Review/Giveaway – Chorus Lines, Caviar and Corpses by Mary McHugh

Chorus Lines, Caviar, and Corpses
Chorus Lines, Caviar, and Corpses
(A Happy Hoofers Mystery)

New Cozy Mystery Series
Kensington Books (November 4, 2014)
Kensington Publishing Corporation
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1617733598
E-Book File Size: 1194 KB


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

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Meet 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.

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About This 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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19 thoughts on “Review/Giveaway – Chorus Lines, Caviar and Corpses by Mary McHugh

    1. I’m so glad you like the theme, Lisa. I thought dancing, eating, and traveling with a couple of murders thrown in would be fun to read wherever you are.

  1. What could be more fun! Love starting on a new cozy series. These ladies would be so much fun to have as friends.

  2. I don’t do cruises. That said my wife, her father and her sister do yearly cruises while I get to stay home, sleep late, and not bother cleaning the house till the day before they arrive home. A wonderful vacation for all.

    If I’m the winner I just know my better half will laugh her tuchus off reading it.

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