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Shear Murder

(Bad Hair Day Mystery #10)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  196 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Who knew weddings could be murder? Hairstylist Marla Shore is weeks away from becoming a bride herself when she walks down the aisle as a bridesmaid at her friend Jill’s ceremony. Things take a turn for the worse when the matron of honor ends up dead, the cake knife in her chest. Now what will they use to cut the cake?

“Smart, edgy dialogue and an intriguing cast of charact
Kindle Edition, 246 pages
Published February 22nd 2013 by Five Star (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
This whole series has been a lot of fun.

In this installment, Marla not only does hair for a wedding, but is a bridesmaid and finally a bride. At crunch time for her own wedding plans she is also trying to solve a murder. Marla takes multitasking to a whole new level. Dalton really understands her need to be in the middle of things and his daughter Brianna has a great relationship with Marla. I am so happy this new family is coming together.

The family dynamics at work in both Marla’s case and Jil
Mar 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
maybe it's my mood, but this book seemed to d r a g!!
Oct 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies
Shear Murder
By: Nancy J. Cohen
Copyright February 2012
Publisher Five Star

Weddings always make Marla Shore shed a tear of joy, and she’s slated to attend her friend Jill’s affair as a member of the bridal party. Marla’s own nuptials are weeks away, and she’s been busy juggling bickering relatives, building a new house with her fiancé, and expanding her hair salon.
The South Florida Stylist is following her to-do list just fine until an unexpected even unravels her carefully laid plans. At Jill’s we
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hairstylist Marla Shore is quite excited to be part of her friend Jill’s wedding party. Marla’s own wedding is scheduled for only a few weeks away, but she’s more than delighted to assist her friend. Of course Marla’s own schedule is impossible – between both weddings, moving to a new home, and expanding her hair salon – the last thing she needs is a murder investigation, but that’s exactly what’s thrown her way when Jill’s sister, Torrie, turns up dead at the wedding reception.

Jill begs Marla f
Sharon Redfern
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Marla Shore is a bridesmaid at her friend Jill's wedding and does all of the hair styling as well. During the salon time before the wedding, Marla picks up on tension between Jill and her sister Torrie. At the wedding venue, Torrie also gets into it with a photographer from the magazine she works at and a rival reporter. After a lot of drama, Jill gets married and Marla goes to find the cake knife at the reception. She finds it, but it has been repurposed as a murder weapon in Torrie's chest. Ma ...more
Apr 06, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I used to like Nancy Cohen's books, but with the Bad Hair Day series, that has changed. There are conversations don't follow the subject, people talking and suddenly someone chimes in with a completely off-the-wall remark, the detective (soon-to-be-husband) is upset because his wife-2-b (Marla) isn't concentrating on her upcoming wedding, and he turns around and disappears for 2 late nights and is found holding hands with an old flame. The story is difficult to follow, I didn't like the characte ...more
Oct 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
I don't know what happened with this latest Bad Hair Day Mystery. I used to love this series and was excited to see that there was finally a new installment. I started reading but the characters were so unlikeable. I didn't even care about the murder victim & I'm not sure why anyone (with the exception of possibly her sister) even cared. Marla is planning on opening a day spa & also planning her own wedding so why she thought she needed to insert herself into solving this crime (and it w ...more
Linda B
Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Shear Murder is a fun mystery/romance. There is quite a bit of detailed wedding information because the character, Marla, is not only a bridesmaid in a wedding, but also planning her own wedding.

Imagine finding a dead body under the wedding cake table! Suspects abound in this story, and Marla is well know by local police as someone who likes to get involved. I think that there was maybe a little too much information gained by eavesdropping, but Marla is eager to solve the crime.

I was a little wo
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
The South Florida Hair Stylist and Spa Owner, Marla Shore is swamped with weddings. Not only her friend, Jill, but, her very own wedding to Dalton Vail, a Homicide Detective.

