Mary McHugh: High Kicks Hot Chocolate and Homicides



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Love oved it Engaging characters great plot with plenty of twists The story flowed easy and uickly with that conversational style I True To Form love Didn t waste space on descriptives but just enough to give us a glimpse of the surroundings It was a fun and cozy read Highly recommend Not very impressed with this story It s told through main character Mary Louise aka Wheezie an idiot of a woman First off the description is a bit off but that is par the course these days The happy Hoofers a group of 5adies in their middle 50 s or so who must be rich to The Virgin And The Outlaw live theives they do are asked to preform a dance number with the Rockettes of New York City s Radio City Music Hall The sexy Santa suit are not sexy at all and have a 40 pound ball for a belly and full beards to cover their faces The dazzling diva of a dancer who is found dead is not a diva and seemed fairly nice for the few pages we see her compared to the rest of the Rockettes we meet and the new eader Marlowe who all the others say is great but is a real bitch they were better off with the nice one who they are all bitching about after she has died One Rockette even bad mouths the dead one for in her words telling her she d ay her off if she got pregnant which she is and almost osses the baby at rehearsal and has already ost one at 3 months Well no shit I d ay you off or at east bench you until you delivered Dancing 4 or five shows a day not to mention hours of rehearsal wearing a 40 pound ball on my stomach with high steps and kicks will cause damage to any pregnant womanThe seasonal sightseeing of the Love Me Tomorrow (Put A Ring On It, ladies is stuff they already visit andove and is presented here as if this were a travel book about the best places to visit in New York it s all advertising Plus everything they eat is described what it is and how good it was and so forth what also bugged me about that aspect of the story is Mary Louise asked for the recipe for pretty much everything she ate Now I have only visited New York and didn t go to too many fancy restaurants but they don t go handing out their recopies if they even cook everything half the time most of the food is already made or mixed or whatever and just put in an oven One part that confused me is that one of the hoofers decides on a whim to go to the Statue of Liberty that s all well and good but she talks about going into the crown and that is the problem You can only do so with an advance reservation by phone or online I have been but she and she Level Up Level 3 Teachers Book lover and her son just magically pop in More advertisementAt the beginning to the story Mary Louise is having some marital problems with her husband of 30 years Their children are grown and gone which she reminds us constantly and also what they are doing now that they are gone numerous times with the same sentences and she has taken up dancing She has met a man named Mike who she has begun an affair with while having this tough time She complains that her husband isn t around or doesn t talk to her or if he does he doesn tisten I understand the not Jasper Ollie listening so much but she never tries to stop him and justets him go on whenever he talks about his day so that is kinda annoying of her to complain when she can do something about it but doesn t The complaint about him not being around is unfounded as well He works as a Love Takes All (Passions Gamble lawyer but seems to be home at a decent hour for her to serve him a perfect dinner every evening but she is the one gone all the time She explains and it s pointed out every few pages all the other countries she had been to recently to dance with her group and never thinking about him waiting at home for her while she is gone weeks at a time Which is how she met Mike who is perfect and kind andistens to her Minecraft (Official Minecraft Novels, like her husband used to do and he is pressing her to divorce her husband to be with her He is an OBGYN who delvers babies and is on beck and call 247 but she isn t worried about that and how often hel have to eave her at a moments notice or be gone for ong periods of time she is undecided because her upbringing tells her to work on marriage when it gets tough and not just throw in the toweldoesn t that teach also say not to cheat on your husband She has no problem with thatAnywaythe Pumpkinflowers lead Rockette is dead it s very obvious who did it no mystery there and one Rockette is down for the count and Mary is running around the city with Mike everyday The injured Rockette says she must talk to Mary about who killed the first Rockette and they make aunch date But when Mary gets there the injured Rockette is now dead You guessed it it was murder dun dun dun The police would The Wallflowers Mistletoe Wedding like to uestion Mary but she calls her Lawyer husband who just