Deadly by Design by Carina Axelsson

The Lovereading4Kids comment

This series puts a stylish, modern spin on the Nancy Drew format. Teen model Axelle Anderson is a fan of Ms Drew and indeed Miss Marple, in fact she’s been obsessed with the idea of being a detective since she was old enough to play Cluedo. Fortunately, travelling to fashion hotspots with her modelling work gives her lots of opportunities for sleuthing. In this latest adventure she’s asked to investigate an attack on a young photographer – someone is willing to do anything to get hold of his pictures, but why? The world of fashion makes for a cool backdrop and feels very authentic (the author used to be a model) A satisfying mystery story and Axelle – smart, brave and resourceful – is the perfect under-age detective. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Some of Lovereading4kids Teen Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review the first title in this Model Under Cover series, A Crime of Fashion. You can read their reviews below.

  • Ella Routledge, age 11 - 'This book is a dark tale full of suspense and mystery, you couldn’t write a better detective tale. Any girl could relate to Axelle.' Read full review >
  • Susanna Wagstaff, age 12 - 'Axelle Anderson is not in a fashion fan club. She's not excited about Paris fashion week, until she discovers top designer Belle La Lune is missing. Can Axelle, as an undercover model, solve the case?' Read full review >


Deadly by Design by Carina Axelsson

When a new case lands on Axelle Anderson's London doorstep, the stylish sleuth can't resist strapping on the heels and snapping on the shades to track down whoever attacked fashion photographer Gavin. But what's the deal with the memory stick full of mysterious photos? Can Axelle discover the secret they contain and stop a killer in his tracks?


“There are plenty of plot twists to keep you gripped to the end of this exciting and highly entertaining first story of a new series.” – Primary Times on Model Under Cover: A Crime of Fashion

About the Author

Carina Axelsson

Carina Axelsson is half-Swedish, half-Mexican and grew up in California. After moving to New York she embarked on a jet-setting modelling career which saw her starring in advertising and magazine campaigns across the globe, including shoots for Vogue and Marie Claire. Later Carina moved to Paris and, after working as a PA to a well-known international fashion designer, began writing her first notes about a girl detective working in fashion.

Visit Carina's Model Under Cover YouTube channel here.

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368 pages
Interest Age: 11+


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Usborne Publishing Ltd

Publication date

1st June 2015




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