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Hair Raiser

(Bad Hair Day Mystery #2)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  304 ratings  ·  31 reviews
A southern sleuth investigates murder and sabotage in sultry South Florida in this humorous cozy mystery.

When South Florida hairstylist Marla Shore takes charge of a fundraiser for a coastal preservation group, she has to comb through a knot of suspects to determine who’s sabotaging their gala event. Participating chefs are dropping off the roster like hot rollers, and it’
Kindle Edition, 225 pages
Published January 27th 2015 by Orange Grove Press (first published December 1st 2000)
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✨ Gramy ✨
I liked most of the characters, although Marla Shore depicts an almost unbelievable persona. The plot line is plausible as well. Again, the writing style is not my preference, since is contains unnecessary descriptions of things. I had checked two out of this series from the library and gave them both a try. This one was easier to read than the first one in the series.
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My original Hair Raiser audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

Marla Shore is recovering from her first run in with a killer.  Since she’s physically unable to work in her beauty salon, she volunteers for the Taste of the World to keep busy.  Dalton Vail, a police officer and hopeful suitor, is thrilled that she will be busy and out of his cases.  Oh, if it were only that easy Dalton!

In Hair Raiser: The Bad Hair Day Mysteries, book 2, the body count starts to add up
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
In Hair Raiser by Nancy J. Cohen, Marla Shore has volunteered to help her cousin Cynthia with Taste of the World, a major fundraiser for the Ocean Guard charity. If they do not succeed this year or fail to keep their beach property in Florida clean, the property will revert to an unknown heir. So when her cousin finds medical waste dumped on the beach, this proves to be a problem. Further, someone has been scaring away the famous chefs from the fundraiser using threatening letters and sabotage. ...more
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Another very entertaining and enjoyable cozy mystery. I enjoyed this book more than the first book in the series. Romance, suspense, mystery and mishaps all wrapped up in a fun, light, interesting and very entertaining story. Nancy Cohen's books are just all around good fun and perfect for the days you just want something light but entertaining to listen to.

The story is constantly moving forward and something is always happening. Never a dull moment.

Marla and Dalton are back as well as a great
Leslie Fisher
This is the second book in the Bad Hair Day Mystery series, and it did not disappoint. It is a fun and cozy mystery. I liked the characters - especially the main character, Marla the hairdresser. She is passionate about hair, and I liked how all throughout the book, she is evaluating everyone's hairstyle that she sees. I found her family - especially her mom - very entertaining. I listened to the Audible audio version of this book narrated by Mary Ann Jacobs, and enjoyed her narration. She has a ...more
Carol Lee
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed listening to this mystery of who is trying to sabotage the Taste of the World fundraiser and the situations that Marla finds herself in as she tries to figure out what is going on. Marla works her way through the suspects wanting to eliminate some, but tries to be fair. All the while she also is trying to figure out who is trying to keep Ocean Guard from taking possession of the preserve and if the two events are connected.
I liked how she went about combining interviewing suspects, g
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just finished this fun cozy! The author made me care about the characters and want to find the answers to the mysteries. Although I sometimes wanted to slap Marla and scream at her to “don’t go there” and “don’t trust them” as I would in a horror movie, obviously the plot must go on to solve the mystery! I sort of guessed the ending but it had a twist that made me only partially correct. I will read more of this series.
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
2 stars is generous.
A little over the top. Okay, pretty unrealistic in parts. Nonetheless, a pleasant read.
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very good read. Suspense at every turn. If you love mystery, you will love this book.
Sherry McWilliams
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Received a free copy for a review. Fun, witty story that keeps you guessing who is responsible for all that is going on and for murder.
Maybe you've read my review of the first volume of Cohen's Bad Hair Day Mysteries, Permed to Death. Permed was fun yet awkward reading that left me somewhat satisfied with the story but rankled a bit with the characterization. Cohen had come up with a nice concept, and being a writer myself I tend to root for other writers, that future books will improve with time.

I'm happy to say Cohen tops her mystery debut with Hair Raiser and the return of South Florida hairstylist Marla Shore. Still recover
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When savvy hairstylist Marla Shore volunteers for a fundraiser, she has to comb through a knot of suspects to determine who’s sabotaging the gala event. Participating chefs are dropping off the roster like hot rollers, and it’s only through a series of hair-raising exploits that the brazen beautician can tease the truth from them. Too late to stop a murder, Marla must salvage the grand affair before she’s moussed into oblivion.

