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Haircuts, Hens and Homicide by Stephanie Dagg @llamamum @rararesources #BookReview

Happy Monday book lovers!

Thrilled to be part of the blog tour and share with you today my review for this fun cozy mystery with a splash of romance! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation and to Stephanie Hagg for her delightful words!💛🧡

Haircuts, Hens and Homicide

Megan finds mayhem when she arrives in France to bury her Gran and sort out her affairs. She expected difficult encounters with civil servants and red tape but not with wandering chickens, an imperious policeman and a dead body. Together with her unlikely new friend, the elderly and grumpy Alphonse and his canine equivalent, Monsieur Moustache, Megan becomes involved in investigating the fowl-related foul play that’s at work in this sleepy part of rural France.
She’s helped but mainly hindered by the people she comes across. These include the local mayor, who wants Megan to stay and set up a hair salon in his village to help keep it alive. There are the cousins Romain, the gendarme, and Nico, the clumsy but hunky farmer. They have always clashed, but do so constantly now that Megan is on the scene. Michelle, Romain’s terrifying ex who wants him back, appears along the way, as does Claudette, a wheelchair-bound old lady, and Kayla, Megan’s best friend, who is hugely pregnant but not above taking on the forces of French law and order when Megan finds herself the prime suspect after Alphonse is stabbed.

There’s excitement, humour and lots of ruffled feathers in this rom-com slash cosy mystery, the first in a projected series.

My Thoughts

Haircuts! Hens! Homicide!

Whether or not you are a fan of cozy mysteries, you have to admit they really have the best titles! I mean how can you resist a book with that title and that cover!!! And guess what? In this book we have haircuts, hens, and homicide…. we also have a fabulously relatable main character, a quirky cast of secondary characters, and a beautiful French setting…. top that off with some romance, mystery, and a whole lot of laughs!

Megan – is off to France to attend her grandmothers funeral and settle her estate…. Megan is a very likable character, the story is told entirely from her point of view, so you feel as though you are right by her side throughout her escapades in this captivating French Village…Tellement amusant! I loved all the amusing antics and mishaps peppered throughout this book…. The book kept me giggling throughout, in fact a couple times my youngest son came in to asked me what I was laughing at, and of course I could not explain it properly!

The title of this book is so appropriate because it really was those hens, a haircut, and a homicide that introduces and endears Megan to this village and vice versa… taking a hen to the doctor first introduces her to everybody, giving a haircut makes everybody want her to stay, and the homicide? This book really was less about the mystery and more about Megan settling into life in this little village…. I found it thoroughly engaging, because this village was full of some amazing characters both human and animal…. I mean how can you not adore a dog name Monsieur Mustache???

This book checked all my cozy mystery boxes and more! I got my eccentric characters, my beautiful setting, a wonderful main protagonist, but bonus I got a splash of romance and a huge side of humor! Absolutely recommend to cozy mystery lovers, and the good news is that there is a follow up with an equally compelling title!

*** many thanks to the author and Rachel at Rachel’’s Random Resources for my copy of this book ***


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I’m an English expat living in France, having moved here with my family in 2006 after fourteen years as an expat in Ireland. I now consider myself a European rather than ‘belonging’ to any particular country. The last ten years have been interesting, to put it mildly. Taking on seventy-five acres with three lakes, two hovels and one cathedral-sized barn, not to mention an ever increasing menagerie, makes for exciting times. The current array of animals includes alpacas, llamas, huarizos (alpaca-llama crossbreds, unintended in our case and all of them thanks to one very determined alpaca male), sheep, goats, pigs, ducks, geese, chickens and turkeys, not forgetting our pets of dogs, cats, zebra finches, budgies , canaries, lovebirds and Chinese quail. Before we came to France all we had was a dog and two chickens, so it’s been a steep learning curve. I recount these experiences in my book Heads Above Water: Staying Afloat in France and the sequel to that, Total Immersion: Ten Years in France. I also blog regularly at

I’m married to Chris and we have three bilingual TCKs (third culture kids) who are resilient and resourceful and generally wonderful.     

I’m a traditionally-published author of many children’s books, and am now self-publishing too. I have worked part-time as a freelance editor for thirty years after starting out as a desk editor for Hodder & Stoughton. Find me at The rest of the time I’m running carp fishing lakes with Chris and inevitably cleaning up some or other animal’s poop.   

Social Media Links – @llamamum

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Have a wonderful week! Berit☀️✨


We are Berit and Vicci... two girls from different parts of the world who were brought together by Goodreads and a love of all things books 💕📚

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