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Highlights to heaven
Cohen, Nancy J., 1948-
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New York : Kensington Books, [2003]

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226 pages ; 22 cm.
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X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
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When a dead body is found in her neighbor's house, Marla, a beautician, picks up a clue--the victim's bronze highlights link him to Cutter Corrigan, a master stylist in the area.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

With its many loose ends, Cohen's fifth cozy whodunit starring hairstylist-sleuth Marla Shore (after 2002's Body Wave) lives up to its billing as a "Bad Hair Day" mystery in more ways than one. In Palm Haven, Fla., Shore juggles the demands of her salon business with problematic relationships with her mother, her mother's importunate suitor and attractive police detective Dalton Vail. A missing neighbor, a murder victim with a signature highlighting pattern and Vail's official investigation conspire to put Marla on the scent of crimes involving contraband animals, illegal furs and a potion to cure baldness. A bizarre murder scheme apparently aimed at Marla's former beauty-school classmates also figures in the patchwork plot. The supporting characters aren't vivid enough to help carry the story, while the Jewish slang and humor seem forced rather than natural. As a result, the action careens from one improbable happening to another with interludes of romance and comedy that fail to captivate or convince. With Janet Evanovich setting a high standard for screwball mysteries and Sarah Strohmeyer's Bubbles Yablonsky already providing one successfully lighthearted hairdresser-sleuth heroine, Cohen has tough competition and fails to measure up in this outing. (Dec. 2) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Hairstylist and sometime sleuth Marla Shore (Body Wave) finds murder in the neighborhood when pet lover "Goat" disappears, leaving behind his animals and a corpse. Marla investigates, identifying the victim by way of his distinctive bronze highlights, but there's still that handsome detective boyfriend. Lively fun. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.