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

Gemma Halliday
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)

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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

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Synopsis

With the help of a three-hundred-pound psychic, her post-menopausal mother, and her oversexed best friend, L.A. shoe designer Maddie Spring digs her heels into mystery and mayhem when her boyfriend absconds with $20 million dollars in embezzled funds and she is placed under surveillance by a sexy cop who makes her toes curl. Original.

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

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 970 KB
  • Print Length: 481 pages
  • Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing (1 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00492CK1M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #212,305 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a FREE bit of lighthearted fun 13 April 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a good fun read which didn't take itself too seriously but provided good entertainment. Maddie lives in LA and her boyfriend gets in to increasing amounts of legal trouble as the book goes on. She turns amateur sleuth which is very funny and helps the book tick along. On the negative side it is full of American metaphors and abbreviations which I didn't get, although the kindle dictionary very helpful! Also I feel I could pass a taxi exam to work in LA as every single road driven on is written about - unnecessary! In all a great little read which was all the more enjoyable as it was free! Recommend.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good lighthearted fun! 15 April 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm new to kindle and I have been having much fun reading the free books. This was lighthearted fun and I finished it in a day. Story was well thought out, characters were enjoyable, plot was well paced and didn't really stall at any point. Only downside was that the main character eats a LOT of junk food and made me really crave a Big Mac Meal, which was not good for my diet ;)!! Highly recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Clueless in high heels... 7 Feb. 2013
By AyJay TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The heroine is a childish airhead [the author thinks these qualities are cute and funny], who stumbles across clues and situations by accident as she clearly doesn't have a brain to try and investigate with. The cop isn't too bad as a character, but the way he discusses a open homicide investigation with the lead is so unrealistic - why couldn't the author take a bit more time to think of other way to put the needed information across to the lead in a more engaging way?

Overall; this was a painfully slow read - I wanted to see the lead die by the end of the book. Also; the killer was obvious from the first scene they were in, because the author's attempts to toss in a red herring, by trying to draw attention to a suspicious character, just throws a spotlight over the guilty party.

I wouldn't say that the author is completely untalented, but she is rather sloppy and hasn't taken any time to add an actual mystery into the book; just a series of unlikely coincidences, which don't comfortably fit together. The length of time the lead has been dating her boyfriend changes, the day of her mother's upcoming bachelorette party and wedding changes, private businesses are unrealisticly open and staffed over weekends and there are numerous other errors scattered throughout the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and believeable...a very good read! 8 May 2012
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I love my murder mysteries and this was particularly hard to put down as at the end of every other chapter there was a cliff-hanger - a revelation that astonished and spoiled all asumptions previously made about the involvement of the characters. The story also swings between serious and comical but the storyline is superb and the characters utterly believable. Maddie Springer who designs children's shoes, is an ordinary person with an ordinary life and an ordinary lawyer boyfriend, Richard. She then swings from this to investigating a murder and a 20 million dollar emmbezzlement trying to clear Richard's name even though the odds are against her efforts when he disappears and she's left in a quandary as to his innocence, especially when things about him that she never knew start to surface. At one point she's even a suspect herself. Then, it seems, someone wants her out of the way. And she has something important to reveal of her own, but the thorn in her side becomes one of the sexiest police officers she has ever met, Ramirez, and that further complicates matters. It's then a race against time for all concerned. It was a great read and here begins my journey into the rest of the 'High Heels' series with gusto! Well done Gemma Halliday.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chick lit with a bit of a mystery. 19 April 2011
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As mentioned by previous reviewers this is a light, fun read which has the added spice of some mystery. It is ideal when you are really not into the "heavy" type book.
Maddie is fashion mad, a junk food eater and thinks that she may be pregnant. When boyfriend Richard disappears she turns amateur sleuth to find him....along the way she however finds 1. that she did not know him as well as she thought as there are many surprises in store for her ( I will not mention which) 2. She has an interest for some other hunk that crosses her road and is also looking for Richard.
Quite a good fun read to pass a few hours.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable, fluffy and slow paced 4 Jan. 2013
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The title suggests that this is an espionage novel which features a sophisticated lady in the title role. Nothing could be further from the content of this book. The book starts with a young woman whose lawyer boyfriend suddenly disappears and she attempts to find him before the police do. A number of bodies show up and the lawyer boyfriend is in the frame. She starts to realise that she doesn't know all that much about her boyfriend but keeps excusing him, even when she finds out that he is married. She starts to fall for the cop who is investigating the murders and keeps getting in the way of his investigation. There are quite a few unlikely scenarios that occur but the basic plot is pretty clear from the outset except for the one twist in the tale. All the other twists and turns are very predictable. Also her mother is getting remarried but has to reschedule as the original venue suffers a landslide and ends up in the sea, and she has a love hate relationship with her pregnancy tests. First she can't bring herself to use it and then when she does it fails to work properly at least three times. Perhaps a book when you need to while away some time like on a flight but otherwise I wouldn't bother and I'm not looking for anything else from this author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read- lots of fun
Easy read, fun even though unrealistic in many ways. Still loved it though- even though its hard to believe a top cop wouldshare so much of a important case info with the girl... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gpatel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this series of books great for a holiday read
Published 1 month ago by taylorlisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Spying in High Heels
Well written and really enjoyable
Published 3 months ago by Mr. J. Rogerson
3.0 out of 5 stars more for the ladies
Enjoyable enough.no spying.more high heals
Published 3 months ago by tony
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun easy read
This is a great easy read. Plenty of action and a likeable heroine. Funny and intriguing, with a bit of romance thrown in. Would read more and would recommend to girly friends.
Published 4 months ago by Victoria Huggins
4.0 out of 5 stars A good straight forward easy read
A good straight forward easy read, if the rest of Gemma Hallidays books are as good new readers to her Mysteries are in for a treat
Published 4 months ago by Mike W
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this series
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great fun with a good twist
Funny but still a good thriller. Easy enjoyable read. It had a nice twist or twists in the last pages.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good - shame about a couple of mistakes
I really enjoyed this book and have the next ones in the series which I intend to read. I've knocked two stars off because there are two mistakes in the book which simple proof... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jenny Drew
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read
Published 4 months ago by MR PAUL BONNETT
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