Mini Review: Death at the Salon (Book #2: Daisy Thorne Mystery) by Louise R. Innes


When Ooh La La regular Mel Haverstock left the hair salon that morning, no one expected it would be her final parting. But when Daisy closes shop Saturday night, she finds her client dead as the mullet cut. Homicide is back in style in the quiet village of Edgemead in Surrey, England. But who would want to harm a hair on poor Mel’s head?

Suspicions higher than a beehive pile on Daisy when it’s revealed that she and Mel had tangled back in high school, and DNA evidence seems to color her guilty. Handsome DCI Paul McGuinness gives the hairstylist new accessories—a lovely pair of silver handcuffs. To clear her name, Daisy must highlight the real backstabber, or she’ll end up shaving heads in the prison barbershop.

Source: NetGalley, Kensington, and Purchase Rating: 3/5 stars

The Bottom Line: As I sat down to write this review, my initial star rating was a 4, but as I began to consider what justified that number, I realized there isn’t a lot that takes this series above a mid-level read.  I liked the book, I liked the characters and the setting, but I didn’t love it and I certainly wasn’t blown away.  Given the breadth and depth of the cozy mystery genre, a book/series really has to have something about it which sets it apart from the pack.  In truth, the characters and the setting are really normal/plain, and I need a bit of quirky to keep me truly interested and coming back for more.  I certainly wouldn’t say ignore this book, but I also can’t in good faith tell my followers to bump this one to the top of your TBR list.

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