Arc Book Review: Hanging by a Hair by Nancy J. Cohen

April 16, 2014 Blog, Book Reviews 2

Arc Book Review: Hanging by a Hair by Nancy J. CohenHanging by a Hair by Nancy J. Cohen
Series: Bad Hair Day Mystery
Published by Five Star (ME) on April 18th 2014
Genres: Mystery, Romance
Pages: 287
Source: BTSe Magazine
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Marla’s joyous move to a new house with her husband, Detective Dalton Vail, is marred by their next-door neighbor who erects an illegal fence between their properties. When Dalton reminds the man of the local permitting laws, tempers flare—and worse, the neighbor is found dead the following day. Dismayed when Dalton is removed from the case due to a conflict of interest, Marla decides it’s up to her to find the killer. Can the intrepid hairstylist untangle the clues and pin down the culprit before he strikes again?

My Thoughts

I used to love mysteries. I grew up collecting the Nancy Drew series and could never get enough of them! But I haven’t read mysteries in so long and honestly I don’t know what happened and why I got out of reading that genre. I have read and fell in love with the Cat Who books so when I read this synopsis it sounded like a mix of Nancy Drew and the Cat Who books, so I thought, why not?

It was super cute, although, through most of it I was wanting to smack Marla upside her head. She’s intelligent but way too nosy! Of course I can’t say what I would or wouldn’t do had my neighbor that I had just fought with, suddenly died but I would think it would not involve pestering my husband who isn’t even on the case! Even as I was yelling at her to stop nagging him, there was a part of me that wanted to egg her on, that wanted her to find out what was going on. And this is the exact reason that they say curiosity killed the cat! Curiosity, plus persistence, and a bit of stubbornness makes for a terrible combination! Albeit a bit of a funny one.

I was also quite worried that I had not read the previous books in this serious, however, it did not seem to matter. This is book 11 and I didn’t feel like I missed out on anything. I loved the plot even though it took me a little bit to get into it but once I did the read was fast and easy. I really enjoyed the characters and cannot wait to find out more about this series and read more from Nancy J. Cohen!

A must read for anyone who loves a good mystery but I definitely recommend also to those who like a bit of romance and some intrigue in their stories!


The Author

Nancy J. Cohen is an award-winning author of romance and mysteries. Her humorous Bad Hair Day mystery series features hairdresser Marla Shore, who solves crimes with wit and style under the sultry Florida sun. Several of these titles have made the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association bestseller list. Coming in April is Hanging By A Hair, #11 in the series. Nancy is also the author Writing the Cozy Mystery, a valuable instructional guide for mystery writers.Nancy’s imaginative romances have also proven popular with fans. Her titles in this genre have won the HOLT Medallion and Best Book in Romantic SciFi/Fantasy at The Romance Reviews. Her next release in this genre will be Warrior Lord, #3 in the Drift Lords Series from Wild Rose Press.Active in the writing community and a featured speaker at libraries and conferences, Nancy is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who’s Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets. She belongs to Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America, Novelists, Inc., and International Thriller Writers. Currently, she’s serving as President of Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America and as Vice President of Florida Romance Writers. When not busy writing, Nancy enjoys reading, fine dining, cruising and outlet shopping.

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2 Responses to “Arc Book Review: Hanging by a Hair by Nancy J. Cohen”

    • Christina

      It really surprised me also! I am thinking of going to #1 just so I can find out more about this series. 😀