happens to be in the area for help She says shel do everything to help tie police but with holds information and only replies what her husband says is okay to answer It s stuff that the police should know by now or will within hours but still why with hold this info She and her husband go to Overnight Heiress lunch where she decides she doesove her husband dearly and isn t so unhappy She goes back to the theater and gossips about the murder before deciding she is going to see Mike not even an hour after deciding she The Viscount The Virgin (Silhouette Romance, loves George They go out and she is confused again about she she stay with George or be with Mike She gets back to the theater and guess whatanother dead Rockette the next one to be training them as she iseaving the scene she gets pulled aside by another Rockette who wants to talk to her about the other murdered Rockettes She says she must talk to Mary and tell her everything because she is afraid that she is going to be murdered next If she knows this or fears this why the hell would she tell Mary and not the policeSo Mary and the confessing Rockette go for coffee and the Rockette tells her everything That the new The Debutantes Daring Proposal (Regency Bachelors lead Rockette Marlowe didn tike the first The Couple in the Dream Suite (Chatsfield Novella, leader and so decided to kill her to get her job Marlowe told her and the new other dead Rockettes that she would get the oldeader fired and they all set up the murder Now Marlowe is killing off every Rockette who was in on the murder Again bad mouthing of the old eader for the reasons for each of the Rockettes picked to help in the murder One for the no baby policy which I think is totally reasonable one because she had a side job she was interested in and it was cutting into dance practice and the ast because she was black and the eader didn t ike black people yet we have no evidence of this except this Rockette s word Now that the confession is over she says that she isn t going to the police she is fleeing to Canada Mary tells her she should go to the police and George can help her get a The Insider lawyer but the Rockette declines Mary says shel go to the police with the informationtomorrow because it s 530 and she needs to go home and cook for George What does she think that the police are gone from their jobs for the day That she Football Dynamo ll wait till business hours to “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 theegendary Rockettes complete with sexy Santa suit.

All and tell them the identity of a murderer who has killed 3 people in 2 days The Rockette thanks her for giving her time to get away and Mary goes home gossiping all to her friends on the trip back and then discussing the upcoming wedding of 2 of the Hoofers None of her friends or the driver tells her to call the police this minute or go to the police it can wait till tomorrow Her husband the Payback (The Secret Life of Samantha McGregor, lawyer agrees and says call the police in the morning too WTF is wrong with these peopleMorning and Mary finally calls the police but the detective is busy at the moment Mary doesn t tell the officer who she is talking to the information oreave a message for the detective or wait to call back instead she Band of Soldiers ll just find him sometime during the day as hel have to be out investigating the murders When they get to the theater the detective is there but so is the Rockette who was going to Canada She hasn t told the detective anything and wants to talk to Mary So Mary The Jewels of Manhattan leaves her friends to talk and the Rocketteeads her outside at gunpoint to Marlowe and another Rockette helping her They take Mary away telling her that the confessing Rockette is again in Nation as Mother league with Marlowe and that they are going to kill her They take her to a cruise boat but the confessing Rockette now thinks that Marlowe will kill both her and Mary so they escape by pushing Marlowe and her helper into the water at the pier Mary and Rockette catch a cab back to the theater and FINALLY tell the detective everything Detective takes the Rockette away and puts out the alert for Marlowe and her helper who have gotten away from the cops at the pier To feel better they are all going out for a sunset cruise on a boat of one of the Hoofer s fiance They all call their partners to join them and in 30 minutes they are at the boat waiting wasn t it just morning a few paragraphs ago The fiance jokes about falling into the water and has to be reminded about Mary s ordeal which she told him about not 30 minutes ago and all the partner s arrive they they have been sitting around doing nothing all day just waiting for this boat ride So off they go describing the sights as if for a travel brochure as the sun sets when it was only morning just a hour or so agoThe next day they go back to the theater for dancingessons and after an hour decide it s time for The Tryst