Monday, February 23, 2015

Blog Tour: Flamenco, Flan and Fatalities by Mary McHugh (Review/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

About the Book

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Kensington (February 24, 2015)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1617733611

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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

My Review

The Happy Hoofers are back in another exciting mystery. This time they are dancing their way on a train through northern Spain and, once again, they are tossed right into the middle of a murder. One of the guests on the train is an obnoxious talk show host who is using the trip as an opportunity to film a documentary. In a short time, he has managed to make more enemies than fans.

One of the Happy Hoofers, Gini, manages to get into a fight with the talk show host and threatens to kill him. Naturally when he’s found dead, she’s the prime suspect. Gini has no intentions of sitting around waiting to be arrested. Instead, she throws herself into the middle of the investigation and finds her own life is on the line.

I love this group of five fifty-something women. They not only dance together, but are best friends as well. Each book in this series is told in the first person and each Hoofer narrates her own story. The first was narrated by Tina. This one is narrated by Gini.

Gini is a tough woman, but also has a few vulnerabilities. She doesn’t hesitate to eavesdrop or put herself in danger to get the information she needs. She, also, pays no attention to the warnings of the chief investigator to mind her own business. She made me laugh as she says whatever is on her mind – no holds barred.

The main thing that attracted me to this series is the age of the main characters as well as the opportunity to travel the world with them. The book doesn’t get too bogged down with travel details, but it’s just enough to give the reader the feeling they are there as well. Talk about transporting the reader – I felt as if I were in Spain for the last few days.

With each book, I learned more and more about the main five characters and I absolutely can’t wait to read the next book and see what they are up to next.

For reading challenges:

2015 NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Reading Challenge

FTC Disclosure: The author and NetGalley 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

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  1. Mary McHugh is a new author for me, and I am interested in reading Flamencos, Flan ad Fatalities. The book sounds delightful. :)

  2. I haven't read this author but I love that each book has a different narrator. That sounds like it'd keep the series fun. It's also great that she was really able to transport you to Spain. I wasn't sure about this series but I'm definitely adding it to my TBR!

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

  4. I like these hoofers of a "certain" age----It's fun to read about someone who is the same age as yourself.

  5. I also like to read about women who aren't quite so young. And the travel aspect is fun, too. This sounds like a good series, on my TBR.

  6. Thank you for sharing this fun new book to this series.

  7. Sounds like a fun book. Can't wait to read it.

  8. Hello to Mary! Congrats on the new title, can't wait to read more about the Hoofers!

  9. How fun, both the title and cover. The book sounds good too. Gotta love flan ;)

  10. thank you for this giveaway!!
    I would like to read it........

  11. New author for me! Received one of her books yesterday and ready to read!!!!!!!


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