Can Marla's shear her way through the lies to catch a killer? Before
The second installment of the series of who-done-it mysteries featuring Marla Shore of the Cut N Dye Salon in Florida, This was a bit better than the first. Marla is recovering from a hand injury from the first book, so she volunteers to help her cousin Cynthia with a fund raiser. I found this book kind of hard to follow, because there about 5 or 6 suspects and the storyline gets blurry throughout. I kept asking myself, who is this character again, and how do they tie into the story? Nancy J Coh ...more
May 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Generally this is the kind of light, fun whodunit that I enjoy. Marla and Detective Vail are a fun almost couple. And Marla's friends are great. What ruins the books for me is Marla's obsession with drowning kids. In the first book we find that while she was babysitting when she was younger, the little girl drown in the pool. Now she's completely obsessed with kids drowning in pools. In this book, one of her young cousins falls in the pool and stops breathing until someone preforms CPR during Th ...more
Lynn Zagrod
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this audiobook free for an honest review. I just received this book from the author and was excited to listen to it. Nancy Cohen does an excellent job of giving you suspense, thrill and romance. Marla's relationship with Dalton Vail continues from the first book. Such a cute couple. I thought I had the murder figured out, but the ending was a surprise. Nancy does a great job of keeping the listener/reader's interest. Mary Ann Jacob does a wonderful job with each character. Nancy build ...more
Jul 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 2 What can I say? Not sure this is my favorite... what are my issues? Sometimes I can't remember who is who. In fact at one point I went searching through the book to see if I had seen a name before (I hadn't) but it was introduced as if I had. I also have a rough time buying the fact that small business owner has any time to do all the sleuthing she does and still run a successful business. In addition to that, how does she keep good employees when she keeps skipping out for her investigat ...more
Sep 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-series
Cohen's second book focusing on Marla Shore was better than the first, in my opinion. Here, as Marla tries to help her cousin plan a fundraiser, she walks into a situation that quickly becomes complicated with crimes from the improper dumping of medical waste to murder. One thing that stood out was the use of Marla's occupation to gain information pertinent to the case, as she is able to question a member of the board (and one of Vail's suspects), while doing her hair. It is true that several fe ...more
Christine P
Another intricate mystery surrounds Marla Shore (hairdresser extraordinaire) as she coordinates 'Taste of the World' a fundraiser to help her cousins organization Ocean Guard. She follows leads from some of south Florida's best restaurants to a funeral director, all the way to the Caribbean where once again the bodies stack up around her. Along side her love interest Detective Vail, who yet again warns her to steer clear of the investigation. And with good reason, she finds herself in many dange ...more
Julia David
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Marla volunteered to help with a fundraiser for Ocean Guard. She is coming to regret the decision to help out when chefs are backing out and some are getting hurt. Someone is trying to keep her from helping by leaving a dead duck on her doorstep and ransacking her house. Then someone is polluting the area that they are supposed to be helping and her cousin is having a hard time with her daughter's boyfriend. Things are not adding up and Marla is trying to find out who is to blame for all the mes ...more
Aug 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had this book on my Kindle because I have the other books on my stack to read. I am not really taken with this author. It is about a beauty salon owner named Marla who solves crimes and I am not sure why she gets involved in these things. Other than just being curious. I have 2 more in the series to read and then I think I am done with this one.
Dec 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
This is book two in the series. Nancy Cohen does a nice job with this fun cozy mystery. Marla Shore is a great character. I really enjoyed how she was always evaluating peoples hair styles seems real to me. I thought Mary Ann Jacobs did a wonderful job of narrating this book. I look forward to more in this series. I was gifted this book but this is my honest review.
Jul 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the storyline. I was half right in my guess about who killed whom and why. The fight at the end was sort of funy considering where it was. I can't tell you as it might reveal too much of the plot. Marla and Detective Vail are getting a bit closer. ...more
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Did Not Disappoint

Just started reading the Bad Hair Mysteries and I love them. The second one kept me guessing even after I thought I had solved it. Can't wait to start #3. Great author. Becoming one of many favorites.
Mom Taxi Julie
This book was pretty good. The first one of the Bad Hair Day Mysteries I've read. I just picked up a few off the shelf for some filler reading. ...more
May 11, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2011
Book #27 read in 2011

I found the main character to be a bit ditzy. It was a quick read though.
Jun 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one as well. Not a heavy read, so it read fast even though I figured it out fairly early.
Jul 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge
Enjoyable book and the best part was I actually figured out "whodoneit" before it was revealed by the author. ...more
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Too simple. Could have been good but the cop won't talk to the heroine because he wants to protect here and she keeps on investigating for her cousin'a approval. Im Florida. ...more
Ali Smith
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
one of my favorites!!
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Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have been named Best Cozy Mystery by Suspense Magazine, won a Readers' Favorite Gold Medal and a RONE Award, earned first place in the Chanticleer International Book Awards and third place in the Arizona Literary Awards. Nancy's instructional guide, "Writing the Cozy Mystery," was ...more

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Bad Hair Day Mystery (1 - 10 of 17 books)
  • Permed to Death (The Bad Hair Day Mysteries, #1)
  • Murder by Manicure (The Bad Hair Day Mysteries, #3)
  • Body Wave (The Bad Hair Day Mysteries, #4)
  • Highlights to Heaven (The Bad Hair Day Mysteries, #5)
  • Died Blonde (The Bad Hair Day Mysteries, #6)
  • Dead Roots (The Bad Hair Day Mysteries, #7)
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