Deceit in High Heels

· High Heels Mysteries Book 13 · Gemma Halliday Publishing
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#1 Amazon, New York Times & USA Today Bestselling series!

A dead psychic, a cold case, and a pair of Hollywood's hottest stars have one fashion designer stepping out of her heels and onto the case!

Fashion designer Maddie Springer has always been close to her best friend, Dana. So when Dana's celebrity husband Ricky is chosen for a reading on the Hollywood Psychic TV show, Maddie's thrilled to be at the taping! That is, until the over-the-top psychic, Moira DeVine, suddenly suggests that the accidental death of Ricky's mother years ago was actually murder and promises to name the culprit... right before she herself collapses, dying in front of the viewing audience!

While Maddie has her doubts about whether DeVine was really getting messages from the other side or just acting the part, one thing is for sure—she's not acting dead. And the coincidental timing has Maddie wondering if the two deaths decades apart are related. Could a killer actually have been worried that DeVine had uncovered their crime? With the help of her eccentric family and friends, Maddie digs into the cold case that hits perilously close to home, uncovering secret love affairs, con artists, missing money, and even ties to the mob! Between the suburban secrets from years ago and the shady practices of the recently deceased so-called psychic, Maddie has no shortage of suspects. But is she looking for one killer or two? Where are they hiding now? And can Maddie get to the truth before they strike again...and she finds herself designing shoes from the other side?

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

#12 Jeopardy in High Heels

#13 Deceit in High Heels

What critics are saying:

"Ms. Halliday is the undisputed queen of the genre: she knows how to blend fashion, suspense, laughter, and romance in all the right doses."

~ Fresh Fiction


"A saucy combination of romance and suspense that is simply irresistible."

~ Chicago Tribune

"Stylish... nonstop action...guaranteed to keep chick lit and mystery fans happy!"

~ Publishers’ Weekly, *starred review*

"Maddie Springer is like a cross between Paris Hilton and Stephanie Plum, only better. The dialogue is snappy and the suspense beautifully interwoven with Ms. Halliday's unique humor. This is one HIGH HEEL you'll want to try on again and again."

~ Romance Junkies

Rating: This story does not contain any graphic violence, language, or sexual encounters. Its rating would be similar to PG-13 or what you would find on a Hallmark Channel movie or TV series.

Ratings and reviews

3 reviews
Kirsten Huskić
December 5, 2021
A new Maddie story! This one was a more personal one, with a death occurring under suspicious circumstances in Dana and Ricky's house. Psychic to the stars, Moira DeVine, was moments away from spilling a buried secret when she suddenly died. Her words unravel poor Ricky's family and everything he knew about his life. Maddie and her usual crew of helpers/investigators - her mother, Mrs. Rosenblatt and Marco - set out to help solve this mystery for Ricky, much to Ramirez's dismay. This story had many suspects and twists, and though I am usually pretty good at predicting who the bad guy is, this one had me stumped! So many people had motives, so it was fun to discover who it actually was. An interesting and entertaining read.
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Bernadette Cinkoske
December 9, 2021
Deceit in High Heels is the latest mystery in a series I first discovered in 2012. I love Maddie, her family and friends. The stories are zany, funny and very perplexing. They just keep getting better. This book adds a fake psychic, an untrained monkey, the mob and more to the mix. I didn't put it down until I got to the very surprise ending that, once again, I did not see coming. I cannot say enough good things about this series.
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Ashley Wilson
May 13, 2024
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About the author

Gemma Halliday is the #1 Amazon, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of several mystery series. Gemma's books have received numerous awards, including a Golden Heart, two National Reader's Choice awards, three RITA nominations, a RONE award for best mystery, and two Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Awards for best cozy mystery and readers' choice. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her large, loud, and loving family.

To learn more about Gemma, visit her online at

From her first discovery of Nancy Drew, USA Today bestselling author Kelly Rey has had a lifelong love for mystery and tales of things that go bump in the night, especially those with a twist of humor. Through many years of working in the court reporting and closed captioning fields, writing has remained a constant. If she's not in front of a keyboard, she can be found reading, working out or avoiding housework. She's a member of Sisters in Crime and lives in the Northeast with her husband and a menagerie of very spoiled pets.

Kelly Rey is the author of the Jamie Winters Mysteries, as well as the co-author of the Sherlock Holmes/Marty Hudson Mysteries.

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