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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. PFirst 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...

Title : Chorus Lines, Caviar, and Corpses
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Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Chorus Lines, Caviar, and Corpses Reviews

  • Dawn
    2019-03-16 20:30

    *I received the book for free through Goodreads First Read*I am always hesitant about giving a two star or even a one star review and in this case it's more of a 1.5 star. What I liked was the setting, a cruise ship that sails around St. Petersburg and Moscow with the main characters being 50 something tap-dancers.Now for the hard part, the rest of it. Between the overuse of a characters name every time they speak to one another (instead of keeping to the usual he/she said) and a lack of connection between character/reader I found this story lacking in substance, suspense, and adventure. The characters aren't well thought out and the dialogue is rough.I would have liked to have seen Tina and the others participate more in the actual investigation like you do in 99.9% of the other cozies I've read. I would have liked to have learned more about the "history" of Russia since it's a large part of the reason why these women are on the ship. There is just so much to improve on here and I feel an opportunity has been lost.

  • Brandie
    2019-03-15 23:28

    Terrible. Don't waste your time.I normally don't write reviews, but I felt obligated to do so for this one because I don't understand how so many people gave this five stars. This book has a good premise, which is why I hope the author/editor/anyone tightens things (waaaay) up on any future books in this series, but skip this one unless you like brutal dialogue, underdeveloped characters, inexplicable behaviour, and unconvincing relationships forged in minutes based on nothing.I stopped reading this in chapter 5, but it's ok because I figured out "who done it" and don't need to waste any more of my time on it.

  • Shobha
    2019-02-22 20:30

    Among the worst I've read. It's so condescending to anything non-American & lip servicy at best it's a modern day white-man's-burden genre. Avoid at all costs!

    2019-03-13 02:21

    Dollycas’s ThoughtsMeet the Happy Hoofers:Tina is leader of the group. She keeps everything organized. She is the Travel Editor at Perfect Bride magazine. Janice is an actress and director in community theater. She is divorced with a daughter in college. Pat is a family therapist and the mother hen of the group. Mary Louise and Tina have been friends for over 30 years. She has 3 children and a very trying husband named George. Gini is a redhead with a temper to match. She is a documentary filmmaker and while making a film in India fell in love with a little girl she hopes to adopt.They are “all different, all great looking, and fierce friends forever.” They also all love to tap dance. What started out as exercise to keep their 50-something bodies in shape has taken off and landed them a gig on a Russian Cruise as the headline entertainment. Let’s just say it is quite an adventure with a drill sergeant like cruise director, a British chef who can’t cook worth a darn, and accommodations built for extremely small individuals. When the chef ends up dead no one is really surprised but is bad food something that would drive someone to commit murder?Mary McHugh has penned quite a mystery. Unlike other cozy mysteries the Happy Hoofers really do not do much investigating they just seem to find themselves in dangerous situations that force them to stick together. When they get separated bad things happen.The Hoofers meet some interesting people cruising up the Volga. Some that are sure to appear in upcoming stories.They visit some beautiful places in Russia but learn quickly they have arrived at the wrong time of year. This tour company needs to use Tina to help them organize things. If I went on a cruise like this it would be my last cruise. It was pretty bad before any of the corpses showed up. The Happy Hoofers were definitely the best thing about the whole adventure.Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to tap your toes with these ladies Moscow to St. Petersburg. This is a great start for this series.

  • Yvonne
    2019-03-12 21:27

    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.

  • Lisa Ks Book Review
    2019-03-22 02:24

    Author Mary McHugh did a great job with this first book in a new series. An enjoyable story, with a good mystery.If you’re looking for a different type of cozy, look no further. While CHORUS LINES, CAVIAR, and CORPSES is a “traditional” mystery, being set on a Russian river cruise gives this story a fresh feel. This was a quick read, with a good plot. I had a lot of fun with Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise, and Gini, the ladies of the Happy Hoofers. Well, let me make that a little more clear. I had a lot of fun reading their story. I would not have wanted to be on their cruise with them. Murder is just one, and admittedly the worst, thing that happens during their trip. Things just seemed to keep going wrong for these ladies.Ms. McHugh also includes some helpful travel tips at the beginning of almost every chapter, and a few recipes throughout the book.

