Gemma Halliday is another Cozy Mystery staple. According to the author’s bio, Gemma had a hard time figuring out what she wanted to be when she grew up. She worked as a film and television actress, a teddy bear importer, a department store administrator, a preschool teacher, a temporary tattoo artist, and a 900 number psychic, before finally deciding to be a writer. Since then, Gemma has written several mystery novels and been the recipient of numerous awards, including two National Reader’s Choice awards and three RITA nominations. Her books have hit both the USA Today and the New York Times Bestseller lists.
The first of her books that I read was Spying in High Heels from the High Heels Mysteries. This series brings us the delightful Maddie Springer, who has been described as a more stylish west coast version of Stephanie Plum. Maddie is a shoe designer who lives for fashion. Her life takes an unexpected turn when she stumbles over a dead body and realizes her boyfriend is missing with a ‘minor’ $20 million in embezzled funds. At least she meets the handsome detective Jack Ramirez as a result. There are 9 books in this hilarious, stylish series.
My other favourite series from Gemma Halliday would be the Jamie Bond Mysteries. This series is co-written with Jennifer Fischetto. Jamie’s father is a James Bond fanatic and named his only child (a girl) James. She prefers to go by Jamie… surprise. Jamie is a former cover model who changes careers to take over the family business, after her father is injured. The Bond Agency is a well-patronised P.I. firm located in Los Angeles that specializes in domestic espionage (catching cheating husbands). Jamie teams up with other former models to bring philandering husbands to justice. In the first novel, the husband of Jamie’s client ends up dead and Jamie is set up to take the fall for it. The Bond Agency must work together to help her pull through. There are six books in this series.
Other series by Gemma Halliday include the Hollywood Headlines Mysteries and the Deadly Cool young adult mysteries.
Have you read any of these as yet? What did you think about them?