Review of Star Tangled Murder

Star Tangled Murder

Bad Hair Day Mystery, Book # 18

Nancy J Cohen

5 Stars


Hairstylist Marla Vail and her husband get tangled up in murder when their Fourth of July visit to a living history village ends with a bang—and a body.

Salon owner Marla Vail and her detective husband Dalton are having a blast visiting a Florida living history village over Fourth of July weekend. But when a Seminole battle reenactment turns up a real dead body, it sets off fireworks among the villagers. One of the cast members has gone off script to murder the town marshal with a tomahawk.

As Dalton gets involved in the investigation, Marla determines to help him solve the case. Her flare for uncovering secrets reveals that everyone in the village is a suspect. Instead of celebrating the holiday with red, white, and barbecues, she discovers secrets, lies, and false avenues. Did the marshal’s murder have anything to do with a lost Confederate payroll, or did his plans to renovate the park light a fuse that he couldn’t snuff out?

In a place where history comes alive, the dead bodies are piling up. Marla would rather be chilling and grilling, but somebody’s mind is on killing. If she’s not careful, her sleuthing might blow up in her face like a faulty firecracker and she’ll become the next victim. Recipes Included!  (Amazon)


Marla and her detective husband go to a living history village to check it out.   As luck would have it, someone is killed when it is over.  Her husband is given the case and Marla decides she is going to help him figure out who the killer is.  I like the fact that Marla and the detective (her husband) do not butt heads and he appreciates the help.  This is very refreshing and different from a lot of cozies that I read.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions helped pull me into the story from the very beginning.  The murder was well plotted and not easily solved.  There were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider and Marla has her hands full trying to help solve it.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  Grab the book and try to solve the mystery.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Orange Grove Press, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.