With a zillion details to deal with, Marla gets involved with a dispute between Jill and Jill's sister, Torrie about property that they have inherited. It is very obvious that the sisters are at odds with each other. Even as they drive to the wedding location at a beautiful orchid garden, Jill implores Marla to ask Torrie to
Debbie Heaton
Jan 06, 2015 rated it liked it
In Cohen’s mystery novel, salon owner Marla Shore is busy. She’s planning her upcoming nuptials as well as serving as hairdresser at her friend’s wedding. Set on Orchid Isle, the view is spectacular for her friend’s wedding until murder disrupts the festivities.

Torrie Miller, the matron-of-honor—and the bride’s sister—is found stabbed with the wedding cake knife. With a long list of enemies there’s no shortage of suspects as Marla takes on solving this murder in between planning seating charts
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
For readers of cozy glitz literature, this could be a satisfying series. But for the average reader, dropped from a great height into the tenth book of the series, it is a day’s work to study the menu of characters, some of whom have been married before. It would be an advantage to have read the previous nine mysteries to get used to the plethora of characters clogging the action. Rife with minutia and wedding flutter, the actual emotional impact of murder and crime are lost in the fluff of mate ...more
Vanessa James-brooks
Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-and-read
I did not know this was a series until I looked up Nancy to see if there were more books. Shear Murder is the last book in the series and for me never reading the other books I thought this was a fantastic book on it's own. A wedding, murder, list of quirky suspects, and Marla Shore trying to figure it all out before her own wedding takes place. I really enjoyed every page of this book. I will tell you this the the 243 page book goes very fast I read it in two days only because I am a mom with t ...more
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely funny and easy read. One of those books you grab and can read in a few hours because its so easy to continue reading. The author does a good job with the characters and even though I had never read a book by her it was easy to follow the story line and thus it stands alone and does not need to be read as part of a series. Great book, enjoyable read!
Cynthia Thomason
I have enjoyed this entire Bad Hair Day Mystery series, but this last one might be my favorite. A wedding, a murder, a list of quirky suspects, and Marla Shore once again trying to figure it all out before her own wedding takes place. I recomment this book!
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: united-states, cozy
OK, but really not worth the time (& I read really fast!)
Sharon Thrasher
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great is all I have to say

This one is good. Many possibles, twists and turns. I like these books as the themes are all Love and kindness. But is a great story as well.
Susan Brandt
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm not normally a fan of "cozy" mysteries, but Nancy Cohen avoids the overly saccharine cuteness of some I've read. Her protagonist is a real person. And while as with any amateur sleuth series, the number of murders per person in the sleuth's immediate circle stretches credulity, Ms Cohen creates a realistic plot, realistic reasons for Marla Shore to get involved and a realistic outcome.
Bonnie Randall
Feb 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies
I hate giving 1 Star ratings, yet I also hate being dishonest when I review a book.

This mystery was a huge miss for me. The victim and every one of the suspects ranged from despicable to thoroughly unlikeable (without a whole lot of variance) yet I preferred all of them to Marla, the sleuth. Sanctimonious, pious, shrewish I could maybe live with, but rude? No. Her internalizations are all bitchy - some downright mean - and at one point she even offers to cut the hair of a lady whose house she dr
Lelia Taylor
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: full-reviews
Weddings are much on hairdresser Marla’s mind these days, her own ceremony in a few weeks and the one coming up shortly that will unite her friend, Jill, with her husband-to-be—but will it unite Jill with her fractious sister, Torrie? Apparently not, as Marla discovers when she finds Torrie dead and it looks like it’s up to Marla to save her friend from being pegged as a murderer. Of course, she has to fit this in with her own pre-wedding tasks and running her salon. At times, the bad guys are a ...more
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: mystery
Weddings always make Marla Shore shed a tear of joy, especially when she attends her friend Jill’s affair as a member of the bridal party. Marla’s own nuptials are weeks away, and she’s been busy juggling bickering relatives, building a new house with her fiancé, and expanding her hair salon.

