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Book 4: New Kid On The Block

She's smart, she's fun, she's a killer.

Who will her next victim be?

Elizabeth Henley can't wait to meet Amanda Mackenzie. They've been pen pals for a year, and now Amanda is coming to Cresswell as an exchange student. But when Amanda shows up, there's something very weird about her. Then a boy is found dead in the woods. Amanda's increasingly strange behaviour causes Elizabeth to be suspicious. After a second body is found, Elizabeth realizes that the girl who is staying with her is not her pen pal. Will Elizabeth's discovery make her "Amanda"'s next victim?


First published:
January 1991
Chapters: 19
Pages: 151
Copies sold: 4
PLOT SUMMARY: Don't believe the blurb. We know from the first chapter that Amanda is not Amanda. Stephanie Rendall, a "bad girl" who has slept with men, kills her in Porterville and assumes her identity. Stupidly, she keeps returning to the grave to check Amanda hasn't escaped, where she is sprung by Richard Tibbs, who she also kills. Eventually, Elizabeth Henley realises "Amanda" is a killer, and helps the police bust her.

BODY COUNT: 2

MOST AMUSING DEATH: "Richard looked intently, and when he saw the inert body beneath the dirt and pine needles his stomach began to rumble. When the rock was smashed against his head he fell forward into the shallow void of Amanda's grave."

MOST EMBARRASSING DIALOGUE: "It was sad. She died of meningitis when she was only five years old."
"Meningitis. Tough break."

MOST EMBARRASSING OUTFIT: None of note

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Organising the school prom

UNREALISTIC POLICE BEHAVIOUR: None, really


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