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A Bad Hair Day [Audio Cassette]

Sophie Dunbar , Lynda Evans
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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January 1998 Claire Jenner Series, 3
Solving the client's bad hair problems will give her the chance to show off her techniques for her own upscale New Orleans salon, Eclaire. However, when a participant gets permanently "waived", Claire finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery.
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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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Full bodied characters who like to brag about it. July 11 2000
By Brenda
Format:Paperback
A BAD HAIR DAY is the third title in Sophie Dunbar's Eclaire Mystery Series. In A BAD HAIR DAY Claire agrees to join other New Orleans hairdressers in a special hair day promotion being put on by a good friend. Little does she know that what is to be a fun day for all will be the final day for one. The promotion takes place in October so in the mist of solving two grizzly murders Claire and Dan are invited to a lively Halloween party. Those coming back from the previous mysteries are, Marcel who is putting on the special promotion; his most recent love, detective/model Nectarine and Dan's parents. Ms. Dunbar unique talent really stands out in her writing. In each mystery the first chapter/page sets up the story line, yet does not really give anything away, other than Claire's feelings sometimes. I like the way she sets the reader up for each chapter. And the ideas she has come up with for doing away with her victims, I think I can safely say most if not all of them are original ideas yet to be thought up by others.
It's a funny, entertaining series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as her previous ones May 21 2000
Format:Paperback
I really do like the Eclaire mystery series. And I'm looking forward to delving into the last, Shiveree and hoping it grabs me like the first two books.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I think I'm in love with Dan Claiborne! March 23 2000
Format:Paperback
I am now a HUGE fan of the Eclaire mystery series. And that Dan Claiborne, whew! what a hunk! Yet again Sophie Dunbar has charmed me with an infusion of sassy wit, mystery and ribald humor N'awlins style. I have loved every book in the Ecalire series and can't wait for more. Don't miss out on the fun! Buy ALL the Ecalire mysteries!
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5.0 out of 5 stars KEPT ME LAUGHING!!!! Jan. 4 1999
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed this book, I finished it in one day it was very difficult to put it down. Sophie Dunbar's writing pulls you into the story to where you feel like you are a part of it. The characters are VERY colorful and fun. A MUST BUY!!!
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By A Customer
Format:Paperback
It has been two blissful months since New Orleans upscale attorney Dan Clairborne remarried his beloved Cajun wife, Claire, a renowned hairdresser at Eclaire's. Claire agrees to take part in her former teacher Marcel Barrineau's latest seminar, A BAD HAIR DAY. Individuals with major hair problems would visit Marcel's institute where experts would work on their hair for a nominal fee.
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.

Harriet Klausner
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