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Spying in High Heels (High Heel Mysteries) Paperback – November 22, 2011
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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 theNew York Times, USAToday & #1 Kindle bestselling author of the High Heels Mysteries, theHollywood Headlines Mysteries, the Jamie Bond Mysteries, the Tahoe TessieMysteries, the Marty Hudson Mysteries, and several other works. Gemma's bookshave received numerous awards, including a Golden Heart, two National Reader'sChoice awards, a RONE Award, and three RITA nominations. She currently lives inthe San Francisco Bay Area with her boyfriend, Jackson Stein,who writes vampire thrillers, and their four children, who are adorablydistracting on a daily basis.
To learn more aboutGemma, visit her online at gemmahalliday.com
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Maddie Springer is a designer. Right now she is designing children’s shoes. Although it is designing, it really isn’t what she really wanted to do; but it paid the bills. That is, if she ever finished the newest design. She was a little preoccupied with the possibility that she was pregnant! She calls Dana, her best friend, and Dana asks her if she had taken a pregnancy test. She hadn’t; but after buying one, she hesitated. What if Richard didn’t want the baby? What then? She decided to take the test when Richard was there. She will tell him at lunch then take the test.
However, Richard had to decline lunch as she was late, a perpetual problem, and he had a client to visit. When he failed to call her later, she became upset and after several days, called his office only to be told he was out of the office. She goes to his house to see him and finds him gone. She decided to look around to see if he was there. Someone else comes into the house and she hides and watches him. It is Detective Jack Ramirez. He is looking for Richard for questioning in an embezzlement scheme along with Devon Greenwood. Maddie doesn’t believe Richard could possibly be involved with the scheme and sets out to find him and prove his innocence.
Maddie tries to work things out but dead bodies, gunshots, posing as a prostitute, and continually meeting up with Jack Ramirez all conspire against her. Jack continually tells her to stop interfering with the police investigation. Will he have to arrest her to get her to stop? Will she find Richard and get to the bottom of things or will she be a victim?
As Maddie investigates, she gets into loads of interesting and hilarious predicaments. Between herself and Dana, her best friend, they are continually in hot water. It is so funny.
So, she goes on the hunt for the real killer and to prove her boyfriend is innocent. We get to meet her promiscuous bff, her fashion challenged mother, her mother's psycic friend, her faux-dad (who may or may not be gay), the sexy cop, her possibly criminal boyfriend, among others.
I found the main character to be somewhat annoying and self-centered. She's always late for appointments. She tries to treat her boyfriends law office like it's her own house and gets all huffy when the front desk clerk doesn't let her just waltz right in. She constantly puts off her own work projects. She drives around a lot. (Not being familiar with Los Angeles, I wasn't very interested in what streets she was driving on). She eats a lot of fast food and other junk. Drinks a lot of coffee and diet coke. She crashed the birthday party of the cop (who is out to arrest her boyfriend) mother. She treats her soon-to-be step-father's salon like it's her own personal spa.
There are continuity problems. At one point she finishes her work project. The next minute she's getting calls on her answering machine from her client saying they need the drawings.
There are parts of the book that are cute and there are parts that made me laugh out loud. I did feel somewhat sorry for her in other parts. Mostly, I wanted to ask her, "What is wrong with you?"
I'm surprised at all of the five and four star reviews.
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