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High Heels Mysteries Boxed Set (Books 1-5) [Kindle Edition]

Gemma Halliday
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Book Description

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller!

Boxed set of five award wining High Heels Mystery novels featuring fashion designer turned amateur sleuth, Maddie Springer, including:

SPYING IN HIGH HEELS
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.

KILLER IN HIGH HEELS
Maddie straps on her stilettos and, along with her trigger-happy best friend, makes tracks for Sin City in search of her MIA dad.
Maddie finds not only her dad, but also a handful of aging drag queens, an organized crime ring smuggling fake Prada pumps, and one relentless killer. Plus, it seems the LAPD's sexiest cop is doing a little Vegas moonlighting of his own. In a town where odds are everything, Maddie bets it all on her ability to out-step a vicious murderer.

UNDERCOVER IN HIGH HEELS
Secret affairs, hunky gardeners, and housewives desperate enough to bare it all... welcome to Magnolia Lane, TV's hottest new prime time show... where a rising young starlet is found dead on the show's set. Now it's up to Maddie to sift through a leading lady with a secret, an actor on the verge of a nervous breakdown, a sexy cyber scandal, and one tabloid reporter who'll stop at nothing to get the story of the century. Not to mention Maddie's hot-cold relationship with the case's familiar lead detective, Jack Ramirez. In a world where secrets, lies, and deception can earn you an Oscar, Maddie plays the role of a lifetime to catch Hollywood's hottest killer. But if she doesn't watch her step, Maddie's fifteen minutes of fame just may be her last.

ALIBI IN HIGH HEELS
Baguettes, bodies, and haute couture galore! Shoe designer turned amateur sleuth, Maddie Springer, is at it again, this time in fabulously fashionable Paris. When Europe's designer de jour, Jean Luc LeCroix, invites Maddie to show her creations at Paris Fashion Week, Maddie's sure she's died and gone to heaven. That is until Jean Luc's top model is found dead on the runway, stabbed with a familiar stiletto heel. Sure someone is trying to frame her, Maddie enlists the help of her friends, including the sexy Detective Jack Ramirez, to uncover a daring jewel heist, a devious blackmailer, and even a few skeletons lurking in the closets of those closest to her. But as the evidence mounts, Maddie becomes the prime suspect and Ramirez is stuck between a badge and a cute blonde with a tendency for trouble. Will he stand by her as she attempts to track down an international killer, or will this be the case that finally comes between them? One thing's for sure, if Maddie doesn't uncover the real killer soon, she may be saying her final adieu.

MAYHEM IN HIGH HEELS
Maddie Springer is finally walking down the aisle with the man of her dreams. And she's got the perfect wedding planner to pull it all off in style. Well, perfect, that is, until the woman winds up dead - murdered in buttercream icing. With the help of her fellow fashionista friends, Maddie vows to unveil the cold-blooded killer, but as the wedding day grows closer, tempers flare, old flames return, and Maddie's race to the altar turns into a race against time.



REVIEWS:

"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

"Maddie Springer is like a cross between Paris Hilton and Stephanie Plum, only better. The dialogue is snappy and the suspense beautifully interwoven with Ms. Halliday’s unique humor. This is one HIGH HEEL you’ll want to try on again and again "
- Romance Junkies

"It's rare to find a romantic mystery that's so funny, but this is certainly one of them. Maddie Springer (is) a ‘Versace’ Nancy Drew everyone can appreciate."
- Press & Sun Bulletin



Editorial Reviews

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

Product Details

  • File Size: 1913 KB
  • Print Length: 1172 pages
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004K6MHZG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #491,820 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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126 of 133 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute Story November 29, 2010
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The stories are cute, and lighthearted. Most pages have typos of some sort. This can get irritating. Don't know if it's an Amazon thing, or the publisher, but it makes reading difficult.
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99 of 108 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars high heels mysteries January 11, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
all were a fun read. i enjojed the characters and the plots. typos were a problem. the typos would have never passed through an automatic spellcheck. i felt whoever oked the printing didn't care and was sloppy.
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184 of 207 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Major Disappointment April 13, 2011
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I thought these would be fun, but between the bad grammar, the typos, and the totally ditsy "heroine" I was really put off. She lies, cheats, doesn't have an ounce of sense in her head. I kept thinking that they'd get better, but unfortunately, at least for me, they were a total waste of time and money.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
The books are silly, brainless time-wasters which are arguably fun and/or cute to read.

I've probably lost a few brain cells. I certainly didn't learn anything valuable. I disliked most of what Maddie does, but I can't help but call this a guilty pleasure in that these novels were predictable, simple, had a fantasy guy, were light reads, and always had happy endings.