Betrayed lunch Everyoneeaves except Mary who is waiting for Mike While she waits she is taken hostage by Marlowe who is hiding in the bathroom with a gun They eave the theater and Marlowe tells her they are going to Cuba but Mary see s Mike s car and stops him by throwing a shoe at it They all get into an altercation and the police come Even though the police are on the ookout for Marlowe this cop is clueless and has to call in before arresting Marlowe Without being uestioned Mary and Mike go off for coffee and Mary tells Mike she is staying with George but still wants to be friends Mike is the perfect man about this and declares his Amrita Sher-Gil love saying he s okay with friendship and waiting until she will someday be free or if George is upset about what they have been doing hel be happy to marry her if she Flashback My Life And Times In Bollywood And Beyond leaves him over it Mary decides she needs to pray a bit in thanks for not dying 2 days in a row typo in the book says 2 times in one day which is a tip off to When she is in the church Marlowe s helper from the day before sits next to her and points a gun at her taking her hostage Really and here the hell are they getting all these guns anyway She says she is mad at Mary for almost killing her she can t swim up managed to get out of the water just fine Mary manages to knock the gun away and it goes off when it hits the floor totally unbelievable and Marlowe s helper runs away The priest comes out from the back and tells off Mary rudely and not calling the police Gives her the gun from the floor and tells her to get out of his church She calls her friends to pick her up and when they do the tell her to give it to the policetomorrowlike they work 9 5 or something or wouldn t be interesting in Mary being threatened by a murder suspect they areooking for Nope everything can wait till tomorrow Mary will go home and be fine It s not City Improbable like the woman knows where sheives and will find her total spoiler BTWOnce home she begins to cook dinner for George and when he gets home she tells him about Mike he isn t happy to hear this and about her day with Marlowe and her helper George convinces her to call the detective at The Big Bookshelf last something similar to reality and she does The detectives says hel have someone come by to watch over them Not No Future for You long after someone is at the back door and Mary thinks it s the police at the back door riiiight She answers and it s Marlowe s helper with yet another gun where are they getting guns so easy and for free She want s Mary as a hostage again but she dike some food first because she took all day running around SOS Schlank ohne Sport - looking for Mary oh and she found where Maryives by using googleit is creepy how much information about a person is on google So Mary who was just about to pull dinner off the stove offers it to her and then promptly throws a pot of boiling water and noodles in her face George gets the gun as the helper goes to the sink for cold water and the police come waltzing in just then They are here to protect Mary and George and be on the Charming the Firefighter (In Shady Grove, lookout for the helper but are confused by George with the gun and want to arrest him and have to call in to get clarification as to what is going on and who to really arrest are all the cops idiots The helper is arrested and taken away but Mary and George are not uestionedTheast 3 chapters go Making India Work like this 2 pages about how they dance in the show and are good comic relief 7 pages of the Hoofer s andoved ones having dinner and about Mary s perfect Martha Stewart set up and her great grandmothers china The Everwar (Cal Leandros, last chapter is aist of all the best things to do in New York cheap things to do in New York and what not to do in New York before the Hoofers decide they are going to do a job in London and everyone rearranges plans they made months ago and their partners who must also be rich rearrange their schedules to go as if they don t have important jobsINCLUDES COOKING TIPS AND TASTY RECIPES says the description and inside of the book First there are no tips those are just some fun whit or sillyness that involves food As for the recipes they were almost all seafood based and would cost a pretty penny to make half of them So unless you have a ot of cash for groceries and are Martha Stewart in the kitchen half of these are of no use to youI know that these women are in their 50 s and possibly closer to 60 but they have an annoying habit of saying oh other character s name every time they talk Who does that Not even my grandmother or great grandmother does that Maybe every great once in a while but not every time they address someone And everyone keeps kissing one S and microphones on their shoes But when a dazzling diva of a dancer is found dead under the stage there’s uite a ineup 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 intri.

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F the hoofer s finance even when the angle is impossible he gets a kiss just for whatever reason any time they see himSo to sum up this whole MYSTERY not story a string of murders happen that the main character does not see is basically told about and half of the people involved decide they want to tell her about it instead of the cops and finally one does and then the main murderer decides to kill her and makes several attempts that are just to ridiculous to believe before finally being arrested I voluntarily reviewed this ARCThis is a great winter book I can just imagine being snuggled into a blanket next to a fire sipping a nice hot cup of coffee while snow is gently falling outside or since I m a northerner watching blizzard conditions It s No Way Home light it s cozy it s predictable Pretty much it s just that perfect mix for a cold winter s day I do feel that iteaned a Sequins and Spurs little towardsight romantic mystery than a straight cozy mystery but the main characters felt so real that it didn t matter It felt weird to me that the entire mystery was fully explained by about 23rds of the way in eading to a few too many climactic scenes Although it did get amusing when Mary Louise realizes how ridiculous it was getting A major plus for me was the fact that this can be read as a standalone and it also doesn t eave any unresolved plotlines The Happy Hoofers is a group of 5 friends in their fifties who dance wherever they can find jobs around the world Apparently they run into a few murders in between dances In New York the Happy Hoofers have been hired to dance with the Rockettes for Christmas On the first day of practice the head Rockette is found dead under the stage In between rehearsals Happy Hoofer Mary Louise In The Name of God learns information about the murder and that confidenceeads to another murder and further troubles for Mary LouiseThis cozy mystery is a ittle ight on the mystery as a romantic triangle has developed between Mary Louise her husband George and a doctor who seems to meet her emotional needs than George does On the plus side the author gives us scrumptious recipes at the end of each chapter and wonderful descriptions of the food and Operation Lipstick landmarks of New YorkI received this book in a giveaway from Goodreads High Kicks Hot Chocolate and Homicides is the fifth book in Mary McHugh s A Happy Hoofers Mystery series This is the second book I ve read written by this author and I enjoyed her writing style The storyline is well plotted the characters well developed and there is a nice blend of humor drama and mystery The author provided sufficient character background that this book can be read as a standalone The characters are uirky and colorful I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mysteryThe Happy Hoofers is a group of women who travel the world performing their dance routines The group consists of Tina Janice Pat Mary Louise and Gini In this installment The Happy Hoofers are joining the Rockettes in their annual Christmas performance at Radio City Music Hall in New York City They will be dancing to Santa Claus is Coming to Town in high heels and Santa outfits that weigh 40 pounds so they know they are going to have to work hard to be ready Sadly their contact person and head Rockette Glenna Parsons is found dead under the stage her body mangled by machinery on the first day of rehearsal Before the killer can be arrested several other Rockettes are murdered and Mary Louise finds herself in dangerI received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review High Kicks Hot Chocolate and Homicides is the fifth book in Mary McHugh s A Happy Hoofers Mystery series I haven t read any of the other books in this series but I don t think you need to really They do mention aot of things that happened in previous books but each book is a separate story I guess the rotate narrators and this one is narrated by Mary Louise who is a housewife and of course part of the Happy Hoofers The Happy Hoofers a group of 5 dancers in their early 50s are hired by the Rockettes to dance with them in their Radio Coty Music Hall Christmas performance When the head Rockette Glenna is found dead her body mangled by machinery under the stage the girls find themselves embroiled in another murder mystery I don t think this book was a mystery It was From Blah to Awe like a murder happened and the Happy Hoofers happened to be there and then Mary Louise happened to be told who the murderer was There was no sleuthing or clues The murderer was completely obvious and even the twist was obvious from before the murder even happened Mostly the story centered on her deciding if sheoved her husband or the man she was seeing on the side First the made her husband a complete jerk then the did a 180 and made him a sweetheart Still she was totally stepping out on him And if she said Oh George or Oh Mike or Oh Peter any than she already did it would have been in every paragraph I pictured her as Mrs Brady The story also went into way to much detail about where everyone went for unch and what they had and what the recipe was and what the place ooked ike Then she took us for a tour of New York Describing everything At the end they even spent a chapter talking about free things people Isiting New York could do Was this published by the New York PR firm Even the climax of the story was bad It started and stopped and started and stopped and started and stopped And then it was overThe only reason I am giving this book two stars instead of one is because I iked the idea behind it That just because these gales were in their 50s didn t mean they were not still active desirable adults I would never recommend this book to anyone unless they were planning a trip to New York The Happy Hoover are at it again this time for a Christmas event that always ends in murder at east with these girls in tow I ove these books Gini is probably my favorite but I An Allegheny Homecoming love each of them for their uniue personality and theevel they bring to each book I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewThese How to Measure a Cow ladies are a funoving group doing what they The Debt Bomb love to do dance They have been asked to do a Christmas skit with the famous Rockettes but things are not going as planned when there s a murderer in their midst A cute holiday mystery with aovely cast that is entertaining and Syphons Song (Mayflower Mages, lighthearted Who knows what theyl be up to next We The Consultants Christmas Proposal ll just have to wait and see I really enjoy this series and each book being narrated by a different hoofer makes it interestingIn High Kicks Hot Chocolate and Homicides Mary Louise affectionately known as Weezie is telling the story The hoofe I have read four books in this series andiked this one the east In this outing with the Happy Hoofers Tina Janice Pat Mary Louise and Gini are joining the Rockettes in New York Cit. Gue 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.

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