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Spying in High Heels (High Heels Mysteries #1) [Kindle Edition]

Gemma Halliday
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Book Description

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

"Gemma Halliday's Maddie Springer is like the west coast version of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum - only more stylish!"
- LG Book Club

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. And things only get worse when her boyfriend disappears—along with $20 million in embezzled funds—and her every move is suddenly under scrutiny by the LAPD's sexiest cop. With the help of her post-menopausal bridezilla of a mother, a 300 pound psychic and one seriously oversexed best friend, Maddie finds herself stepping out of her stilettos and onto the trail of a murderer. But can she catch a killer before the killer catches up to her...

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
#8 Homicide in High Heels
#9 Deadly in High Heels

What critics are saying about Spying in High Heels:

"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

“Smart, funny and snappy, SPYING IN HIGH HEELS is the perfect beach read!”
- Fresh Fiction

"SPYING IN HIGH HEELS is a roller coaster ride full of fun and excitement!"
- Romance Reviews Today

"Gemma Halliday writes like a seasoned author leaving the reader hanging on to every word, every clue, every delicious scene of the book. It’s a fun and intriguing mystery full of laughs and suspense."
- Once Upon A Romance

"Fresh and witty little number that will appeal if you like sparkling, good stories with a splash of mystery. Full marks go to Ms. Halliday on what promises to be a very successful debut to a fabulous career."
- Romance Junkies

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Life in L.A.'s fast lane, from Sherman Oaks' porn studios to swank Beverly Hills salons, sets the pace for Halliday's debut novel, the first installment in a stylish High Heels mystery series. When shoe designer Maddie Springer finds her boyfriend, Richard, has gone missing, along with $20 million of his company's funds, she's determined to track him down—partly because she's certain he's innocent, but mostly because her period is late. Maddie persuades her best friend, Dana, to be her partner in crime solving, and it isn't long before they stumble on the body of Richard's boss—just moments after he's been shot dead. Enter sexy LAPD detective Jack Ramirez, who just wants Maddie to "go home and let him handle this," which, of course, isn't going to happen. The only clues to the murder are two blond hairs and the imprint of a stiletto heel, pointing to a female killer; topping the suspect list is receptionist and designer fashion junkie Jasmine, followed by porn-star Bunny, who's up to her implants in debt. The nonstop action runs the gambit from faulty EPTs to wild rides on L.A.'s freeways to wedding plans gone awry, all of which are guaranteed to keep chick lit and mystery fans happy. (Aug.)
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"Stylish... nonstop action...guaranteed to keep chick lit and mystery fans happy!"
- Publishers' Weekly, starred review

