Cancans, Croissants, and Caskets

Cancans, Croissants, and Caskets

by Mary McHugh

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"A huge treat for mystery fans.” —Peggy Ehrhart
You can’t tiptoe when murder’s afoot…
It’s Bastille Day in Paris. The Happy Hoofers—Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise, and Gini—are all set to kick off the fete by dancing the cancan on a beautiful sightseeing cruise down the Seine. As the leggy ladies soak in the magic of the city of lights, everything is magnifique…until a very important patron goes belly-up on the top deck.
On the heels of their French debut, murder takes center stage. The five daring dancers will need to step lively to stop the crafty killer fast…or their grand finale will turn out far more explosive than the fireworks over the Eiffel Tower…
Includes Fashion Tips And Tasty Recipes

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617733642
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 08/25/2015
Series: Happy Hoofers Series , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 125,795
File size: 402 KB

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 two books in the Happy Hoofers series, Chorus Lines, Caviar, and Corpses, and Flamenco, Flan, and Fatalities; 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

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Cancans, Croissants, and Caskets 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Cancans, Croissants, and Caskets by Mary McHugh. It is the third book in The Happy Hoofers Mystery series. The Happy Hoofers are off the Paris, France! They are dancing on the Bateau Mouche. It is a boat that does dinner cruises on the Seine. They will dance each evening for a week (five days). The ladies rented an apartment to stay at while they are in Paris. The Happy Hoofers include: Janice Rogers (actress), Tina Powell (travel writer for a bridal magazine), Gini Miller (documentary filmmaker), Mary Louise Temple (housewife), and Pat Keller (family therapist). This book is told from the perspective of Janice Rogers. Each book is told from a different Happy Hoofers perspective (which I really do not like). The ladies arrive in Paris early on Bastille Day (they did not plan well). They are to perform that evening on the boat. They first take a quick nap and then head to the Bateau Mouche to check in with the owner, Henri Fouchet. They meet his wife, Madeleine Fouchet as well as the singer, Suzette Millet and the band. Suzette is a lovey singer who is wanting to leave the boat to go to America. She has been offered to sing at Le Bateau Mouche, a nightclub in New York. It is named after the boat and owned by Alan Anderson. At the end of their first performance, everyone heads to the upper deck for the fireworks. A scream rings out. Henri Fouchet has been shot. Captain Genevieve Chantal arrives to investigate the murder. Who wanted Henri dead and why? There are several suspects. During the day the Happy Hoofers sight see around Paris and at night they dance on Bateau Mouche until there is another death. Madame Fouchet is found dead. That is the end of dancing on Bateau Mouche. There is romance is the air for Janice. She has two men interested in squiring her around Paris. Pat is enjoying Paris with Captain Chantal. While out enjoying the Paris nightlife, Janice stumbles upon an important clue. Will it get her killed? I did not like Cancans, Croissants, and Caskets as much as the previous two books in the series. The mystery was too simple. I did not like that the Happy Hoofers do not actually work to solve the mystery. It just kind of happens. The best part of a cozy mystery is following the clues along with the characters to solve the crime. There are fashion tips from Janice that I found to be a little simple (and a little idiotic). It does include some lovely French recipes. I give Cancans, Croissants, and Caskets 3 out of 5. I found Cancans, Croissants, and Caskets was too similar to the previous books in the series. I am tired of Janice attracting every man within a 50 mile radius and they fall in love with her (happens in every book). Is she Bridget Bardot (I am really dating myself with this reference)? We did not get many details on each character (we got a little at the very end of the book) because each book focuses on a different character (I wish we would just have one main character). This book focuses on Janice. I got really tired of the references to her second marriage (which only lasted two years and ruined her relationship with her daughter) and the honeymoon they went on in Paris. The book focuses more on the sights of Paris and recipes than on the mystery. I was just disappointed overall. I received a complimentary copy of Cancans, Croissants, and Caskets from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
