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Permed to Death Audiobook

Permed to Death: The Bad Hair Day Mysteries, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1999 Nancy J. Cohen (P)2016 Nancy J. Cohen

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Cheri 07-11-16
    Cheri 07-11-16 Member Since 2012
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    "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.

    Some spoilers/teasers:
    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Troublemer 04-27-17
    Troublemer 04-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "What a bad day"

    I enjoy reading/listening to paranormal cozy mysteries. I just recently decided to listen to others that were not paranormal. This book was the first one i have ready by this author and it did not disappoint. i really enjoyed and look forward to reading more.

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    tarafarah7: Tara Brown Grand Rapids, MI 02-25-17
    tarafarah7: Tara Brown Grand Rapids, MI 02-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Book 1 in The Bad Hair Day Mysteries"

    I loved this book. :-) It's a light and easy book to listen to and it kept me guessing! The main character is very likable, and even though I do not spend time at salons getting my hair done, it is fun to listen to a series that centers around one! The narrator did a really good job with her pace and volume, and she kept my interest throughout. I'm excited that there are more in this series available on Audible! I'm going to buy the next one right now! I recommend this book to those who like cozy mysteries!! Thank you!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sally Schmidt 09-04-16
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sharon rabner 08-31-16
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    "Edge of your seat suspense"
    If you could sum up Permed to Death in three words, what would they be?

    A suspenseful story with lots of twist and turns to keep it exciting till the end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Kept me on the edge of my seat till I could find out who the killer was.


    Have you listened to any of Mary Ann Jacobs’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed from the humor in parts. Other parts when the suspense got heavy I was wringing my hands.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait till the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany 08-22-16
    Tiffany 08-22-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Permed to Death"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    When Marla told Callie about her past.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    charlene 08-20-16
    charlene 08-20-16
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    Loved this audiobook! The story was interesting and fun. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series.

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    Lynnz 08-16-16
    Lynnz 08-16-16
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    "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.

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    Julia 08-11-16
    Julia 08-11-16
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    "Marla has to find the killer."

    Marla is giving Mrs. Kravitz a perm. When she turned her back for a few minutes and then came back, Mrs. Kravitz was dead. Now Marla is being blamed. She has worked hard to have a good reputation, so she decides that she has to be the one to find the killer. The police suspect her and a couple of her employees. She knows that her employees wouldn't commit murder. Would they? She really needs to find out before it is too late.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Collins SC, United States 08-11-16
    Laura Collins SC, United States 08-11-16
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    "Great Book!"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book; this is the first book in the Bad Hair Day Mystery series written by Nancy Cohen and narrated by Mary Ann Jacobs. This book can be listened to in one sitting if you have the time, once I started listening to it I didn’t want to put it down until the end. 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.

    The narrator Mary Ann Jacobs did a great job with this book. She did a great job with the different voices of each character in this book. It was very easy to listen to in one sitting and I didn’t want to stop listening until the end.

    If you are looking for a great book with well-developed characters then you need to listen to this book. I am looking forward to listening to the next book by this author and narrator.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Boom.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Having your hair done, could be murder!"
    If you could sum up Permed to Death in three words, what would they be?

    Funny
    Sassy
    Enjoyable


    What did you like best about this story?

    Marla jumping in before thinking. And realising her mistake afterwards!


    Which character – as performed by Mary Ann Jacobs – was your favourite?

    Lucille


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The conversation with the Santero.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very good and funny mystery, well written, plotted. And well narrated by Mary Ann.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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