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Nancy J. Cohen

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Nancy J. Cohen writes the humorous Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring hairdresser Marla Vail, who solves crimes with wit and style under the sultry Florida sun. Titles in this series have made the IMBA bestseller list and been selected by Suspense Magazine as best cozy mystery. Nancy has also written "Writing the Cozy Mystery", a valuable instructional guide on how to write a winning whodunit. Nancy’s imaginative romances, including the Drift Lords series, have proven popular with fans as well. 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. Visit her at

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Nancy J. Cohen Readers like cozies because they offer an escape from reality. Unlike the real world where criminals often go free and victims may lack justice, in a…moreReaders like cozies because they offer an escape from reality. Unlike the real world where criminals often go free and victims may lack justice, in a cozy the crook is always caught and the sleuth emerges unharmed. Any violence is off-scene. The focus is more on the puzzle of solving the mystery than the forensics. The sleuth's world and her relationships are just as important. We read these stories to learn about a new occupation or to vicariously explore a new locale. Hopefully, we can follow along with the sleuth's life in the personal arena, which is a prime attraction. So these books are popular for many reasons. Some contain humor, which is another draw. Others contain recipes or craft tips. Rather than being scary, often these stories are funny. Readers who don't like to be frightened know they will get a lighthearted story with a challenging puzzle, interesting characters, and a view of a world they might not experience otherwise.(less)
Nancy J. Cohen In my view, writer's block is caused by extraneous distractions, not by any problems in the work itself. If you've laid the proper groundwork and…moreIn my view, writer's block is caused by extraneous distractions, not by any problems in the work itself. If you've laid the proper groundwork and written a detailed synopsis, you should know where your plot is going. But when bad reviews, non-stop marketing, rejections or other life events get you down, that can put a damper on the muse. At those times, it helps to talk about how you feel to your writing buddies. (less)
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Permed to Death Hair Raiser Murder by Manicure Body Wave Highlights to Heaven Died Blonde Dead Roots
Bad Hair Day Mystery (14 books)
3.63 avg rating — 2,754 ratings

Warrior Prince Warrior Rogue Warrior Lord
The Drift Lords (3 books)
3.73 avg rating — 62 ratings

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Author appearance, March 05, 2017 01:00PM
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore, 273 NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach, FL, US
Sunday, March 5 at 1:00 pm, Discussion and Booksigning with mystery authors Nanc ...more

Warrior Lord (Romance)
1 chapters   —   updated Feb 06, 2017 01:25PM
Description: Pottery sculptor Erika Sherwood marries a stranger in Las Vegas who turns out to be an alien. A warrior from another planet, he’s come to Earth to quell an invasion by soldiers from another dimension. Thrust into his company, Erika plunges into a whirlwind of danger, passion, and heart-pounding suspense in their pursuit of a weapon that can defeat the enemy. More alarming are the feelings she develops for her newfound husband. Will he leave her when their mission is done?
Haunted Hair Nights (Mystery & Thrillers)
1 chapters   —   updated Feb 06, 2017 01:17PM
Description: As a new stepmother, hairstylist Marla Vail hopes to win brownie points by helping her daughter with a school haunted house project. All goes well until Marla stumbles over a corpse on the spooky estate grounds. Between slacker students, helicopter parents, unexpected heirs, and a stonewalling school administration, Marla has her hands full in solving a murder and keeping the kids safe.
Facials Can Be Fatal (Mystery & Thrillers)
1 chapters   —   updated Feb 06, 2017 01:16PM
Description: A client at Marla’s day spa dies while getting a facial. To salvage her reputation, Marla jumps on the trail of the killer. Soon she’s unraveling clues involving historic buildings, family journals, pirates, and shipwrecks off the Florida coast. The victim may have stumbled onto secrets others would kill to keep.
Peril by Ponytail (Mystery & Thrillers)
1 chapters   —   updated May 30, 2015 10:56AM
Description: Marla and Dalton’s honeymoon at an Arizona dude ranch veers from dangerous to downright deadly faster than a horse headed to the corral. With her husband’s uncle—the resort’s owner—on the suspect list for murder, Marla races to prove his innocence. She hopes her blind trust isn’t misplaced, especially when she learns their relative has secrets he’d rather keep buried. As the bodies pile up, she digs deeper to find the killer. With her new family in jeopardy, she’d better figure out who’s adding to the spirits at a nearby ghost town before someone she loves is hurt. Saddle up for Marla’s latest adventure in the Wild West where a Bad Hair Day is the least of her worries.
Writing the Cozy Mystery (Nonfiction)
1 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:37PM
Description: 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? Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy J. Cohen is an informative guide on how to write a traditional whodunit.
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Facials Can Be Fatal by Nancy J. Cohen

Title: Facials Can Be Fatal
Series: Bad Hair Day Mystery, #13
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ISBN: 1432832824 (ISBN13: 9781432832827)
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Facials Can Be Fatal by Nancy J. Cohen
"This is a great book; this is the thirteenth book in the Bad Hair Day Mystery series written by Nancy Cohen. During the frenzy of the December holidays, the last thing salon owner Marla Vail needs is a dead body slathered in a green facial mask at..." Read more of this review »
Facials Can Be Fatal by Nancy J. Cohen
"Pirates, hidden treasures, secret identities, murder..... Book 13 in Nancy J. Cohen's Bad Hair Day Mystery series has that and a whole lot more !!

