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Publisher: Kensington
Release Date: December 2002
ISBN: 0758200684
Format Reviewed: Hardcover
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Genre: Mystery
Reviewer: Nancy Mehl
Reviewer Notes: Explicit language and sexual content

Body Wave
A Bad Hair Day Mystery
By Nancy J. Cohen 

     Marla Shore, owner of the Cut 'n Dye Beauty Salon, finds herself in the middle of murder - again. This time her ex-husband, Stanley Kaufman, has been accused of murdering his new wife. Kimberly Kaufman's body is discovered on the floor of their home. The only other person in the house is Stanley, and there are no signs of a break-in. Stanley's future looks a little "hairy," but in desperation he calls upon Marla for help. He asks her to find the real murderer in exchange for some land they own jointly. Marla wants Stanley "out of her hair" for good, so she agrees. Even though Stanley appears to be guilty, Marla truly believes that someone else murdered Kimberly, so she sets out to uncover a killer.

     This time, Lieutenant Dalton Vail doesn't tell Marla to stay out of police business. He knows she has a knack for detection; besides, he's falling in love with her. Together, they investigate the murder. Vail still thinks Stanley is guilty, but is willing to let Marla go undercover as a nurse in a home owned by Kimberly's family. Does someone there have a motive for killing Kim? There's more going on in the Pearl mansion than meets the eye and Marla is smack dab in the middle of secrets, deceit, and murder.

     This latest offering in the Bad Hair Day series is well-written and fast paced. The relationships between Marla, Vail, his daughter, and Marla's mother are becoming stronger and more interesting and Ms. Cohen's "hair raising" stories are intriguing. Body Wave is a fast, enjoyable read. You won't be disappointed!

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