Saturday, June 16, 2018

Review: Hairball Hijinks by Nancy J. Cohen

Cozy Mystery


Orange Grove Press

Release Date:
June 12, 2018

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A cat, a crook, and a confused neighbor cause mirth in this killer cozy short story.

Savvy hairstylist and super sleuth Marla Vail visits her friend Tally who just got out of the hospital after a serious car accident. Marla has been caring for Tally’s baby and is sad but grateful to return him to his mother. She and Tally reconcile their friendship that had become estranged before the crash.

Happy to have her friend back, Marla is about to leave when a knock summons her to the door. It’s a distraught elderly neighbor who claims her cat is missing. Marla, unable to turn down a person in need, accompanies the lady home. But when Marla enters the house, she realizes much more is missing than a lost feline. The place has been ransacked, and when she calls the police, they inform her the neighborhood has been beset by a series of thefts. Can she find the crooks before they cause another cat’astrophe?

My Review

Hairstylist Marla Vail is thrilled that her best friend Tally has been released from the hospital after being in a coma following a car accident months ago. Marla and her husband have been taking care of Tally’s infant son. Now it’s time to give the baby back to his mother. Marla is sad to see the baby go, but happy that her friend survived and is once again healthy.

While Marla is at her friend’s house, Tally’s elderly next door neighbor knocks on the door. The woman is beyond destraught. Her cat is missing and she begs Marla to help her find him. Marla has no choice but to help the woman, but she quickly finds out that this is not just the case of a missing cat. The woman’s house has been ransacked. There’s more going on here than meets the eye.

I’m always happy for a chance to visit with my old friend Marla Vail. This time it’s a short visit, but just as much fun as always. Hairball Hijinks picks up right where Hairbrained (#14 in the Bad Hair Day Mysteries) left off.

It’s a fast-paced read with charming characters. It left me we a “feel good” type of feeling. It even includes a nice interview with Marla. It’s a very nice touch and gives the reader even more insight into the character.

I loved this book. It has an adorable cat in it, what could be better?  Although very short - it definitely can be read in one sitting - it’s a nice interlude until the next book comes out.

This is a wonderful cozy mystery series. Each book has been a joy to read. I’m looking forward to the next Marla Vail adventure, book #15 - Trimmed to Death.

For reading challenges:
The Purrfect Reading Challenge 2018
What An Animal Reading Challenge 2018
Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge 2018

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. I need to give this series a try. I love the cat cover and the premise sounds like something I'd like. I love the mysteries where it isn't quite obvious what's going on at first

  2. Thank you for the fantastic review!

  3. Aaw, this sounds like fun. I do love the cozies and always happy to find a new author and series.


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