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Undercover in High Heels (High Heels #3)

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Secret affairs, hunky gardeners, and housewives desperate enough to bare it all... welcome to Magnolia Lane, TV's hottest new prime time show. A place where L.A. shoe designer Maddie Springer should be in fashion heaven. That is until the body of a rising young starlet is found dead on the show's set. Now it's up to Maddie to sift through a leading lady with a secret, an a ...more
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Published October 25th 2010 by Gemma Halliday (first published August 1st 2007)
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Jan 22, 2013 Marla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-library
Argh! I like Felix even more after this book! He's adorable and, though we only get the story from Maddie's POV, seems like he has some feelings for her. Even knowing that, obviously, Maddie is with Ramirez and is going to stay that way, I still can't help but like Felix even more! Good thing I don't bet on the ponies, I'd back the wrong one all the time. =P

But other than that, another good book. Not quite as hilarious as the previous one, but still good as, once again, the murder reveals themse
Jan 10, 2013 Jenn rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
These are getting worse and worse, aren't they? In this installment, Maddie has evidently lost more and more of her brain. She barges into a club that her cop boyfriend is in and confronts him after he just broke a date and told her where he'd be. Does she not stop to think for one minute. He's a cop. Perhaps this is a suspect or an informant? No, she does what she always does and doesn't think. Evidently Dana's having the same issue. Then, even though he tells her to leave his investigations al ...more
Jan 24, 2012 Maita rated it it was ok
I don't know why I get sucked in, but I read the first two and couldn't stop myself from reading #3. And of course, I'm now on #4. And honestly, I'm kinda hating myself for it. I'm sure I'll just go full tilt and end up reading #5. Might as well finish the pain I started.

these books are not well written, the main character is annoying to all end, there are typos all over the place and I get frustrated at some of the inconsistencies from the author in terms of her vision of how Los Angeles is lai
Sep 01, 2010 Myhotstylist rated it it was amazing
This is the 3rd in the series, and boy is it a wild ride! Maddie gets hired on the set of Magnolia Lane, a tv drama show, then one of the star doubles, is found strangled with a pair of pany hose. As Maddie is trying to uncover the secrets and scandals, another body turns up dead. After getting death threats via makeup, Maddie is determined to find out the killer, and fast, before shes next!

Not only does Maddie get kidnapped, her apartment gets ransacked, her car rammed into, she also ends up a
Mar 29, 2016 Nadine rated it it was ok
I thought this was the first part or a standalone. Unfortunately it was part 3. I dislike starting a series in the middle, although in this case I didn't feel like that was much of a problem.
Maddie is a shoe designer and hobby detective going undercover in a soap opera after a starlet of that show was found dead.
I loved the setting of that soap opera and the atmosphere at the set. The heroine was fun and quirky and manages to get herself into the worst of situations but that was something that
Jan 26, 2012 Chrissy rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012, ebook
Since I read the first two, I felt obligated to read book 3. And since I have, eh, approximately 90 seconds to do a review before running off to work, this one will need to be super quick.

Basically, our airheaded heroine is back again, this time on the set of a popular soap opera where a lead actress has been receiving death threats. Ever so conveniently, as always, Maddie is able to step her way onto a celebrity-studded television set as an assistant in the wardrobe department. And here she lea
Iris Blobel
Dec 29, 2010 Iris Blobel rated it did not like it
The thing is: I should have stopped reading after the first ten pages - Maddie's "boyfriend" police cop Ramirez cancelled their date because of other committments. The thought that Ramirez has other committments in a pick-up bar really doesn't sit well with Maddie so she's off to "spy" on him. So far so good - BUT not only does she blow up the undercover work, no she was then on a mission to help out Ramirez, who got demoted to bodyguard to the celebrities, to get back to homicide.

I took me more
Nov 07, 2012 Melanie rated it really liked it
I read Undercover in High Heels by Gemma Halliday. I recommend this book. It is a cute story! Maddie doesn't know how her relationship is with Ramirez because she hardly sees him. Maddie loves this show called Magnolia Lane. Ramirez gets to trail an actor from that show because of stalking and death threats. Maddie and her friend Dana wants in it to snoop around and meet the actors. She gets a job as a designer assistant and Dana becomes an extra. Things fall apart, people get killed & threa ...more
Sep 07, 2015 Jeanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I enjoy these books by Gemma Halliday. It is also entertaining to read about the trouble that Maddie gets into. This particular book reminded of the LUCY and ETHEL antics from the I LOVE LUCY series. Maddie and her best friend always seemed to be where the action is.

