23 October, 2013

#BookReview :: Killer in High Heels (High Heels Mysteries #2) by Gemma Halliday

L.A. shoe designer Maddie Springer hasn't seen her father since he reportedly ran off to Las Vegas with a showgirl named Lola. So she's shocked when he leaves a desperate plea for help on her answering machine - ending in a loud bang. Gunshot? Car backfire? Never one to leave her curiosity unsatisfied, Maddie straps on her stilettos and, along with her trigger-happy best friend, makes tracks for Sin City in search of her MIA dad. Maddie hits the jackpot, all right. She finds not only her dad, but also a handful of aging drag queens, an organized crime ring smuggling fake Prada pumps, and one relentless killer. Plus, it seems the LAPD's sexiest cop is doing a little Vegas moonlighting of his own. In a town where odds are everything, Maddie bets it all on her ability to out-step a vicious murderer. She just hopes her gamble pays off... before her own luck runs out.

Maddie Springer is back and so is her dad who had run off to Vegas with a showgirl.

Maddie is left in shock when her always absent dad leaves her a message that ends with what sounds like a gunshot. Irrespective of her misgivings, she takes on a trip to Vegas with her friends in tow to make sure that her father is fine. But Vegas has a lot more in store for her than she could ever imagine – Knockoff shoes, a stalking reporter, the mafia and yes, Ramirez!

I know that Maddie isn’t a professional detective, but just gets into situations, and I don’t expect her to solve a case like Poirot or Sherlock or even Miss.Marple. But she gets on my nerve at times when is too thick to pick up on the clues that practically screamingly stands out right in front of her - like Dobby in his bright mismatched socks would in the muggle world! But then again she turns into this sweet and heart-warming character with her antiques and you can’t help but like her. And Ramirez’s job description is a bit overboard! I loved Marco in this book. The plot has quite a few holes in it. But the author makes up for most of it with her quirky sense of humour that is infused in her style of writing. Not much has changed in terms of character or plot from book one and I am starting to feel that this series is not meant for hardcore mystery fanatics.

However, it passes off as a light fun read as long as you don’t pick it up as a mystery genre book.

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