Review: Model Undercover: London

Model Undercover: London
Model Undercover: London by Carina Axelsson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Release date: January 5, 2016 (US edition)

Posing as a model gets Axelle the kinds of connections that make her the fashion elite’s go-to detective. Her newest case? The attack on famous fashion photographer Gavin Tempest that’s left him in the hospital. The police may have ruled it a mugging, but Gavin’s sister has special intel for Axelle that points to something more sinister…and when clues start pointing to people in high places, things get dicey for Axelle. Because fashion isn’t the only thing that’s killer in this case…

After all the jetsetting in the previous books, Axelle is back home and waiting for a new case to get cracking. Her modelling career is not going away anytime soon thanks to her zealous mother, but she can always have fun while working, right? So, when a case of an attack comes to her through her friend Ellie, she of course takes it. The case, fortunately (!) also coincides with her now-boyfriend Sebastian’s visit to London, which means the dynamic duo is back in action.

The case turns out to be more complicated than previously imagined when it has ties to an event that happened 30 years ago. Naturally, Axelle was lucky enough that the original crime scene has stayed more or less the same, allowing her to reconstruct the crime. Her hunch follows through and she does determine the culprit, but once again, what’s the harm in involving the police? It’s like she has a death wish.

Case aside, the relationship between her and Sebastian gets a little trouble in the form of a rock star, and Sebby’s consequent insecurity. Thankfully, it doesn’t affect their partnership or the case, and all’s well that ends well, as they say. 3.5 stars.

Received a free galley from Sourcebooks Jabberwocky via Netgalley; this does not influence my opinions or the review

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