Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Flamenco, Flan, and Fatalities by Mary McHugh | Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway

The author of Chorus Lines, Caviar and Corpses is back with another Happy Hoofers Mystery! 

The Blurb

Murder is nothing to tap at. . .

The high-kicking Happy Hoofers — Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise, and Gini — have been booked to flaunt their fabulous flamenco footwork on a luxury train ride through northern Spain. But when a blowhard talk show host is found deader than four-day-old flan — with Gini as suspect numero uno — the feisty friends waste no time stepping into their sleuthing shoes to protect one of their own.

The dynamite dancers will have to step up their game before a clever killer brings the curtain down on one of them . . . for good!

Includes Photo Tips And Tasty Recipes!

Flamenco, Flan, and Fatalities by Mary McHugh
Series: A Happy Hoofers Mystery, #2
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Kensington
Publication Date: February 24, 2015
Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-10: 161773361X
ISBN-13: 978-1617733611
E-Book File Size: 1431 KB

The Review

I just finished reading a really good book, y'all! Let me tell you a little about it.

Flamenco, Flan, and Fatalities, a cozy mystery by Mary McHugh, is the second book in her Happy Hoofers series. The series is about five friends who form a tap-dancing group — at first, just as a fun way to exercise. Their group, the Happy Hoofers, has become so good that they have been hired to entertain travelers on a cruise through Russia (Book 1) and now on a train tour of Spain. What a great way to see the sights! (Well, except for the murders that they seem to attract on their trips. Is Jessica Fletcher one of the Happy Hoofers?)

The Happy Hoofers consist of Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise, and Gini. Each book is narrated by a different woman. Gini narrates Flamenco, Flan, and Fatalities, and gives photo tips, since she is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. 

Oh, and by the way — the Happy Hoofers are all in their 50s. They seem to be taking George Burns' advice to heart:  “You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old.” The women are quite likable, and are described very realistically. 

Mary Louise loves to cook, and she's the one responsible for the recipes in the Happy Hoofer books. The meals included in the group's tour packages are always fabulous (well, almost always — see Book 1 for the exception!) and Mary Louise asks the chefs for recipes, so she can prepare the same dishes at home. Thanks, Mary Louise! I haven't tried any yet, but they are all very tempting.

I liked reading about the camaraderie of the five friends, and their sightseeing in Spain, just as much as trying to figure out whodunit. I had my suspicions about a certain character, who did turn out to be the murderer. This in no way spoiled my enjoyment of the book. In fact, the identity of the murderer becomes known to our heroines — they just can't prove it at first. This was an unusual plot twist, one which I enjoyed.

The final chapter consists of a summation of the Hoofers' activities after their train trip, concluding with
...when she [Tina] got an offer for us to dance on the Bateau Mouche, she couldn't resist. Vive la France!
I changed my mind about ....
Want to come along?
I like this teaser for the next book, so that I know what to look forward to!

And speaking of the next book, Cancans, Croissants, and Caskets will be published in August 2015, and is available now for pre-order at Amazon

Flamenco, Flan, and Fatalities is a lot of fun, a great read that has earned Four Kitties! I really enjoyed it, and recommend Flamenco, Flan, and Fatalities to Cozy Mystery fans — armchair travelers, especially, will enjoy touring northern Spain on a luxury train with the Happy Hoofers. 


Note:  I  received a complimentary copy of Flamenco, Flan, and Fatalities 
from the publisher and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest opinion of the book.

The Author

About Mary McHugh

Mary McHugh graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, with a B.A. in English Literature and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. She is the author of nineteen nonfiction books and two novels. 

She was a contributing editor for Cosmopolitan, an articles editor at Woman’s World, Travel Holiday, and Bridal Guide, and has written articles for The New York Times, Good Housekeeping and Family Circle.

She loves to tap dance and to travel — two passions that inspired her to write the Happy Hoofers series.

She lives in the New York area. 

The Giveaway

Mary will award a print copy of Flamenco, Flan, and Fatalities to FIVE (5) randomly drawn winners 
via rafflecopter during the tour.

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