Sassy salon owner Marla Shore is giving grumpy Mrs. Kravitz a perm when her client dies 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. Her theory regarding whodunit gels only after she looks for the culprit closer to home.
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"A terrific mystery debut for Nancy Cohen. Marla the beautician is a delight!" (Tamar Myers, author of the Pennsylvania Dutch Mysteries)
"Fast-paced and jaunty."(Publishers Weekly)
"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." (I Love a Mystery)
Marla jumping in before thinking. And realising her mistake afterwards!
The conversation with the Santero.
This is a very good and funny mystery, well written, plotted. And well narrated by Mary Ann.
"Surprisingly Better Than Anticipated!"
Wow! This story was much better than I anticipated, and is timeless. Permed to Death was originally published in 1999; however, it reads just like a current story. The story appears to have been revised and updated.
Told from Marla's POV, Permed to Death was a well planned mystery that was witty, suspenseful, had some humor, and a romantic spark between the Detective Vail and Marla.
Unfortunately for Mrs. Kraitz, (or Marla) Mrs. Kraitz dies while she is getting a perm at Marla's shop. Since only Marla and Mrs. Kraitz were the only two in the beauty shop, Marla is considered a suspect by the Detective Vail but without a solid motive, he must consider other suspects. Marla, who has had an unpleasant history with Mrs. Kraitz wants to find the person who killed her, before damaging evidenced is discovered, and a possible motive is revealed. Even though Marla did not kill Mrs. Kraitz, she feels responsible because it happened in her shop, and she becomes a super sleuth and is determined to find out who did the dirty deed.
Detective Vail is attracted to Marla, and while the investigation is going on, he does ask her out. Even though she is one of his suspects, he knows she is trying to investigate the murder, and cleverly appears when Marla finds herself in need.
This is the first story I've heard narrated by Mary Ann Jacobs, and her performance was really good! She was a great fit for this type of story.
I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
"Great start to a series - has it all!"
Permed to Death is the first book in Nancy J. Cohen's Bad Hair Day Mystery series. I received a copy of this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
We meet Marla Shore, the owner of the Cut 'N Dye hair salon in Florida, when she comes in early for her not-so-favorite client Bertha Kravitz. She gives Bertha a cup of coffee with her special coffee creamer and leaves the room. When she returns she finds Bertha dead, and the story takes off from there. Marla is the prime suspect in the murder, a fact that seems to surprise and annoy her. However, we find out, little by little, that not only does Bertha have a long list of enemies, Marla has a past she does not want revealed and was in fact being blackmailed by Bertha. And just when we think we have learned all there is to know about Marla – vindictive ex-husband, bossy Jewish mother, business problems – we, and the smug but appealing Detective Dalton Vail, learn yet another detail that keeps Marla #1 on the list of suspects.
So Marla decides to solve the crime herself. She wants to clear her name, protect the secrets of her past, and last but not least also see just where this mutual attraction with the detective might lead.
Marla is your typical cozy mystery amateur sleuth – she has good problem-solving skills and wants to set things right, but is not quite as clever as she thinks she is and recklessly gets herself into danger several times. As she bumbles along we meet an interesting cast of characters, laugh a bit, and feel the relationship with Dalton heating up. We also feel the danger, and clues and details about Marla’s past are revealed like the peeling of an onion. Just when you think you’ve figured it out, something happens and you have to stop and think – who is the killer??
This was a very enjoyable introduction to a series, and perfectly told for an audiobook. Once the action starts it doesn’t stop. The plot is solid. The story is complicated, but not so much so that you can’t follow what is happening. This is especially important for an audiobook, because it’s not that easy to just flip back a few pages to clarify some confusing detail. The setting was authentic; I felt like I was in hot, humid Florida with Marla, and lost myself in the action and the suspense.
Marla and Dalton and her beauty shop employees and friends were believable and interesting enough to make me want to know them better. I care about Marla and want to see where the relationship with Dalton goes and what trouble she might get into next.