This has been a fun series to read.
Sep 12, 2014 Sherry rated it did not like it
Didn't get to finish it. My nook stopped letting me turn pages on that book only. Wasn't all that crazy about it though. She was more frustrating than anything else. She knows her "boyfriend" is an undercover cop and yet for all 3 books, she barges into where he tells her to stay out. I found it rather maddening, so it didn't bother me that I couldn't finish it.
Mar 27, 2016 Siv30 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, high-heels
3.5 כוכבים
משעשע והזוי יש קטעים ממש קורעים מצחוק עד כמה שהם הזויים במיוחד הצילום בווידאו והסופרת לא גולשת לסקס שזה יאמר לזכותה. היא מצליחה לשמור על המתח המיני בלי באמת להגיע לאקטים.
Feb 23, 2014 Locomente rated it really liked it
Our own Maddie is back. She is at her funny best!
Dana is as diet-conscious and as supportive as ever!
Ramirez is still a Bad Cop and still wondering why he is in love with someone like Maddie!
Maddie’s mum is being herself, the caring (too caring) mother of Maddie.
Felix from the 2nd book and Jasmine from the 1st come back and push the plot forward!

Then there are a few new characters….
Mia, the self-obsessed, rude and arrogant telefilm actor….
Then Isabel, Margo, Ricky, many more… many more!

What I th
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
Maddie Springer is back. Again. She's still an incredibly unlucky stupid woman. Jack Ramirez is back. He's still a perfectly forgiving hero. I just can't get over how much I dislike the heroine. Two more books in the series? I don't know if I can do it. The mystery is somewhat better in this one, but it only takes up a small portion of the book. maybe if the reporter were a little more involved...
Andrea Stoeckel
Sep 10, 2014 Andrea Stoeckel rated it really liked it
I'm new to Gemma's work, and I've read the reviews calling Maddie "Lucy" to Dana' s " Ethel". There are similarities, but they aren't anywhere close to the orginals.

Maddie, wanna be shoe designer, and Dana, exercise guru, are best friends. They seem fairly shallow. Pop culture is their religion, fashion means more than food. This outing finds them reluctantly working on set of a highly rated television show where the real drama is behind scenes, complete with divas and all the drama a twenty som
Jan 17, 2014 Pattianne rated it it was amazing
High Heel Mystery Series #3 - (Jack and Maddie) Not HEA type, his parents house, there are severl murders, gives key.

Secret affairs, hunky gardeners, and housewives desperate enough to bare it all... welcome to Magnolia Lane, TV's hottest new prime time show. A place where L.A. shoe designer Maddie Springer should be in fashion heaven. That is until the body of a rising young starlet is found dead on the show's set. Now it's up to Maddie to sift through a leading lady with a secret, an actor on
Nov 15, 2009 Carol rated it liked it
This is the closest thing to a Stephanie Plum novel I have found. Luckily Maddie Springer and Stephanie Plum are solving their mysteries on opposite coasts, but if they ever get together...look out!
I am going to look for the other books in the series.
Amrit Sinha
Jan 16, 2014 Amrit Sinha rated it really liked it
The 'High Heels Mysteries' have turned out to be an obsession of late. While ‘Spying in High Heels’ introduced me to the intoxication, ‘Killer in High Heels’ turned me into an addict, and now, having done with ‘Undercover in High Heels’, the third book in the series, I find it difficult not to consider myself as a fanatic reader of this series.

Gemma Halliday does what she knows best, weaving mysteries, murders, shootouts, but with a dash of humor, so much that it leaves an intriguing sense of sa
Dec 30, 2014 Denise rated it it was amazing
'Undercover in High Heels' was another awesome book in this series. I loved the storyline and how it played out. I'm actually surprised Maddie still has a heartbeat after some of her antics. I think that's what makes this series so good, her ability to fall face first into some of the funniest scenarios. I literally didn't put this book down. I laughed out loud a lot and shook my head a lot more. I absolutely love the characters. I look forward to reading the next book. I am a huge fan of Gemma ...more
Lisa Kay
Jan 29, 2015 Lisa Kay rated it liked it
So so read. As I noted on other books in the series, the character Maddie is quite shallow and simple, I wish there were more to her...and the sexual content...ugh not needed. My daughters would probably get a kick out of this series if it were not for the adult content, it appeals to young women with the fashion bits and trendy silliness but then has the adult content so there is some conflict in the demographic it appeals to. The storyline itself is quite interesting, I just did not feel like ...more
Apr 13, 2012 Shannon rated it liked it
Cute book. hmm Felix I would not mind seeing what could happen there?????
Mar 19, 2012 Brittiany rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Maddie finds herself on the set of one of her favorite tv shows when she gets her boyfriend "demoted" to security detail for one of its stars. She's on a mission to help him solve the murders that are racking up on set. Somewhere in the mix though she ends up with her own stalker who runs her out of her own home.

She shacks up with Ramirez for a night before they end up in one of their typical angry phases. She's hiding out from her stalker and her boyfriend when she finds herself at that rat rep
Dec 08, 2013 VaultOfBooks rated it it was ok
When you bring together the words such as ‘High Heels’ and ‘Undercover’, you are sure to stir up the curiosity of any fouteen year old girl. The PG-13 version of Lara Croft is enough to make fans of chick-lit giddy with memories of their favourite childhood writer Meg Cabot. This story is like that; essentially targeted for pre-teens and Disney-flick-worshippers.

