EASTER HAIR HUNT, the sixteenth book in the Bad Hair Day Mystery series by Nancy J. Cohen, is the first I’ve read in the series but most definitely will not be the last! I appreciated how the author introduces and portrays the characters so I always felt like I knew who each person was and never felt lost trying to figure them out. Even though I started so late in the series, I found EASTER HAIR HUNT was easily read as a stand-alone. However, the protagonist, Marla Vail, seems to have a rich backstory and character development arc throughout the series and I admire the strong family unit that she’s a part of. I plan on starting with book one and follow along since Marla is an enjoyable character and Ms. Cohen has an easy style of telling a story.
I, for one, greatly enjoy holiday-themed mysteries, and Easter is one that is often overlooked. Ms. Cohen creates plenty of details to incorporate the theme, including a Fabergé egg theft and a dead costumed Easter bunny. I loved all the factoids she wove into the story about Fabergé eggs, bee keeping, and philately (aka stamp collecting). Despite the details, the story moved at a good pace and the mystery was well-plotted. While I guessed which one of the suspects killed the Easter bunny, there were some twists that I didn’t see coming which kept the story entertaining. Given that Marla is seven months pregnant in the book, I appreciated that she did everything possible to not put herself in danger. Her detective husband, Dalton, recognizes her value in finding clues and getting people to talk and treats her like a true partner which made the book all the more enjoyable.
Marla owns the Cut ‘N Dye Hair Salon, is a soon-to-be new mother, is raising a teenaged step-daughter, and assists her husband in solving mysteries. Despite having her hands more than full, she still likes to cook for her family and spending time in the kitchen with her stepdaughter, Brianna. They create a delicious Easter dinner for the family and Ms. Cohen includes several recipes for that meal at the back of the book. They all sound delectable. I decided to try the recipe for Garlic Cheddar Biscuits that Brianna makes for Easter dinner because it’s a dish that a teen can easily make without any supervision…and it just sounded too delicious to pass up. All that is required are a few simple ingredients, a few stirs in a bowl, a short bake and voilà, a savory side that goes perfectly with soup, salad, or as Marla serves them, with a Roast Leg of Lamb.
Hare today, dead tomorrow… Can a stylish sleuth pull a rabbit out of her hat to solve an Easter murder in this to-dye-for cozy mystery?
When hairstylist Marla Vail attends an Easter egg hunt at historic Tremayne Manor, she’s only there to fix hair for a client, Bonnie “Blinky” Morris. But when she’s asked to comb the grounds for leftover goodies, Marla discovers more than just a few dyed eggs. The dead body in the bunny costume is definitely not having a good hare day. And Blinky seems to have disappeared down a rabbit hole.
When trying to solve a murder, everyone needs a friend who’s all ears. For Marla, that’s her husband, homicide detective Dalton Vail. They make an eggcellent team. Dalton isn’t the kind to leap to conclusions, but with his wife seven months pregnant, and knowing Marla finds crime-solving to be irresistible, he worries about her running off on another hare-raising adventure.
Marla’s peeps are hoping for a happy ending, but she may have found a basketful of trouble this time. Can she crack the case before Blinky becomes the next victim?
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- 2 cups biscuit mix
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2/3 cup low fat milk
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Combine biscuit mix, shredded cheese, and minced garlic in a large bowl. Stir in milk until moistened.
Drop by the tablespoon onto a greased (or parchment-lined) cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes until browned.
Meanwhile, mix together melted butter and garlic powder. Brush over warm biscuits and serve.
Makes 12 biscuits.
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If you enjoy great food, check out A BAD HAIR DAY COOKBOOK, a collection of recipes from Nancy J. Cohen’s cozy mystery series!
I was provided an advance copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I make a strawberry & cream dessert every spring
That sounds good!
No special easter dish – just happy to spend time with family.
That’s the most important, Katrina!
Thanks so much for hosting me here!
My husband’s birthday is at the end of March, so we celebrate spring with lamb ( leg or rack) and asparagus. Easter is usually close to then.
My cookbook has a couple of lamb recipes. I don’t make it often but when I do, I like mint jelly as an accompaniment.
No special dishes made any longer used to always make baked ham with honey glaze…
You can probably buy this now ready-made, yes? Except for the glaze.
We usually have ham and dumplings and lots of other stuff.
Holiday meals are always delicious and memorable.
No special Easter or spring dish, but I like cooking seasonally. So I’m especially looking forward to having asparagus soon. Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com
Not really, just eggs.
We have ham. Other than that, nothing special.
No special Easter dish. We all gather at my father-in-laws and enjoy what ever sounds good to us. It’s more about being together. We love anything garlic and cheesy, these biscuits sound awesome!
We used to get a ham from our cousin’s farm but we don’t live in MA any more. Those hams are so good and we got a family discount. Now we go to a restaurant on the beach. I don’t know about this year. The restaurants are still open here at 50% capacity, so maybe if I make our reservation early enough I can get a table. Then we usually go to the beach but most of the beaches have been closed. Sad times!!
Lemon cake with lemon frosting always has to be our Easter dessert. It’s a refreshing taste after all the candy consumed. 🙂
We always have ham, cheesy potatoes, asparagus and deviled eggs. Dessert varies depending on what everyone feels like.
I don’t make anything special each year, just whatever strikes me at the time. I just love spending time with my family and friends.
I always do a cabbage and tomato slaw with my special sauce which is a mayo combination and sometimes I also do deviled eggs…thank you for the review and contest.