Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Book Review: Spying in High Heels

by Gemma Halliday
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Chick Lit
Published: August 2006
Personal Rating: 4 stars

From Publishers Weekly
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.

My Review:

If you loved Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series you’ve got to read Gemma Halliday’s High Heels Mysteries series. There were the similarities, but Gemma has given it her own style and twists.

Maddie is a single, dating woman, who’s late. You’ll find out she’s late for a lot of things. Everyone tries to help her out when they can. She meets Detective Ramirez when she takes on the role of amateur sleuth as she’s trying to help her boyfriend with his dilemma. The course this murder and solving takes is a fun ride.

Gemma has created characters who you connect with and want to learn more about. Their interaction with each other is hilarious. Maddie, her mother, her friend Dana and her roommates, Detective Ramirez’s family, and Maddie’s grandmother. Mix all of these together and you’ve got an interaction of laughter and good times. She also meets co-workers of her boyfriend and wrestles and loves them. Her ending of this book is beautifully matched to the beginning of the next one.

Quote from the Book:
I parked in the lot, declining the valet parking. Yes, in L.A. people actually avoided walking the two yards from the parking lot to the gym before doing their three-mile run. Go figure.

Halliday, Gemma (2010-10-24). High Heels Mysteries Boxed Set (Books 1-5) (Kindle Locations 191-193). Kindle Edition.

Verdict: If you're looking for some humor, fun, and light reading. These are hilarious!


  1. This sounds cute. Like a perfect mix between chick lit and mystery. Great review.

  2. I just finished reading the newest Stephanie Plum book this morning!! Now I have something that will fill the void : Thanks for sharing :)
    +New GFC follower :D
    -Kimberly @ Turning The Pages

    1. I hope you find this as entertaining as I and yes it should fill the void.

  3. Oh I will have to try this series. The covers are cute too. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.