Rochester, NY 14627
In 1970, Cohen received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Rochester.
University of California, San Francisco, Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, CA, San Francisco, CA 94122, United States
Cohen received a Master of Science from the University of California in San Francisco in 1975.
(Sassy salon owner Marla Shore is giving grumpy Mrs. Kravi...)
Sassy salon owner Marla Shore is giving grumpy Mrs. Kravitz a perm when her client dies in the shampoo chair. If that isn’t enough to give her a bad hair day, handsome Detective Vail suspects Marla of poisoning the woman’s coffee creamer. Figuring she’d better expose the real killer before the next victim frizzes out, Marla sets on the trail of a wave of wacky suspects. Her theory regarding whodunit gels only after she looks for the culprit closer to home.
(Hairstylist Marla Shore volunteers for Taste of the World...)
Hairstylist Marla Shore volunteers for Taste of the World, a fund-raiser sponsored by Ocean Guard. It’s a decision she soon regrets. First Chef Pierre's rum-soaked Bananas Foster goes up in flames, making her wonder if sabotage caused the incident. Her suspicions deepen as more chefs drop off the roster and Ocean Guard's attorney is murdered. Does the lawyer’s death relate to an estate being managed by the group? If their gala fails, this property will fall into the hands of a mysterious heir. With a killer on the loose, Marla has a lot more to worry about than which canapés her chefs should serve. She’d better comb through the knot of suspects to catch the bad guy before he strikes again.
(Attorney Sarina Bretton is kidnapped from Earth by Captai...)
Attorney Sarina Bretton is kidnapped from Earth by Captain Teir Reylock of the Coalition Defense League. As the legendary Great Healer, Sarina is destined to marry Lord Cam'brii, a stiff politician, but falls in love with Reylock instead. Though Teir returns Sarina's passion, he must fulfill his duty as her bodyguard to protect her from the Coalition's enemies, and from his own heart.
(Hairstylist Marla Shore joins a fitness club to get in sh...)
Hairstylist Marla Shore joins a fitness club to get in shape but discovers a dead body instead of an exercise routine. Jolene Myers—a client at Marla’s salon—has drowned beneath the frothing waters of the whirlpool. When Detective Dalton Vail determines Jolene's death was no accident, Marla decides to give her deductive skills a workout and help solve the case. Jolene had few friends at the fancy athletic club. As Marla gets to know everyone, she wonders who might have targeted Jolene for a lethal soak in the hot tub. When another member turns up dead, she intensifies her efforts to nail the killer and wrap the case. If she fails, the next buff body on its way to the morgue might be hers.
(Stylist Marla Shore goes undercover in a hair-brained sch...)
Stylist Marla Shore goes undercover in a hair-brained scheme to catch a killer in her latest South Florida adventure. In a story braided with unexpected twists and curls, she takes on a role as nurse’s aide for wealthy Miriam Pearl. While Marla snoops into the elderly matriarch’s affairs, her boyfriend, Detective Dalton Vail, is afraid that the only affair she’ll snag is with her ex-spouse, Stan. Juggling work at her salon, crime solving, and two amorously inclined males, Marla fights a race against time to save Stan before the dashing detective nails him for murder.
(Hairstylist Marla Shore lands a case close to home when h...)
Hairstylist Marla Shore lands a case close to home when her animal-loving neighbor disappears, leaving his pets alone and a dead body in his master bedroom. After she notices the distinctive pattern of highlights in the victim’s hair, Marla gets hot on the trail of her missing friend. Soon she’s untangling clues that lead straight to her former beauty school and a shameful secret from her past. When dashing Detective Dalton Vail’s interest turns personal, she wonders which pursuer will claim her first — the amorous detective or the killer?
(Hairstylist Marla Shore stumbles over her rival’s body in...)
Hairstylist Marla Shore stumbles over her rival’s body in the meter room behind their competing salons. When her boyfriend, hunky Detective Dalton Vail, asks for her help in solving the murder, she jumps on the case. The stakes rise when the victim’s trusted psychic warns her that someone she loves is in great danger. Her investigation takes her to a smoky bingo parlor, a spooky town run by spiritualists, and sultry Delray Beach. But what scares Marla the most is her relationship with Dalton that takes a surprising turn.