  • Ming
    2019-03-15 03:19

    As a mystery only a **mostly a travel log, cookbook, buddy sort of thing.

  • Vicky
    2019-03-07 03:13

    Terrible. I recommend not wasting your time. Pretty people. Pretty awful.

  • Sylvia McIvers
    2019-02-27 21:25

    I thought a book about middle-aged women tap-dancing on a cruse ship would be fun, but the writing was so bad I didn't get as far as the ship. Sigh.

  • Melina
    2019-03-10 21:16

    I really enjoyed reading about the Happy Hoofers trip on a Russian River Cruise. This is a type of cruise I would never have thought of taking and after the Hoofer's experience I am pretty sure I wouldn't want to take it either. Besides the cruise being nothing like they had expected, there is a murder to complicate things further. Then one of the Hoofers life is threatened, not once, but twice. This book had a lot of action. I learned a lot about Russia that I never knew before. The Happy Hoofers are a group of 50 something friends, Tina, Mary Louise, Janice, Gini, and Pat who love to tap dance, and even though I am in my thirties, I could relate to the Happy Hoofers. Great job Mary. I look forward to the next installment in the Happy Hoofers Mystery which is entitled Flamenco, Flan, and Fatalities. I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

  • RebeccaS
    2019-02-28 04:38

    A really nice start to the series. I love stories that take place in another country and ended up leaning a lot about Russia (a place I know next to nothing about). The author must be a historian or a really good tour guide because she included so many interesting things about Russia and in an interesting way. At first, it was hard to keep track of all the characters because there are 5 main characters and they are all knew to me, but by the end I definitely have them straight. The author did a good job of making each of the friends unique, and I'm hoping for some more character growth from each as the series continues. As for the mystery, it was interesting and I didn't guess why the murder was committed, but I wasn't surprised by the actual murderer. I was suspicious of a couple characters, but it turned out they were innocent. I will definitely continue with this fun series.

  • Anastasia
    2019-03-21 01:20

    Chorus Lines, Caviar and Corpses by Mary McHugh is the first book in A Happy Hoofers Mystery series. The Happy Hoofers are a group of five tap-dancing ladies who have become famous through the internet and are booked to perform on a Russian river cruise. Unfortunately they become mixed up in murders on the ship. I enjoyed this entry into the series. I loved the characters and enjoyed the sightseeing and descriptions of the scenery. The food sounded delicious and I love that recipes are included throughout the book and I enjoyed the quirky travel tips at the beginning of each chapter. The dancing sounded fun and I would have loved to take the cruise minus the murders.

  • Debbie
    2019-02-28 03:27

    I received this book free from Goodreads. I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read and will never settle any world problems, but it was a fun book to lose myself in for a while. Now I will be on the prowl for the next 2 in the series. I'm anxious to see what other problems the "Happy Hoofers" get involved in.

  • Regan
    2019-03-22 22:13

    Five middle aged women who are known for their tap dancing go on a cruise and complain about everything.

  • Joan
    2019-02-25 00:23

    A group of five tap-dancing friends in their early fifties are part of the entertainment on a Russian cruise up the Volga River from Moscow to St. Petersburg.Before long the obnoxious English chef disappears, and when a body is found in the water, it is assumed that's who it was.The mystery keeps unfolding, with an attempted kidnapping, a self-rescue with Lysol, and amid it all, a budding romance for one of the dancers.The ending was a surprise.

  • Julie Marie
    2019-03-06 01:41

    This book gives cozy mysteries a bad name. Poorly written, nonsensical dialogue, poor plot and transparent mystery. There are so many wonderful cozy mysteries it makes me sad to think someone may pick this book up and think all cozies are frivolous and poorly written. If you read this review and are considering venturing into the genre DO NOT READ this book get something from Betty Hechtman, Laura Levine, Victoria Laurie or G.A. McKevett.

