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Drag queens meet the high-fashion mob in this fun, fast-paced follow-up to Halliday's delectable Spying in High Heels. A kids' shoe designer whose best creations end up in Payless, Maddie Springer is a down-to-earth blonde whose tough luck with men has her forbidding friends and family to mention her last boyfriend, LAPD detective Jack Ramirez. Her mom had similar luck with Maddie's father, Larry, who ran off to Vegas with a showgirl named Lola when Maddie was three. But when Maddie receives a cryptic plea from Larry on her answering machine—punctuated by a gunshot—she decides to investigate, trekking to Sin City with her voluptuous, well-armed best friend Dana and their gay cohort, Marco. There, they soon discover that Larry and Lola are one and the same, that an innocuous nightclub fronts an ingenious counterfeit shoe scheme and that—naturally—there's a murderer on the loose. This amusing whodunit scores big with inimitable characters like psychic Mrs. Rosenblatt, Maddie's tell-all mom and bad-boy Ramirez, who shows up with some surprises in tow. Maddie's winning return, with her bold comical voice and knack for thinking fast on her strappy slingbacks, will elicit cheers from fans of the growing chick mystery field. (Mar.)
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About the Author

Gemma Halliday is the author of the High Heels Mysteries, the Hollywood Headlines Mysteries, the Deadly Cool series of young adult books, and a brand new thriller series starting with Play Nice. Gemma’s books have received numerous awards, including a Golden Heart, a National Reader’s Choice award and three RITA nominations, as well as hitting both the USA Today Bestseller List and the New York Times Bestseller list. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she is hard at work on several new projects. To learn more about Gemma, visit her online at www.GemmaHalliday.com
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Product Details

  • Series: High Heels Mysteries
  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470092506
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470092504
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,078,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gemma Halliday is the New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Kindle bestselling author of the High Heels Mysteries, the Hollywood Headlines Mysteries, the Jamie Bond Mysteries, the Tahoe Tessie Mysteries, as well as several other works. Gemma's books have received numerous awards, including a Golden Heart, two National Reader's Choice awards, and three RITA nominations. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her boyfriend, Jackson Stein, who writes vampire thrillers, and their three children, who are adorably distracting on a daily basis.

To learn more about Gemma, visit her online at http://www.gemmahalliday.com

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on March 25, 2007
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Since her brush with death last summer, when she got caught up in a scandal involving a slightly bizarre stabbing incident involving a breast implant and a sexy stiletto - not to mention a hunky detective named Ramirez - twenty-six-year-old Maddie Springer has wanted nothing more than to get back to her old life as an L.A. shoe designer, creating sketches of Spiderman flip-flops and Rainbow Brite jellies for her employer, Tot Trots Children's Shoes; avoid the hundreds of sit-ups that her health-obsessed best friend, Dana, has in store for her; and attempt to forget about Ramirez and the fact that he hasn't called her in over six weeks. Unfortunately, the constant calls from various tabloid reporters - namely Felix Dunn with the L.A. Informer - have made it quite impossible for her to forget her days as an amateur sleuth. And now, as she receives a crazy phone call from her estranged father, Larry, Maddie feels herself being dragged back in to the world of solving crimes. Maddie hasn't seen Larry since the day he took off for Las Vegas with a smoking redhead named Lola, and knows him only by his overly-hairy arms. However, when she gets the call, she grabs Dana and her "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy"-wannabe pal, Marco, and heads for Sin City to search for her MIA dad. Within days, Maddie feels accomplished, for she has actually managed to locate her father. Unfortunately, accompanying her estranged dad is an organized crime ring working to smuggle fake Prada shoes into the country, along with a group of fashion forward drag queens looking to make some extra money on the side, and a killer obsessed with one very important thing...seeking revenge.Read more ›
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By AK on March 2, 2007
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An urgent call punctuated by gunfire from her long missing father prompts Maddie Springer to break her vow to not call or think about Ramirez, who was last seen weeks ago and called away at a very inconvenient moment. When the handsome cop isn't overly helpful, Maddie takes matters into her own hands and packs up her two best friends for a road trip to Vegas to save Dad. Of course, things begin to go downhill fairly quickly, starting with finding out what her absent father's gotten up to; namely cross-dressing for fun and profit. Plus, there's the mob to worry about, a nosy reporter, and a murder charge. Maddie is up to her ears in alligators, and we aren't talking Prada shoes made of their skin!

**** With a breezy, fun style reminescent of Janet Evanovich, Ms. Halliday brings a grin to your face. If you love screwball comedy with a little bit of mystery thrown in, then you've found your book. ****

Reviewed by Amanda Killgore, Freelance Reviewer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laurenmsd on May 29, 2014
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The first book in this series was not bad but I don't know why I even continued with the second. Madrid is super annoying and it's just the same things over and over...how many times does Jack "mutter in Spanish" or does she call him "Bad Cop" . And I seriously don't think I've ever read less sexy sex scenes!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Gray on July 8, 2008
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Killer in High Heels was not nearly as funny as Gemma Halliday's first book Spying in High Heels. Maddie seemed to have alot more common sense in the first book. In "Killer in High Heels" she does so many things that aren't really funny. The story line drags on as Maddie goes from one "I love Lucy" moment to another. The only ones that save the book are Marco and Maddie's Mom. They are funny and add a reprieve from the othewise dim-witted actions of Maddie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristine on March 10, 2015
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The author has a cute concept for a light mystery series. There are funny moments and the mysteries are entertaining. The downside is that the author has some really annoying writing habits she needs to work on.

(1) Enough of the "mental head slap". I've only read the first 2 books in the series so far and I think the author uses this phrase at least 30 times. (2) Enough of referring to characters as "No Neck Guy" "Metalica Guy" "Bad Cop" "Faux Dad".
(3) Enough of phrases such as 'I did the blow dry thing" 'She did the hands up thing" "He did theh grimmace thing."

Also, I find it very hard to believe that Maddie's mother is as frumpy as she is yet works in a posh Beverly Hills salon. I've been to a few BH salons and have never seen a stylist wearing blue eyeshadow and purple stretch pants Would not happen. We also don't need to know what road/highway Maddie takes every time she drives.

I'll go ahead and read the 3rd book, but unless the writing style improves I'll have to fire this series.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Butterscotch on April 6, 2007
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This book was definitely not as good as the first in the series. Although Maddie is a fun character, she is written as a compete ditz. She doesn't know the first thing about investigating crimes, she makes some really unintelligent choices, and her best friend is a borderline hooker. I'm not sure that writing about a ditzy blonde female is the way to win over readers. The plot was very loose - Maddie discovers her father is a cross dresser in Vegas and seems to have some connection to a crime she heard over the phone. The relationship between Maddie and her estranged father could have been developed furter, but Maddie really only has a few conversations with a father she hasn't known or seen her entire life. The only interesting part about the book is the cop - Jack Ramirez. I enjoyed the first book in the series, but after getting to know Maddie better I'm less inclinedto read any more of this fluffy mystery series.
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