I honestly don’t know where to begin. It’s clear to me, now that I’ve read her first book in the High Heels series, why Gemma Halliday has raked in numerous awards and extensive praise for this series as well as her others.
She crafted the perfect cocktail of romance, suspense, mystery, and humor. The characters are eccentric, yet relatable. And if you don’t necessarily relate, you secretly envy them. Somehow, Gemma has managed to write this story in such a realistic way, you honestly start to imagine yourself as Maddie Springer while you read, and trust me – there are worse positions to be in. (I’ll take a Ramirez over a Richard any day of the week).
This genre (Cozy Mysteries) is pretty new to me. Not the mystery aspect, or the crime, but the humor. I actually laughed out loud while reading, something that happens far too little with books I typically read. (There are rarely funny moments in a Grisham novel or Longmire story.) But as I browsed Amazon one day, while quarantining, I made the decision to step out of my comfort zone and try something new. I am SO glad I did! I finished this book yesterday and have bought the boxed set of the rest of the series. Cozy Mysteries are my absolute favorite new genre! This is pretty exciting, to me at least, because it has reinvigorated my desire to read.
If you haven’t tried any of Gemma Halliday’s series yet you are seriously missing out. A Kindle version is $4.00 so if you decide it’s not for you, it didn’t cost a fortune. But! It might also be the best investment you make in yourself this year. Give it a try. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.