In this third "Happy Hoofers Mystery" the ladies are in France, dancing on a bateau each night while living and sight seeing in Paris for the week. The Hoofers are a group of five 50+ ladies who love to dance, Gini, Tina, MaryLouise, Pat and Janice. They all have other jobs/professions and do this on the side. They are entertaining on the trip so get a free trip out of the deal. Janice narrates this story. She is an actress who is also beautiful so attracts men like flies to a picnic. She says what she thinks and this gets her into trouble. When the owner of the bateau is found murdered on the top deck, the hoofers are not sure what is going to happen to their dancing. When his wife is also killed, the bateau is shut down until the murderer is found. The ladies take advantage of the situation to do some sight seeing. If you have never been to Paris, and I have not, you will enjoy the wonderful descriptions of the sights they visit. The ladies are not as active in solving the murders this time around, but when Janice stumbles onto some things, she puts herself in danger. Once again the characters were fun, interacted well with one another and were smart. In this book there are also some entanglements. Janice is quickly attracted to one of the characters, but makes the decision that she does not want to have intimate relations with him so quickly. She is also pursued by one of the band members from the ship. Pat also has a relationship with the police captain, but again it is not serious and her partner at home is not cheated on. This story seemed to be more about the location than the mystery itself. Mary McHugh has written another mystery with an emphasis on friendship. There are both fashion tips from Janice and recipes from various chefs and restaurants. A nice book for cozy mystery lovers, especially if you enjoy armchair travel and great food. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Cancans, Croissants, and Caskets - Happy Hoofers Mystery 2 Author: Mary McHugh Published: 8-25-15 Publisher: Kensington Books Pages: 352 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Women's Fiction; Cozy Mystery ISBN: 9781617733635 ASIN: B00QDYYJR2 Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley . The Happy Hoofers have packed their bags and are headed of to Paris to dance the cancan on the dinner cruise ship, Bateau Mouche (translated means Riverboat) after being hired by Henri and Madeleine Fouchet. They are to perform nightly the week of Bastial Day (which is France's Independence Day, July 14th). Directly after their first performance the guest head to the upper deck for the fireworks display. A scream rings out and it is discovered that Henri has been shot and lies dead. Enter the very capable Detective Genevieve Chantall who is quite taken with Pat. Then Madeleine is murdered and the ladies wonder who could be next and why. The Happy Hoofers is a group of women of mature age in their 50's who are determined to enjoy life to its fullest and dance their way around the world. There is Janice Roger's, an actress, it is from her point of view this story, set in Paris, is told. There is also Tina Powell, a travel writer for Perfect Bride magazine; Gini Miller, a filmmaker; Mary Louise Parker, a housewife; and Pat Keller, a family therapist. Each book is told from a different woman's point of view. Book 1, Chorus Line, Caviar and Corpses which takes place in Russia, is told by Tina Book 2, Flamenco, Flan and Fatalities takes place in Spain and is told by Gini and Book 4 Bossa Novas, Bikinis and Bad Ends, coming out at the end of April, is set in Rio de Janeiro and is told from Pat's viewpoint. Each book can be read as a standalone novel. Each also includes travel tips and recipes to tempt readers to enjoy. I found the layout a bit different in this book. I wish they had moved the fashion tips, Travel tips and recipes to the rear of the book, rather than spacing them with the chapters. They were a bit distracting. The ladies had little involvement in the mystery, but did find and a couple of important clues and evidence. Having said that I want to tell you that it is was a good story and I always enjoy spending time with the Happy Hoofers and the inspiration they provide all women to not let age stop you from doing something you love. A score of 4 out of 5 stars.
Zuzi912 More than 1 year ago
I have to agree with another reviewer about this book and how it's all about the 50 plus Janice Rodgers and how gorgeous every man thinks she Paris??? The words "You are so beautiful" got tiresome and the how she would comment on her shapely body, and other attributes, etc......we could have all done without that! There was not much of a mystery at all. This was more of a tour book of what to see while in Paris and the surrounding areas and of course....the "beautiful Janice!" I liked the other two books so much better....more realistic with an actual mystery to solve. I hope Janice doesn't return as the commentator of the book again. It ruined it for me completely. The recipes were nice, but not easy, so beginners may shy away from most. Ms. McHugh.....please leave the woman as normal, nice looking 50 plus aged hoofers. Their images of 20 somethings are far fetched.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
The Happy Hoofers are at it again. Wherever they go, these ladies find trouble and murder. Paris is no exception. This story is so enjoyable. The characters are charming and feisty. This group of friends are good at what they do both on and off stage. I could feel the love and caring that they had for one another. It added depth to the story. The dialogue was interesting and Paris provided a romantic and mysterious setting. The highlights of the City of Lights was a nice touch as were the recipes. This story is a strong addition to the series. There were plenty of suspects and potential motives. I didn't know who the culprit was. I was kept guessing. This was an exciting and exhilarating adventure. Mary McHugh does a great job weaving romance and mystery together. I enjoy this series and am looking forward to the next book.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
