Wednesday, September 05, 2007

A Perfect 10: UNDERCOVER IN HIGH HEELS by Gemma Halliday

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UNDERCOVER IN HIGH HEELS - Gemma Halliday
A Perfect 10
The High Heels Series0
- Book 3
Dorchester's Making It
ISBN: 978-0-8439-5834-8
September 2007
Romantic Mystery

Los Angeles, California - Present Day

What does one hunky cop, a pair of pink stilettos, and murder have in common? Los Angeles shoe designer Maddie Springer, who is knee deep into her latest caper with her boyfriend, bad-boy LAPD Homicide Detective Jack Ramirez, and her best friend, Dana. Jack's hot on Maddie's heels, trying to stop her from her own self-destruction. The pink stilettos are Maddie's exclusive design she created just for herself, and the murder? Ummmm...the murders are what Maddie has an uncanny knack of stumbling across in her day-to-day activities. Maddie's lost count of the number of times she's been shot at, chased by bad guys, and terrified out of her skin. But I'll back up my story just a bit so you can catch up: Today, Maddie is just trying to stay out of Jack's way, especially when he has murder on his mind -- hers. Last night, Jack was working the homicide division, and just doing his job. Today, he's been busted down to lowly bodyguard, and all thanks to Maddie.

Jack's demotion is courtesy of Maddie's interference -- again. It all started when Maddie followed him to a pick-up bar and interrupted his conversation with an informant, which was all going fine until the woman grabbed Maddie, took her hostage, and fled the bar, but not before producing a gun, shooting up the parking lot, and disappearing with a squeal of burnt rubber in a stolen car. Making matters worse, the paparazzi were on hand shooting pictures that made the next day's front page, which, of course, allowed Jack's superiors put two and two together and came up with Maddie. Right now, Jack wants her to stay as far away from him as possible.

Unfortunately for Jack, his new assignment is guarding popular soap opera actress Mia Carletto, the star of Maddie's favorite soap. And if you think Maddie can ignore that, then you're in for a surprise. After all, it is completely and totally her fault that Jack's cooling his heels protecting Mia when he should be investigating dead bodies, of which there is no shortage in the greater Los Angeles area. So, Maddie, in her attempt to help Jack, talks her way into a job as the new Wardrobe Assistant on the soap opera set of Magnolia Lane, taking aspiring actress Dana along with her. And you know that trouble always follows Maddie and Dana, but maybe just once, if Maddie plays her cards right, she'll be able to flush out the killer, and Jack will be back working homicide before he knows it. You think?

Welcome to Maddie Springer's third adventure in UNDERCOVER IN HIGH HEELS. The High Heels Series is amongst one of the best mystery series currently in publication. If you have not read these books, then you are really missing out on a fantastic experience, chock full of nail-biting adventure, plenty of hi-jinks, and hot, sizzling romance. Maddie and Jack have been dating for a while now, but every time their relationship reaches a romantic turning point, Jack's pager beeps and he's gone -- off too catch the bad guys. And Maddie, in her innovative attempts to help him, always invites trouble, though usually through no fault of her own (well, maybe just a little). But even though she'd like nothing better than cuddling up more often with Jack, she's not yet up to talking about real commitment, or moving in -- and neither is he.

UNDERCOVER IN HIGH HEELS comes fully equipped with a quirky cast that you just have to love. Maddie's best friend is Dana, part-time actress and part-time aerobics instructor; Maddie's stepfather Fernando (aka Ralph) owns an exclusive Beverly Hills salon where her mother Betty also works. And where Betty is, psychic Mrs. Rosenblatt is usually there too, along with gay fashionisto Marco, who now has a new assistant hanging around his reception desk, Pablo the parrot. And one of the most interesting and likeable characters is Felix Dunn, a sleazy reporter who has his secrets, but he's really a nice guy in disguise helping keep Maddie out of trouble.

SPYING IN HIGH HEELS (August 2006), and KILLER IN HIGH HEELS (March 2007) both precede UNDERCOVER IN HIGH HEELS, and even though each book stands totally alone, you don't want to miss out on any of them! The latest news is that The High Heels Series has just been optioned for a possible new television show on the USA network. Can it get any better than that? Only if you rush right out and get UNDERCOVER IN HIGH HEELS -- this novel is over the top and a Perfect 10!!!

Diana Risso

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