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Killer in High Heels (High Heels Mysteries) Paperback – February 16, 2012

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Book 2 of 10 in the High Heels Mysteries Series

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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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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
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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: 13 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #722,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Very entertaining books. I enjoy reading about Maddie's adventures and her fast food addiction. I hate situps too. Yuck!! I love, Dana, with the healthy sexual appetite and all her jealous boyfriends. And of course, Ramirez. Every woman's quintessential hot alpha boyfriend, which Maddie almost never listens too. So far, whenever I start one of these books and can't wait to finish it. Great reads!
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Sucked so much I was very surprised. Got the CD and I could hardly make myself continue. Finally skipped 2 discs to be OVER WITH. Seriously one of the most annoying book/CD I've come across in my life. No one would ever have the dialogs they do - literally every other sentence is a tired cliche. The narrator needs some serious acting lessons also - sounded like a 5th grader in her first speaking part. Couldn't not wait to finish, only got to the end since that was $20 down the drain. So hated this 'book' - only got because of 4 & 5 star reviews. Who read this???
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This is the second book in the "High Heels" series and despite a far-fetched storyline, it's an enjoyable read and one of my favorite Gemma Hallidays.

I enjoy the witty, humorous style, the romantic storyline as well as a plot full of twists and turns, and despite some of the rather improbable situations that befall our intrepid heroine, the plot line has plenty of twists and turns and keeps you wondering.

I find it easy to overlook the improbable because overall, the book is otherwise so well-written.

I also have to say that as crazy as Maddie is, and despite the fact that she gets herself into ridiculous scrapes of her own making, she is a sweet and likeable heroine and I enjoy all of the return characters, Marco especially.

If you can overlook some of the less realistic parts of the storyline, it's a very fun read. Just don't take it too seriously (after all, it's not meant to be a police procedural) and enjoy the humor.
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I've never been to Vegas. All I know about Vegas is what I've seen in movies, and I think Gemma Halliday did a great job of setting up this place I've never been.
Maddie Springer just can't seem to stay out of trouble. As soon as she solved the mystery from the last story, she gets a phone call from her estranged father, only to have him hang up before she can get any information. With the help of her friends, Dana and Marco, Maddie heads to Vegas to find the man she hadn't seen since she was a child, but things are not as she remembered, and Hot Cop, Jack Ramirez, on her trail.
Maddie has no problems getting herself into trouble, despite trying to keep out of it once she gets there (Marco and Dana are terrible influences), luckily she has Jack who always manages to bail her out. I did feel that Jack got REALLY condescending and chauvinistic in this installment. Now that he knows Maddy better, he's still acting like she's a little weak woman.
Felix was a fun addition, and I love the banter he shares with Maddie, and it was nice to uncover a bit more of Maddie's past by finding her father.

Written by Rebekah Martin, author of "Sugar and Spies (Spy Sisters 1)"
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