Title: Permed to Death (Bad Hair Day Mystery #1)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller
Date Published: May 27, 2014 (first published Dec 1999)
Read: July 21-December 5, 2015
Meet Marla Shore, a Florida beauty salon owner with a knack for creating dazzling dos—and solving mysteries . . . Marla was already having a bad day, but when one of her clients dies while getting a perm in her salon, her day just can’t get any worse . . . until the smugly competent Detective Vail accuses her of poisoning the wealthy widow’s coffee creamer! Granted, Bertha Kravitz was hardly her favorite customer, but Marla could never have murdered the ornery woman. Now it is up to the savvy stylist to find out just who did. Combing the woman’s privileged world for clues, Marla soon discovers that the town is crawling with potential suspects. As the case grows more snarled, Marla becomes determined to unmask a cunning killer before she is outwitted—and dead.
I started this book back in June of 2015 and then I got distracted by other books from one of my favorite publishers. But as December approached, I figured I should get back to it so that I could meet my Goodreads challenge.
While the mystery of who's guilty kept me reading until the end, I didn't actually care for any of the characters. I also felt that the characters lacked emotion or could have been made into more complex beings. Instead, the characters I read about were frivolous people who I could not care any less about. The only ones that I felt were somewhat redeemable were Marla (the protagonist) and the murderer. Even the detective trying to solve the case was missing a spark.
It's a shame the writing didn't feel alive enough for me because I was really looking for a good mystery with complex characters.