A Bad Hair Day
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From Kirkus Reviews
A second tangled tale set in New Orleans and narrated by beautician Claire Claiborne, owner of the plush Eclaire (Behind Eclaire's Doors, 1993). Claire's mentor, Marcel Barrineau, is promoting a highly publicized Bad Hair Day to repair salon and self-inflicted hair damage, and Claire is there, along with some of the city's top hairdressers, clients, and hangers-on. There's a lot of gossip about the recent wave of vandalized salons and the gruesome murder of Lochner Smith, effete owner of a chain of shops and of an elegant house furnished in museum- quality Art Deco. Claire's assistant, Renee, is with her--depressed and strangely short of money. On hand, too, are Marzipan Jones and others from Gino's Emporium, a supply house; Babs Hooper and her weirdo son Lamont; Duchess Crowe, owner of a glitzy nightclub complex, with Tom Toy, leader of her newest rock group, whose ex-love Vicky Su is working on Duchess's hair. The frantic goings-on are being filmed by Charlotte Dalton of WBGZ under the direction of station manager Harry Corvus, an English expatriate. It's Lamont who discovers Duchess dead under her hair dryer--poisoned. Police detectives do their thing, but the answers lie in a video left by Lochner with his lawyer--answers concerning dark deeds of the past mixed up with drug-dealing, blackmail, and bizarre relationships. The author laces her story with fanciful names, sophomoric raunchiness, outlandish characters, designer labels, and a mess of subplots. Spottily entertaining, but in need of severe thinning and shaping. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
It's a funny, entertaining series.
However, just prior to the opening of the institute, a rash of crime hits the beauty business when two salons are trashed and a stylist is killed. In spite of the tragedy, Marcel's debut is a smashing success as the media provides full coverage and there is a turn away clientele. However, misfortune strikes when a customer is murdered while getting a perm. Claire and company try to discover what has turned their industry into such an ugly business. However, the culprit will not allow anyone to interfere with his master plan even if he has to kill them to eliminate the threat.
Sophie Dunbar does not have a bad hair novel as she stylishly imbues humor within a crafty romantic mystery. Like the previous "Eclaire" novels, A BAD HAIR DAY consists of a terrific, rapidly moving plot and characters with appeal to romance and mystery buffs. This user friendly series is deservedly on the verge of exploding onto all the bestseller lists.
Bad Hair Day...was just too much. Too long, too much going on, too many characters to keep track of, much more 'dark' than previously. Ms. Dunbar's writing is still superb. I just wish Bad Hair Day had been a touch more on the light side.
Despite the overabundance of action and characters, the book is still good, and I'm very glad I read it.