High Kicks, Hot Chocolate, and Homicides (Happy Hoofers Series #5)

High Kicks, Hot Chocolate, and Homicides (Happy Hoofers Series #5)

by Mary McHugh

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Overview

“Hilarity and camaraderie.” —RT Book Reviews

Murder takes center stage . . .
 
It’s a Christmas miracle for the Happy Hoofers—Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise, and Gini. They’ve scored a gig at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall with the legendary Rockettes, complete with sexy Santa suits and microphones on their shoes. But when a dazzling diva of a dancer is found dead under the stage, there’s quite a lineup of suspects. In between rehearsals and seasonal sightseeing—and the discovery of a multi-talented, multi-colored cat—the toe-tapping troupe has to sort out the intrigue before another victim kicks the bucket . . .
 
INCLUDES COOKING TIPS AND TASTY RECIPES
 
Praise for the Happy Hoofers Mysteries
 
“McHugh delivers murder and mayhem.” —Jerilyn Dufresne
 
“Hilarity and hijinks.” —Nancy Coco
 
“Cozy adventure for mystery buffs.” —Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496703767
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 09/27/2016
Series: Happy Hoofers Series , #5
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 661,559
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

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 four books in the Happy Hoofers series—Chorus Lines, Caviar, Corpses; and Flamenco, Flan, and Fatalities; Cancans, Croissants, and Caskets, and Bossa Novas, Bikinis, and Bad Ends; 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 www.marymchugh.org.

