Gemma Halliday

Bookclub Guide

Whats the way to start a stellar book club meeting? With one of Maddies
favorite cocktails and a decadent brownie inspired by Maddies Starbucks
addiction. Then drink, discuss, eat, and enjoy!

Maddie's Fashionable Sleuth Cosmo
2 oz vodka
1 oz cointreau ( or triple sec)
1.5 oz cranberry juice
juice from one lime
lime slices

Rim the edge of your cocktail glasses in sugar. Pour all the ingredients into a shaker with lots of ice. Shake vigorously for several seconds, then strain into your cocktail glass. Garnish with the lime wedges and enjoy!

Designer Caramel Machiatto Brownies
(courtesy of Literary Chocolate by Rhonda Plumhoff)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter (at room temperature)
1/3 cup espresso coffee
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs (lightly beaten)
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup caramel pieces

Pre-heat over to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt, and set aside. In a large mixing bowl cream together sugar, butter, espresso, vanilla and eggs. Mix dry ingredients with butter mixture, blending well. Fold in chocolate chips and caramel pieces. Pour into ungreased 8"X8" baking pan. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven; allow to cool completely before serving. Yields 9 brownies

Discussion Questions

This book was written in first person. Why do you think the author chose this?
Maddie embraces her girliness but hates being called "just a girl". What are your thoughts on being feminine versus feminist? Is it possible to be both?
Shoes are a huge part of Maddie's life, and play a significant role in this story. What are your favorite pair of shoes? What are your dream shoes?
So many things in Maddie's life are "almost" - her career designing children's shoes instead of adult fashions, her boyfriend who is less than she imagined, her Faux Dad instead of a real father figure. How do you think this influences Maddie's choices throughout Spying in High Heels?
In Spying in High Heels Maddie finds out that her boyfriend has been hiding some unforgivable secrets from her. Who is the worst past boyfriend you've ever had?
Who would you like to see play the roles of Maddie and Ramirez in the television version?

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