Nancy J. Cohen


Nancy J. Cohen writes the humorous Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring hairdresser Marla Vail, who solves crimes with wit and style under the sultry Florida sun. Titles in this series have made the IMBA bestseller list and been selected by Suspense Magazine as best cozy mystery. The author of over twenty published novels, Nancy has also written the instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery, a step-by-step reference on how to write a winning whodunit. Nancy’s imaginative romances, including the Drift Lords series, have proven popular with fans as well. These books have won the HOLT Medallion and Best Book in Romantic SciFi/Fantasy at The Romance Reviews.

A featured speaker at libraries, conferences, and community events, Nancy is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who's Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets. She belongs to Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America, Novelists, Inc., and International Thriller Writers. Nancy is past president of Florida Romance Writers and a recipient of their Lifetime Service Award. Currently, she is President of the Mystery Writers of America Florida Chapter. When not busy writing, Nancy enjoys fine dining, cruising, visiting Disney World, and outlet shopping.

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Body Wave
Series: Bad Hair Day Mysteries, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,500. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Stylist Marla Shore goes undercover in a hair-brained scheme to catch a killer in her latest South Florida adventure. In a story braided with unexpected twists and curls, she takes on a role as nurse’s aide for wealthy Miriam Pearl. While Marla snoops into the elderly matriarch’s affairs, her boyfriend, Detective Dalton Vail, is afraid that the only affair she’ll snag is with her ex-spouse, Stan.
Murder by Manicure
Series: Bad Hair Day Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,550. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Hairstylist Marla Shore is chewing her nails over her latest dilemma. She’s joined a fitness club to get in shape but discovers a dead body instead of an exercise routine. To complicate matters, Detective Dalton Vail disapproves of the charade she’s playing to help a friend. She'd better polish her act, or she’ll be the next buff body to end up in the morgue.
Hair Raiser
Series: Bad Hair Day Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,510. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
When savvy hairstylist Marla Shore volunteers for a fund-raiser, she doesn’t count on sabotage being on the menu. Participating chefs are dropping off the roster like hot rollers, and she must comb through a knot of suspects to find the killer.
Writing the Cozy Mystery
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,180. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Reference
Writing the Cozy Mystery will help you learn how to write a traditional whodunit, organize your materials, and sustain a series.
Keeper of the Rings
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 116,810. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Leena is an expert on the carvings left by the ancient Apostles who established the religion of Sabal on her world. When a holy artifact is stolen, she is assigned the task of locating it along with Taurin Rey Niris, a mysterious stranger engaged as her protector. Together they face evil adversaries and develop a love endangered by secrets from the past.

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