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The Bride Wore Size 12: A Novel (Heather Wells Mysteries) Paperback – September 24, 2013

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Bestseller Cabot neatly blends crime, humor, and a touch of romance in her fifth Heather Wells whodunit (after 2012&'s Size 12 and Ready to Rock). While handling the demands of freshmen orientation at Manhattan&'s New York College, Heather also listens to parental complaints about room assignments at Fischer Hall, the student residence where she works as a supervisor. Recently popularized by the arrival of Crown Prince Rashid, Fischer Hall is also the site of the untimely death of a new resident adviser, Jasmine Albright. Heather works to fit together the pieces of the puzzle in Jasmine&'s demise even as she continues to plan for her upcoming wedding to her dreamy fiancé, Cooper Cartwright. Multidimensional characters, from the dorm handyman to the arrogant yet elusive prince, are a plus, but it&'s the simmering mystery behind the suspicious death that propels this installment to its surprising conclusion. Agent: Laura Langlie, Laura Langlie Agency. (Oct.)

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Heather Wells is trying to juggle her wedding plans with registration week at the residence hall where she is assistant director. Jasmine, a new RA, dies, and Heather discovers she had been drinking with students and several other RAs at a party held by a prince, whose father bought his luxury suite of dorms, along with his student status. Tidbits of news are being leaked to the student news blog, and Heather talks to the editor, only to have him nearly killed soon after. The prince’s bodyguard begins harassing her, and her fiancé’s family contact Heather’s long-estranged mother with a wedding invite, producing high stress on multiple fronts. Heather rises above the craziness to take care of everyone and solve the crime in what is both an exciting mystery and a surprisingly funny caper. Cabot splices realistic details of dorm life with humorous descriptions of wedding planning, along with rapid-fire, smart commentary on everything from hovering parents to women’s skills at target shooting. Fans may also enjoy Laura Levine’s equally funny Jaine Austen series. --Amy Alessio
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Product Details

  • Series: Heather Wells Mysteries (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061734799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061734793
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I grew up on Meg Cabot's books. The Princess Diaries, All-American Girl, Avalon High, The Mediator... these are the novels that shaped my love for the young adult genre, which was why I jumped on the chance to review the newest book in her most popular adult fiction series. The Heather Wells Mysteries have been around for quite a while, but in this most recent installment, the quirky, lovable heroine is back, and she's getting married—but that doesn't mean things will be calming down for her. In fact, it's just the opposite; when a student in her residence hall turns up dead even before classes start at New York College, she'll have to use her resources—and her wits—to get to the bottom of the fishy business going on in Fischer Hall—and save her wedding.

The Bride Wore Size 12 is true to Cabot's hilarious, pitch-perfect style. Impossible to put down and funny to the core, it's fabulously misleading and unpredictable until that one moment when the truth will click and everything rushes together. While it will have you at the edge of your seat and your heart pounding erratically throughout, I consider it a triumphant flourish of a feel-good novel—because just reading it will definitely make you a happier person.

Heather is a delightful narrator—both likable and genuine! I love how she's hard-working, clumsy (there's a little bit of each of us in her personality!), but still super sharp. What I admire so much is how, even though she never strays far from her beliefs and herself, she still has vulnerabilities and tenderness that make her so human.
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Well written, with dynamic characters, humor, and lots of suspense, this book does not disappoint! Heather Wells must once again solve the mystery of a dead student in the dorm, this time an RA. Putting clues together and asking the right questions, Heather once again figures out who done it!
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Completed: September 21, 2013
Publishing Info: September 24th 2013 by William Morrow
Source: eGalley approved by Harper via Edelweiss
Genre: Chick Lit, “Cozy” Mystery (Adult)
POV: First Person (Heather Wells)

I’ve been a fan of Meg Cabot for YEARS now and entirely because of the Heather Wells series. This was one of the series that got me back into reading when I was in my reading slump so I owe my sister a big thanks for letting me borrow these books way back in the day! I actually don’t read a lot of adult fiction anymore since I’m busy reading ALL THE YA BOOKS so it was really nice to fall back into some chick lit and a touch of mystery with the latest Heather Wells book.

While I haven’t actually started my wedding planning yet, I felt like I could relate to Heather a little bit with her crazy wedding plans! (This may also be the point I realized that I might actually start to enjoy adult lit more than I used to because I’ve actually been through some LIFE THINGS now haha!) Heather always has a lot on her plate, but I love how much she really cares about the kids in her dorm. When everything else is going wrong, she’s always got their best interests at heart, sometimes even over her own personal issues.

One thing I’ve always loved about Meg Cabot is the amount of humor in her books. Each chapter starts with a funny little collection of song lyrics, written by Heather, and in this book, they’re all about her crazy wedding plans. I think it helps the reader not take the book too seriously because there are darker subjects because hi, it’s a murder mystery — Except you almost don’t feel like classifying it as that because the tone IS so light.
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An entirely satisfying end for the Heather Wells series. After years of drama surrounding her love life and work life, things seem to be all set for Heather: her wedding is weeks away, and "Death Dorm" has undergone a makeover and is now the most popular dorm on campus. Though the latter may be more due to a special down resident than to the amenities of housing.

But, in good literary fashion, we're not far in before every wrench is thrown into the machine: another student is dead, half of the dorm staff is fired, and Heather finds that there's a lot of RSVPs that she didn't expect. Because she never invited them. Including her mother, whom absconded with all of Heather's pop-icon fortune years before.

This book preserves the humor and simmering sexiness of the previous books, coming to a satisfying conclusion. Maybe "Death Dorm" will never be "Totally Alive 100% No Problem Dorm," but you know that whatever happens, Heather Wells can handle it.
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The final (?) episode in the Heather Wells Series?! Say it isn't so...

I discovered the series a few weeks back (Size 12 Is Not Fat) and have been laughing out loud at the antics of Heather Wells (former pop star, now assistant residence manager) and her crew. Cooper (older brother of Heather's ex-fiancé) and Heather are engaged to be married... but a little thing like murder and mayhem gets in the way...

To best appreciate this story, you need to read the whole series (Size 12 is Not Fat, Size 14 is Not Fat Either, Big Boned, Size 12 and Ready to Rock) - and see how Heather develops - from somewhat of a bimbo to take charge.

Very entertaining read.
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