In some aspects (the typical chick-lit ones) things happen the way they are always supposed to be. A clumsy but warm-hearted, wide-eyed
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Oct 23, 2013 b00k r3vi3ws rated it liked it
Maddie Springer gets herself involved in the production of her favourite TV show – Magnolia Lane while her ‘partner’ Ramirez gets the job of keeping an eye on one of the lead actors because of stalkers and threats made. But Maddie being Maddie, undercover part of it doesn’t really work out well and things fall apart all around. She gets kidnapped and guns shoved into her face while there’s death on the sets and secrets being revealed all around. But Maddie may have gotten herself into something ...more
Ashley Gooding
May 17, 2011 Ashley Gooding rated it really liked it
Undercover in High Heels
Author: Gemma Halliday
Characters: 4 out of 5
Plot: 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5
Format: e-Book (on my Kindle)
Source: Purchased by Myself

Book 3 in the High Heels Series

Description: (Goodreads) As the new wardrobe assistant on the set of Magnolia Lane, TV's newest hit show, shoe designer Maddie Springer is in fashion heaven. But then a young starlet is found dead. Now it's up to Maddie to sift through a secretive leading lady, an actor on the verge of a nervous breakdown, a
Jan 17, 2015 Joan rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on
Ditto what i wrote about the first two that I bought with this one in a box set.

I bought a box set of three of these (3 novels plus a short story) real cheap on Amazon. What can you expect for $.99? I'm glad I didn't spend much money. The writing style was nerve-wracking. I know the character is supposed to be shallow and spacey, but the constant avoidance of verbs with the Junie B. Jones-esque "I did a little eye blink" or "he did a low whistle" or "I did a noncommital shrug" or "I did a sigh"
Nov 16, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing
This time, Maddie and company are on the set of TV’s hottest new show; Magnolia Lane (Hello, Desperate Housewives). A body of a rising star is found on the set and of course Maddie gets involved. But this time she does so in an attempt to make up with Rameriz whom she got demoted from Homicide Deceive to body guard.

Like the other High Heels Mysteries, Undercover In High Heels is a laugh out loud page turner in my opinion. It took me 2 days to zip through this hysterical mess of Maddies. I love h
Blood Rose Books
Mar 15, 2012 Blood Rose Books rated it liked it
This is the third book in the High Heels Series. The first book is Spying in High Heels and the second book is Killer in High Heels. While it is not completely essential that you read the other two books before this one, the build up of Maddie's life and relationships start, grow and blunder through the first two books and really they are just fun reads.

"Secret affairs, hunky gardeners, and housewives desperate enough to bare it all... welcome to Magnolia Lane, TV's hottest new prime time show."
Rebekah Martin
Aug 02, 2012 Rebekah Martin rated it liked it
Shelves: spy-books, chick-lit
I love how Hollywood likes to make fun of itself (just watch the Bones episode "The Suit on the Set"). Gemma Halliday knows this, and ran with it to make the LA in her High Heels novel.
"Undercover in High Heels" starts out with Maddie and Dana catching up on their "Desperate Housewives"-esque prime time soap. Setting the scene like that is always a good way to make the characters relatable. Who doeesn't watch TV with their friends.
After the Murder du Jour, Maddie and Dana get it into their heads
Nov 14, 2013 Janhvi rated it liked it
Shelves: review-book
We are back with Maddie and the whole gang in Killer in High Heels. This time the stakes are higher and things are even more personal. Maddie hasn't seen her father since he ran off to Las Vegas with a showgirl named Lola. So, she's shocked to hear him on her answering machine with gunshots in the background. Maddie can't help herself to help him.

Maddie was still her sweet junk food eating self in this one. When she hears her father, she wants to help him but knows that things are much more comp
Dee Hanna
Jan 28, 2014 Dee Hanna rated it liked it
This book was okay. A lil superficial but a quick funny read. I didnt realize this was part #3 of a series when I started reading it until it started referring to things that happened in the past. It's okay to read as a stand alone because nothing that happened in the previous 2 books make a difference in this book. No real romance and extrememly fictional because nothing in this story would really happen but in Hollywood you never really know. If you want a REALLY good book to read I wouldnt ne ...more
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Gemma had a hard time figuring out what she wanted to be when she grew up. She worked 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, before finally selling her first book, Spying in High Heels, in 2005 and deciding to be a writer.

Since then, Gemma has written several mystery novels
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Other Books in the Series

High Heels (9 books)
  • Spying in High Heels (High Heels, #1)
  • Killer in High Heels (High Heels, #2)
  • Alibi in High Heels (High Heels, #4)
  • Mayhem in High Heels (High Heels, #5)
  • Fearless in High Heels (High Heels, #6)
  • Danger in High Heels (High Heels, #7)
  • Homicide in High Heels (High Heels, #8)
  • Deadly in High Heels (High Heels, #9)

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