  • Kathy Warren
    2019-02-25 02:26

    I love it! Will definitely read the next one.

  • Kristina
    2019-02-27 02:37

    Chorus Line, Caviar, and Corpses by Mary McHugh is a cute cozy mystery. It is the first in the Happy Hoofers mystery series. The Happy Hoofers have been asked to perform on a Russian river cruise. The Hoofers are popular since a video of them tap dancing appeared online. The Happy Hoofers consist of their fearless leader and travel editor for Perfect Bridge magazine, Tina Powell; documentary filmmaker, Gini Miller; community theater actress and director, Janice Rogers; married and mother of three (and Tina’s closest friend), Mary Louise Temple; and family therapist, Pat Keeler. All of the ladies are in their 50’s and in very good shape because of their dancing.The Smirnov, a Russian river cruise boat, is going to travel the Volga River from Moscow to St. Petersburg. The Happy Hoofers are excited about the cruise and looking forward to exploring Russia in between their dancing obligations. They arrive at the cruise ship and find they have very small staterooms (as well as the world’s tiniest bathrooms). They are then greeted by Heidi Gorsuch, the ship’s cruise director of activities. She is a stern Russian woman. After a delicious breakfast, the ladies set out to check out the boat and make friends. Tina, whose husband, Bill, passed away a year ago, meets Barry Martin. Barry is a lawyer (just like Tina’s husband, Bill) and actually went to law school with Bill. They also meet Brad Sheldon who is an off-Broadway actor who recently broke up with his boyfriend, Maxim. They were supposed to be on the cruise together. Alex Boyer, a report with the New York Times, is also on the cruise. Alex takes an instant likes to Gini. The group is looking forward to lunch and they are very disappointed. When they complain to Heidi, they meet Kenneth Allgood, the chef. Ken is a British chef trying to cook British versions of Russian dishes for the passengers (with little success). Ken goes out of his way to threaten Tina for complaining about his food. Ken wants to get to America to open a restaurant in New York. Ken and Brad get close the first night on the ship.The next morning Ken is nowhere to be found and neither is Brad. The police are called to investigate. After searching the river they find a body. They are only able to identify the body by the passport (which was in a waterproof pouch). Brad is not found. The police set out to find Brad while questioning everyone on board. Something does not seem quite right and the Hoofers set out to solve the mystery.Chorus Lines, Caviar, and Corpses is a fun mystery. It includes some wonderful descriptions of the scenery and sights in Russia. Recipes are also included for some of the dishes mentioned throughout the book (the ship gets a much better chef after Kenneth Allgood). I enjoyed the twist at the end of the book when the killer was revealed. I liked that the heroines in the book are older. I give Chorus Lines, Caviar, and Corpses 4 out of 5 stars. A good first mystery in the Happy Hoofers series.I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads First Reads Program.

