ABOUT THE BOOK:
With business the way it is, combing through this mystery may be the only way to save her salon. Until a second murder, an explosion, a kidnapping, death threats, and the hard-nosed Detective Romero complicate things. But Valentine will do anything to untangle the crime. That’s if she can keep her tools of the trade in her bag, keep
In the end, how hard can that be?
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Murder, Curlers, and Cream by Arlene McFarlane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Murder, Curlers, and Cream by Arlene McFarlane is a 2016 publication.
A cute, cozy mystery that set a positive tone for the beginning of a new series.
Valentine Beaumont’s struggling beauty salon takes an even darker turn when one of her clients is murdered while waiting for a facial. In order to keep her business afloat, Valerie decides to speed up the wheels of justice by doing a little sleuthing of her own, much to the chagrin of the sexy Detective Romero.
Meanwhile, Valentine must cope with her pushy mom and a terrible employee, she feels obligated to keep on staff, while gamely going on the many blind dates her friends arrange for her, and avoiding Detective Romero’s radar despite her attraction to him.
This is a very fast-paced mystery, with cute illustrations, and hilarious dialogue. The characters were well drawn and surprisingly developed for a ‘first in a series’ book. The mystery is well done, becoming a fun guessing game with a few surprise twists along the way.
Overall, I thought this opening installment was fresh and exciting and I hope to touch base with Valentine Beaumont again soon.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Arlene is a member of Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Toronto Romance Writers, SOWG, and the Golden Network. She’s won and placed in over 30 contests, including twice in the Golden Heart and twice in the Daphne du Maurier.
Arlene lives with her family in Canada.