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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.

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Chick flick - not for men

Being a middle aged man I have difficulties in understanding the main character in her mascara deliberations and love for Prada aso. But then again - I am not supposed to.
Caroline Schaffer narrates perfectly well the emptybrained blonde.
With all that said, the story is well put together.
So if you're into fashion, female and in your twenties this just might be the perfect book for you.

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  • Alex
  • Canada
  • 09-10-12

LOL

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.

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Old story of being knocked up, not funny, silly, not even beach book

Silly, makes women seem stupid, not funny, Makes women sounds incompetent idiots can’t think of any positivity or redeeming. Qualities

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Quirky and funny

Enjoyed it, sort of. Maybe not enough to spend money on another, however. Too many better authors out there to waste money on only mediocre.

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Very Cute and Fun

Where does Spying in High Heels rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Look there's no major meaning of life here in this book. It's just a fun escape and fun read (listen). So ranking it among other books isn't fair as that is not the point of this book. As far as ranking it with other beachy, nice, cozy mysteries? Well then this book is great at the top of the list in the genre. It is what it is. When you want a fun escape with a wild ride this is your book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Spying in High Heels?

Ramirez...everything Ramirez and especially his family.

Which scene was your favorite?

Ramirez family.

Who was the most memorable character of Spying in High Heels and why?

Ramirez...he's the sexy bad-boy cop...need I say more?

Any additional comments?

Nothing disturbing in this book. You won't cry or be sad from this. You will only come away entertained and with a few great laughs. The characters are all very fun. I love them all.

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lots of fun

You'll think you know who did it, you'll think you've got it figured out before the main character, but you don't. Although I sometimes found Maddie cowardly and acting younger than her stated age she was a fun character. The situations were often laugh out loud funny.

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I could listen to this over and over!

this is a series I plan to continue. I loved every minute of it and the narration

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  • Lobi3553
  • los angeles, ca United States
  • 09-20-16

Very shallow story. Disappointing

What would have made Spying in High Heels better?

A better development of the characters. Their description is too shallow. Plus the story is very predictable.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something more substantial by a better writer.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Nice voice. Not amazing but nice.

What character would you cut from Spying in High Heels?

the characters are fine, just not developed and very predictable.

Any additional comments?

Overall it was a boring story. You could see how it would end from page 1, you could see the love story to be, right off the bat. No thriller, no mystery.

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Dismal

I express how disappointed I was in this. Normally I like chick-lit for the Girl Power portion of it and that was completely absent. The protagonist is useless at her job, relationships, the investigation she takes on and even fails at taking a pregnancy test. I was actively rooting against her as she judges other women to the resolution of the "plot." If you're looking for some uplifting light listening stay away.

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Entertaining and Fun

I'm a firm believer in ratings should reflect the genre and overall experience when listening to a book. People pick chick flick mysteries and expect serious stories, dumb. This story is fun, sweet, calamity Jane in heels story. I honestly thought I knew the murderer, but was wrong. It wasn't heavy on romance, but maybe further into the series will pick up.

Narration was good, but I hated the Russian voices and not the best male voices. Still a solid narrative.

I'd recommend this if your in the mood for a fun entertaining mystery.