Trimmed to Death, A Bad Hair Day Mystery

by Nancy J. Cohen

A SPOTLIGHT on TRIMMED TO DEATH — This time with an EXCERPT from the book to tease you!!   AND… a chance to win a Fall Festival Basket!

Trimmed to Death (Bad Hair Day Mysteries)
by Nancy J Cohen

Trimmed to Death (Bad Hair Day Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
15th in Series
Orange Grove Press (September 25, 2018)
Paperback: 290 pages
ISBN-10: 0998531766
ISBN-13: 978-0998531762
Digital ASIN: B07F2FP55B

About the Book

Mix together a cocktail for murder, add a few salty suspects, toss in a dollop of sweet humor, and you have the recipe for Trimmed to Death, #15 in the Bad Hair Day cozy mystery series.

Savvy hairstylist and amateur sleuth Marla Vail enters a charity bake-off contest at a fall festival sponsored by a local farm. While she waits to see if her coconut fudge pie is a winner, Marla joins a scavenger hunt where people playing character roles are the targets. Instead of scoring points with a live person, she finds a dead body planted face-down in the strawberry field. Who would want to cut short the life of food magazine publisher and fellow bake-off contestant Francine Dodger? As she investigates, Marla learns there’s no shortage of suspects. A celebrity TV chef, food critic, olive oil importer, food truck owner, pastry chef, and cookbook author may be stirring up more than their next recipe. Can Marla unmask the killer before someone else gets trimmed from life?

Recipes Included!

EXCERPT FROM “Trimmed To Death”

“What about the tree of life? Was the banyan part of Egyptian mythology in that regard?” Marla sipped her drink, listening to birds warbling and the occasional squawk of a neighborhood duck. She and Dalton should relax on the patio more often.

“Here we go. According to legend, Osiris was born from an Acacia Nilotica tree, and so he’s believed to live inside the spirit of these trees. It’s also called the gum arabic tree. Supposedly, the tree that God set on fire in front of Moses was an acacia tree. Hebrews used the wood from these sacred trees to build their temples.”

Marla arched her brows. “You know the superstitious phrase, ‘knock on wood’? Early believers felt spirits dwelled in trees. By knocking on wood, you could alert them to help you. Today we use the phrase to ward off evil. Lots of cultures revere trees in their early myths.”

“Listen to this,” Dalton said, squinting at the screen. “The acacia tree is the source of a chemical compound called Dimethyltryptamine, or DMT. Amazonians use it in a drink for shamanic rituals to induce a mind-altering experience.”

“So this substance has psychedelic properties? Does the acacia tree grow in Florida?”

“Yes, but I’d say a banyan tree is more likely to be a meetup site, especially the one with a hollowed-out center at a local park.”

Marla finished her lemonade in one gulp and rose. “I have to start dinner. What do you plan to do with this information?”

He put aside his laptop, stood, and stretched. “If people are gathering tonight by this tree, I should talk to them. They might have known Francine.”

“You’re not going alone. I’ll come as your cover story in case you run into trouble. Who would question a couple out for a romantic stroll in the moonlight?”

“No way. It could be dangerous.”

“Exactly. You need me as backup. No arguments, Dalton. We’re a team, remember?”

He glanced heavenward, as though seeking guidance. “I doubt I’ll dissuade you, so you can join me, but you’ll head back to the car immediately if the situation goes south.”


About the Author

Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have made the IMBA bestseller list and been selected by Suspense Magazine as the best cozy mystery. Nancy has also written the instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery. Her imaginative romances, including the Drift Lords series, have proven popular with fans as well. A featured speaker at libraries, conferences, and community events, Nancy is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who’s Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets. When not busy writing, she enjoys fine dining, cruising, visiting Disney World, and shopping.

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4 thoughts on “Trimmed to Death, A Bad Hair Day Mystery

  1. Another “enticing” mystery! I must say, there’s a lot of yummy food and drink mentioning on this tour (including pictures), loving it! Another book for my TBR list. Much Success, Nancy!

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