There's no love lost between Marla and Carolyn Sutton. Carolyn has never forgiven Marla for leaving Hairstyle Heaven to open her own place, especially since Marla's clientele grew as Carolyn's faded away. Carolyn retaliated by relocating near Marla, but couldn't put the highlights back in her balance sheet. Still, it's a nasty shock when Marla enters the meter room behind the shopping centre that houses both salons and stumbles over her rival's body. Carolyn's neck is broken, and a hank of her hair is missing. Marla's powerful curiosity would have been enough to send her snooping for clues, but when Detective Dalton Vail, her very significant other, actually asks for her help, nothing can hold her back. Her guess become even more personal when Wilda Cleaver, Carolyn's trusted psychic and new owner of her salon, insists that Carolyn's spirit is begging Marla to solve her murder. Adding a dose of blackmail, Wilda warns that someone Marla loves is in great danger, but she won't give details until Marla cracks the case. Marla's got her work cut out for her - poor Carolyn was far from popular...and maybe even farther from honest. There's Carolyn's snubbed sister, Linda, who only inherited an unspecified, valuable "collection" that appears to be missing, the chiropractor whose shady dealings Carolyn had uncovered, and the immigration lawyer who apparently had been issuing suspicious visas for Hairstyle Heaven's French-born staff. Add to all this some surprising news from Detective Vail and a blossoming romance for Marla's mother, and Marla's well-coifed head is soon spinning. It will take all her skill to untangle the snarl of suspects, trim the list down to unmask the murderer - and learn what's behind Wilda's eerie premonitions before someone Marla loves is next.
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Published December 1, 2004
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction.