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High Kicks, Hot Chocolate, and Homicides (A Happy Hoofers Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – September 27, 2016
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About the Author
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 the first four books in the Happy Hoofers series—Chorus Lines, Caviar, Corpses; and Flamenco, Flan, and Fatalities; Cancans, Croissants, and Caskets, and Bossa Novas, Bikinis, and Bad Ends; nineteen nonfiction books; and two other 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. Visit her at www.marymchugh.org.
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In High Kicks, Hot Chocolate, and Homicides, Mary Louise, affectionately known as "Weezie," is telling the story. The hoofers are excited to be dancing in New York City with the very talented Rockettes! It is an honor for them to be participating in the very popular Christmas show and even though they know it will be hard work, they are determined to join the holiday fun.
Mary Louise knows her husband doesn't really understand her love of dancing and after some rather abrupt conversations, Weezie and her husband come to an agreement. What makes this even more difficult is that Weezie is still in love with Mike, the doctor she met at one of her dance jobs.
Spending time with Mike is a plus for her and the excitement with dancing with the Rockettes has everyone in a festive mood.
Unfortunately there are a series of deaths happening and someone is eager to bump off the Rockettes, one by one.
Before long, Mary Louise finds herself in danger and hopes she can dance her way out of becoming the next victim.
Filled with laughs and and delicious recipes, this book will have you longing for the holidays.
All five friends, Mary Louise, Tina, Janice, Gini, and Pat are excited to dance with the Rockettes, and must travel to New York to practice and exercise daily. The new director, Marlowe, is negative and obviously against the Hoofers dancing with them. She prides herself in making it difficult for the friends to compete. Besides trying to solve the murder, all five friends have things going on in their personal lives. As in most mysteries, the main characters are generally endangered, and these amateur sleuths, especially Mary Louise, just may be the next target.
Since this is a cozy, there is no graphic sex, violence, or language, but that doesn’t prevent suspense from building. The novel is lighthearted and fun, yet serious enough to keep readers interest. Even though the dancing takes center stage, this can also be considered a culinary mystery, and there are some mouthwatering recipes to cook at the end.
Although the book is well-written, the story-line isn’t particularly viable, and the murderer’s identity isn’t hard to guess. However, there are enough twists, turns, and surprises to keep readers wondering if they got it right until the very end. High Kicks, Hot Chocolate, and Homicides is a nice addition to the series; it’s a fast and lighthearted read, and is suitable for most ages of suspense/mystery lovers.
Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.
That afternoon this dancer is dead and the police are investigating her death. Before long two more dancers are dead and Mary Louise is in danger from other of the Rockettes as the police closed in on the killer. I recommend this book for a light Christmas read.
Disclosure: I received a free copy from Kensington Books through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions expressed are my own.
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