Kensington, Dec 2003, 20.00, 240 pp.
Between owning and operating her own hair salon in a south Florida town and trying to keep her relationship with Detective Dalton Vail on an ever keel, one would think that Marla Shore doesn't have time for any extracurricular activities. When Dalton informs her that he got an anonymous tip that there is a dead body in her neighbor Goat's house, she's anxious to find out if it's true and what she can do to help.
Against his better judgment, Dalton lets Marla accompany him to investigate the tip and they find the murdered body of a man in Goat's home only it is not her neighbor. By the time they identify the body, Marla start her own investigation as well as nurturing her relationship with Dalton's daughter. Before the killer is caught, Marla is mugged, kidnapped and almost gets into a fatal car accident, courtesy of a killer with a score to settle.
HIGHLIGHTS TO HEAVEN is an amateur sleuth tale starring a protagonist who fills in every minute of her day, whether it's writing, sleuthing, or dealing with her matchmaking mother. Her deepening relationship with her lover's daughter is a beautiful scenario to read-about and comes across as totally believable. Nancy J. Cohen is excellent when it comes to plotting her adventurous storyline and creating eccentric adorable characters.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner