Monday, September 7, 2015

CANCANS CROISSANTS AND CASKETS BOOK Review TOUR



Genre
Cozy Mystery
·  Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
·  Publisher: Kensington (August 25, 2015)
·  ISBN-13: 978-1617733635

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 thecancan on a beautiful sightseeing cruise down the Seine. As the leggy ladies soak in the magic of the city of lights, everything ismagnifique…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







This is the second Happy Hoofers book I have read. 
The Hoofers are five friends (Tina, Gini, Pat, Jan and Mary Louise) who tap dance and have been invited to perform all over the world. Each book is told from a different dancer's point of view. 
This one is told by Janice,Rogers, an actress, who also happens to have the wildest adventure on this trip.

The ladies are invited to perform on a dinner cruise show boat (Bateau Mouche} in Paris for the week surrounding Bastille Day (a Fête Nationale Française.)
Each has a different personality and individual connection to France.
Gini Miller spent time there as a student and is the only one fluent in the language.
Jan was there twenty five years ago one of her honeymoons. While not presently married, she does enjoy the company of a male friend back home. She claims to be looking for intellectually stimulating partners. The worst thing she can say about her friend Tom is that he is reliable. Jan has her wild and adventurous side.

While dedicated to giving the best performances they can, the Happy Hoofers will take advantage of every free moment to sight see and appreciate Paris. The readers go along and I learned much about the historical city.

On the second night of their job, when the passengers are going up to the top deck to enjoy fireworks, things take a serious turn when their employer is found dead, disrupting everyone's vacation and celebration.
This introduces the gang to Police Captain Geneieve Chantal, who took a special interest in Pat. And gives American nightclub owner Alan Anderson a chance to whisk Jan away to his PRIVATE nightclub.

Gini remarks, "Doesn't it seem to you that we attract murderers and killing and mayhem wherever we go?
Which turns out to be an omen, as another murder is committed soon after followed by Jan's personal mayhem.

Not much dancing takes place in Paris, but oh the food! Sprinkled liberally through the book are recipes so good I believe I gained a few pounds while reading this mystery.


I did receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest read and review.


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; 19 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.





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