Thursday, November 6, 2014

Blog Tour: Chorus Lines, Caviar, and Corpses by Mary McHugh (Review, Giveaway)

About the Book

First in New Series
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Kensington (November 4, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-1617733598

Synopsis from Goodreads:

First In A New Series--With Recipes!

There's no pussy-footing around murder . . .

It's never too late to kick up your heels. Just ask Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise, and Gini--aka the Happy Hoofers. After posting a video of their tap-dancing routine on the Internet, the leggy ladies find themselves booked to perform on a Russian river cruise up the Volga from Moscow to St. Petersburg.

But when murder cuts in, the five fabulous friends find it's not so easy to tap their troubles away. A crew member has been killed, and a passenger is missing. With a killer on board, the Hoofers need to watch their step. But with a little fancy footwork, these soft-shoe sleuths may get a leg up on a killer who's cruising for a bruising. . .

Includes Travel Tips And Tasty Recipes

"A fun book! Travel tips, mystery, and recipes (and oh, are they good). What could be more delicious?" --Carole Bugge, author of Who Killed Blanche DuBois?

My Review
Mary McHugh begins a brand new cozy mystery series with the introduction of “The Happy Hoofers”. Who exactly are the Happy Hoofers? They are a group of friends in their fifties who love to tap dance – Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise and Gini. Looking to do some exercising, they learned to tap dance and were soon doing actual performances at local community centers. A Russian cruise ship saw their video on You Tube and hired them to perform. The women happily accepted.

However, this was not the type of cruise their friends all raved about. This one had horrible food with a crew that knows nothing about friendly customer service. It should come as no surprise when a crew member is murdered. The women find themselves trapped on board with a killer.

I loved “The Happy Hoofers” immediately. What a fun group. This mixes some of my favorite things in one book – a cruise ship setting, a group of friends, and a murder mystery. What could be better? This book moved along at a fast pace and had engaging characters – some nicer than others, of course. Add those things to a great setting and it’s off on a wild adventure with a very interesting cast of characters.

I’m very excited to see that there is another book in this series and this time the women are off to Spain. I’m looking forward to reading all about it, but we have to wait until March 2015.

FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

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 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. Visit her at

Author Links

Purchase Links
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Tour Participants
November 4 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Giveaway
November 5 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Giveaway
November 6 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – Review, Giveaway
November 7 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview
November 8 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – Review, Guest Post, Giveaway
November 9 – Girl Lost In a Book – Review, Giveaway
November 10 – Tea and A Book – Review, Guest Post , Giveaway
November 11 – Griperang’s Bookmarks – Review
November 12 – Kelly P’s Blog – Guest Post
November 13 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Interview, Giveaway


How would you like to win a paperback copy of Chorus Lines, Caviar, and Corpses by Mary McHugh? Thanks to Kensington, I have one paperback to giveaway to one lucky winner.

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  1. I'm looking forward to reading this series!

  2. I love the title of this book, and I would love to read this book—thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  3. Looks great; thank you for the chance to win :)

  4. Congrats to Mary on the new release and series! It looks like a winner. I enjoyed the backstory of how the Happy Hoofers came to be, and manage to get on to a Russian cruise ship. Thanks for the info and chance to win!

  5. This sounds like fun.
    When I was VERY young, a group of neighborhood friends all took tap and ballet classes together. It would be fun to do it again with friends of a more advanced age.

  6. Great review, I can't wait to read the book.

  7. I tried tap dancing ONCE when I was a child. I was watching the Mouseketeers on tv and decided to dance along with them. We owned a building with a restaurant on the main floor and our apartment had parquet floors...

    I got a call from my mother 3 minutes after I started and that was the end of my dancing career. LOL The restaurant owner complained loudly to her.

  8. This sounds like such a fun read! Congrats, Mary!

  9. It's got recipes!!!! I'm in for a new series!!

  10. Thanks for the chance! This book sounds great!

  11. A very intriguing book. thanks.saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  12. I have two grandsons from Russia and I did tap and ballet for years. Now my granddaughters are starting to dance and they love it. What a great idea for a mystery series!! Did you happen to see the 90 year old lady on America's Got Talent? Still dancing away and having a grand old time. Love to read and review this book!!

  13. Reading this book could be as close as I get to taking a European river cruise.

  14. Should be a fun read. Thanks for giveaway.

  15. Sounds fun :)
    And I fiiiiinally got a cozy mystery to read of my own

  16. I love cozy mysteries in between the heavier books I read! My hubby likes them too!

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  18. Sounds like a fun new series.
    dotkel50 at comcast dot net

  19. This sounds like a great premise for a cozy mystery series; adding it to my library wish list.

  20. Thank you for offering this great giveaway!! My sister took tap dancing classes for many years, but I have never tapped.

  21. Travel! Recipes! Bad Cruise Ship service! Would-be sleuths that are my age! Sounds like a REALLY fun read!!

  22. Love to cruise. Want to read about it.

  23. This definitely sounds like a fun series. I'm looking forward to reading it.

  24. This sounds like a fun read, thanks for the chance to win.

  25. Another cozy mystery series that I'm going to have to check out. What a great review!

  26. It sounds like a great new series. This book sounds like a fun read, I love that they are dancers. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  27. Thanks for the giveaway ... sounds like a book I'll definitely enjoy.


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