Wednesday, November 13, 2019


When Maddie Springer—shoe designer turned amateur sleuth—tags along with her mother to the Antiques Extravaganza road show, the last thing she expects to have to do is pull her mom off of a celebrity appraiser after he calls her prized antique hatpin a phony. But things go from harried to homicide when the same appraiser is found dead just moments later—killed by Mom’s hatpin!

Now not even Maddie’s husband, LAPD Detective Jack Ramirez, can save Mom as the force’s two most bumbling detectives are assigned to the case. As if Maddie doesn’t have enough on her plate, her best friends, Dana and Marco, enlist her help to plan the most over-the-top Hollywood surprise party ever for Dana’s fiancĂ© (who has a little surprise of his own up his sleeve), Maddie’s adorable twin toddlers are always up to no good, and the only thing that can calm her fashion-challenged and suddenly-a-suspect mom down are aura cleansing from her favorite Venice Beach psychic, Mrs. Rosenblatt. Whether they help or hurt, Maddie’s friends assist her in wading through a slew of murder suspects—none of whom are telling the truth and all of whom have ample motive to want the appraiser dead. Was it the frigid business partner with questionable ethics? The clown-collecting fan-turned-stalker? The auction house owner with a grudge? Or was the appraiser’s real business something much more sinister than his TV personality let on…and much more deadly?

Maddie and her eccentric gang of unlikely sleuths are under the gun to find out before the real killer strikes again…and Mom takes the fall!

Book Details:

Title: Suspect in High Heels

Author: Gemma Halliday

Genre: mystery

Series: High Heels Mysteries, book 10

Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing (October 1, 2019)

Print length: 200 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours


Q: If you could live in any time period which would it be?
A: Has to be current! Women have had it not so hot throughout most of history, so while I'd love to visit some past time periods, I don't think I'd want to stay.

Q: If you could time travel for an infinite period of time, where would you go? 

A: I've always been kind of obsessed with the Victorian era. 

Q: If you could be anything besides a writer, what would it be? 

A: Movie producer... this was the career I was pursuing when life intervened and I changed course to writing books.

Q: If you had to do community service (or already do volunteer work), what would you choose?
A: Anything with kids.

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where in the world would it be? 

A: Probably right where I am! I love sunny California. 


5 things you need in order to write: 

    •    coffee
    •    laptop
    •    detailed outline
    •    snacks
    •    sometimes wine

5 things you love about writing: 

    •    I get to totally make stuff up and no one gets mad

    •    I can (and often do) work in my pajamas
I can work anywhere from Starbucks to the beach
    •    the research is always interesting

    •    there's always something new to explore

5 things you never want to run out of:  

    •    coffee

    •    paper

    •    wine

    •    cookies

    •    books

5 things you always put in your books: 
    •    humor
    •    Romance
    •    dead bodies
    •    suspense
    •    fashion

5 favorite places you’ve been:
    •    Lake Tahoe (I set my Tahoe Tessie books there)
    •    Los Angeles (where my High Heels Mysteries, Jamie Bond Mysteries, and Hollywood Headlines Mysteries are set)
    •    San Francisco (where my Martha Hudson Mysteries are set)
    •    California's wine country (where my Wine & Dine Mysteries are set)
    •    my hometown in the Silicon Valley (where my young adult series Deadly Cool Mysteries is set)


Q: What’s your all-time favorite place?

A: Disneyland.

Q: What’s your all-time favorite movie?

A: White Christmas.

Q: What’s your all-time favorite author? 

A: Agatha Christie.

Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve? 

A: Misuse of the word literally.

Q: What’s your favorite meal? 

A: Anything Mexican!

What’s your latest recommendation for:

Food: I'm really into Chipotle's guacamole . . . on anything!
Music: My car is set to the 1940's music channel. Bob Crosby is my jam.
Book: Anything by Leslie Langtry is sure to be a funny read!
TV: just binged watched all 9 season of The Office with my kids. They loved it!

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

Gemma’s path toward becoming a bestselling author was not a straight line—more like a zigzagging path filled with obstacles! Prior to putting pen to paper, she worked as a film and television actress, a teddy bear importer, a department store administrator, an architect’s assistant, a preschool teacher, a temporary tattoo artist, and a 900 number psychic. Luckily none of these panned out.

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