Review: Model Undercover: New York

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

When the world’s most famous black diamond is stolen during a magazine cover shoot, it’s up to undercover model Axelle Anderson to crack the case. The only witness is a trendsetting teen fashion blogger who refuses to say anything, and Axelle has a hunch that what appears to be a clear-cut case of jewelry theft is anything but.

Axelle and her sleuthing friends are drawn into a web of blackmail and backstabbing fashionistas. As she struts her way down the New York City runways and juggles her busy modeling schedule and new romance, Axelle must pit herself against a rival who’ll stop at nothing to bring her down.

Right on the heels of the previous, Axelle has a new case in a new city. A famous diamond has been stolen, and she has been called to recover it while under cover as a model. This time around, she is a bit unsure about her standing with Sebastian, but work comes first and she rightly gives that a priority. The case is like a sealed room case, and she investigates from several angles – the motive, the timeline, and ability. The most interesting fact about these books, really, is how Axelle approaches the cases. That, and combined with Sebastian’s research skills makes them a killer combo.

Though the mystery aspect is good, I can’t help but be a little skeptic about the fact that she solved the Paris case within a week, and even this one. Pretty exact timelines she runs on. Also, I can’t help but draw comparisons between the fact that right until the last moment, she waits to trap the suspect than going to the freaking police. I get that she doesn’t have much in case of evidence and has to depend on her theories to nap the culprit, but that’s really dangerous, girl!

Another fact I like about this series is that thought there is obvious flirting and chemistry between them, the romance between Axelle and Sebastian takes a backseat to the budding partnership between them. Overall, this sequel was definitely better than the previous.

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

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