(Hairstylist Marla Shore is eager to introduce her fiancé,...)
Hairstylist Marla Shore is eager to introduce her fiancé, Detective Dalton Vail, to her extended family over Thanksgiving weekend at Sugar Crest Plantation Resort. But that was before she found Aunt Polly suffocated in bed. Is it a coincidence that her aunt’s father once owned the property? According to rumor, he met with two mysterious Cossacks immediately before his premature death. Their spirits are said to haunt the place, and Marla believes it when she hears a bell tolling outside and feels a cold presence inside the hotel’s rickety elevator.
(Hairstylist Marla Shore is looking forward to a romantic ...)
Hairstylist Marla Shore is looking forward to a romantic interlude with her fiancé, Detective Dalton Vail, on their first Caribbean cruise. Her excitement hits a snag when she discovers his parents have come along for the ride. It isn't how she might have chosen to meet her future in-laws, but she hopes they'll have smooth sailing ahead.
(Reality show contestant Heather Payne's assignment is sim...)
Reality show contestant Heather Payne's assignment is simple: get a bed-and-breakfast in Winter Park up and running within seven days. But when "accidents" start plaguing the show, Heather begins to suspect the contestant she's sleeping with.
(Weddings always make Marla Shore shed a tear of joy, espe...)
Weddings always make Marla Shore shed a tear of joy, especially when she attends her friend Jill's affair as a member of the bridal party. Marla's own nuptials are weeks away, and she's been busy juggling bickering relatives, building a new house with her fiancé, and expanding her hair salon.
(Writing the Cozy Mystery will help you develop your chara...)
Writing the Cozy Mystery will help you develop your characters, establish the setting, plot the story, add suspense, plant clues and solve the crime. You'll find everything you need to know in one handy volume to write your own mystery and maintain a long-running series.
(When their annoying neighbor, who erected an illegal fenc...)
When their annoying neighbor, who erected an illegal fence between their properties, is found dead, intrepid hairstylist Marlasince her husband, Detective Dalton Vail, is removed from the case due to a conflict of interestmust comb through the clues to catch a killer.
(Marla and Dalton's honeymoon at an Arizona dude ranch vee...)
Marla and Dalton's honeymoon at an Arizona dude ranch veers from dangerous to downright deadly faster than a horse headed to the corral. With her husband's uncle - the resort's owner - on the suspect list for murder, Marla races to prove his innocence. She hopes her blind trust isn't misplaced, especially when she learns their relative has secrets he'd rather keep buried. As the bodies pile up, she digs deep to find the killer. With her new family in jeopardy, she'd better figure out who's adding to the spirits haunting a nearby ghost town before someone she loves is hurt.
(When history teacher Bill Ripari offers his property for ...)
When history teacher Bill Ripari offers his property for a Halloween haunted house school project, hairstylist Marla Vail volunteers to put the scare factor into the props' hair. She joins her stepdaughter along with other students, parents, and teachers to transform the wooded estate into a creepy attraction. Marla is busy creating decorations when she spies splash of red on the estate grounds. Curiosity compels her to go outside for a closer look, but the dark stain isn't fake blood meant to be part off right night. Instead, the trail leads straight to the history teacher's dead body.
(When hairstylist Marla Vail's best friend is hurt in a su...)
When hairstylist Marla Vail's best friend is hurt in a suspicious car accident, Marla assumes guardianship of her infant son. No sooner does Marla say, "Baby want a bottle?" than she's embroiled in another murder mystery. Her husband, Detective Dalton Vail, determines the crash may not have been an accident after all. But then, who would want Tally - or Ken in the car with her - out of the way? As Marla digs deeper into her friends' lives, she realizes she didn't know them as well as she'd thought. Nonetheless, it's her duty as their son's guardian to ensure his safety, even if it means putting her own life at risk. Can she protect the baby and find the culprit before someone else ends up as roadkill?
(During the frenzy of the December holidays, the last thin...)
During the frenzy of the December holidays, the last thing salon owner Marla Vail needs is a dead body slathered in a green facial mask at her new day spa. The victim, Valerie Weston, had been a major donor for Friends of Old Florida, a nonprofit historic preservation society. Marla's stylists are scheduled to work backstage at their upcoming gala fashion show, but Val's demise might put a crimp in their plans.
