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Summer break . . . and the livin' ain't easy!
Just because the students at New York College have flown the coop doesn't mean assistant residence hall director Heather Wells can relax. Fischer Hall is busier than ever, filled with squealing thirteen- and fourteen-year-old girls attending the first ever Tania Trace Teen Rock Camp, hosted by pop sensation Tania Trace herself—who just happens to be newly married to Heather's ex-boyfriend, heartthrob Jordan Cartwright. But the real headache begins when the producer of a reality TV show starring Tania winds up dead . . . and it's clear that the star was the intended victim.
Grant Cartwright, head of Cartwright Records, wants to keep his daughter-in-law (and his highest-earning performer) alive. So he hires his oldest son, black sheep of the family and private investigator Cooper Cartwright—who just happens to be Heather's new fiance. Heather should leave the detecting to Cooper. But with a dorm full of hysterical mini-divas-in-training, she can't help but get involved. And after Tania shares a really shocking secret with her, this reality suddenly becomes more dangerously real than anyone ever anticipated.
Publication Date: July 10, 2012 by William Morrow Paperbacks.
This is actually the first Heather Wells mystery I read and I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised. Heather was very funny and I didn't feel lost by not reading the previous novels. The plot was silly, but it was the perfect book to take to the beach.
What I Liked: Cabot gives readers a great cast of characters. They are colorful and funny with quirky personalities. Heather's inner thoughts were very entertaining and I particularly enjoyed her relationship with Cooper. I thought the two of them shared great chemistry and their scenes together were my favorite. The mystery aspect of the novel wasn't very suspenseful, but entertaining nonetheless. It also ended in a great way that tied everything up nicely.
What I Didn't Like: A few of the jokes really fell flat for me and became way too repetitive. There were these pages long diatribes on silly things like man purses and cargo pants. I think one or two jokes would have sufficed. I also wasn't a fan of the goofy song lyrics that started each chapter. I remember Cabot doing a similar thing with book excerpts in the Queen of Babble series. After the first couple, I skipped them altogether.
Star Rating: Four out of five stars