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21 March 2023

Star Tangled Murder (Bad Hair Day Mysteries) by Nancy J Cohen Blog Tour!

Star Tangled Murder (Bad Hair Day Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
18th in Series
Setting – Florida
Orange Grove Press (March 14, 2023)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 284 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1952886252
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1952886256
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BQS68WS7

Hairstylist Marla Vail and her husband get tangled up in murder when their Fourth of July visit to a living history village ends with a bang—and a body. 

Salon owner Marla Vail and her detective husband Dalton are having a blast visiting a Florida living history village over Fourth of July weekend. But when a Seminole battle reenactment turns up a real dead body, it sets off fireworks among the villagers. One of the cast members has gone off script to murder the town marshal with a tomahawk in his head. 

As Dalton gets involved in the investigation, Marla determines to help him solve the case. Her flare for uncovering secrets reveals that everyone in the village is a suspect. Instead of celebrating the holiday with red, white, and barbecues, she discovers secrets, lies, and false avenues. Did the marshal’s murder have anything to do with a lost Confederate payroll, or did his plans to renovate the park light a fuse that he couldn’t snuff out? 

In a place where history comes alive, the dead bodies are piling up. Marla would rather be chilling and grilling, but somebody’s mind is on killing. If she’s not careful, her sleuthing might blow up in her face like a faulty firecracker and she’ll become the next victim. Recipes Included!

“What about your herb garden?” Marla asked. “Aside from their use in cooking, your plants could be valuable for herbal remedies. Where is this patch of land, anyway? My husband is into gardening. Maybe I can get him interested in growing herbs for my kitchen.”

A muscle twitched in Simon’s jaw. “Our herb garden is private. Nobody goes there.”

His tone had turned hostile, same as the gleam in his eyes. Why would he work at a living history museum as part of the attraction if he didn’t want visitors?

“What’s over that way?” she asked, gesturing toward the woods by the far border. She remembered Uriah mentioning private property. That’s where the man had gone whom she’d seen talking to Lizzy.

“Belongs to a neighbor. Now if you’ll run along, I have chores to do.”

Marla glanced at Susan. Her friend’s shoulders sagged, and she looked as tired and wilted as Marla felt. Since she’d packed away her notebook, Marla surmised Susan had no further questions. They thanked Simon for his time and hurried off.

“Did you get the feeling Simon was hiding something?” Marla asked as they headed toward the exit. “He wasn’t happy about Phil’s plan and clearly doesn’t like people visiting his farm. Yet it’s his job to explain the site to guests.”

“I know. There are too many things to consider right now, and my brain is fried. It’s too hot to think clearly.”

Marla agreed. Watching her steps on a square of uneven pavement, she barely registered the whoosh of air rushing past her ear. She heard a twang and glanced up.

Susan pointed to a nearby tree where an arrow pierced the bark. “Look out! Someone is shooting at us.”

“What?” Disbelief slowed Marla’s steps. Her veins turned to ice as another arrow whizzed past and landed with a thunk on the ground.

“Let’s move!” Her feet took flight, and she dashed toward the park exit with her heart thumping in her ears.

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 the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards and the RONE Award, placed first in the Chanticleer International Book Awards and third in the Arizona Literary Awards. Her nonfiction titles, Writing the Cozy Mystery and A Bad Hair Day Cookbook, have won the FAPA President’s Book Award, the Royal Palm Literary Award, and IAN Book of the Year. When not busy writing, Nancy enjoys reading, fine dining, cruising, and visiting Disney World.

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