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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...

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 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: 650 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: #739 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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86 of 92 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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78 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Blast! August 23, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
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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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spying in high heels August 10, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 end..so 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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70 of 81 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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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bright, breezy and fun - thoroughly enjoyable! August 26, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
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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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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37 of 47 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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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Annoying main character.. September 20, 2011
By K.Marv
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I finished the book because I kept hoping it would improve, but instead feel like I wasted my time, even skipping over/skimming sections. The "heroine" is dumb, flighty, whiny, and spends more time eating junk/fast food, spending money (after stating that she barely scrapes by on work she's not doing) and changing clothes than anyone I've ever met. She read like a high school girl most of the time, and I can't see what qualities snagged the interest of the male lead (though he also reads as fairly one-dimensional, so I suppose that makes sense). The only time I nearly laughed out loud was when she dumps her "loser" of a cheating boyfriend by telling him that he's weak and she's too strong for him (paraphrasing). Pot, meet kettle... Not everyone can be rock solid when faced with a dead body, but she couldn't even manage to take a pregnancy test while lamenting how terribly conflicted she was (and on and on about being "late"...ahh!). Carrying the situation through the ENTIRE story as a plot device was incredibly annoying.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
I hate when I read a book that says I am at 80 percent and the book is over and ads for more and then long preview of the next storybook they want you to buy. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Grabbing the next one!
What a fun light read! The characters are enjoyable to spend time with, and the plot moves along at an enticing pace. Grabbing the next Gemma Halliday book now!
Published 1 day ago by June Shaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Gemma Halliday mates humor and detective story
Gemma Halliday mates humor and detective story in a seamless manner. Plot is good with a little romance thrown in.
Published 1 day ago by Mary J
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Does Like a Good Murder Mystery Paired with the Perfect Shoes
Picked this up for free and went on to purchase more of the series.

Maddie Springer is a fashionista who designs children's shoes. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars A Laugh a Minute (MOL)!
The ONLY thing I hated about this book was that it ended! The good news is, it's a series.

Loved quirky Maddie Springer ... detective almost extraordinaire! Read more
Published 2 days ago by Sally Malkowski
5.0 out of 5 stars fun quick reading
Cute story. Light reading. Not unlike the Undead series or the Janet Evanovich number series. Like those? Youll like this series.
Published 9 days ago by macy's mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Maddie solves everyone's problems even her own
I enjoyed this book very much. I like when the woman is the one to figure out the mystery. Maddie does a great job finding the murderer and solving the mystery. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Cathy Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Beans!
Fun reading! Loved it.
Published 14 days ago by barbara pursell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun easy to read book.
Published 16 days ago by Pat Achong
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and dumb
While there were some typos (get a new book editor), I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It was fun and funny and quick. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Avid Reader
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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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