The group of women known as the Happy Hoofers have bagged the gig of a lifetime--dancing nightly on a Bateau Mouche in Paris! The story reads like a travelogue of love to the City of Lights. From street names, stores, restaurants, museums, Giverny and Versailles, I really felt like any murder was taking second place to the wonderful city the women were visiting. There is murder, and Jan, of course, is drawn to and possibly drugged by a suspect. Police Chief Genevieve knows what she's doing and the investigation propels along without too much aid from the Hoofers. The food and recipes shared in the book sound delightful and I can't imagine how the next city and adventure will measure up to Paris!
TessT More than 1 year ago
Mary McHugh is a new author to me, I'm sorry that i didn't discover her previously. I loved this book, set in Paris, about an over 50 dance group. The Happy Hoofers have been hired to provide entertainment on a sight seeing boat on the Seine River. From a Russian cruise to a Spanish train to the sights of beautiful France. Go ahead and join the ladies for a fun filled romp through some of the most beautiful countries in the world. I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great Series! This is a great series; this is the third book in the A Happy Hoofers Mystery series by Mary McHuch. This book can be read as a standalone, but once you read one you will want to go back and read the others. Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary, Louise, and Gini are members of The Happy Hoofers, they are set to kick off the fete by dancing the cancan on the sightseeing cruise down the Seine. On the night of their debut, an important patron ends up murdered. The members of the Happy Hoofers put their sleuthing skills to work to find the killer before they kill again. If you are looking for a great mystery then you need to read this book, I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
Happy Hoofers Book #3 I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. This is the first time I have read anything by this author. I was pleasantly surprised by the writing style and was hooked from the start. If you enjoy traveling, humor and a little bit of romance, be sure to check this series out. The Happy Hoofers are a group of fifty-something ladies who love to dance and have a fabulous time doing it, until a dead body appears, that is. The five friends are invited to dance in Paris, on Bateau Mouche, a luxurious style dinner cruise. They will dance for 7 nights and enjoy their time exploring the joys of Paris. When someone is murdered on their first night dancing, the ladies hope this doesn’t interfere with their sightseeing plans. Paris is beautiful and with many offers to see the wonderful sights, the ladies set out for some adventures of their own. Join Jan, Tina, Gini, Pat & Mary Louise as they decide to make Paris their own. A little romance is in the air, but for one unlucky hoofer, this may be the last time she dances anywhere.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts I want to be a Happy Hoofer! They travel to awesome places and dance. Sometimes they tap their way right into a bunch of trouble but they always seem to shuffle their way out! If you haven’t met the Happy Hoofers they are a group of friends that love to dance. 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. Janice narrates the story this time. The girls are in Paris and are booked to perform for a week on the Bateau Mouche, a touristy sightseeing boat that travels down the Seine. At the end of their first night passengers are guided to the top deck of the ship to see the Bastille Day fireworks but what they find is a dead body. This is not the first murder the Hoofers have found. They have become pretty well versed in police investigations and they can’t stop themselves from doing a bit of investigating on their own. They are going to have to kick up more than their heels to catch this killer. This is the second book I have read recently that takes place in Paris. Mary McHugh does an excellent job or describing the “City of Light”. The dancers are staying in a rented apartment and their schedule leaves them plenty of time to see the famous landmarks and partake in some of the culinary delights from places around the city. They even take a trip to Versailles castle and gardens. I would really love to actually visit Paris someday. For now I have to settle for these virtual trips. The mystery is fun too. Following the clues right along with the ladies. I figured it out a bit before them and I wish I could have let them know because one of them gets themselves into quite a pickle. The story wraps up almost too quickly for me though. I liked the way it played out but a few more pages of danger would have really added to the suspense level. A very entertaining read with some tempting recipes and some amusing travel tips are included throughout the book.