The narration was transparent, which I think is critical for an audiobook. When I put in my ear buds I don’t want to be aware of the narrator. Instead, I want to be so caught up in the story that I recognize each character and can’t wait to see what’s next, and that is exactly what happened. I highly recommend this series. I am way behind and intend to catch up with all of Marla’s adventures soon.
"Edge of your seat suspense"
A suspenseful story with lots of twist and turns to keep it exciting till the end.
Kept me on the edge of my seat till I could find out who the killer was.
Loved the narrator. She had a lilt to her voice that made the story exciting and never dull. She had humor in her voice to make you laugh out loud. Loved her.
I laughed from the humor in parts. Other parts when the suspense got heavy I was wringing my hands.
Can't wait till the next book.
"Permed to Death"
When Marla told Callie about her past.
I liked the story. I thought Marla took too long to figure out the bad guy. I thought it was pretty obvious who the villain was halfway through the book. I liked the push/pull tension between Marla and Lance. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.
"Great Murder Mystery"
I received this audiobook for free for an honest review. I thought Nancy Cohen did a great job with this mystery. She developed the story thoroughly. I was trying to guess what who done it throughout the whole story. When you least expect... The characters were very colorful and detailed. However, could have done without a couple. Got confusing with so many people and how they fit into the story. It also had a bit of comedy to keep you on your toes. I really enjoyed this and will look for more books by Nancy J. Cohen.
"Loved this book. Great Story and wonderful narrato"
I very much enjoyed this book. The story was fantastic and I really cared about Marla, the main character. She seemed to be a good investigator and a great hair stylist!!! There are many suspects for the murderer, and I wasn't sure until the very end who done the dirty deed.
Mary Ann Jacobs did a wonderful job of narrating this book. Her pacing was perfect and her voice was beautiful. I often have trouble with female voices because of issues with my hearing, but Mary Ann's gave me no problems at all. I will have to listen to more of her books.
I can't wait for the next book in this series.
I received a copy of this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
"Reddish gold revenge!"
So much I enjoyed..here are few :
Didn't realize this book was from 1999 , it reads like new present day. Mary Ann Jacobs- I haven't heard much that she has narrated but form listening to her voice. She had me. I felt like we're we friends reuniting and she was telling me what she's been upto. What I mean is , she was a great choice, her voice was comforting and it maid Marla come to life for me,as her. I loved that the "action" of this story happened fast and then as you continue it builds each of the scenarios and the other characters in line with Who Killed Grumpy Mrs Kravitz"
I enjoyed the subtlety between detective Vail and Marla. It didn't cask the familiar shadow of an over worked under sexed suspect and detective, all the while maintained momentum.
Determined to prove her own innocence, Marla character wasn't flaky rather naive.
I really loved how the writing showed that all the while having you eager to discover
I have been given this book in exchange for my honest review
"More serious than I was expecting"
From the tag line I used, one might think I mean this is a serious book. It is not. I was just expecting something with more humor and better characters - more eccentric characters. It was okay, not the best. I was ready for it to be over. I would eagerly listen to another to see if the characters fill in more and get more interesting. I think the premise is good and the title is great. Now the story needs to live up to its title! The narrator did a fairly decent job although I was sometimes confused as to who was speaking.
I was gifted this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
"Fun Cozy Mystery"
Not only is this book really funny, it has a great mystery. There are twists and turns around every corner. I found this book to be a very enjoyable, with a well developed plot and characters. Mary Ann Jacobs’s performances was enjoyable and easy to listen to. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. If you love humorous cozy mysteries, I recommend this audio book.
"Narrator does a great job"
I really enjoyed listening to Mary Ann Jacobs read this book. The story itself did not hold my attention but I did listen to the end because of Mary Ann. This is the first in the series and I might listen to more if Mary Ann was the narrator. I received this book for free with the understanding that I would leave an honest review.
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