  • Wendy
    2019-02-22 23:41

    "Chorus Lines, Caviar, and Corpuses" By Mary McHugh which I won through Goodreads Giveaways is a delightfully humorous blend of merrymaking and murder on the Volga River in Russia. It begins with Tina Powell and her four tap dancing friends who are booked to perform on the Smirnov, a cruise ship sailing from Moscow to St. Petersburg. What these "Happy Hoofers" don't expect is to be caught up in murder that has Tina being pursued by a killer who wants to escape from the ship. This is a fun and fanciful romp that has fifty year old denizens of entertainment stumbling onto a murder where the killer has a deep-seated grudge against one of them. The plot blends tasty recipes, travel tips and vivid Russian landmarks with a baffling investigation into the death of crew members and a missing tourist. In an exotic setting and a storyline filled with witty humour and sarcastic remarks the Happy Hoofers dabble not only in romance but make mischief until a murderer haunts their steps as they tap their way from one port of call to another. Although most of the novel seems like a charming travel guide the murder mystery heats up half way through the book when Tina confronts a killer with a chip on his shoulder who needs her to escape. Undaunted, she not only taps her way to safety, but finds love just outside her cabin door.The characters like the plot are delightfully amusing, adding their own brand of spice, drama and energy to the tale. Tina Powell a travel editor craves excitement, adventure and a little danger. A spirited, chatty and amiable widow she's attracted at first to fellow traveller Barry Martin until his controlling, sexist and legalistic attitude begins to shine through. Only with sensible and proper Peter Simpson, a defense attorney and friend who makes her laugh and shows up on the cruise to protect her does she begin to contemplate love and romance again. Of her friends Janice Rogers is a divorced actress who's spontaneous and critical especially of Mary Louise Temple's devotion to her husband. A caring personality who can't stand confrontation, Mary Louise dislikes her husband's high expectations and loves the independence the trip with her friends offers. Pat Keller is the gay family therapist, a mother hen who's sensible, but drowns her problems in alcohol. Gina Miller a documentary filmmaker and adventure junkie is the Happy Hoofer who finds romance onboard ship when she meets Alex Boyer a New York Times reporter whose interests parallel her own. As well as the heartless, grudge- wielding killer who Inspector Ivan Gregarin, an indomitable former KGB agent finally tracks down, one of Mary McHugh's most fascinating personalities is Heidi Gorsuch who at first has the " the charm of a traffic cop" until Tina and her friends discover not only her guarded secret, but her generous nature.I enjoyed "Chorus Lines, Caviar, and Corpuses", chick-lit that seems more like a travel guide than a murder-mystery but is still very appealing.I would rate it 3.5 if the scale allowed.

  • Brenda
    2019-02-25 04:24

    This is the first installment in the Happy Hoofers Mystery series. The storyline centers around a group of five fifty-something tap dancing friends (Tina, Mary Louise, Pat, Janice and Gini). When the women post a video to Youtube showing their tapping skills they are hired to perform on a Russian Cruise ship sailing the Volga river from Moscow to St. Petersburg.The cruise doesn't start out on a good "foot" when the women discover the food is horrible, the staff is surly and aren't fluent in English, and their staterooms have barely enough room to turn around. With all the guests complaining about the horrible food cooked by English Chef Kenneth Allgood, it is no surprise that he turns up missing. The police are summoned to look for the missing Chef and when they locate a dead body floating in the river with the Chef's passport in it's pocket they determine the missing man has been murdered and thrown overboard.This book caught my eye with the colorful cover, the cute dog in the window, and the tagline Hilarity and Hijinks. It has been in my TBR pile for a while and I decided it was time to read it as part of my Goodreads Summer 2015 challenge. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed. There is only a brief two page mention of a stray dog that has no bearing on the storyline whatsoever, and I definitely did not find myself laughing out loud at any hijinks on the high seas.The women are a close group of friends and I enjoyed the relationship dynamics between them, but they really do not do any investigating into the murder. The women have a very brief conversation with a police inspector but most of the information regarding the investigation comes from a third party passed on to them over meals and drinks.There are very good descriptions of the Russian scenery and landmarks which I found interesting as I know very little about Russian history. I enjoyed learning a few Russian words and liked the recipes that were included throughout the book so it wasn't a complete failure.I will give the second in the series Flamenco, Flan and Fatalities a try just to see what the Happy Hoofers are up to on their next adventure to Spain.

  • George
    2019-03-21 00:26

    I'm wary of any mystery series that provides me w/ recipes and/or travel tips (both kinds of extras appear in this one), organization tips, scrapbooking tips, knitting or crochet patterns, etc. But if a book is satisfactory for its flopping around amusingly until the murderer is revealed genre, I'll give it my 5 stars.Not this time. While I didn't find this one utterly awful, it's emphatically not good.The five dancers of the series title aren't merely stereotypes, their salient characteristics are announced on pp. 2-4 and thereafter they live up to them thruout. With occasional phrases to remind us that they're playing to type--e.g., "But Pat, our peacemaker, said ..." and the temporary unpleasantness is defused. Yet again.As I indicated above, this kind of cozy is supposed to be fun. Here, the most prominent fun is watching unpleasant blowhards get their comeuppance, and the sample in the back from #2 in the series shows that we can expect this as a specialty. But unless you have the wit of a Saki, a little of that goes a long way, and this one goes quite a ways further than that.The historical info dumps aren't overlong and are moderately interesting, but they're never piquant or surprising. The dancing descriptions, especially for practices, often include a long series of technical terms probably intended to appeal to those who know tap; I hope these amount to intelligible routines, but suspect they're merely lists. On the other hand, the choices of costume and musical accompaniment were fun tho not particularly inspired.As for other faults, I didn't find it as offensively Americocentric as Shobha's 1-star review does--our 1st-person narrator is, after all, an American tourist--but I found most of what Brandie says in her 1-star review here to be smack on target. I wouldn't have said "inexplicable behavior", but then I may just not have noticed.

