So I bought Gemma Halliday's series in bulk, something I never do. I mean what if I hate the first book, then I am out all the cash and stuck with the rest of the books in the series. But as ashamed as I am to admit it, I decided I liked her before I even read the book, because of a cover of hers a saw (shockingly enough the cover I liked was of a book I didn't even buy). Well thank goodness, I loved the first book. I have already moved onto the second book in the series and I am enjoying it, but more on that later. I've always liked a good mystery, and I have always liked an author who can paint a picture of the main character with humor. I think Halliday excels at both of these. There were several points during the book where I laughed out loud. As a character Maddie is totally a mess. But she's a great mess. She is living in LA in a studio apartment, in a relationship with a man it turns out she doesn't know as well as she thought, and spends literally the entire book avoiding finding out something that could change her entire future. But I love that she is a mess, she's quirky, has a hilarious job designing kiddie shoes, and is constantly running from one drama to the next (all of which could have been avoided if she didn't have the ever-increasing desire to find out what is going on, but where's the fun in that?) I also really love the cop in the story, Ramirez, he just rolls with the crazy that is Maddie. She follows him all the time in her bright red Jeep and she is so convinced he doesn't notice her, but of course he knew every time and thinks it's funny. I think part of the reason why I enjoy the dynamic between Ramirez and Maddie is because Halliday is so good at creating anticipation between the two of them. I found myself waiting for the two of them to be in the same room together, and then I kept pulling for them to find a way to be together. Halliday is also really good at making the reader (i.e. me) believe that Ramirez is super hot. I can only imagine how good he looks. I have to say that in terms of the mystery element, I thought I had it figured out. And to be fair, I was pretty close to being right-ish. It wasn't until like 2 pages before Halliday revealed all that I had actually figured it out correctly. It was fun reading it, and I did enjoy watching all the different elements of the mystery coming together. I would have to say just about anyone would enjoy reading this book. It's got a great mystery, a lot of fun humor, and a great steam factor that I can only hope gets better in the next book. Give it a try!
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High Crime meets High Fashion...
Struggling L.A. shoe designer, Maddie Springer, lives her life by three rules: Fashion. Fashion. Fashion. But when her boyfriend suddenly disappears--along with $20 million in embezzled funds--her life takes an unexpected turn from Manolos to murder. Now her every move is under scrutiny by the LAPD's sexiest cop, dead bodies are dropping around her faster than last season's trends, and the deeper she digs the more she realizes maybe she didn't know her man as well as she thought. With the help of her post-menopausal bridezilla of a mother, a Venice Beach psychic, and her wanna-be actress 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...
Rating: This story does not contain any graphic violence, language, or sexual encounters. Its rating would be similar to PG-13 or what you would find on a Hallmark Channel movie or TV series.
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
#10 Suspect in High Heels
#11 Peril in High Heels
#12 Jeopardy 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
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So I bought Gemma Hall...
The book was a solid O...
The book was a solid OK. The story was pretty entertaining and I have to admit, I din't expect the ending. My biggest problem was the characters though. Ramirez was basically a chauvinistic pig and I don't understand how Maddie ended up being attracted to him. Sure he was joking most of the time, but it was a little ridiculous. I was also really confused about the names of the Ramirez family, but thankfully it got cleared up later on. The author could have looked a little deeper into Mexican families though, considering my and many of my friend's families with immigrant families don't have people who behave that way. Overall it was a fun quick book to read while working out over the week. Mindless entertainment.
Maddie is a LA kids sh...
Maddie is a LA kids shoe designer, living a great life with her boyfriend, until the day he turns up missing. Maddie puts her shoe designing on the backburner and tries her hand at detective work, getting into some mighty sticky situations along the way. I really enjoyed this book and the characters...would definitely recommend reading it.
This is the first book...
This is the first book in the High Heels series. I have to confess that I downloaded it when Dorchester offered it for free a year ago. It languished on my laptop, unread, until I decided to load on to my Sony and read it on my holiday in Turkey. I am glad I did, since after what happened in Oslo, I needed something light and funny. I read it on the plane trip back, and it hooked me from the start. What hooked me wasn't the plot. No, it was the characters and how they reacted. They got worried, they made reckless decisions. But what made this book was Maddie. She was a bundle of witty determination. I loved how she continued to search after her missing boyfriend, no matter what Ramirez told her. I also loved how she did the right thing at the end, which is NOT marrying her boyfriend. The end took my by surprise, I had someone else pegged as the murderer.
Maddie Springer is a t...
Maddie Springer is a twenty-something woman trying to earn an honest living so she can support her shoe habit. She's currently dating Richard, a lawyer, and thinks their relationship is heading somewhere. That is until she learns that one of his clients has embezzled $20 million dollars and Richard may be his accomplice. She's not sure what to think as Richard goes missing and his client's wife is found dead in her pool. Maddie decides to take matters in her own hands and starts an investigation of her own. She quickly learns that Richard isn't the man she thought he was as her digging uncovers his secrets. During her investigation, she meets cute Detective Ramirez and sparks fly. The only problem is, Detective Ramirez has a warrant for Richard's arrest. Can Maddie prove that Richard is innocent? Good start to what I'm sure will be a great series.
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