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Spying in High Heels (High Heels Mysteries #1) [Kindle Edition]

Gemma Halliday
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Starred Review. Life in L.A.'s fast lane, from Sherman Oaks' porn studios to swank Beverly Hills salons, sets the pace for Halliday's debut novel, the first installment in a stylish High Heels mystery series. When shoe designer Maddie Springer finds her boyfriend, Richard, has gone missing, along with $20 million of his company's funds, she's determined to track him down—partly because she's certain he's innocent, but mostly because her period is late. Maddie persuades her best friend, Dana, to be her partner in crime solving, and it isn't long before they stumble on the body of Richard's boss—just moments after he's been shot dead. Enter sexy LAPD detective Jack Ramirez, who just wants Maddie to "go home and let him handle this," which, of course, isn't going to happen. The only clues to the murder are two blond hairs and the imprint of a stiletto heel, pointing to a female killer; topping the suspect list is receptionist and designer fashion junkie Jasmine, followed by porn-star Bunny, who's up to her implants in debt. The nonstop action runs the gambit from faulty EPTs to wild rides on L.A.'s freeways to wedding plans gone awry, all of which are guaranteed to keep chick lit and mystery fans happy. (Aug.)
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New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Kindle Bestselling series!

"Gemma Halliday's Maddie Springer is like the west coast version of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum - only more stylish!"
- LG Book Club

L.A. shoe designer, Maddie Springer, lives her life by three rules: Fashion. Fashion. Fashion. But when she stumbles upon the work of a brutal killer, her life takes an unexpected turn from Manolos to murder. And things only get worse when her boyfriend disappears - along with $20 million in embezzled funds - and her every move is suddenly under scrutiny by the LAPD's sexiest cop. With the help of her post-menopausal bridezilla of a mother, a 300 pound psychic and one seriously oversexed best friend, Maddie finds herself stepping out of her stilettos and onto the trail of a murderer. But can she catch a killer before the killer catches up to her...

Other Books in the High Heels Series:

#1 Spying in High Heels
#2 Killer in High Heels
#3 Undercover in High Heels
#3.5 Christmas in High Heels (short story)
#4 Alibi in High Heels
#5 Mayhem in High Heels
#5.5 Honeymoon in High Heels (short story)
#5.75 Sweetheart in High Heels (novella)
#6 Fearless in High Heels
#7 Danger in High Heels

What critics are saying about Spying in High Heels:

"A saucy combination of romance and suspense that is simply irresistible."
- Chicago Tribune

"Stylish... nonstop action...guaranteed to keep chick lit and mystery fans happy!"
- Publishers’ Weekly, starred review

“Smart, funny and snappy, SPYING IN HIGH HEELS is the perfect beach read!”
- Fresh Fiction

"SPYING IN HIGH HEELS is a roller coaster ride full of fun and excitement!"
- Romance Reviews Today

"Gemma Halliday writes like a seasoned author leaving the reader hanging on to every word, every clue, every delicious scene of the book. It’s a fun and intriguing mystery full of laughs and suspense."
- Once Upon A Romance

"Fresh and witty little number that will appeal if you like sparkling, good stories with a splash of mystery. Full marks go to Ms. Halliday on what promises to be a very successful debut to a fabulous career."
- Romance Junkies

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 650 KB
  • Print Length: 481 pages
  • Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing (Dec 1 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00492CK1M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By J. Scully TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I could not put it down Spying in High Heels, the first book in Gemma Halliday's High Heels Mysteries series. In fact, I liked it so much that I'm already onto the second book in the series!

Maddie Springer is almost living the perfect LA life. She has a great job as a shoe designer - if only it weren't children's shoes that she was designing. She has a great boyfriend - except she can't seem to find him. Eager to discuss a matter of utmost importance with him, Maddie takes it upon herself to track down her missing boyfriend, and inadvertently stumbles upon a murder in the process. Her efforts to locate her boyfriend keep her crossing paths with sexy Detective Ramirez, who is investigating the murder and wishes Maddie would just get out of his way.

