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Spying in High Heels (Large Print Edition) (High Heels Mystery) Paperback – Large Print, May 26, 2012
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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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About the Author
Gemma Halliday is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the High Heels Mysteries, the Hollywood Headlines Mysteries, and the Deadly Cool series of young adult books, as well as several other works. Gemma’s books have received numerous awards, including a Golden Heart, a National Reader’s Choice award and three RITA nominations. 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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Maddie was rather ditzy. At times that got very annoying. The pregnancy scare story line was a bit tedious. How many times can a person avoid or ruin a pregnancy test before getting it right? For me these annoyances were minor. When I started this book I was looking for something light and funny to read. This book totally fit what I was looking for. Even with an annoying main character, this book kept me entertained and engaged the whole time.
Their are a couple things that really frustrated me about this book.
When the main character Maddie is hiding in a closet a mysterious man comes in and starts riffling through all of Richards things. And he has a gun stuck in the front of his jeans.
***We later find out that this man is a cop. Cops cannot (legally) search a premises without a warrant and this cop performed a B&E while doing so. Plus no cop worth his salt is just going to shove his firearm into the front of his jeans. There's a lot more wrong with this but I'll leave it at that.
Throughout the book Maddie is TERRIFIED of her pregnancy test. One would think it was a cobra or something. That being said she has no problem dressing up as a hooker, being at a crime scene twice, or getting involved with an officer who is looking for her boyfriend who she's "in love" with. After a while it became highly annoying with the way she kept dealing with it.
When officers are conducting investigations they are not allowed to become attached to the people in a case. Now Ramierez does try to warn her off but he obviously doesn't care about his job that much. By the hotel scene most Captains would have removed him from the case and Maddie would have been suspect number one. Which doesn't happen......EVER and she had some pretty compelling evidence against her.
Overall it's a decent book and I liked the characters enough to keep reading but I also received this book for free. I wouldn't suggest buying it.
The characters were a blast. So funny, all of them. Except Ramirez... he was just plain hawt! I loved Maddie too. Which was kind of surprising because she is somewhat ditzy/flaky. But, in my opinion, it added to the hilarity of the story. I just adored the slapstick humor she brought. Think Lucy Ricardo with Dana (Maddie's BFF) as a loose version of Ethel Mertz. Like I said, the cast is so great in this book, and I can't wait to see them again in the rest of the series.
I did have one minor issue with the book... the use of route numbers and unfamiliar road terms was very confusing for me. It seemed like this was written with Californians in mind because I had to look up certain terms also, such as CHP. Which I had no clue what that was until I looked it up online. It would have been better had it just been something like 'south towards Hollywood' or something. I realize some might not be bothered with this issue, but for me it was very annoying and ultimately kept me from tagging the book with a Favorite.
Overall, awesome book! I can't wait to read the rest of the series. Highly recommended to fans of cozy mysteries and funny stories.
The series opens with a mystery involving Maddie's boyfriend, his boss (shot), and a whole list of fashion suspects from junkies to porn stars. Maddie decides to work with her best friend Dana as her partner in crime solving. There is a missed period, fashion, missed wedding rehearsals, fashion, and enough laughs and action to make this a really wonderful adventure. Oh, and not to be missed, the hotter than hot cop Jack Ramirez!
BTW, the Kindle version I have of this book is formatted well and while there is a spelling error here and there, nothing distracts from the story.
The characters are fun. The stories are entertaining. The language is hilarious. The references are to make you stop, think and laugh some more. All in all, this was what did it for me. I am hooked on the series!