by Kasey Michaels
High Heels and Homicide
Kensington, December, 2005.
Paperback, 277 pages.
Mystery author Maggie Kelly has an unusual problem: two of her fictional characters have come to life and appear to have taken up permanent residence in her life (See, Maggie Needs an Alibi). The Viscount Saint Just solves murders in Maggie's bestselling historical mystery series, assisted by his butler and sidekick, Sterling Balder. Now Saint Just lives in Manhattan and is making quite a nice living as a male model going by the name Alex Blakely. Maggie, Saint Just and Sterling head to England where one of Maggie's Saint Just mysteries is being made into a feature film. The film is being shot on location at a country estate that is currently being flooded by a seemingly endless thunderstorm. Power outages, egotistical actors and an obnoxious producer are the least of Maggie's problems: dead bodies are starting to appear. It's up to Saint Just and Maggie to find a murderer and rescue the film.
High Heels and Homicide is a perfectly delightful story that works equally well as chick lit, a cozy mystery or a lighthearted urban fantasy. The dialogue sparkles as does the romantic tension between Maggie and her perfect hero (after all, she did create him to be irresistible to women). Ms. Michaels needles her readers by hinting that Saint Just will cease to exist if Maggie stops writing about him. Surely she couldn't be so cruel as to kill off the Perfect Hero? Devoted fans of this imaginative and very funny series would be sure to stage a revolt.
--Claire E. White
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This review was published in the December-January, 2006 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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