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 unexpected turn from Manolos to murder. And things only get worse when her boyfriend disappears - along with $20 million in embezzled funds - and her every move is suddenly under scrutiny by the LAPD's sexiest cop. With the help of her post-menopausal bridezilla of a mother, a 300-pound psychic and one seriously oversexed best friend, Maddie finds herself stepping out of her stilettos and onto the trail of a murderer. But can she catch a killer before the killer catches up to her?
©2010 Gemma Halliday (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Very humorous story about an average girl who finds herself thrown into a who dunnit mystery, while she is trying to prove her boyfriend is innocent. It is similar to a Stephanie Plum mystery, where all the bad things happen to Maddie and she is the only one on the right trail. The wittiness of the characters is fun to read and the story moves along at a great pace..... I am going to purchase the next book today.
I purchased this book based off one of Audible's monthly recommendations. I have never heard of Gemma Halliday or the Spying series so I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into; however, it was a good read. Nothing too heavy. When you think of the typical mystery/thriller book, it is a heavy read but this was hilarious! Maddie is such a character! I mean, she was investigating a murder, trying to clear the name of her boyfriend (who she finds out has a shady history of his own), all while struggling with the possibility that she is pregnant! Come on...who can manage all of that while being pregnant??! You know it HAS to be funny! I don't know if I will read any more books in this series but it was a nice change to some of the more serious fiction that I normally read.
Once was enough, cute, but not a lot of depth.
No, first one. Probably try another one in the future.
neutral, didn't dislike, not overly enthused.
woman bumbles her way through a mystery
If you're looking for a cute, light, story with an amateur detective, try it.
Is it the best book ever? No, but its not meant to be. It is a cheerful, fun listen and I am very glad they put it and 3 more on Audible. Bring more like it!
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
Maddie, an almost 30 year old shoe designer, has more strange things happen to her than any other main character I've ever read. The author has developed her into a real ditzy stereotypical blond who doesn't really know what she wants. Though at times she lets the character show some depth, mostly Maddie stumbles thru life making mistake after mistake. Theres no way this is real life romance or frame..it's slapstick comedy and totally light listening-nothing else.
I bought these for my thirty something daughter who enjoys this kind of writing a lot more than I do-though I listened to the first 2 books in the series I'm not sure I'm good for any more.
I gave this a 3 star for Story and for Overall and 4 for performance because I think Caroline Shaffer does very well with accents and bringing out the strange personalities of Maddie and the secondary characters. They are a totally strange group-from Mom to Maddies friends to Moms friends. The main romantic character, Ramirez, is written fairly cardboardy-with all the overblown characters personalities I don't understand how Ramirez can be such a Joe Friday kind of cop.
Ah well...daughter enjoyed them and she bought them (we share an audible account).
Could be that if you like classic books, or literary writing you won't be able to take much of Maddie. If you like snappy dialog and bazaar plot lines Maddies antics are right up your line. In any case, a real chick lit. book. Guys would likely go crazy with this plot line.
To each her own.
This is a very light hearted cozy mystery. Maddie Springer has ceated a ditzy and silly heroine in Maddie Springer. Maddie stumbles through the mystery making silly assumptions and decisions. There was too much emphasis on her personal life. At the end Maddie does manage to figure things out.
At first, I considered stopping at chapter 3 or 4 because I found Maddie’s decisions and behaviour embarrassing – those of a stereotypical dumb blonde. However, Maddie is self aware enough to know of her foibles & that makes them easier - so I ploughed on. I am glad I did; parts of this story are so funny, I laughed until I was nearly crying. This degree of enjoyment from a book doesn’t occur very often. For this reason alone, I would recommend the book.
Luckily the book has more to recommend it than just humour. Characters have their idiosyncrasies that make them enjoyable to get to know. Dana makes a great best friend. Jack is character who is both a no-nonsense – ‘stay away & let the cops do their job’ cop and a good guy with some social skills that allow him to be sympathetic to the chaos Maddie stirs up.
I will be trying book 2 in the series to see if the author is able to include this degree of humour in Maddie’s next adventure.
Maddie is, like, so totally awesome! How can you help but love a girl who won't take "no" for an answer, loves to shop at Macy's and Neiman's and is mad about shoes? I have to commute to work and listen to books while I'm driving. This series has made my time in the car so much more fun!
I plan on listening to the whole series. I really like the protagonist. She is not a whiner or helpless.She manages to try to work out her jams herself but is smart enough to know that she is in over her head. A little like Stephanie Plum I found myself laughing out loud.
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