The Happy Hoofers Mystery series from Mary McHugh is on the blog today, the first I’ve read from this series. Apologies to the author and publisher for the seriously delayed review. Please read on for my review of
High Kicks, Hot Chocolate, and Homicides
Narrated by one of the “Hoofers”, this is a story told by Mary Louise (Weezie), as the ladies Tina, Janice, Pat, Gini, and Weezie have the chance to dance with THE Rockettes in New York City. So much fun here as these are a local group and live for dance, even if their other friends, husbands and family don’t understand it. Such is Weezie’s situation: her husband is one of those who doesn’t “get it”, but he’s going along with (not thrilled) with her next dancing gig. What’s got her even more excited is Mike, the doctor she met and still holds feelings for, and perhaps they can carve out time in New York, in between rehearsals and sucking up al the holiday cheer.
To be honest, this book reads like a road trip with some costumes for a group of ladies, all 50-something, who are just having as much fun off the stage as on. That is, in no way, a knock to the series: it was clever, perhaps predictable, but completely engaging as the narrator herself often sees her role as making us enjoy this girl’s trip away from household mundanity as possible.
Best chosen for those who aren’t all tied to the mystery in here, but happy to go along through endless shopping treks, meals, find some bargains in the city and watch as Weezie tries to sort out her life and affections between her husband and her love, Mike. Not having familiarity with earlier titles in this series, I don’t know if the revelation of the killer so quickly is the norm, or an aberration with all of the jolly-making here. Plenty of laughs, descriptions of New York in festive mode and a solid connection between the Hoofers themselves made this a fun, light read.
Title: High Kicks, Hot Chocolate, and Homicides
Author: Mary McHugh
Series: Happy Hoofers Mystery #5
Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery
Published by: Kensington
Published on: 27 September, 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Murder takes center stage . . .
It’s a Christmas miracle for the Happy Hoofers—Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise, and Gini. They’ve scored a gig at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall with the legendary Rockettes, complete with sexy Santa suits and microphones on their shoes. But when a dazzling diva of a dancer is found dead under the stage, there’s quite a lineup of suspects.
In between rehearsals and seasonal sightseeing—and the discovery of a multi-talented, multi-colored cat—the toe-tapping troupe has to sort out the intrigue before another victim kicks the bucket . . .
INCLUDES COOKING TIPS AND TASTY RECIPES
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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