DYED AND GONE by Beth Yarnall
Yes, I know it's a shocker. I'm actually reviewing an adult book.
In a nutshell: To snap her out of a depression brought on by relationship woes, hairstylist Azalea March's friends drag her to Las Vegas for a weekend of fun and games and a huge hair show. What follows is a fast-paced, SUPER humorous, over-the-top cozy mystery. You can expect dead bodies, a cast of wacky characters and a lot of unexpected twists. I especially loved the discovery of that first body. So creative and ghoulish.
What I loved: THE HUMOR. There are lots of great, laugh-out-loud lines. I especially loved the references to hairdressing. Here's an example: "I was sure he'd scared at least three years off my being a natural brunette." THE ATTITUDE. Azalea is beyond spunky. She's fun to read. THE ROMANCE. Romance for several characters was woven into the plot and enriched the book. THE ENDING. I did not figure it out. THE COVER. You have to admit it's very cute.
Beth Yarnall is one of our very own reviewers. And she used to be a hairdresser. So, you know all the hairdressing stuff is authentic. Thanks for trusting me to review DYED AND GONE, Beth.
DYED AND GONE will be available March 25. You can pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
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