  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    2019-03-09 22:40

    This is the first in the “Happy Hoofers” series by Mary McHugh. This is a group of friends in their fifties who love to tap dance – Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise and Gini. They started by looking for a fun way to exercise, and learned to tap dance. They began doing performances in the community and then put a youtube video online. A Russian rivercruise line were looking for entertainment and after seeing the youtube video, booked them to perform on the ship going from Moscow to St. Petersburg. It sounded like a great way to see this part of the world so they accepted. From the first, this cruise was nothing like the ones they had heard friends and relatives raving about. The food was terrible, many of the staff did not speak English and the staff was not overly friendly. When the chef ends up getting murdered, the cruise takes a turn for the worse. Actually, the food got better with the sous chef doing the cooking, but their movements were limited and they could not get off the ship as often as expected. As the investigation continued, there is another murder, some sleezy encounters with other passengers and the fear that the murderer is still on board.I enjoyed the story. The Hoofers, were a fun group of ladies who made friends everywhere they went. The pace of the story was quick and the supporting characters were also fun and engaging. Of course the setting was great, the cruise ship as well as some of the Russian ports they stopped off. The only thing I did not like was that I figured out what happened shortly after the murder was discovered. I am looking forward to the next one to see what the Happy Hoofers are getting into in Spain.

  • Darkand
    2019-03-04 22:35

    Well, I didn't love this book but I didn't hate it either. It was kinda meh for me. This is the first book I've read by this author and the premise is promising for a cozy mystery but the writing was a bit unpolished. I'm not saying I didn't enjoy some aspects of the book. On the plus side -the main group of characters, the Happy Hoofers, were a vivacious bunch of gals with plenty of life in each of them. The setting was interesting and the Russian history imparted throughout was fascinating. On the down side - I didn't understand the author's use of a prologue since she ended up restating almost every main thought from the prologue in the first part of the first chapter anyway. The mystery kind of fell flat for me too - I knew who dunnit and why they did it as soon as the body was found, which normally I relish being so SMRT but in this case, I felt a little let down watching all the other characters floundering around the 'clues' and much of the dialogue seemed stilted and a bit unsophisticated. I do think this series holds promise and I am interested to see how the next book will turn out with it being written in one of the other Hoofer's voice. FTC Advisory: I won a copy of this book through the GoodReads First Reads program. No compensation for my review was given.

  • Rhonda
    2019-02-28 22:32

    4 STARS This is the first book in a fun new series about 5 middle age women who are dancers. This is exciting, murder mystery, lots of action, travel in Russia on a river cruise. I really liked the characters. I am already starting to read the next in the series. The Happy Hoofers are Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise, and Gini. Tina is the leader and the main character for the Chorus Lines, Caviar and Corpses. The ladies are good friends and a little bit of everything. Their dancing was put up on the internet they were invited to dance on a cruise. The Russian cruise was not what they expected. The cabins were crowded, the food was terrible, the chef was murdered. They made some good friends too. Lots of humor about British chefs. The setting was on the Volga river from Moscow to St. Petersburg. It made the sites tempting to go see. The mystery was good I did not guess who the murder was. Tina was attacked and used her brain to get away from him. I liked the Happy Hoofers and want to see more of them in the future. I bought this ebook on Amazon.

