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Spying in High Heels (High Heels #1)

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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 unexpect
Kindle Edition, UK, 481 pages
Published October 25th 2010 by Gemma Halliday (first published January 1st 2006)
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Sep 03, 2011 Julie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook
I would expect better writing and command of the English language from someone who has been the "recipient of numerous awards" (according to her website). There were times I had to stop and re-read a sentence to make sense of it, due to lack of punctuation. I had to stop counting the dangling participles and incomplete sentences, which were very distracting.

Aside from the language and writing errors, this book is a light beach read at best. By the time I hit the halfway mark in the book, I reall
Henry Le Nav
Dec 22, 2011 Henry Le Nav rated it liked it
Better than I thought it would be. The only thing I found is that being written in first person, the entire book is in valley girl speak, and the fashion angst (duh read the title) got to be a bit much. "This book is so not cranky old man." But in the author's defense I don't think that I would fall in her target demographic. Despite being permanently caught in a 90201 wannabe status, Maddie, the protagonist, does have a vein of morality and is a very smart young woman. Not normally my type read ...more
Suzie Quint
Dec 26, 2011 Suzie Quint rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

What I didn't like: First, all the endless details about what everyone is wearing every second of the day. Bor-ring. Second, the heroine spends the first half of the book unwilling to take an EPT test to know if she's pregnant or not (it starts to be funny in the second half of the book when she finally has the balls but keeps screwing up the test).

What I did like: The author's voice. That's what kept me reading. She's funny as a crutch. (I mean that in the best possible way.) And Ramir
Ok so this book was on my TBR shelf and was recommended to me as part of a book club. I got the book for free from Amazon and when I downloaded it, I didn't have high expectations for it but, when someone actually recommended it, I thought I would give it a fair chance. Welllllll....I did try to like it. The books opens with Maddie, the main character and shoe designer, going to meet her lawyer boyfriend. He cancels on her for lunch and then doesn't show up later. He disappears, a murder takes p ...more
Dec 09, 2011 Iris rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Although the heroine was at times very annoying and a complete ditz (gee, I'm getting shot at while pretending to be a hooker at a sleezy motel where to went to confront a murderer. But by all means let's see how much more danger I can get myself in to rather than just facing having to pee on a stick!), I still found myself enjoying this book. It was equal parts exasperating and hilarious. And after finishing it, I find myself strangely wanting to pick up the next book in the series just to see ...more
Jul 06, 2012 Stephanie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Needless to say, I've completely eliminated Gemma Halliday from my to-read lists. Geez, halfway through her book, I was dying to put it down. Unfortunately, my tendency to always finish a book forced me to somehow get through that.

I really don't even know where to start with this book. I like chick-lit, don't get me wrong, but that was SO chick-lit, it was just all fluff. I don't even know in how much time the book took place in. This woman lost all sense of time. And Ramirez's and Maddie's rel
Nov 13, 2012 Nicola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

Aw I loved this!! Easy, light and fun reading with the added bonus of a rather dashing love interest. This series should help keep me sane while I await Sophie Kinsella's next book. The styles are quite similar.

I made it halfway through and couldn't take any more. What was entertaining behavior from the teenage heroine of Deadly Cool was unbearably annoying in the adult heroine of this novel.

Also, if you've read Deadly Cool (which I have, and which is the reason I picked this one up) the story is almost exactly the same -- I had a little mental checklist going:

* vacuous but charming heroine who has a hard time facing reality and a fondness for junk food matched only by her disinterest in exercise

* b
Some days, you just need an escape and light reading that doesn't require you to devote too many brain cells to the story, and this would be the book for you.

It's not very well-written with many grammatical errors and typos and many of the situations aren't true to life, but it was funny and cute on a day that called for funny and cute. Much of what I read are dark, supernatural, or thrillers so this was a nice break.

