’s keeping secrets from his family. Reed has a past connection to the victim and won’t come clean about what he knows. As Marla drills deeper, she’s showered with suspicions, but nobody’s willing to leak any information. She needs to hammer down the prospects, or time will drain away and the murderer will strike again.

To flush out the culprit, Marla taps into her pipeline of resources. Can she assemble the clues and demolish the alibis to nail a killer? Or has someone designed the perfect murder? Recipes Included!

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“It’s a pleasure to see a sleuthing story evolve where the protagonist is just as vested in her business, family, and community interactions as she is in her investigation. Cohen’s ability to bring these disparate facets to life in a story that moves between personal concerns and social and community change, weaving the “perfect murder” scenario into these interplays, makes Styled for Murder an intriguing read. This makes for a cozy mystery powered by Marla’s special blend of savvy and perceptions as a home remodel project goes seriously awry.” Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

“A charmingly funny whodunit unfolds when hairstylist and savvy sleuth Marla Vail gets a frantic call from her mother saying she found a dead body in her bathroom during a remodel. The victim turns out to be the project manager, who had a reputation for shady dealings. When Marla’s stepfather, Reed, becomes a suspect, Marla digs deeper for clues. Now, she’ll have to put all the pieces together to nail down the truth!” Woman’s World Magazine

“A fun read full of surprise twists, family moments, and an ending to warm your heart. Sure to delight cozy fans.” Jessica Robbins, Books A Plenty Book Reviews

“Although it seems like there is a lot going on, Nancy J. Cohen does a wonderful job of bringing all these plotlines together for a satisfactory ending. This was another entertaining and enjoyable story that I recommend to those who enjoy a well plotted and written cozy mystery.” Carla Johnson-Hicks, Carla Loves to Read

“The pace is steady and the characters interesting. There are multiple suspects aside from Reed and no simple explanation fits the crime. It’s not easy to guess at the killer and that kept me engaged. If you’re a fan of this series, you will be surprised at Marla’s ingenuity in fitting in baby, work, and sleuthing. New to this series? You can enjoy this book without having read the earlier books, though I always recommend you start at the beginning of a series. Regardless, if you enjoy cozy mystery, I’m sure you will like this one. Don’t forget the recipes!” Christa Nardi, Christa Reads and Writes

“Ms. Cohen finds a nice balance herself in Styled for Murder. She blends the daily life of her characters with a challenging mystery to solve.  I did like that there was a plethora of suspects and the way Marla worked her way through them. She wasn’t able to figure things out though before more deaths occurred. Those deaths depleted her suspect list but WOW! that final twist was absolutely killer. The guilty party was a total surprise.” Lori Caswell, Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book

Styled For Murder was a fun romp through the pitfalls of home renovation. Of course, most of us will never find a dead body in our bathroom, delays, shoddy work, and difficult people is the norm. I had a lot of smiles and chuckles as I investigated the death and there were plenty of culprits that could fit the bill.” Sherry J. Fundin, Fundinmental

“Hair salon owner and stylist Marla Vail’s mother and step-dad have the worst luck. Their bathroom remodel came with a dead guy and a necktie in the partially finished shower. An actress, a scholarship pageant, and a festival provide more twists and turns than an updo, keeping sleuth Marla Vail on her toes. Styled for Murder is a wonderful addition to Cohen’s Bad Hair Day Mystery Series.” Muddy Rose Reviews

“Everyone’s favorite sleuthing hair stylist is back on the case in Styled for Murder. Fans of the series will love how Marla once again dives in to show the police how to solve a murder. She’s got plenty of suspects this time, too. Is the killer the owner of a seemingly unscrupulous home renovation business, one of their disgruntled subcontractors, or even her new father-in-law? An entertaining read with enough clues and red herrings to keep mystery fans happily flipping pages.” Terry Ambrose, Mysteries with Character

“This is the 17th book in the Bad Hair Day Mysteries and they keep getting better.  It’s a fast-paced mystery that I found totally captivating. There were so many culprits to choose from. I picked two and neither one was the guilty party. I didn’t put it altogether until near the end when Marla figured it out. I’ve read this series from early on, so it’s a total joy to watch Marla go from a single woman to a wife and now a mother. I feel as if she’s an old friend… A fun, light-hearted mystery set in Florida is a fun escape from reality. I enjoyed every minute of it.” Yvonne Hering, Socrates Book Reviews

“Marla’s change in circumstances from earlier stories, now a mother, with responsibilities pulling her in different directions adds a new element to the series.” June Price, Sunhusky’s Daisy Reads 2

Goodreads Reviews

“Add a pageant, an unscrupulous business, a graduation, and a soap star, and you have a nice mystery. And this one has recipes!” Ana’s Reviews

“This well written mystery has all the charm of the first sixteen, as well as many twists, red herrings and misdirects. I never figured it out even though I was intrigued from the first page and read straight through. I could not put it down.” 5 Stars! Bernadette Cinkoske’s Reviews on Goodreads

“I really love this series! Lots of twists and turns and a fun story line. Marla gets pulled into a murder investigation, she promised herself to step back from them since her son was born, but for family reasons she needed to check things out. I don’t want to give too much away. This is a must read!” 5 Stars! Charlene’s Reviews on Goodreads

“Additional murders and complex characters make Styled for Murder a delightful puzzle for readers to solve with Marla.” Debra Goldstein’s Reviews

“I was swept along with Marla as she works her usual magic and makes things happen. Ms. Cohen writes in a style that makes me want to turn the page to see what happens next while at the same time wanting to savor the story and not finish it too quickly.” 5 Stars! Jan’s Reviews on Goodreads

“This book hits the bullseye for any cozy mystery lover looking for an enjoyable read! Plenty of action, twists and turns, and interesting characters all with their unique personalities which all interact perfectly with each other to make this book a really fun read.” Judy Johnson’s Reviews on Goodreads

“I am a longtime reader of The Bad Hair Mysteries and am happy the series is still going strong after 17 books. The characters are relatable and the details and descriptions help bring the story to life.” Nancy Baker’s Reviews

“I just love Marla and this series. I know who I wanted the killer to be, but I was wrong.” Julia David’s Reviews

“Twists. Turns. Couldn’t put it down excitement!… Nancy J. Cohen’s writing style is expertly descriptive with clever banter and well-developed characters… each story is clever and entertaining.” Kathleen C.’s Reviews

“I enjoyed the sense of family and the mystery. Ms. Cohen does a wonderful job trying to balance everything out. The mystery was full of redirection and plot twists. It is a standalone story and an easy read. I highly recommend this series and this book for those liking mysteries with a strong female lead and a supporting cast of characters.” Kathleen K’s Reviews

Styled for Murder is a thoughtful, well-written book that was impossible to put down. Once again I enjoyed the perfectly detailed descriptions of clothes, hair and accessories – and people – and was delighted to learn something about edible gold and copper robberies. There is also a little hint at the end about things to come so I cannot wait for the next book in this always delightful series.” 5 Stars! Sally’s Reviews on Goodreads

“I really enjoyed the originality of this book. It’s the first one that I have ever read about a hair stylist and a cop’s wife to boot, to solve murder cases… Overall, I thought it was a very enjoyable book and I was truly happy to see that everything ended up in a happy ending.” Sarah Woodhouse’s Reviews

“This was an enjoyable read that showed a true progression of the main character. I look forward to seeing where the author takes her to next.” Taryn’s Reviews

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