On the blog today, is the tenth book in Gemma Halliday’s High Heels Mystery series, “Suspect in High Heels”. My review is just below. Don’t forget to scroll down to the tour section to click the big red button for your chance to win an Amazon gift card and check out the various tour stops for a chance to win a digital copy of “Spying in High Heels”, book 1 in the series.
When Maddie Springer’s mom has a run-in with a condescending antique appraiser who later turns up dead, Maddie and her friends go into super sleuth mode to track down the real killer and remove suspicion from her mom.
This was an entertaining, fun, and witty read. Coming into a series for the first time at book 10, one would think that the backstory would be hard to follow. Instead, I found a group of crazy family and friends that didn’t leave me out of their shared history. I enjoy a cozy that spends as much time on the story unfolding around the characters as it does on the impending mystery. Maddie and her zany gang are refreshing and fun and remarkably readable.
About halfway through, I guessed why the murder happened, but there were just too many great suspects to figure out who actually dunnit, not that I didn’t have good theories for most of them. The book kept me reading until the very end. I can see I am going to have to scratch the itch for more story with these characters by going back to the beginning and catching up on the series.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
About The Book:
Suspect in High Heels (High Heels Mysteries book 10) by Gemma Halliday
When Maddie Springer—shoe designer turned amateur sleuth—tags along with her mother to the Antiques Extravaganza roadshow, the last thing she expects to have to do is pull her mom off of a celebrity appraiser after he calls her prized antique hatpin a phony. But things go from harried to homicide when the same appraiser is found dead just moments later—killed by Mom’s hatpin!
Now not even Maddie’s husband, LAPD Detective Jack Ramirez, can save Mom as the force’s two most bumbling detectives are assigned to the case. As if Maddie doesn’t have enough on her plate, her best friends, Dana and Marco, enlist her help to plan the most over-the-top Hollywood surprise party ever for Dana’s fiancé (who has a little surprise of his own up his sleeve), Maddie’s adorable twin toddlers are always up to no good, and the only thing that can calm her fashion-challenged and suddenly-a-suspect mom down are aura cleansing from her favorite Venice Beach psychic, Mrs. Rosenblatt. Whether they help or hurt, Maddie’s friends assist her in wading through a slew of murder suspects—none of whom are telling the truth and all of whom have ample motive to want the appraiser dead. Was it the frigid business partner with questionable ethics? The clown-collecting fan-turned-stalker? The auction house owner with a grudge? Or was the appraiser’s real business something much more sinister than his TV personality let on…and much more deadly?
Maddie and her eccentric gang of unlikely sleuths are under the gun to find out before the real killer strikes again…and Mom takes the fall!
About The Author:
Gemma Halliday is the #1 Amazon, New York Times, and USA Today bestselling author of several cozy mystery and suspense thriller novels. Gemma’s books have received numerous awards, including a Golden Heart, two National Reader’s Choice awards, a RONE award for best mystery, and three RITA nominations. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her large, loud, and loving family.
Gemma’s path toward becoming a bestselling author was not a straight line—more like a zigzagging path filled with obstacles! Prior to putting pen to paper, she worked as a film and television actress, a teddy bear importer, a department store administrator, an architect’s assistant, a preschool teacher, a temporary tattoo artist, and a 900 number psychic. Luckily none of these panned out.
The High Heels Mysteries:
#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 (novella)
#5.75 Sweetheart in High Heels (short story)
#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 – coming soon!
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