As this is the 13th book in the series and the first one that I have read, I was worried that I may h..." Read more of this review »
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Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy J. Cohen
" Dear Tammy: Thank you for your kind comments. I hope my advice is useful when you write your own cozy! "
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message 1: by Kelly

Kelly Moran Thanks for the add. The books look great. Pleasure to meet a fellow author. You might like my new one.
Kelly Moran

message 2: by Nancy

Nancy Thanks for the info, Kelly. I'm busy reading the books for the RITAs now. If you're not familiar with this contest, see my blog at

message 3: by Daniel (last edited Feb 24, 2008 10:25AM)

Hey Nancy, I've added your death-drama series Perfumed to Death, Body Wave, Murder by Manicure, Perish by Pedicure and last but not least Hair Raiser to my to-read list.

message 4: by Nancy

Nancy Thanks, Daniel. Actually, the first title in my Bad Hair Day series is Permed to Death, not Perfumed to Death, although I like that one, too! And I wouldn't call my series "death-drama". They're humorous romantic mysteries featuring hairstylist and amateur sleuth Marla Shore. I hope you enjoy them!

message 5: by Ilyn

Ilyn Ross Hello Nancy,

Thank you for being my friend. How are you? Congratulations - I wish you good fortune on your books.

When you have the time, please join me at the Happy & Brainy Group. Please check out the author giveaways (Reason Reigns is listed).

I will check out the Author's Society. I discovered Goodreads a week ago; I'm so glad to be here. Is there a reason why you haven't signed up for the author's program?

Warmest regards,


message 6: by Nancy

Nancy Hello Ilyn. I believe I have signed up for the Authors Program, but thanks for mentioning it.

message 7: by Lee

Lee Thanks for being my goodreads buddy, Nancy!

My new romantic suspense, The Twist is a Bookstrand #1 Bestseller! A story of mind-bending control and unnerving metamorphosis, The Twist unravels the tale of a hotshot consultant as he struggles to foil a plot to steal $12 million and to rescue the feisty, female scientist who has stolen his heart.



Lee Silver
"Romance With a Twist"
THE TWIST, BookStrand #1 Bestseller

message 8: by E.A.

E.A. Thank you for your friendship, Nancy.

message 9: by Nancy

Nancy Elizabeth wrote: "Thank you for your friendship, Nancy."

My pleasure. Happy Reading!

Harlequin Books Hello Nancy, it is a pleasure to meet you.

message 11: by Derick

Derick Hudson Thanks for the connection, Nancy! You may like my 2012 debut,an hilarious, Irish romcom called 'Dysfunctional Romance!' which has 21 five star reviews on Amazon and nearly 10,000 followers on Twitter already! see my blog for details:
Kind regards,
Derick :-)

message 12: by Nancy

Nancy Thanks for the info, Derick, and good luck with your debut title.

message 13: by Nancy

Nancy Please vote for Warrior Prince at iBookBuzz so my book can be selected as the next paranormal Book Club selection. Go to and choose #1 Warrior Prince. I'd be very appreciative!

message 14: by Nancy

Nancy Enter to win a signed copy of Warrior Prince: The Drift Lords Series, #1

message 15: by Nancy

Nancy Enter to win a signed copy of Warrior Prince, #1 in my new paranormal romance Drift Lords series based on Norse mythology:

message 16: by Nancy

Nancy Enter my Goodreads Giveaway for Warrior Prince: Book One in The Drift Lords Series. Norse myths and magic enliven this paranormal romantic adventure set in modern day Florida. One more week to enter!

message 17: by Angela

Angela THANK YOU!!! I'm so excited I won Warrior Prince and can't WAIT to read it! I'm sure I'll dive in as soon as I get it. THANK YOU! SQUEEE!!!

message 18: by Nancy

Nancy Angela, I mailed it out yesterday. Please let me know when you have received the book.

message 19: by Angela

Angela I will!! Thanks again!!

message 20: by Angela

Angela Hi Nancy!! I got the book today! So excited to get started, after I finish the one I'm reading! It looks really good and the cover... sigh. ;)

message 21: by Nancy

Nancy Angela, I'm glad you received the book okay and hope you enjoy the story!

message 22: by Nancy

Nancy LAST DAY--FREE on Kindle: Warrior Rogue (The Drift Lords Series) by Nancy J. Cohen will sweep you away on a thrill-packed ride with legendary villains, Norse myths, and ancient prophesies. Download it now: Please Like the page and share the link with your friends.

Last Day to enter Nancy’s Valentine’s Day Contest for a free ebook of Warrior Prince and a $10 Amazon gift card. Go to and Click on the Contest tab button.

message 23: by Nancy

Nancy Enter my Goodreads Giveaway to win a signed copy of Warrior Rogue (The Drift Lords Series #2):

message 24: by Nancy

Nancy Thank you, Thomas, for friending me.

message 25: by Nancy

Nancy I wish you the best of luck but I have too many books to read and don't take books to review. Thanks for thinking of me, though.

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