PERMED TO DEATH
Author: Nancy J. Cohen
Published: December 5, 1999 by Kensington
Series Name: Bad Hair Day Mysteries
Category: amateur sleuth, cozy, traditional, romantic mystery, Florida, chick lit mystery, humorous mystery
Main Character: Hairstylist Marla Shore and Detective Dalton Vail
Sassy salon owner Marla Shore is giving grumpy Mrs. Kravitz a perm when the old lady croaks in the shampoo chair. If that isn’t enough to give her a bad hair day, handsome Detective Vail suspects Marla of poisoning the woman’s coffee creamer. Figuring she’d better expose the real killer before the next victim frizzes out, Marla sets on the trail of a wave of wacky suspects. Sun-Sentinel: "...an amusing tale, buoyed by a likable amateur sleuth and enhanced by the South Florida atmosphere." Publishers Weekly: "Fast-paced and jaunty..." I Love a Mystery: "PERMED TO DEATH is a beauty of a read. The characters are believable, the mystery is well-plotted, and the suspense is a real manicure ruiner." GO Riverwalk Magazine: "Cohen fills her book not only with a close look at the South Florida scene, but a rash of well delineated murders, which keeps the reader's attention right to the end." Mysterious Women: "...a fascinating story, with intriguing, sometimes quirky characters, a touch of humor, a hint of romantic possibilities, and a look at a profession we don’t often see in mysteries." Murder on Miami Beach: "A pleasing and interesting cozy that will keep you entertained all evening...The atmosphere is definitely South Florida, the heat, the crazy drivers, the Santeria, but with none of the Miami overtones." City Link: "Cohen has written a compelling story featuring a cast of suspicious characters..." Fort Myers Life Magazine: "This is a very successful mystery in a new series." MyShelf.com: "Nancy Cohen has styled a novel that is to curl up and die for. A permanent solution to the doldrums."