After a particularly stressful week, I was looking for something fun to read. After all, sometimes we all need to escape for a few hours. And so I dove into Murder, Curlers, and Cream by Arlene McFarlane. Its the first of four books in the Valentine Beaumont Mystery Series.
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?
From the book’s opening sentence (“You wound a perm rod around a man’s what?”), two things became clear: 1) Valentine is a different kind of sleuth and 2) this would be an entertaining read. And it was. I laughed a lot. Valentine has a knack for improvising when she’s in a predicament. Even though she is quite ditsy and does some stupid things, she is likeable. She is a good person. Even Detective Romero, the enigmatic hot detective, likes her – lending an element of romantic suspense to the story. The murder mystery was laid out nicely, developing at a good pace, and the identity of the culprit was divulged only as the story neared its end.
If you’re looking for a serious literary read, look elsewhere. If you’re looking for an entertaining escape – this book is for you.
The book is available on Amazon.
About the Author
Arlene McFarlane is the USA Today bestselling author of the Murder, Curlers series. Previously an aesthetician, hairstylist, and owner of a full-service salon, Arlene now writes full-time. She’s also an accomplished pianist and makeover artist. When time allows, she plays publicly and posts makeovers on her website.