Hair Brained (Bad Hair Day Mystery, #14)by Nancy J. Cohen

Kindle or Paperback Edition, 342 pages
Publication: September 12th 2017 by Orange Grove Press
4 Stars

Synopsis: When hairstylist Marla Vail’s best friend is hurt in a suspicious car accident, Marla assumes guardianship of her infant son. No sooner does Marla say, “Baby want a bottle?” than she’s embroiled in another murder investigation. Her husband, Detective Dalton Vail, determines the crash may not have been an accident after all. But then, who would want Tally—or Ken in the car with her—out of the way? As Marla digs deeper into her friends’ lives, she realizes she didn’t know them as well as she’d thought. Nonetheless, it’s her duty as their son’s guardian to ensure his safety, even if it means putting her own life at risk. Can she protect the baby and find the culprit before someone else ends up as roadkill?

My Review: Marla and Dalton Vail make an awesome husband and wife sleuthing team. Even though Dalton is a cop, he is investigating a crime that is not in his jurisdiction in this story. Marla has a very personal and legitimate reason to get involved in this mystery. Her best friend Tally is injured in a car accident, where she and her husband Ken were forced off the road. Ken was killed, Tally is in a coma. Because Marla is the legal guardian for their son as well as having Power of Attorney, she is not taking care of a baby and trying to make decisions for Tally’s business. Of course, Marla puts herself at risk a couple of times while investigating, but with her wits, she is able to escape. This book deals with many situations that families do not always consider. Things like power of attorney, health insurance, long term care insurance, guardianship of minors, executors, and pre-planned funerals. The book isn’t preachy, but the story makes you think about things you might not have considered before.

The characters continue to show more of themselves in the story and Marla begins to seriously rethink her stand on having children. I liked getting to know more about some of the secondary characters as well. The relationship between Dalton and Marla is almost too good to be true. They do have their disagreements, but they always get worked out. The story actually has a couple of mysteries within its pages and all is worked out by the end, but there are a lot of plot twists along the way. With so many suspects, I challenge you to see if you can figure out who is to blame for everything that is happening in this story. I would like to thank Nancy for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.

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NancyAbout 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, been selected by Suspense Magazine as best cozy mystery, and won third place in the Arizona Literary Awards. 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. Her first book in this genre won the HOLT Medallion Award. 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. Visit her at