It wasn't an edge of your seat, can't wait until the end thriller, but it did
Jan 11, 2011 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fluff book, brain candy, vacation read - call it what you will, I had a good time reading this book today, courtesy of Ellie's impromptu (to me) Read-a-thon. Like a blonder, California-er version of Stephanie Plum, Maddie Springer could be your typical girly-girl shoe designer with the handsome lawyer boyfriend and wacky best friend. Only her boyfriend disappers, she finds a couple of dead bodies and a hunky LAPD cop comes in asking questions and makes her re-think how wonderful her relationsh ...more
Jenn Brink
Sep 05, 2013 Jenn Brink rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
A fun read with a good plot. Nothing new & exciting but fun.

Author of The Jessica Hart Series
Apr 06, 2013 Keri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book for free on my iPad and, since I'm a sucker for chicklit and spies, I decided to give it a try.

Overall, the story is cute. Maddie is a fun main character. She portrays the usual "dumb blonde" stereotype, but in a similar, lovable way as Reese Witherspoon did in Legally Blonde. At times, her inability to think things through comes across as annoying and at times unbelievable, but I really wasn't expecting a realistic murder mystery when I started reading. The characters are all di
I learned about this series through the DailyCheapReads web site and although I didn't need to add any more books to my Kindle, I enjoy quick light-hearted mysteries (ala Stephanie Plum, Kinsey Milhone, etc.) and thought I'd give this a try. I checked the "Stop You're Killing Me" website to learn a little more about the series and the author and saw that "Spying" is the first in the High Heels series so I went ahead and clicked through.

While the story can stretch the imagination and one occasion
Jan 04, 2013 Ulises rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
One of the books I picked up on my new e-reader.

The book was entertaining for the most part, but it was hard getting to like the protagonist. Maddy is just too much of a ditz who, in stumbling along from accidental clue to accidental clue, seems to fulfill every dumb blonde stereotype in existence. I also don't like the book's portrayal of anyone who's not thin, blonde, or sexy.


Seriously...spoiler alert. Stop reading now if you don't want to know who did it.

Jul 26, 2013 DenaliViewer-2003 rated it did not like it
Boy, oh boy ... how I wish I were the type of person to put down a book once started. Really, I only give this book one-quarter of a star!

The book is filled with drivel! The author constantly used words and phrases like: Eek, Yuck, D'oh, mental smack of the forehead (a favorite), I sooo don't want to be a girly girl, I so didn't need to be thinking about bad cop and his six pack abs right now, I so needed a gallon of coffee, I so wanted to be the one to find Richard, I so blah-blah-blah blah-bl
Jan 19, 2013 Marla rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-library
I read this as part of a boxed set, Vol I books 1-3 plus a short story, but I don't see it on the goodreads list.

One of my co-worker's told me about the box set, it was on sale for only 99 cents for the four stories. She had finished the first one and thought it was like the Stephanie Plum books. She was right, it did remind me of the Plum books and I liked it. I liked that the mystery was solved kind of by accident. While the main character, Maddie, was busy thinking it was someone else, the re
Mar 19, 2011 Meg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Dec 26, 2008 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
This would be another chick-lit meets murder mystery except the main character, Maddie Springer, is so much fun. She's a fashionista and an upscale kids shoe designer. Her boyfriend disappears at the same time she's worried about whether she's pregnant or not. In addition, her lawyer boyfriend's client is caught cheating and embezzling millions and everyone assumes he did it. Maddie can't help but investigate, while attempting to dress what she thinks the part should look like. At one point she ...more
Jules (Never enough time to read)
In a lot of ways Spying in high heels probably doesn't deserve the full five stars, but I loved it. The story was good, Maddie was fun and for me it all just worked. It was a very easy read.

I will undoubtedly be reading more of the series in the very near future :)

Me and this book had chemistry and I love when that happens.
Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ}
Loved this as much ad her YA series! Going to definitely read the next one! (It's a good mix of silly fun and mystery)

Pros (Sorry being lazy today).