Maddie is a little bit Stephanie Plum and a little bit Carrie Bradshaw all rolled up into one fun, and entertaining package. Her best friend Dana is a hilarious addition to the story, and Detective Ramirez fills the hot, broody male quota. Halliday's writing is smart and the story zips along quickly and easily. Spying in High Heels is a funny and fast paced adventure in amateur sleuthing that you won't be able to put down, and an excellent start to a new series!
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3.0 out of 5 stars On the Fence About Maddy Feb. 8 2014
By Debra Purdy Kong TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
As a fashion designer for children’s shoes, Maddy Springer has a fairly uncomplicated life until her lawyer boyfriend Richard goes missing. Maddy’s determined to find him, but her quest reveals some nasty secrets about Richard. Still, Maddy perseveres to the chagrin of police officer Jack Ramirez, who suspects that Richard is involved with embezzlement and murder. Although Maddy and Jack don’t see eye to eye, there is a strong attraction between the two. Maddy’s conscience won’t let her pursue her desire, though, given that she might be pregnant with Richard’s baby. As Maddy’s sleuthing antics escalate, she also has to deal with her mother’s upcoming wedding, which isn’t unfolding according to plan.

Spying in High Heels is the first in a series featuring an impetuous, immature protagonist who often becomes a dumb blonde cliché. Her willingness to take stupid risks without thinking things through was irritating, yet there were moments when her sleuthing was also funny. Some readers will groan at the idiotic things she does, while others will find her hilarious. I’m still on the fence about whether I’ll read another Maddy novel. I would have to be in the mood for an ultra light cozy mixed with some silliness. The whodunnit component to the book wasn’t overly complicated either, but in Maddy’s world overly complex just wouldn’t work.
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3.0 out of 5 stars fun read Jan. 9 2014
By roya TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book and loved the main character. She is quirky and her antics are funny. And overall, I agree with everything the first reviewer has said and find Gemma Halliday`s work worth a read as they are fun, lighthearted, and an easy read. So, why not a 5 star. Because as a prolific writer, her editting is really bad. I would not want to spend money on her books until this omission is addressed. Run-on sentences, incoherent sentences, and missing punctuation should not be acceptable in published writings if they are to be taken as serious works of literature.
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  679 reviews
86 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fun book! July 31 2011
By jpshopper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you like the Stephanie Plum novels, you'll love the High Heels Mystery series even more. Great sense of humor mixed into the mystery - and a hot cop of course!!!!
78 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Blast! Aug. 23 2011
By Florida Paddler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Really fun mystery! Very well written--most "humorous" mysteries leave me cold, but this one truly brought me smiles with every turn of the page. I did NOT guess whodunnit--this book kept me guessing right to the end.,
74 of 86 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars details, shmetails Oct. 2 2011
By SimplyEmily - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you're into details, skip this one. One minute, she's wearing flats with her librarian outfit, the next heels. Her mother's wedding is on Saturday, the next day it's a weekday. She keeps calling people on their home phones, instead of their cell phones (WHY???? If it's a murder case, WHY call people on their home phones or only give out your home number instead of cell number?). Three days pass, but she calls it 48 hours. The bachelorette party is tonight (as her Faux Dad calls to remind her) and she tells herself she needs to call her best friend and ask her to go with her to the bachelorette party tomorrow night. I could go on and on, but I won't. There are so many more FREE Kindle books that aren't this messed up. I can't even finish reading this one.
48 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spying in high heels Aug. 10 2006
By K. Manning - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Wow! What a fabulous first book for this very talented author!! I am so impressed that someone new can leap off the block with a first book and show this much talent! Gemma Halliday has a wonderful future ahead of her. This book is as well written..actually, better written than many experienced authors today. It is a very fun read, great comedy, a totally fresh and energetic character to follow through the dialogue, and so very likable. The who-dun-it was indeed a mystery until the end..so not who I expected!! I can't wait until the next one is out...I am soooo ready to read more by this inspired new author:)
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bright, breezy and fun - thoroughly enjoyable! Aug. 26 2011
By marty888nyc - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
A fast read with great characters and solid plot. Best thing I can say? I was sorry to see it end, and am looking forward to reading more in this series!
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