Series: Bekki The Beautician Mystery #1
Published by Independent on July 9, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery
When Bekki catches her cheating boyfriend in the act she decides to return to her home town to repair her broken heart. The quiet town of Harroway where nothing much happens. Her mother is retiring and she is going to run her family’s hair and beauty salon. But, when the owner of the rival salon, Daisy, is found murdered after Bekki threatened her, Bekki becomes the prime suspect. She must do whatever she can to clear her name and find the real murderer. Wanting a break from men in general, after being burned by her ex, the last thing Bekki expects is to run into her old flame, Detective Nick Malonie. While sexy, handsome Detective Nick is trying to do his job and prevent her from doing it for him she is finding it very hard to avoid him.Will Bekki be able to resist her feelings for Nick and find the real killer?
My Initial Reaction…
My first thought after finishing Hairspray and Homicide wast that it was way too simple. The characters were simple, the mystery was PAINFULLY obvious, and it didn’t have really any of the cute or wacky I’ve come to expect from my cozies.
There was potential there for something really good. Like if the person who did it wasn’t obvious – and there was a way to do that. Or if the little bit we did see about the characters were more developed. I know it was a novella, but I still expect some level completeness. Ok, I guess I kind of drifted off to the bad already…. what else? It was very well written grammatically, for the most part.
Hairspray and Homicide needed a lot more development. And to call it a cozy mystery is kind of a joke. When I think of a cozy mystery I think of wacky fun and some level of mystery. And I like to believe that the detective work makes sense. No one – not the cop and not the MC – was asking the right questions. This was detective work at its worst.
And it had elements it really could have exploited to it’s fullest potential. A small town setting full of busy bodies. A girl returning home to the small town from the big city. Bad breakup. Cop ex-boyfriend. Scandal and affairs. Yep – all the building blocks were there, they just weren’t executed well :/
I don’t want to beat a dead horse, but I’m glad this was a freebie and I only spent a couple hours on Hairspray and Homicide – it was a real let down.