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Product Details

  • Series: Heather Wells Mysteries
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 edition (November 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060525134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060525132
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cabot's cute third crime fest featuring Heather Wells, teen pop sensation turned 20-something college student (last seen in 2006's Size 14 Is Not Fat Either), tackles the recent graduate student union controversy at NYU-like New York College head-on. Heather is paying her tuition by working at the college's Fischer Hall, a residence hall nicknamed Death Dorm after several recent murders. She's also semisecretly dating Tad Tocco, her remedial math prof, while pining for her neighbor and true love, Cooper, a PI who's not happy about Tad but has difficulty expressing his feelings. When Fisher Hall's interim director, Dr. Owen Veatch, is murdered, Sebastian Blumenthal, a Graduate Student Collective protest leader, becomes the prime suspect. A tip that Blumenthal is innocent leads Heather into some tight spots. Thankfully, Tad has coaxed her into working out occasionally, and she's more than able to squirm out of trouble while never losing that perky princess Cabot vibe that keeps fans coming back for more. (Dec.)
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About the Author

Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction series, The Princess Diaries. More than 25 million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, Florida, with her husband.


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Meg Cabot is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for both adults and tweens/teens. There have been over 25 million copies of Meg's nearly 80 published books sold in 38 countries. Her last name rhymes with habit, as in "her books can be habit forming." She currently lives in Key West, Florida with her husband and various cats.

Meg's first ever adult book in the Princess Diaries series, "Royal Wedding", will be available in Summer 2015, along with an installment of the series for younger readers, "From the Notebook of a Middle School Princess". "Remembrance", a new book in the Mediator series will be available in Summer 2015 as well.

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It's funny and suspenseful and just a fun, easy read.
K. Hamblen
I couldn't think of a reason why people would like her, and I especially couldn't see why she had these two wonderful guys both wanting to date her.
A. Luciano
First, its ending is a little too "Scooby Doo" for my liking, i.e., everything is wrapped up in the last few pages of the book.
MI Reader

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Brynn Johnson on December 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
Heather Wells is back in the 3rd book of the series. (Size 12 Is Not Fat, and Size 14 is Not Fat Either) A very fast read, you find yourself at the end before you even realize it. The ending is very unrealistic, everything all of the sudden just being resolved and everyone getting their happily ever after. I wanted at least a few more chapters. After the first two I was expecting a lot more from Ms. Cabot! Fans of hers will enjoy this for the trademark wit and sarcasm, but I for one feel let down. The mystery was easy to solve, and the Cooper character didn't get enough page time. It was okay, but not great by a long shot. I would read it to complete the story from the series, but be forewarned, you will be dissapointed.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Little D on January 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
I was a bit disappointed in how this book turned out. There wasn't much a of mystery, compared to the previous book in this series, and the ending wasn't realistic at all. If this is the last in the Heather Wells mysteries, then ending may make some sense, but it still seemed so forced and hurried.

It seems each new release of Meg Cabot's gets a little more sloppy and less fulfilling than the previous books. If this continues, her books wont be on my priority list of books to buy.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By KatherineSD on November 27, 2007
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This is the 3rd book in the Heather Wells mystery series. This book definitely builds on the prior two so one needs to read them in order. In typical Cabot style, the book is full of laugh out loud moments. The characters are vivid and fun and after 3 books, I really felt like I got to know them well.

The only downside to this book (and hence the 4 stars) is that it's too short and it wraps up way too fast. After 2 great books of build up, everything is wrapped up in only a matter of pages. I was left not only wanting more, but feeling like the ending was just a bit unrealistic and forced. Still, the book was a joy to read. I just wish it was longer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 26, 2008
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I can't believe I actually gave up half way through a Meg Cabot book--and I love her books! At first I thought I'd already read it, but then I realized that the only funny part--the uterus falling out due to a 5-yard jog--had been previewed in the previous book in the series. Everything else felt like Cabot did a 'save-as' then some minor rewriting. Weirdly, almost like plagiarising herself! Even the voice got old--or maybe I did in the few months it'd been since I read Size 14... Heather Wells certainly isn't growing up. She's, what, 30-ish and still acting like an 18 year old! (If that!) Aren't characters supposed to change for the better in order for the readers to feel satisfied? What's cute and charming in the first book turns retarded and sickly by the third. I'm not asking for Sex in the City stuff here, just that for someone as talented as Cabot, you'd think the characters--if not the writing--would mature a bit.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MI Reader on December 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
Although I loved the other two books in the series, Big Boned does not live up to its predecessors. First, its ending is a little too "Scooby Doo" for my liking, i.e., everything is wrapped up in the last few pages of the book. Second, it is poorly edited. I found several simple editorial mistakes such as missing or incorrect words. The book reads like Cabot was rushed to get it to print. Big disappointment!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Luciano VINE VOICE on August 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
Heather Wells is nearly thirty years old, getting her college education and working in a dorm at the same time. She is dating her math teacher but is also pining after her landlord, Cooper. Heather struggles with her weight and with the fact that she is still recognized as a teen pop sensation, even though she hasn't performed in years and has moved on in her life.

When Heather's boss is murdered one morning, Cooper, a private detective by trade, warns her not to get involved. How can she resist, though, especially when some of the residents of her dorm are mixed up in the crime?

I like the concept for this book. Having a murder mystery set in a college dorm and having the characters be students and those who work with students is interesting and fun. Heather herself, though, is really annoying. She's self-centered and says herself that people never think she's as funny as she thinks she is. She is kind of mean and sarcastic to everyone around her, even when she's helping them. She is fixated on her weight and talks constantly about food. I couldn't think of a reason why people would like her, and I especially couldn't see why she had these two wonderful guys both wanting to date her.

The story was decent, but I was put off by the main character.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By She Reads and Dreams on December 10, 2008
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I bought the omnibus (such a weird word that...makes me think of a really big bus) of the first two books for $5.00 at a book sale figuring it would be good light and fluffy reading for a long haul plane journey and it was! I'm not a big fan of "chick lit" and technically these books don't fall into that genre, but they are certainly light and fluffy, with a mystery twist. Heather Wells is an ex-pop star (think a flash in the pan teen pop tart who sang in shopping malls a lot) whose label and boyfriend dropped her when she said she wanted to sing her own songs and her Mom ran off to Argentina with all her money. Heather is endearing, and I really enjoyed reading about a girl who battles weight issues and isn't afraid to order double whipped cream on her coffee. I also admit that I stayed with the books mainly because of Heather's sexy yet distant room mate Cooper. Anyway, I had to leave the omnibus in Scotland as a donation to the library at the Cathedral of the Isles as it was just too heavy to bring home. When I got back I checked into whether or not there were any other Heather Wells books and found "Size Doesn't Matter" (aka "Big Boned" in the USA. I have never understood why publishers change titles from country to country. Did you know that the book entitled "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" in the USA is actually titled "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" in the UK and Australia? Why?).

Anyway, I finished up "Size Doesn't Matter" this morning. It was probably the weakest of the three books and the ending was sort of bizarre. Without giving too much away, I would have settled for a kiss between Cooper and Heather, instead of the whole enchilada. I half expected to read "And then Heather woke up" it was all so picture perfect and out of place.
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