(Mix together a cocktail for murder, add a few salty suspe...)
Mix together a cocktail for murder, add a few salty suspects, toss in a dollop of sweet humor, and you have the recipe for Trimmed to Death, #15 in the Bad Hair Day cozy mystery series.
(Savvy hairstylist and super sleuth Marla Vail visits her ...)
Savvy hairstylist and super sleuth Marla Vail visits her friend Tally who just got out of the hospital after a serious car accident. Marla has been caring for Tally's baby and is sad but grateful to return him to his mother. She and Tally reconcile their friendship that had become estranged before the crash.
(Clueless about cooking? Hairstylist and savvy sleuth Marl...)
Clueless about cooking? Hairstylist and savvy sleuth Marla Vail shares her favorite recipes in this Bad Hair Day Cozy Mystery Cookbook.
In 1970, Cohen received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Rochester and a Master of Science from the University of California in San Francisco in 1975.
As a former registered nurse, Nancy J. Cohen helped people with their physical aches and pains, but she longed to soothe their troubles in a different way. The siren call of storytelling lured her from nursing into the exciting world of fiction. Wishing she could wield a curling iron with the same skill as crafting a story, she created hairdresser Marla Vail as a stylist with a nose for crime and a knack for exposing people’s secrets, thus her the Bad Hair Day Mysteries appeared.
A featured speaker at libraries, conferences, and community events, Nancy is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who’s Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets.
(When their annoying neighbor, who erected an illegal fenc...)2014
(Mix together a cocktail for murder, add a few salty suspe...)2018
(When history teacher Bill Ripari offers his property for ...)2016
(Hairstylist Marla Shore is eager to introduce her fiancé,...)2005
(Hairstylist Marla Shore lands a case close to home when h...)2003
(During the frenzy of the December holidays, the last thin...)2017
(Writing the Cozy Mystery will help you develop your chara...)2014
(Hairstylist Marla Shore is looking forward to a romantic ...)2008
(Weddings always make Marla Shore shed a tear of joy, espe...)2012
(Marla and Dalton's honeymoon at an Arizona dude ranch vee...)2015
(Clueless about cooking? Hairstylist and savvy sleuth Marl...)2019
(Reality show contestant Heather Payne's assignment is sim...)2011
(Savvy hairstylist and super sleuth Marla Vail visits her ...)2018
(When hairstylist Marla Vail's best friend is hurt in a su...)2017
(Hairstylist Marla Shore joins a fitness club to get in sh...)2001
(Stylist Marla Shore goes undercover in a hair-brained sch...)2002
(Attorney Sarina Bretton is kidnapped from Earth by Captai...)2000
(Hairstylist Marla Shore stumbles over her rival’s body in...)2004
(Hairstylist Marla Shore volunteers for Taste of the World...)2000
(Sassy salon owner Marla Shore is giving grumpy Mrs. Kravi...)1999
"I began writing as far back as I can remember. It is a drive that compels me. I view the world through a writer’s eye; observing, taking notes, mentally converting what I see into word pictures. It’s part of my nature."
"Writing is a tension release, and finding the right words to express what I want is a particularly exquisite joy. So is working on the next novel, when I’m halfway into the story and the characters take over. It’s a wonderful feeling, and I can’t wait to get up each morning to begin writing."
"I’m grateful that through my published works, readers can share my dreams."
"My aim is to entertain, to coax people away from their troubles for a few hours. If they learn something new by reading one of my novels, that’s an added bonus."
Cohen is a member of the Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, Novelists, Inc., Authors Guild, and Authors League. She has served as president of Florida Romance Writers and Mystery Writers of America Florida Chapter.
When not busy writing, Nancy enjoys fine dining, cruising, visiting Disney World, and shopping. Cohen's reading habits include genre books in romance, mystery, and science fiction. She has blended these genres in her work.
Newspaper and magazine articles fill her file cabinets. As for a favorite slant, science draws her attention more than other subjects. Cohen has done research on widely varied subjects, including volcanoes, amphibians, biomedical waste disposal, tilapia aquaculture, and much more.
On December 18, 1976, Nancy married O. Richard Cohen, a physician. They have two children, Paul and Sara.