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Killer In High Heels (High Heels Mysteries #2) [Kindle Edition]

Gemma Halliday
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

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Book Description

New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Kindle Bestselling series!

L.A. shoe designer Maddie Springer hasn't seen her father since he reportedly ran off to Las Vegas with a showgirl named Lola. So she's shocked when he leaves a desperate plea for help on her answering machine - ending in a loud bang. Gunshot? Car backfire? Never one to leave her curiosity unsatisfied, 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 hits the jackpot, all right. She 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. She just hopes her gamble pays off… before her own luck runs out.

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 Killer in High Heels:

“This amusing whodunit scores big. 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.”
- Publishers’ Weekly

“Blending romance and humor, Maddie and her madcap friends are an enjoyable treat.”
- Parkersburg Sentinel

“Readers who crave light mystery mixed with romance will love this book!”
- Fresh Fiction

“KILLER IN HIGH HEELS is ‘packing’ with action, hilarity, danger, almost-sex, and fashion wows and woes. Gemma Halliday gives the reader nothing but pure indulgence and fabulous fun!”
- Once Upon a Romance

“This is a first-rate, humorous mystery and one you can’t help but grin and giggle all the way through.”
- Romance Reader at Heart

“KILLER IN HIGH HEELS is a humorous, delectable romp you won’t want to miss!”
- Romance Junkies

What readers are saying about Killer in High Heels:

"Do you like Janet Evanovich, James Patterson, Sue Grafton, J.D. Robb, or Stephanie Bond? Then you'll LOVE Gemma Halliday's High Heels series!"
- Nikki

"The high heels books are one part Fashion Police's Joan Rivers, one part Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, and one part Agatha Christie cozy - which all add up to pure fun."
- Jessica

"Laugh out loud fun! Lucy and Ethel have met their match with Maddie Springer and her sidekick Dana."
- Alexandra


Editorial Reviews

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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Review

"This amusing whodunit scores big. 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."
- Publishers' Weekly

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  • Language: English
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sinful sequel! 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
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars March 2, 2007
By AK
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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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first July 8, 2008
By T. Gray
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rings of entertainment November 4, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, fun, fun! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 4, 2014
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I love the High Heels Mysteries. Plan to get them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 4, 2014
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Love the series. Getting attached to the quirky characters. Keep them coming Gemma.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Killer in High Heels July 1, 2014
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The second book in the High Heels Series and I can't wait to read the third one !!! If you enjoy Stephanie Plum books, you'll love these.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this series!
I started reading the High Heels Mysteries and now I have moved on to another of the Gemma Halliday books, the Bond Girl series. They are laugh-out-loud funny! Read more
Published 27 days ago by abc
2.0 out of 5 stars Annoying
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... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Laurenmsd
5.0 out of 5 stars Long lost Dad, Larry, is a drag queen.
Wow, turns out Dad didn't run off with a show girl, he became a show girl. Shoes galore and the mob cannot be fun. What happens in Los Vegas can be dangerous.
Published 1 month ago by Carolyn G. Manuel
5.0 out of 5 stars WORTH READING
A fun and enjoyable book. I have read all the series and enjoyed them all. These make you think. A little and laugh a lot
Published 1 month ago by Eugenia Hansler
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
Made me want to keep reading the series, fun light read! Fun girl companions, Maddie and Dana! Looking for love, Fun and excitement- read on!
Published 2 months ago by Marilyn L Godshall
5.0 out of 5 stars very entertaining
I love this series. I thought it would be lame, but now I love them. My new favorite series. .
Published 3 months ago by Sheena Warling
5.0 out of 5 stars High Heels mysteries
Keeping it light, this story still manages to have a real plot and a good who-dun-it that is worthwhile. A good read.
Published 3 months ago by sblettuce
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining
I thought this had everything. mystery, suspense, and funny. Well written. It took me out of daily problems, work, illness, and driving on the road daily, into a funny, happy... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Judy Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!
Great author, great story love the way the story flows. I would read more books written by this author in the future.
Published 3 months ago by Olga
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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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