Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Easter Hair Hunt by Nancy J. Cohen | Blog Tour with Guest Post and Giveaway

Easter Hair Hunt (The Bad Hair Day Mysteries)
by Nancy J. Cohen

About Easter Hair Hunt

Easter Hair Hunt (The Bad Hair Day Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
16th in Series
Publisher: Orange Grove Press (March 10, 2020)
Print Length: 233 pages
Digital ASIN: B083TZ78G1
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Hare today, dead tomorrow… Can a stylish sleuth pull a rabbit out of her hat to solve an Easter murder in this to-dye-for cozy mystery? 
When hairstylist Marla Vail attends an Easter egg hunt at historic Tremayne Manor, she’s only there to fix hair for a client, Bonnie “Blinky” Morris. But when she’s asked to comb the grounds for leftover goodies, Marla discovers more than just a few dyed eggs. The dead body in the bunny costume is definitely not having a good hare day. And Blinky seems to have disappeared down a rabbit hole. 
When trying to solve a murder, everyone needs a friend who’s all ears. For Marla, that’s her husband, homicide detective Dalton Vail. They make an eggcellent team. Dalton isn’t the kind to leap to conclusions, but with his wife seven months pregnant, and knowing Marla finds crime-solving to be irresistible, he worries about her running off on another hare-raising adventure. 
Marla’s peeps are hoping for a happy ending, but she may have found a basketful of trouble this time. Can she crack the case before Blinky becomes the next victim? 
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About the Guest Post

Expensive Easter Eggs by Nancy J. Cohen

I’ve always been fascinated by the jeweled eggs created by celebrated jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé. Eggs represent symbols of renewal and life in many cultures. They’re part of the Easter tradition as well as the Passover Seder. 

In 1885 Russia, Alexander III initiated the custom of presenting his wife, Maria Fedorovna, with a Fabergé egg at each Easter season. His son, Nicholas II, continued the family tradition each year by giving an egg to his mother, Maria Federovna, and his wife, Alexandra. 

Out of the fifty eggs crafted, only forty-three survived. Because of their rarity, they are the ultimate collector's acquisition. Their value depends upon how ornate the egg is as well as its age. Their worth runs in the millions. In 1994, the Winter Egg sold for 5.5 million. In 2004, an oil and gas tycoon paid 100 million for nine imperial eggs bought from the estate of Michael Forbes, the famous magazine publisher. The most recent one sold for over 9 million dollars.

The Queen of England owns three Imperial Eggs as part of the Royal Collection. Most of the others are still in Russia. The largest owner is the Kremlin Armoury Museum in Moscow, which has ten eggs. Many of the others are in American museums, left as bequests by collectors. 

Each egg opens to reveal a surprise inside. This may be a jeweled pendant, a lady's watch with diamond-set gold hands, or diamond-set miniature crowns. The Hen Egg, for example, has an opaque white enameled outer shell that opens with a twist to reveal a yellow gold yolk. This, in turn, contains an enameled golden hen that once held a replica of the Imperial Crown along with a precious ruby pendant. The necklace alone was worth more than half of the egg’s total price. Like many of the other surprises, it was lost through time.

Today you can buy inexpensive replicas through many gift catalogs. They stand as a tribute to this great artistic jeweler from the nineteenth century.

How does this fascinating information relate to my story? Hairstylist Marla Vail finds a Fabergé egg lying next to a dead body in a bunny suit in Easter Hair Hunt. The mystery thickens when she tries to determine how the egg got there and who dropped it in the grass – the killer or the victim?

Are eggs a part of your favorite spring holiday? In what way?

About Nancy J. Cohen

Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have been named Best Cozy Mystery by Suspense Magazine, won a Readers’ Favorite gold medal and a RONE Award, earned first place in the Chanticleer International Book Awards and third place in the Arizona Literary Awards. Nancy’s instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery, was nominated for an Agatha Award, earned first place in the Royal Palm Literary Awards and the TopShelf Magazine Book Awards, and won a gold medal in the President’s Book Awards. 

A featured speaker at libraries, conferences, and community events, Nancy is a past president of Florida Romance Writers and Mystery Writers of America Florida Chapter. She is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who’s Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets. When not busy writing, she enjoys cooking, fine dining, cruising, and visiting Disney World.

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