The South Florida stylist is following her To Do list just fine until an unexpected event unravels her carefully laid plans. At Jill’s wedding reception, Marla discovers the matron of honor—Jill’s sister To
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a Bad Hair Day!
In Book #10 of the Bad Hair Day Series, Shear Murder begins with main character Marla Shore helping her friend Jill primp for her wedding. Jill's wedding will be taking place on the opening day of the new Orchid Isle resort. Unfortunately, the wedding is disrupted by the discovery of the murder of Jill's sister, Torrie. Marla, of course, becomes involved with seeking justice for Torrie's murder all while trying to plan her own wedding to fiancee, Dalton in a few weeks.
Adriana Girolami
"Shear murder "is a wonderful combination of mystery, murder and romance with a touch of humor.
Marla Shore a South Florida beautician is getting married to detective Dalton Vail, although busy with her own wedding she volunteers to be a bridesmaid at her friend Jill's wedding. Shockingly, at Jill's lovely reception, under the cake table Marla finds the bride's sister Torrie with the cake knife in her chest. Jill is suspected because she had the motive to kill her sister since they had an argumen
Nov 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, serial-cozy
Marla Shore has a lot in her hands in the latest installment in the Bad Hair Day series. While she's planning her wedding to Dalton, opening a day spa, and keeping her salon busy with customers, she's got a full schedule ahead of her. When she attends her friend's wedding, she discovers a new murder and is on the case. With not many time on her hands, we'll see how she's devoted to Dalton and Brianna and trying not to stay out of trouble. She's really up to her ears on this drama, when she disco ...more
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book of Nancy J Cohen's that I have read. I received this book free either in a contest or to review. Can't remember. This book was a mystery till the end. The tension built and you had to finish to find out who the murderer was and why they did it.Twists and turns around every corner till you found out in the last chapter. A must read. Five stars from me on this book. Thank you Nancy for this wonderful hard bound book. I will cherish it. Look forward to more of your books in ...more
Patricia Gligor
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Shear Murder" by Nancy J. Cohen and I stayed up way past my bedtime last night to finish reading it because I HAD to know who the killer was. I had my suspicions but, because Ms. Cohen weaved an intricate plot with lots of suspects, I couldn't be sure until the very end. I highly recommend this book!
Ms. Mystery
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the beautiful South Florida setting. The amatuer sleuth, Marla, is great. I enjoyed all the mentions of Florida and Jewish cuture. There were a slew of suspects and this kept the mystery interesting. I had no idea who the trouble maker was. If you enjoy cozies, you should check this series out! I received this book for free from the author through a giveaway.
Mar 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-florida
Salon owner Marla Shore is busy with plans for her forthcoming wedding, but not too busy to be bridesmaid for her friends Jill and Arnie. Of course, she senses the tensions among the bridal party, but the last thing she expects is to find a body. Once she does, however, she can't resist helping, or interfering, as her policeman-fiance would have it, with the case, even if it endangers her.
As though Marla doesn't have enough on her plate with planning her own wedding, preparing for the fast-approaching holidays, and opening a day salon, she decides to solve a murder that occurred at her friends' wedding. I enjoyed this story despite some predictable parts of it.
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another Great Read!!

I can't put into words how much I enjoy the Bad Hair Day Mysteries; I've begun to read every one faster than the last. I'm beyond addicted and hope anyone that comes across them enjoys them as much as I am.
Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a well written book, a page turner for sure!

I can't wait to read more by her.

Marla is funny when she isn't finding dead bodys

Nancy Cohen first rate writer!
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Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have made the IMBA bestseller list, been selected by Suspense Magazine as best cozy mystery, won a Readers' Favorite Gold Medal, and earned third place in the Arizona Literary Awards. Nancy's instructional guide, "Writing the Cozy Mystery," is an Agatha Award finalist.

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Bad Hair Day Mystery (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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  • Body Wave (Bad Hair Day Mystery, #4)
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