~ Humour - Halliday's works always have a lot of humour and that's what wins me over all the time, and why I had to read this whole thing in one short last night and not sleep until 3am (I started late lol).

~ Romance - I usually really despise a romance focussed plot and hence I will only read romance only every once in a while for a change, but hal
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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 ha
Iris Blobel
A friend gave me the book because she knew how much I like the Stephanie Plum series.

So this is more or less the same cliché – female character starts to investigate two murder because the suspect could be the father of her “perhaps” child; add a hunk of a cop, a great friend and voila ...

But, even though a nice story, it just hasn’t got the same touch not to mention the same class as the Plum books. AND I more or less had an idea of who the killer could be half way through the book.

It seemed t
Nov 10, 2013 Janhvi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-book
3.5 stars

Spying in High Heels was one of the cutest chick lit books I've read recently. The book is the story of Maddie, who is a shoe designer. She designs kiddie shoes and has an obsession with anything shoes. Maddie with a cast of really unique characters move the story forward.

I loved Maddie. She was sweet and funny. The way she thought made me laugh out loud many times. Many people think that Maddie is nothing but a five foot one inch dumb blonde with an obsession for high heels. I loved
Amrit Sinha
Oct 05, 2013 Amrit Sinha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What made me pick up this book?

First of all, the title – “Spying in High Heels” – sounds cool and different, like a female version of James Bond, spying and hunting down criminals, Charlie’s Angels type. Secondly, the tagline resonates of a promising plot “High Crime meets High Fashion”, something that reminded me of Sidney Sheldon books (I so loved them). Finally, the genre did it for me – Mystery Fictions, how I love reading them!

And am so glad I decided to give it a read.

‘cause it was the ver
I got this book for free probably a year ago and never bothered to read it. Now I know why it was free.

The book was poorly written. I've never seen so many grammatical errors in a book before. It drove me nuts! It was too predictable and I'm tired of the stereotypical ditzy girl who finds herself in all these problems because she's just too ditzy. I felt no sympathy for the main character, Maddie, at any point throughout the book, no matter how bad things were for her. She did it to herself.

Heather Bokon
All I can say about this one is that it was ok. Maddie, our heroine, came across as immature, spoiled, and just ditzy most of the time. I don't really understand the decision to continually put herself in danger for a man who increasingly obviously not who she thought he was. And the ridiculous experiences she had trying to take the pregnancy test (for the entire book!!!) really stretched my patience. We've all had to take them at one point or another. It just isn't that difficult.
And I was pret
Ok, first I will say that if you are looking for a highly dramatic, intense, "Hunger Games" kind of book, then stay far far away from this book!! There's not an ounce of seriousness or stress anywhere in this story! It is, however a light, easy and very fun read. I found myself almost embarrassing myself by laughing out loud while sitting in Starbucks or B&N when I was reading it. I just couldn't help it, though!! The book was written with the type of humor that was very easy to visualize wh ...more
Aug 04, 2011 Mikaela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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,
Carole Anderson
May 19, 2014 Carole Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book which was a new author for me! The authors writing style was so enjoyable and I laughed out loud many times! If you're a fan of Janet Evanovich, you'll like this book/author. I highly recommend it!
Wendy Soliman
Jan 30, 2013 Wendy Soliman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
A great discovery. What an entertaining read! Witty, fast moving, laugh-aloud stuff. Chic lit meets thriller. A great insight into the 'plastic' existence, (literally!), of some people in LA. Okay, as far as the author is concerned, most people! Add a hunky detective, a deranged mother,a stick thin best friend and boyfriend lawyer accused of embezzlement and murder and you're in for a great ride. Maddy tries to tell the detective that her missing boyfriend wouldn't murder anyone. He's a lawyer. ...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)
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  • Undercover in High Heels (High Heels, #3)
  • Alibi in High Heels (High Heels, #4)
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