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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
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Critic Reviews

"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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4 out of 5 stars
By Cheri on 07-11-16

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.

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Troublemer on 04-27-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By IAN on 07-27-16

Having your hair done, could be murder!

If you could sum up Permed to Death in three words, what would they be?


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?


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.

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