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WHODUNIT MYSTERY
PERISH BY PEDICURE
Beauty shows are not usually known for cold-blooded murder, but that's exactly the case when Luxor Products company director Christine Parks is found dead in her hotel room. Suspect number one is Marla's college roommate, Georgia Rogers. Marla sets out to clear Georgia's name, and it's soon apparent that the list of people who hated Christine is longer than a pop diva's hair extensions. Behind the dazzling, high-platform hair tricks of Florida's hottest beauty show lurks a dark heart of corruption, greed, and killer-takes-all ambition. And if Marla isn't careful, she just may end up on the wrong end of a murderer's very skilled hands.
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Warm Florida sunshine and plenty of quirky characters to keep you guessing. The perfect read for a beach chair or under the hair dryer.

Nancy Martin, author of the Blackbird Sisters mystery series


As if Marla Shore wasn’t busy enough, now she’s working for Luxor Products as a styling assistant at a local conference and her fiancÚ’s parents of his dead wife are staying at her house to see whether she’ll be a good step mom for Brianna.  And her friend Georgia, who helped her get the job with Luxor, will be staying with her through the weekend conference.

She hopes her work with Luxor will bring her salon more business, especially after she moves to her new location.  She’s also hoping to gain more experience and possibly travel with them in the future to other conferences.

Luxor director Christine Parks isn’t well-liked.  This is quickly evident to Marla as she gets to know the staff while setting up for the conference.  When Christine ends up dead from poison, Marla begins to suspect everyone and works at trying to uncover the truth.  Unfortunately there is another death.  Can Marla discover the identity of the killer without putting herself and others in danger?  Can she get through this week with Dalton’s ex-in-laws in her house?

I really enjoy this series.  Marla is such a fun character.  She just can’t keep herself from sleuthing.  Dalton isn’t the investigator in this mystery, but he still provides some needed data for Marla to unravel the mystery.  I also like the Florida setting. 

The author has done a great job of creating the characters and plotting the story.  And there are plenty of red herrings and twists so that you aren’t sure until the killer is revealed who did it.  I highly recommend this book and the whole series.

Dawn Dowdle