“Trimmed to Death” By Nancy Cohen: Review/Giveaway

by Cynthia Chow

Details on how to win an ebook copy of this book at the end of the review and a link to purchase it.

As nervous as hair salon owner Marla Vail is to have her lychee upside-down cake judged by food critics and chefs, she couldn’t resist the opportunity to enter the South Florida harvest festival’s baking competition or its $10,000 prize. In the form of a business grant awarded not just to the best proposal but to the best baked goods, the award could help fulfill Marla’s dream of adding a bistro menu to her other spa services. Stressed out by the tension and still dealing with the trauma of the preceding novel’s events(Hair Brained), Marla participates in the Find Franny scavenger hunt that has competitors traipsing about Kinsdale Farms tracking down produce-named live characters instead of virtual Pokémon.

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The final target of the scavenger hunt continues to elude the searches, and of course, it is Marla who “wins” by finding the missing Franny hidden in the sugar cane fields. Marla should be used to it by now, but Francine Dodger is very much dead and Marla’s husband Dalton the detective is leading the case in the murder. Although Marla did not know the victim and has no reason to investigate, deli owner Arnie Hartman begs her to do so on behalf of the farm owner’s son.
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Should the festival choose another site due to bad publicity, Rory Kinsdale could lose the farm and suffer yet another business failure. Following the trail of Francine’s life, Dalton and Marla encounter a television celebrity chef, food bloggers, and the other competitors for the business grant. An accidental psychedelic trip takes Dalton on a journey that has him making surprising discoveries about himself and his marriage, the ones that Marla has in store for herself will do much to resolve the confusion she felt after her and her friend Tally Riggs’ recent tragedies.

The Bad Day Hair novels can always be relied upon to deliver a satisfying mix of humor and moments of heart-breaking sadness. The impact of death is never taken too lightly, and the cost upon the mournful is shown in relatable and very moving ways. The laughs are more subtle than in previous entries, yet they continue throughout and are seamlessly blended into the mystery. Hair styling takes a back seat to Marla’s baking endeavors, and it is these skills in the kitchen that may help to lead her to the killer. Marla’s struggle to overcome her past has come into play before, but now she may finally learn to move beyond it and accept a new path in her life. The future looks very bright for the Vail family, and readers will have much to look forward to in this evolving, very unique series.

To enter to win an ebook copy of Trimmed to Death, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "trimmed,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen November 10, 2018. U.S. residents only.If entering via comment please include your email address. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

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  1. This sounds Fun! donah42 at aol dot com

  2. Thank you for your wonderful and insightful review!

  3. Super cute mystery and I love ebooks so please enter me.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

  4. I'd love to win a copy! somesmartcookle @ aol dot com

  5. Love this series! This was one of the first cozy series I read. MickeyMania1@aol.com

  6. Nancy Cohen's books are truly entertaining and my fingers are crossed I am chosen.
    Thank you for sharing information on her latest. robeader53@yahoo.com

  7. love this series and would love to win this next book in the series

  8. Sounds like a fun read. Would really like to read.

  9. This sounds so good—I’d love to read it.


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