Product Details

  • File Size: 972 KB
  • Print Length: 481 pages
  • Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing (December 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00492CK1M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,341 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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91 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fun book! July 31, 2011
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If you like the Stephanie Plum novels, you'll love the High Heels Mystery series even more. Great sense of humor mixed into the mystery - and a hot cop of course!!!!
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122 of 137 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars details, shmetails October 2, 2011
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If you're into details, skip this one. One minute, she's wearing flats with her librarian outfit, the next heels. Her mother's wedding is on Saturday, the next day it's a weekday. She keeps calling people on their home phones, instead of their cell phones (WHY???? If it's a murder case, WHY call people on their home phones or only give out your home number instead of cell number?). Three days pass, but she calls it 48 hours. The bachelorette party is tonight (as her Faux Dad calls to remind her) and she tells herself she needs to call her best friend and ask her to go with her to the bachelorette party tomorrow night. I could go on and on, but I won't. There are so many more FREE Kindle books that aren't this messed up. I can't even finish reading this one.
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84 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Blast! August 23, 2011
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Really fun mystery! Very well written--most "humorous" mysteries leave me cold, but this one truly brought me smiles with every turn of the page. I did NOT guess whodunnit--this book kept me guessing right to the end.,
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51 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spying in high heels August 10, 2006
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Wow! What a fabulous first book for this very talented author!! I am so impressed that someone new can leap off the block with a first book and show this much talent! Gemma Halliday has a wonderful future ahead of her. This book is as well written..actually, better written than many experienced authors today. It is a very fun read, great comedy, a totally fresh and energetic character to follow through the dialogue, and so very likable. The who-dun-it was indeed a mystery until the not who I expected!! I can't wait until the next one is out...I am soooo ready to read more by this inspired new author:)
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50 of 61 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars you get what you pay for November 6, 2011
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The book has some hints at being a worthwhile read, but that's it--just occasional hints. The plot is ok, but the characters are shallow and not well developed. Halliday also uses "pet phrases" over and over again, which gets annoying. For instance, the narrator/main character is often (and I mean OFTEN) either "not ashamed to admit" or "ashamed to admit" something. Further, the book needs editing; it is replete with punctuation errors. So many positive reviews made me download and read this book thinking maybe it really was worth my time, even though it was free. It was not worth it at all. You truly do get what you pay for.
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53 of 65 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I expected more November 22, 2011
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I was looking for a fun, chicklit type read...what I got was a main character who was shallow and idiotic, constantly binging on junk food, trying to solve a murder mystery while taking pregnancy test after test throughout the book. Yawn. I was surprised to find numerous grammatical errors as well.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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Twenty-nine-year-old Maddie Springer has always lived her life based on three very important facts: Fashion. Fashion. And more fashion. Sure, she doesn't lead the most glamorous life, and her job leaves much to be desired - not surprising, considering she designs children's shoes complete with Strawberry Shortcake emblems, and the like. But she does have a great boyfriend, and a killer wardrobe, so things aren't so bad. At least, they weren't so bad, until Maddie stumbled upon the clever work of a brutal killer, and suddenly the latest Manolo styles are taking a backseat to murder. Then, the ultimate twist takes place - Maddie's boyfriend has pulled a Houdini, and is missing, along with $20 million in embezzled funds. Now, every step Maddie takes is being watched by the LAPD. Of course, Maddie doesn't mind too much, considering the cop is a hottie, and Maddie wants to make him hers - once she gets the boyfriend off her mind, that is. Now, with the help of her oversexed best friend, an over-the-hill bridezilla of a mother in the midst of planning her wedding to a man who could, quite possibly, be gay, and a 300-pound psychic, Maddie must strap on her most comfortable pair of stilettos, and hop on the trail of a murderer, in an attempt to clear her lying boyfriend's name, and stop the murders before anyone else ends up dead. But now she's beginning to wonder whether she'll be able to catch the killer before the killer catches her; and whether or not, even through all the lies, she can ditch her boyfriend, and make nice with the police officer of her dreams.

Maddie Springer is the Carrie Bradshaw of the amateur-detective world. The creme de la creme of high fashion, and high crime. The President of the United States of Manolos.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bright, breezy and fun - thoroughly enjoyable! August 26, 2011
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A fast read with great characters and solid plot. Best thing I can say? I was sorry to see it end, and am looking forward to reading more in this series!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny
The book was lighthearted and funny, exactly what I was looking for when I picked up the book to read. I would read more in the series.
Published 5 days ago by abmw
3.0 out of 5 stars not great but o
cute, not great but o.k.
Published 11 days ago by Donna
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A humorous murder mystery
Published 12 days ago by B. tafuni
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are looking for a fun book, that is an easy read and a ...
This was the book that made me a devoted fan of Gemma Halliday's spying novels. If you are looking for a fun book, that is an easy read and a few hours of escapism, this is the... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Maureen J. Gauvin
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings
I have mixed feelings about this book. Overall I liked the story but there was just too much ridiculousness in the characters. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Desert Rat
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK
This is a fast paced book that keeps you guessing until the end. The plot is well written. The characters are awesome.
Jeanne Zabst
Published 19 days ago by jeanne zabst
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Looking forward to reading many more of her books. Captivating and fun reading. Once you start you just have to keep going. Loved it.
Published 23 days ago by william clark
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Terrible writing!
Published 23 days ago by Sarah L Hunter
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read
Author Gemma Halliday has a quick wit which made Spying In High Heels a fun read. Illogical in spots and a fairly easy way to figure the 'bad guy'. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Bruce E. Derylo
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Kept my attention. At times too silly, too many silly lines.
Published 1 month ago by andrea
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More About the Author

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.

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