  • Kym Crawford
    2019-03-08 01:37

    Right off the bat I knew I was going to enjoyed this book, because of this line “We are all different, all great-looking, and fierce friends forever”. While I adore Cozy mysteries one of the things I dislike about them is how the lead character is usually self deprecating. They are never as beautiful as (insert friend, relative or rival here) So the fact that these ladies are like We’re 55, fit and good looking, makes me happy. I love the cheeky travel tips through out the book, there are also some recipes that I am sure are yummy but I don’t eat meat so I probably wont try them. So if you do you will have to come back and let me know what you thought of them. While this is not your typical cozy in that the ladies don’t do the sleuthing so much as they get themselves into some crazy situations. Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise, and Gini will keep you entertained and turning pages.I would recommend this to all cozy mystery fans, especially if you like recipes and travel.

  • Doward Wilson
    2019-03-06 02:12

    Let me introduce you to the Happy Hoofers, five lovely, middle aged ladies who love to tap dance for fun and exercise. Tina, Pat, Gini, Janice and Mary Louise are long time friends, who are currently vacationing and entertaining on a Russian cruise ship going from Moscow to St. Petersburg. They have a German military style cruise director, a wait staff who don't speak English and a British chef who can't cook. With inedible meals and a chef who disappears and becomes a murder victim, the girls are having a fun trip. With the police swarming the ship, they still can't find the possible suspect and Tina is drawn into the mess and is attacked. The dancing theme and Russian background combine with a well plotted murder mystery to deliver a delightfully fun, informative and entertaining read that puts you on the ship and in Russia. I think any cozy mystery fan will enjoy it and I can't wait to read the next book which I already have in my pile.

  • Jessica
    2019-02-25 02:32

    My four-sentence or less take on the plot: A bunch of 50+ friends who tap dance decide to go on a cruise to Russia, where, like in all cozy mysteries, people start dropping dead. If you want more, there are plenty of plot explanations on Goodreads/Amazon/whatever.Rating: 5What worked: I liked the group of friends and the descriptions of Russia. I liked the side characters. I actually really liked the mix of friends, some married, some divorces, some gay, some widowed, it seemed realistic. I also liked the fun granddaughters. What didn't: It was pretty formulaic. Will I continue with the series? Yes, actually.Extras: Recipes! Mostly Russian! And travel tips.**I won this book from Goodreads (hooray!)**

  • Heather Phinney
    2019-03-04 20:34

    This would be what I would call a guilty pleasure. It wasn't particularly great writing, as the mystery was barely non existent and I figured it out right away. I wish the Happy Hoofers were more involved in the solving of the murder, but I did think the author wrote excellently about Russia. I could almost feel myself visiting there while reading this book and I do like each of the characters of the main 5. I'm looking forward to more adventures with the Happy Hoofers. A particular great thing about this book for me and I imagine the series will be the same is that the author presents lgbt people as completely normal (because they ARE!). You rarely see this in a cozy and I loved the author for doing that.

  • Cindy
    2019-02-26 01:17

    When I first read the description for this book, I thought what a fun read it would be. Unfortunately, for me, it wasn't. It seemed like the mystery took a back seat to everything else in the book. There was a good bit talking about cooking and recipes as well as doing a lot of tourist exploration in Russia. Don't get me wrong, the info about Russia was interesting but not really what I was wanting to be reading. Altogether, a so-so first for the series. I personally don't go along with some of the statements made in the book so this is one series that I won't be adding to my future reading lists.

  • A Holland Reads
    2019-02-28 00:27

    This was a fun new series. I really enjoyed the characters in this book, they were fun. What fun it would be to be a part of a group of friends like this. How exciting for them that they got to go on a cruise to perform but all does not turn out well when a crew member turns up dead and a passenger missing. So leave to the Happy Hoofers to try and solve this mystery. With all the twists and turns this book was fast paced and one you will not want to put down. I like the part that this took place on a cruise ship and not just in town so you got to go on a little adventure. I look forward to the next book in this series to see where the Happy Hoofers are off to next.