The heroine is annoying more often than not, because she's constantly doing what we the audience know she shouldn't do. On the other hand, the rare appearances by Detective Ramirez for some reason fulfills the unrealistic and cliched fantasy of "hunky, yet sensitive" knight in shining armor. He--even in his unoriginal dialogue and descriptions--was probably the only character that we want to like despite all the novels' many character flaws.

Each book follows the same basic formula, and can be read in a couple of hours as there isn't much to think about.

[SPOILERS BELOW]

Here is the basic formula for each of the five novels:

1. Maddie, petite shoe designer, gets dressed to the nines in whatever brand is hot the year the book is published.

2. Maddie is late for wherever she's supposed to be.

3. Someone gets killed.

4. Maddie finds the body and/or becomes the prime suspect.

5. Hunky yet caring LAPD Detective Ramirez enters the scene. He is always described with a day-old stubby jaw and hard body, with a dark look that makes Maddie swoon.

6. Maddie ignores good sense and does her own investigations into the murder, and always gets in trouble.

7. Hunky cop rescues or bails her out, scolds her, and then kisses her up against the wall.

8. Maddie then avoids hunky cop and continues investigation.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved These~ December 15, 2011
By AngieG
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I adore reading Janet Evanovich books and was waiting for the newest to publish so I decided to try this series and was I happy that I did! I enjoyed each of these books and have ordered all the other books this author has out. Great find. I am glad I read the reviews on this author!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Got through 3 of the 5 January 26, 2011
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I bought these on kindle because of the price (publishers note this remark.) These books were not bad. They had a sense of fun and a bit of slapstick. You kind of have to join the author's world which is not quite the real world, but that's ok as the author does seem to live within the rules of that world. I only read 3 (or maybe 2.5) because they did get a bit trite. This is not high literature, but a fun bit of fluff. Some bits get tiresome (how often can the heroine and her boyfriend fight before it becomes and obviously dysfunctional relationship that we all know really shouldn't be...)

I plan on reading the rest in the future. I just couldn't do them all back-to-back.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars warning...these books are addictive February 10, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
i have never heard of these books before but i bought them for the price. unfortunatley now..i am ADDICTED! i am on the thirdone and didnt see any typos. they must have fixed the errors. great read
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It!!! October 2, 2011
By Katie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I just LOVE this series!! Maddie, Jack and all the support characters are awesome. I found myself laughing out loud several times while reading this series. I first downloaded the 1st book for free. After reading it I knew I wanted to read all the others, so I went with the box set and it was SO worth the money. I can't wait for the next full novel in the series that is supposed to be out this December (2011). I did read the Valentine's Day book ($1.49) and it was good for the price. I've skipped the Christmas one, since the reviews were poor in regards to the price vs. length of the story and the fact that you don't miss anything in the series continuation. I've also read her other spin-off series, Hollywood Headlines Mysteries (box set) and it was also worth the price and a fantastic series. If you love this one, then you'll love that one too!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars this collection was very entertaining. Light reading and silly ...
this collection was very entertaining. Light reading and silly. More for young adult if you are a serious reader not for you.
Published 1 day ago by coffee break
4.0 out of 5 stars Very easy reading and perfect for that 'chapter before bed' that ...
The series is light hearted and not always as predictable as I expected it to be. Very easy reading and perfect for that 'chapter before bed' that you want to read; entertaining... Read more
Published 14 days ago by June Voelpel
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not my cup of tea.
Published 20 days ago by Wzaske
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Light-hearted fun with the stubborn yet lovable heroine, Maddie Springer! Another enjoyable series by Gemma Halliday!!!
Published 24 days ago by Patricia J Elkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love these books.
Published 24 days ago by J N G
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Packaged well, received with the time promised.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars They are a fun read, but I enjoyed reading other books in ...
Gemma Halliday writes a cute, light little book. They are a fun read, but I enjoyed reading other books in between these. They can get a bit too much "cutesie" otherwise.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
The books were a nice quiet time, no serious thinking needed, read.
The main character says or thinks a lot of things that are 20-30 years older than her age but I was able to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by mbeth128
5.0 out of 5 stars Bes series
Couldn't put the series down. amazing from start to finish
It had everything from laughter, to romance, to edge of you seat suspense
Published 2 months ago by Terra Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent read (possible spoilers in review)
Here's the thing - there are almost no likeable character in this series, and most are completely one-dimensional. Maddie is spineless, flighty, irresponsible, and shrill. Read more
Published 2 months ago by White Lock
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More About the Author

In her previous life, Gemma worked in such diverse jobs as a film and television actress, a teddy bear importer, a department store administrator, a preschool teacher, a temporary tattoo artist, and a 900 number psychic. Luckily, she sold her first book, Spying in High Heels, in 2005, ending her string of eclectic employment.

Since then, Gemma has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Reader's Choice award and three RITA nominations. She now makes her home in the San Francisco Bay area, where she is hard at work on her next book.

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