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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: 8 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #592,602 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

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.

Customer Reviews

They have humor, mystery, and romance!
Jo
Can not wait for the next book in this series.
Debra A. Johnson
It was the lack of character development.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 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
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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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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4 of 6 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Calder on November 4, 2008
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Targeted toward the younger generation, Killer in High Heels broaches high school/college verbiage. Too many clichés and overabundant comparisons; It was still an enjoyable read, you will laugh at the ripe sarcasm and comical situations the heroine creates.
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By Amazon Customer on July 5, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
These books are funnier than a barrel of mullets! (The haircut, not the fish.) I always appreciate a book that makes me forget all the rules of writing, and this one definitely makes me forget everything but the fun I'm having reading it. I also love this series in audio. Caroline Shaffer is a fabulous reader.

Gemma Halliday writes a very clever turn of phrase, not to mention that there's so much stuff is happening that you never get bored. Not a chance. Lovable characters too. GH is one of my favorites.
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I love the High Heels Mysteries. Plan to get them all.
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