Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Review: Trimmed To Death by: Nancy J. Cohen

Title: Trimmed to Death
Author: Nancy J. Cohen
Publisher: Orange Grove Press
Series: Bad Hair Day Mystery #15
Pages: 288
Format: e-book ARC
Source: GEBT


Savvy hairstylist and amateur sleuth Marla Vail enters a charity bake-off contest at a fall festival sponsored by a local farm. While she waits to see if her coconut fudge pie is a winner, Marla joins a scavenger hunt where people playing character roles are the targets. Instead of scoring points with a live person, she finds a dead body planted face-down in the strawberry field. Who would want to cut short the life of food magazine publisher and fellow bake-off contestant Francine Dodger? As she investigates, Marla learns there’s no shortage of suspects. A celebrity TV chef, food critic, olive oil importer, food truck owner, pastry chef, and cookbook author may be stirring up more than their next recipe. Can Marla unmask the killer before someone else gets trimmed from life?

Recipes Included!

My Thoughts:

Marla Vail is back and this time she has entered a cooking bake off to win a food themed package.  Marla is hoping to expand her saloon to include food to keep people in saloon longer.  When Marla stumbles on a dead body she begins to wonder if she was killed by mistake as she was wearing someone else's jacket.  There are no shortage of suspects from fellow bake off contestants to a cooking show hostess, to bloggers and reviewers.  The victim Francine Dodger who works at a local magazine.  Who would want to kill Francine and why?  As Marla digs deeper she wonders if they will ever weed out the suspects.  Hopefully Marla can figure it out and figure out why she's not feeling well.  Is it food poisoning or something else completely?

I love this group of people watching as Marla and Dalton get to the bottom of the people they've gotten to know in this book along with seeing what their daughter is up to now.  This book had so much going on and I couldn't put it down until it was over and the murder was definitely not who I had pegged for the crime.  Such a great adventure to go on!
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