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High Kicks, Hot Chocolate, and Homicides 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: High Kicks, Hot Chocolate, and Homicides - Happy Hoofers Mystery 5 Author: Mary McHugh Published: 9-27-2016 Publisher: Kensington Books Pages: 352 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Women's Fiction; Cozy Mystery; Women Sleuths ISBN: 13: 9781496703767 ASIN: B01A4ANW4G Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4.25 Stars I received a copy High Kicks, Hot Chocolate, and Homicides" from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Publisher's Description: Murder takes center stage . . . It's a Christmas miracle for the Happy Hoofers—Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise, and Gini. They've scored a gig at New York City's Radio City Music Hall with the legendary Rockettes, complete with sexy Santa suits and microphones on their shoes. But when a dazzling diva of a dancer is found dead under the stage, there's quite a lineup of suspects. In between rehearsals and seasonal sightseeing—and the discovery of a multi-talented, multi-colored cat—the toe-tapping troupe has to sort out the intrigue before another victim kicks the bucket . . . INCLUDES COOKING TIPS AND TASTY RECIPES Books in the Happy Hoofers Mysteries 1-Chorus Lines, Caviar, and Corpses (November 2014) 2-Flamenco, Flan, and Fatalities (February 2015) 3-Cancans, Croissants, and Caskets (August 2015) 4-Bossa Novas, Bikinis, and Bad Ends (April 2016) 5-High Kicks, Hot Chocolate, and Homicides (September 2016) My Review: The Ladies are back in time for the holiday season. The are all competent, self assured women who have danced there way around the world. The ladies are invited to dance with the infamous New York City Rockettes. When the director is murdered the ladies go in where angels fear to tread, backstage, and start asking questions. Then the ones that talk begin to die. When Mary Louise begins to look like the killer's next target the Hoofers know they have to find the killer before the final curtain call for Mary Louise falls. The story is told through Mary Louise's POV. Five competent women pool their talents and share a love of dance and friendship. These are ladies I want to know and have been able to do so through the Happy Hoofer series. The plot was not as intense as usual, but it was interesting. I love seeing how Mary McHughes goes through the process of leading me around throwing out a few clues to see if I can spot them. Changing the point of view in each book gives us insight into the character's thought process. Although friends each lady has their own quirks and like all friends sometimes they become upset with one another. The ladies have become real as the have grown over the books. I look forward to seeing where they will go next and hope to book passage to go with them. I gave "High Kicks, Hot Chocolate, and Homicides" a 4.25 out of 5 star ratings.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
High Kicks, Hot Chocolate and Homicides by Mary McHugh is the fifth book in The Happy Hoofer Mystery series. The Happy Hoofers have been invited to do a special routine with the Rockettes for their Christmas show. It will mean a lot of hard work for the Happy Hoofers. The Happy Hoofers consists of Mary Louise, Gini, Janice, Tina, and Pat. They are in their 50s and have danced in various places around the world (Russia, France and Spain for example). Mary Louise is glad for the diversion. Mary Louise has been married to George for 30 years, but she has been unhappy lately. Mary Louise met Dr. Mike Parnell on the Happy Hoofers adventure in Spain. He is the opposite of George and makes her happy. Mary Louise will have to make a decision. In the meantime, the group is off to New York for their first meeting with the Rockettes. They are greeted by Glenna Parsons. Glenna introduces them to the rest of the Rockettes. The Happy Hoofers will be doing a short routine with the Rockettes in Santa Claus outfits (that weigh 40 pounds). After meeting the rest of the performers, the group heads out to enjoy the afternoon in New York. There afternoon is cut short when they get a call to return to Radio City Music Hall. Glenna was found dead (and in does not look like an accidental death). Who wanted Glenna dead and why? The Happy Hoofers start their training the next day, but the manage to get in a little investigating and sightseeing at the same time. Unfortunately, Glenna was just the first victim. Can the Happy Hoofers solve the murders before there are no more Rockettes left to perform? Join Mary Louise, Gini, Janice, Tina, and Pat in New York for High Kicks, Hot Chocolate and Homicides! High Kicks, Hot Chocolate and Homicides is an easy to read novel. It can be a stand-alone book. Mary McHugh rehashes what happened in the first four books of the Happy Hoofers Mystery series. The mystery is not prominent in the book. It plays out in the background, and it is simple to figure out. The way the crime plays out near the end is actually very similar to what happened in another book in this series. The book reads more like a romance novel as Mary Louise figures out what she wants to do with her life (stay with George or divorce him). We also get updates on the other characters and what is happening in their lives. There are recipes and Mary Louise’s cooking tips included in the book. We are also taken to see several of the sights in New York. I give High Kicks, Hot Chocolate and Homicides 3 out of 5 stars. I just found the novel to be predictable. I wanted more mystery and less romance (which dominated this novel). I received a complimentary copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review. The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.
TessT More than 1 year ago
What a super series! Imagine 5 best friends, ages 50 and above. These friends have the opportunity to travel the world and get paid for it. Pretty good gig, right? Too bad I don't have that talent that they all do. The ladies are in a group called the Happy Hoofers, they have tap danced world wide and into many hearts. FTC Full Disclosure - A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
BookloverUT More than 1 year ago
It’s Christmas and the Happy Hoofers, Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise, and Gini, have scored a gig at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall with the legendary Rockettes. When a dancer is found dead under the stage, the lineup of suspects is longer than a row of chorus girls. In between rehearsals and seasonal sightseeing, the toe-tapping troupe has to sort out the conspiracy before another victim has fallen. I absolutely loved this mystery and have found a new author to read. The main sleuth is Mary Louise who seems to go from one predicament to another. She tried to help one Rockette only to be thrown in the middle of a bunch of murderers. The author expertly orchestrated the capture of the criminals. It was a unique change in the way endings are usually presented. I also felt that Mary Louise’s marital troubles were solved in a respectful way. An Advanced Reading Copy was received in exchange for an honest review.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
This is a great book; this is the fifth book in the Happy Hoofers Mystery series written by Mary McHugh. This book can be read as a standalone, but once you read this one you will want to go back and read the other books. It’s a Christmas miracle for the Happy Hoofers, Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise, and Gini. They’ve scored a gig at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall with the legendary Rockettes, complete with sexy Santa suits and microphones on their shoes. But when a dazzling diva of a dancer is found dead under the stage, there’s quite a lineup of suspects. In between rehearsals and seasonal sightseeing they decide to put their sleuthing skill to work to find out what really happened. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. 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
I really enjoy this series and each book being narrated by a different hoofer makes it more interesting. In High Kicks, Hot Chocolate, and Homicides, Mary Louise, affectionately known as "Weezie," is telling the story. The hoofers are excited to be dancing in New York City with the very talented Rockettes! It is an honor for them to be participating in the very popular Christmas show and even though they know it will be hard work, they are determined to join the holiday fun. Mary Louise knows her husband doesn't really understand her love of dancing and after some rather abrupt conversations, Weezie and her husband come to an agreement. What makes this even more difficult is that Weezie is still in love with Mike, the doctor she met at one of her dance jobs. Spending time with Mike is a plus for her and the excitement with dancing with the Rockettes has everyone in a festive mood. Unfortunately there are a series of deaths happening and someone is eager to bump off the Rockettes, one by one. Before long, Mary Louise finds herself in danger and hopes she can dance her way out of becoming the next victim. Filled with laughs and and delicious recipes, this book will have you longing for the holidays.