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Book 2 of 10 in the High Heels Mysteries Series

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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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

Customer Reviews

The story lines are cute, and I would enjoy them more, if the spelling and grammar weren't so poor in places.
Nickinic - Ebooks Galore
I loved Spying in High Heels and Gemma Halliday's style so I was really looking forward to reading the second one in the series.
Sibel Hodge
Fun, light, entertaining with a well thought out story and characters who are perfect to love and hate (some at the same time).
Lynne C. Fraser

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on March 25, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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 11 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Smith on August 20, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Once again this book made me laugh a lot.
Maddie once again ends up wrapped in a case that she really shouldn’t be looking into. The shoe designer, gets a random message from her long time, estranged father. He asks for her help nut when she hears a gun shot in the back ground she instantly calls Ramirez, who tells her to stay at home.
Maddie being Maddie of cause doesn’t listen and ends up in more than one sticky situation. Ramirez threatens her, A LOT, but she still does what she wants. Which at one point ends up with her in jail. Once she finds her farther, she realises why he hasn’t been in her life, yes he’s a Las Vegas showgirl called Lola.
After a few murders, a lot of Ramirez shouting, too many encounters the lovely reporter who’s been following her and of cause her dealings with the mob, Maddie definitely feels out of her league, does that stop her though??? Hell no!
In this book, I have to say that her best friend was my favourite character. Dana is an amazing character, she’s definitely got spunk!! What with her gun and the lovely tazer, what more could you want.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Gray on July 8, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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 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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Format: Paperback
Once again another murder mystery with Maddie. I really liked the first book in this series, as I said in my earlier review of Spying in High Heels. I was super excited about this book, mainly because I had such a fun ride with the first book, and the authors tone is just so enjoyable to read. I have to say that I am glad to see that the authors tone has remained completely consistent, I love the humor infused through every aspect of the book. I could really see myself wanting to sit down and have dinner with Maddie, she's just so funny and likable.

This second book is much more Maddie seeking out trouble, that trouble finding her. In the first book, he boyfriend just up and disappeared and she responding in a neurotic but somewhat normal girlfriend way. This book Maddie has to cross state lines to find the trouble, although in her defense she did just get a rather unnerving voicemail from her long lost father, so I can understand the desire to see him out.

The one thing I didn't really enjoy about this book, and maybe "not enjoy" is to strong a term, but I felt like some of the threads in the story were not completely wrapped up. For instance, Maddie meets Felix, a writer for the tabloids, who helps/follows her around looking for his next story. When all the action is done, basically he disappears, Maddie picks up a paper and reads what he wrote. I could have done with at least some kind of after action interaction between the two of them, after all they did survive some pretty insane circumstance.

Another thread that wasn't fully wrapped up to me, was the relationship Maddie has with her father. Again when all the action was over with, Larry leaves Maddie a phone message, and she listens to it, but that is kind of where things end.
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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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