We are delighted to introduce you to Jessica Cole, supermodel and spy, and her creator,
Catwalk Criminal, the third book in the Model Spy series, will be published by Scholastic on the 4th of June 2015.
Models, spies and lipstick gadgets in this fast-paced teen series. Jessica Cole has been recruited to Westwood, MI6’s secret division of supermodel spies. Her first official mission seems simple at first, until it turns into the biggest cyber-attack ever known, threatening the security of the whole country. Then it emerges there is a traitor in the midst at MI6 – and suddenly Jessica herself is being accused. With no one believing her innocence, and the country on the verge of chaos, Jessica has no choice but to take matters of national security into her own hands and catch the culprit – fresh from the catwalk.
1 MI6 HQ, London
The giant building on the River Thames is nicknamed Legoland by the spies who work in it. Such is the secrecy of the sister organisation to MI5, that the British government didn’t admit its existence until 1994.
Jessica often visits HQ for briefings with her Westwood handler and godfather, Nathan Hall. It’s also where all her amazing gadgets are designed. In Catwalk Criminal she gets to see the inside of a secret comms room, which Westwood agents haven’t been allowed inside before.
2 The Shard, London
This is the location of Jessica’s first official mission for Westwood at the start of Catwalk Criminal, so she feels a special connection to the landmark building. Designed by the Italian architect, Renzo Piano, the 1,016 ft glass skyscraper is Western Europe’s tallest building.
Jessica’s taking part in a fashion show at The Shard to showcase the best of British fashion, while also attempting to stop a Ministry of Defence boffin from selling the blueprint for a driverless armoured vehicle to a third party. Unfortunately, the mission goes horribly wrong…
3 Claridges, London
The luxury five star hotel in Mayfair dates back to 1856 and is one of the finest examples of Art Deco style. It’s been favoured by royalty and celebrities over the years.
Jessica’s treated to afternoon tea here as she and top fashion designer, Ossa Cosway, are interviewed by a Teen Vogue journalist. Jessica would normally love the cream cakes – but her mind’s on other things as London has come under attack by cyber terrorists and MI6 believes she’s to blame…
4 Somerset House, Strand, London
The BFC Courtyard Show at Somerset House is the main venue for London Fashion Week. Top models from all over the world are flown in for shows at London Fashion Week, which is a highpoint in the international fashion calendar. Jessica’s walking for Ossa Cosway as she’s his new muse, but danger lurks around every corner, even on the catwalk…
5 Ealing, West London
Jessica lives in Ealing with her dad, former MI6 agent, Jack Cole. Her grandmother, Mattie, lives nearby. Her favourite haunts include Ealing Studios, where she and her best friend, Becky, attempt to get a glimpse of famous actors filming their shows. She’s a frequent visitor to Cafe Panorama, where she often meets her boyfriend, Jamie.
6 Portobello Market, West London
Jessica loves vintage clothes shopping with Becky in Notting Hill and this is the place to go. It’s the world’s largest antiques market, with over 1,000 dealers. On Sundays, Portobello Green has a market selling mainly vintage clothes. Jessica likes to mix up her vintage clothes purchases with finds from High Street stores such as TopShop.
In Fashion Assassin, Jessica was a guest on board a Russian oligarch’s super yacht, moored in Monaco harbour. She was able to soak up the atmosphere of the highly competitive super rich, but could never let her guard down as she was working undercover. She got to see the ‘off limits’ area of the Grimaldi Palace too – pity she was being chased at the time…
Paris is one of Jessica’s favourite cities for sightseeing and fashion – there’s lots of vintage clothes’ shops and beautiful fashion show venues. Jessica modelled here for Couture Week in Code Red Lipstick – but used it as a ruse to get to the capital city to try and find her private investigator dad who vanished while hunting for a missing scientist.
9 New York
Jessica visits this amazing city in Fashion Assassin – she’s been handpicked by a top photographer to appear in a fashion spread alongside rising star, Kat Ingorokva. The photoshoot is on top of the Flatiron Building in Manhatten – one of the tallest buildings in the city. She also gets ‘invited’ to lunch at the luxury hotel, the Waldorf Astoria, where a nasty surprise awaits her.
Jessica often holidays here with her dad and the place will always have fond memories for her. Great beaches, surfing and cream teas – and no-one trying to kill her or set her up for a crime she didn’t commit. The perfect getaway for a spy. There’s probably a few holidaying there this summer…
Post by Sarah Sky