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Murder, Curlers, and Cream: A Valentine Beaumont Mystery (The Murder, Curlers Series Book 1) by [McFarlane, Arlene]
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“Smart, entertaining, and laugh-out-loud funny!” —Liliana Hart, New York Times Bestselling Author

Valentine Beaumont is a beautician with a problem. Not only has she got a meddling mother, a wacky staff, and a dying business, but now she’s got a dead client who was strangled while awaiting her facial.

With business the way it is, combing through this mystery may be the only way to save her salon. Until a second murder, an explosion, a kidnapping, death threats, and the hard-nosed Detective Romero complicate things. But Valentine will do anything to untangle the crime. That’s if she can keep her tools of the trade in her bag, keep herself alive, and avoid falling for the tough detective.

In the end, how hard can that be?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2966 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: ParadiseDeer Publishing (8 November 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #521,633 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Valentine meets murder 13 March 2017
By Kay Hudson - Published on
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Arlene McFarlane’s Murder, Curlers & Cream introduces Valentine Beaumont, beautician and amateur detective. It’s not that Valentine wants to be a sleuth—she’s already trying to live down a past incident involving a killer and a perm rod—but she’s got problems. Business is down, the mortgage on her salon is due, and she’s short of rent money. She’s also saddled with the world’s worst employee, a distant cousin she can’t quite bring herself to fire, despite regular disasters, and a rival salon owner trying to poach her best employee. But all that takes a back seat to the client waiting for a facial, found dead with an electric cord around her throat.

Desperate to restore her salon’s good reputation (before the bank forecloses on the shop and her landlord kicks her out of her house), Valentine sets out to solve the case, armed only with her bag of beauty tools. Her plan leads to more problems, not the least of which is handsome police detective Mike Romero, who thinks Valentine should stick to the beauty business.

She tries, but between a fire, an explosion, and another murder, she can’t seem to avoid trouble. This is a delightful first installment of Valentine’s adventures. And by the time you finish reading about the potential weaponization of various beauty products, you may think twice before your next salon visit.
5.0 out of 5 stars Picture an Agatha Christie mystery set in a beauty shop.... 8 November 2016
By Jeanne Oates Estridge - Published on
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Murder, Curlers and Cream is a cozy mystery with a cast of suspects worthy of Dame Agatha Christie.

Valentine Beaumont runs an on-the-edge-of-bankruptcy spa. Talented, plucky and girly down to her cuticles, Valentine is determined to keep her business going, but when a client is strangled in the Ti Amo room during a facial, this could be the last orange stick.

Detective, Romero, the good-looking cop assigned to the case, has heard about the time she took out a would-be attacker with a perm rod to the short and curlies, so he warns Valentine to let police handle things. But when official channels move too slowly to save her business,she is forced to take matters into her own manicured hands, with increasingly dangerous results.

The plotting is solid (I didn't figure out who the killer was AND I didn't feel manipulated when I did find out), the setting is great (Ms. McFarlane clearly knows her way around a spa) and the characters are both believable and interesting.

The romance arc is handled very lightly, as you'd expect in the first book of a series. I predict it will be one of those romances where, by the time the hero and heroine finally get together, the release will be as great for the reader as it is for the couple.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Humor, spunk and sex appeal 9 February 2017
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A fun, well-written, light-hearted read with an interesting mix of character including a spunky, determined heroine and a scrumpiously sexy cop. Book provides lots of laughs, has plot twists to keep you guessing who-dunit, and a happy ending -- well, not for the murderer. Great book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Discovered a new fun author! 29 March 2017
By Christina A. Smith - Published on
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Loved this book with it's cute narrative style, snappy dialog, and promise for a sizzling romance later on down the line of the series. The mystery aspect will keep readers guessing who-done-it and the situational humor Valentine gets herself into is laugh-out-loud funny. You won't be disappointed by this one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it !!! 3 February 2017
By melody stockman - Published on
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This story was awesome. It made me laugh, and sad in a few parts and made me think. I'm good at murder mysteries, but I could not figure out who done it in this story. Was surprised at the end. Can't wait for the next one. Great Author.