Size 12 Is Not Fat: A Heather Wells Mystery by Meg Cabot
Avon, December 2005
Rating: 4
Reviewer: Desiree

Heather Wells, former teen pop star, has to start her life over. At 28 her career is non-existent, her money is gone, her finance is now and ex, her waist line has expanded and she has no skills other than those that made her a teen pop star. Determined to start over Heather takes a job as assistant resident director for New York College's Fischer Hall. Though the pay is lousy Heather finds this to be the ideal position for her. It is walking distance from her rent free (almost) apartment, and once her benefits kick in she can go back to school for free. Now all she needs is for the man of her dreams, Cooper aka the brother of her ex-finance, to notice her, the world to realize that a size 12 is not fat, and to figure out who is killing girls in her residence hall by throwing them down the elevator shaft.

Size 12 Is Not Fat is not your average detective novel and Heather Wells is not your average detective. She is a size 12 and not exactly proud of it but she is not ashamed of it either. She is witty, brave, and determined to make something of a life that most would think is falling apart at the seems. Though the mystery surrounding the deaths in the residence hall drives the books it is Heather's life and the lives that affect hers that keep you reading this book. You want Heather to get the guy and have her cake too literally. And in the meantime you want to know who is killing these girls because as Heather says girls do not elevator surf.

I can't wait to read the rest of this series and see Heather solve another mystery while trying to make her crazy life work. It will definitely be an adventure.