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5+ stars for The Bad Hair Day Mysteries Box Set Vol 6 by Nancy J. Cohen #bookreview #cozymystery #cozy #mustread #bookrec

Title: The Bad Hair Day Mysteries Box Set Vol 6

Author: Nancy J. Cohen

Genre: Cozy Mystery


Book Blurb:


A remodeling project gone awry, a deadly Easter egg hunt, and a Fourth of July murder at a living history village make for a sparkling cozy mystery collection.


In this trio of adventures, hairstylist Marla Vail solves an Easter murder at an elegant manor house; helps her mother whose remodeling project goes down the drain when the project manager is murdered; and discovers a dead body during a battle reenactment at a living history village over Fourth of July weekend.




An Easter egg hunt at historic Tremayne Manor leads hairstylist Marla Vail to discover more than just dyed eggs. The dead man in the bunny suit is definitely not having a good hare day. Marla’s husband, homicide detective Dalton Vail, knows she finds solving mysteries to be irresistible, but she may have found a basketful of trouble this time. Can Marla use her eggcellent sleuthing skills to crack the case?


Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner


“This story will fill your reading basket with entertainment, charming characters, plot twists, tasty recipes, and a cozy murder mystery to solve.” Thoughts in Progress




When salon owner, 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 remodel plans. The victim turns out to be the project manager, who had a shady reputation in town. Disgruntled customers, unpaid suppliers, and the design company’s staff are among the suspects, but Marla is more concerned about her stepfather’s connection to the victim. Reed is keeping secrets and he won’t come clean about what he knows. Can she flush out the clues and nail the killer before he strikes again?


Suspense Magazine “Best Cozy Mystery”Readers’ Favorite Bronze Medal Winner


“A charmingly funny whodunit!” Woman’s World Magazine




Hairstylist Marla Vail and her detective husband Dalton are having a blast visiting a Florida living history village over Fourth of July weekend. But when a battle reenactment turns up a dead body, it sets off fireworks among the villagers. One of the cast members has gone off script to murder the town marshal. Soon it becomes clear that every one of the villagers is a suspect. Instead of spending the holiday chilling and grilling, somebody’s mind is on killing. Marla needs to find the culprit before she becomes the next victim.


FAPA President’s Book Awards Silver Medal Winner


Star Tangled Murder shines with excellent plotting, lots of twists and turns, and a satisfying ending. Highly recommended.” Suspense Magazine


My Review:


Wow, what a brilliant cozy mystery box set! Featuring three full-length cozy mysteries, this box set is a feast for cozy mystery lovers. The plots move at a fast pace. The dialogue is witty, sharp, and hilarious. The characters are so funny, especially Marla. The descriptive narration is intricate, and the writing is superb. The Bad Hair Day Mysteries Box Set Volume Six: Books 16-18 is an unputdownable read.


EASTER HAIR HUNT – Marla discovers a person in an Easter Bunny costume dead but when she unmasks the bunny, it’s the gardener. Why would anyone kill the estate’s gardener and why was he dressed up as the Easter Bunny? I loved this Easter-themed mystery. Twists and turns had me whipping through the story until the very end.


STYLED FOR MURDER – Marla gets a frantic call from her mother. A man has been murdered in her shower. Well, that wasn’t part of the renovations, was it? With more suspects than you can shake a hammer at, Marla will have to work fast to deliver the killer. What a great cozy mystery! I loved the mix of intrigue, humor, and home reno antics. Marla surely has a nose for detecting.


STAR TANGLED MURDER – It’s the 4th of July and Marla and her husband are vacationing in Florida. When a battle reenactment goes terribly wrong and a dead body is discovered, Marla will have to sort through the villagers to discover who wanted the victim dead. It’s a big task as there are more suspects than grains of beach sand. Can Marla catch the killer before she’s next? What a fun-filled patriotic cozy mystery. Marla is at the top of her game in this mystery. The locale is lovely, and I was transported.

These stories live and die on its dialogue. If you're like me and enjoy laughing while reading cozy mysteries, you're going to love hairstylist Marla, her detective husband and her friends. Marla is friendly, observant and has a running stream of thoughts that'll have you whipping through the pages.

The other reason is the cast of characters. The Bad Hair Day Mysteries Box Set Volume Six: Books 16-18 features a large cast of characters, many of whom are suspects. Marla is my new favorite cozy mystery heroine. She's so smart, her mind reminds me of one of my favorite literary sleuths. Her profession is different from other cozy sleuths which I found refreshing.

Nancy J. Cohen is a masterful writer, and her writing is flawless. The plots are crisp, clean, and move at a nice cozy pace. The conflicts and tensions are spot on. The mysteries themselves are well executed and I enjoyed trying to solve them before Marla does.

If you're a cozy mystery reader, you will want to read this box set. If you're looking for a good laugh, pick up this box set right now. Even though this is box set six, it can be read out of order or as a standalone. I can’t wait to read more Marla cozy mysteries.


My Rating: 5+ stars


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Author Biography:


Nancy J. Cohen has written thirty published works, including the popular Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have been named Best Cozy Mystery by Suspense Magazine and have won the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards and FAPA President’s Book Awards, the RONE Award, and placed first in the Chanticleer International Book Awards and third in the Arizona Literary Awards. Her nonfiction titles, Writing the Cozy Mystery and A Bad Hair Day Cookbook, have won the FAPA President’s Book Awards and the Royal Palm Literary Awards, First Place in the IAN Book of the Year Awards and the Topshelf Magazine Book Awards. Writing the Cozy Mystery was also an Agatha Award Finalist.


Nancy’s imaginative romances have proven popular with fans as well. These books have won the HOLT Medallion and Best Book in Romantic Sci-Fi/Fantasy at The Romance Reviews.


A featured speaker at libraries, conferences, and community events, Nancy is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who’s Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Florida Writers Association, Novelists Inc. and Florida Authors and Publishers Association.


Nancy is a past president of Florida Romance Writers and Mystery Writers of America Florida Chapter. Currently she is serving as Vice President of Citrus Crime Writers, the Central Florida Chapter of Sisters in Crime. When not busy writing, she enjoys reading, fine dining, cruising, and visiting Disney World.


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Reviewed by: Nancy


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