The author of The Inheritance has a new book out and it’s a start to a new series! Shear Madness is an engaging mystery novel about salon owner Melanie Hogan who is firmly set against living a life outside of the ordinary. Ordinary, calm and settled is what she finds comfort in due to her mother abandoning her when she was a child to pursue an acting career. Deep down inside though she has always had a desire to be a private investigator but as that doesn’t fit into her larger desire of living the safe ordinary life, she has allowed that dream to die. Then along comes Velma, the town gossip who suddenly dies in her stylist chair and the verdict is murder. Melanie then becomes set on solving the mystery! I was totally engrossed in this book from start to finish. It reminded me of Scarlett Thomas’ Lily Pascal series which I have also enjoyed. Just like The Inheritance, I have enjoyed the characters and felt I understood them. I liked the suspenseful stalker introduced in the book and enjoyed trying to solve the mystery with Melanie Hogan. The book has an unusual tall, slim size which I love and a great cover design! I look forward to the next book in the series.