Title: The Heather Wells Mysteries
By: Cabot, Meg
Call #: Mystery Cabot.M
I bought the first book in this series, Size 12 is Not Fat, a long time ago—the clever title caught my eye and it seemed like it would be a cute read. Meg Cabot has written some wonderful youth and teen novels, so I figured her fiction would be equally as fun. I got a few pages in, put it down, and didn’t pick it up again for quite some time. When I got back to it, it took me a bit to really get into it. I liked the characters, I liked the humor, but it just felt really slow.
I’m glad, though, that I stuck through it because this series is really wonderful. The characters are (mostly) likeable, the who-done-it’s are intriguing, and they made me laugh out loud numerous times per volume.
The series centers around Heather Wells, a former teenage pop sensation whose album, “Sugar Rush”, made her a household name… for a while. Her career went down the tubes when she happened to gain a dress size or two, and when she dared to tell her record label that she wanted to write her own music instead of singing the fluff they wanted her to perform. Heather’s father is in jail for tax evasion, her mother stole all of her money and ran off with her manager, and she caught her boyfriend (well, now ex-boyfriend) in bed with another woman. So, left with almost nothing, Heather moved in with her ex’s older brother (it’s strictly platonic… although Heather wishes it wasn’t) when he took pity on her and offered her a job as his bookkeeper in exchange for a no rent place to live. And she now works as an assistant resident hall director at New York College.
Heather likes her job… except when the murders start. They earn the residence hall the title of “Death Dorm”. And when the police don’t quite live up to Heather’s expectations with their investigations, Heather takes it upon herself to play amateur detective.
The other 4 titles in the series, Size 14 is Not Fat Either, Big Boned, Size 12 and Ready to Rock and The Bride Wore Size 12 are all equally as charming. This is a wonderful series for anyone who likes Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels. They’re a wonderful blend of mystery, chick lit and romance—perfect beach reads for when summer finally descends! (Jeny, Reader’s Services)