Dyed and Gone
by Beth Yarnall
Hairstylist Azalea March is looking forward to a wild weekend in Las Vegas with her friends. Oh, sure, they’re supposed to be there on business, attending the biggest hair show on the west coast, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a little fun. But fun quickly turns to drama. On the first morning of the show, Dhane, the biggest celeb of the hair-styling world, is found dead. As it urns out Azalea’s friend, Vivian, not only knew Dhane, but the tale she weaves of how they met is faker than a showgirl’s uh… assets. When Vivian confesses to the murder and is arrested, Azalea knows there’s no way she could have done it and suspects Vivian may be trying to protect someone. But who?
Azalea now has to convince Alex, the sexy detective from her past, to help her prove Vivian’s innocence and comb through clues more twisted than a spiral perm. But the truth is stranger than anything found on the Las Vegas Strip, and proving Vivian’s innocence turns out to be more difficult than transforming a brunette into a blonde.
I give this book 4 stars. It started off a little slow, and I was originally a little lost in the hairstylist lingo, but I’m glad I hung in there, because it was a cute book. Azalea runs around sticking her nose in where it doesn’t belong, trying to find out who murdered the infamous Dhane. Though she’s trying hard to forget about Alex, his charms and mere presence make that difficult to do. Juan Carlos was hilarious and was absolutely my favorite character in the book. I would love to have a friend like him. I hope he will return in future books in this series. Dhane’s sister was also quite quirky and the way she talked just made me laugh out loud. I didn’t guess who was the murderer and was surprised by the reveal. This book is a cozy mystery and true to the genre–no graphic violence, no explicit sex scenes and no/little strong language. That’s not to say that it’s boring. Quite the opposite. There are murders, some romance, fun characters, humor, and definitely mystery. If you are a cozy fan, you will surely enjoy the book as I did. If you are looking for a fun, fast read this summer, check this one out.
Best selling author, Beth Yarnall, writes romantic suspense, mysteries and the occasional hilarious tweet. A storyteller since her playground days, Beth remembers her friends asking her to make up stories of how the person ‘died’ in the slumber party game Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board, so it’s little wonder she prefers writing stories in which people meet unfortunate ends. In middle school she discovered romance novels, which inspired her to write a spoof of soap operas for the school’s newspaper. She hasn’t stopped writing since.
For a number of years, Beth made her living as a hairstylist and makeup artist and co-owned a salon. Somehow hairstylists and salons always seem to find their way into her stories. Beth lives in Orange County, California with her husband, two sons, and their rescue dog where she is hard at work on her next novel.
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