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Airhead (Airhead #1) by Meg Cabot

Emerson “Em” Watts is not what most would consider beautiful. She never wears makeup, prefers oversized-ratty clothes, is a total tomboy into sports and gaming, etc.

She is in love with her equally nerdy, but drop dead handsome best friend, Chris-but is unsure how to have him see her as more than just a friend or one of the boys.

She, Chris, and her little sister Frida (fashion queen), are going to SoHo Stark Megastore grand opening, as Frida can’t go by herself and has to see her crush, singer Gabriel Luna.

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When they get there, the face of Stark-Nikki Howard, collpses and so does Em.

When Em wakes up she finds that she no longer exists. Instead her brain was transplanted into the body of Nikki Howard and she is now expected to take on the role of the beautiful model.

Her parents agreed to the brain swap as it was the only way to save her daughter, and now she and the rest of the family are sworn to secrecy.

Em thinks it will be easy to be Nikki, but discovers being a model is more than just standing around and looking pretty-her beauty regimen, endless publicity events, fake relationship with Brandon Stark, the hots for Gabriel Luna and Chris, and actual modeling is a lot of hard work.

But even more than that, Em discovers that Nikki’s “brain aneurysm” was no accident. Someone wanted her dead as she has stumbled onto a secret that those would kill to keep from coming out in the open. Will Em discover the truth in time? Or will Nikki Howard “die” again?

Thoughts After Reading:

So this book had a few campy parts, but otherwise it was etralling and I had to keep reading to find out who was behind the murder plot and why!

For more model mysteries, go to Death Wears a Beauty Mask

For more Young Adult Books, go to Crash Landing!

The Silence of the Llamas

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The Silence of the Llamas (Black Sheep Knitting Mystery #5) by Anne Canadeo

The Black Sheep Knitting group has headed out to the countryside, doing some good farm stand shopping.

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The crew is on their way to visit friend’s of Dana’s. Her old college friend Ellie; married Ben Kruegar, sold her successful business, bought a property in Plum Harbor, and created a Llama farm.

Aw, how cute.

Aw, how cute.

This weekend is Ellie ad Ben’s big grand opening of their farm, the Laughing Llama. While the event is fun, full of food and farm animals; somebody isn’t interested in it. In fact, the llamas are attacked by someone with a paint gun, severely injuring them.

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It turns out that, that isn’t the only bad thing that has been happening. There have been a series of “pranks” as the couple calls them, ranging from missing items, the animals being released, etc.

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It turns out that the idyllic countryside is not that idyllic after all. There is a development company that wants to buy up all the farms, and a group of people are trying to protect the lands. They believe that the Kruegars bought the land, only to turn it over to developers, but Ellie and Ben claim they are here long term.

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Their hired hand Dot, is a great help, but not really close to them.

Then one night they find the dead body of the man who was most interested in stopping them from “selling”, Jason Ridley. Now the police are looking at Ben for the murder, and the Black Sheep Knitting group are on the case.

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Thoughts After Reading:

So there are two mysteries in this novel. One is the sabotager, and the other is the murderer. This mystery was half good, with the murder being done excellent.

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while the sabotage part wasn’t that good. I mean I figured it out immediately.

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It wasn’t as bad as Stitch Before Dying , but not as good as Till Death Do Us Purl or While My Pretty One Knits.

***Spoiler Alert***

So as soon as I read this on page 43:

“Oh, Ellie, what’s the difference? We know who it is. Justin Ridley. He’s the only one who could have done this. The only one who has any reason to harass us. Who believes he has a reason,’ he [Ben] corrected himself.”

I knew it was Ben.

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I knew Ben was like the husband in Gaslight and Dangerous Crossing, just after the money and behind the scheme to sabotage so he could get it.

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For more Black Sheep Knitting Mysteries, go to Till Death Do Us Purl

For more cases of sabotage, go to A Taste for Murder

For more mystery reviews, go to Just Because You’re Paranoid, Doesn’t Mean a Demon’s Not After You: Storm Front