lunedì 23 febbraio 2015

Review: Flamenco, Flan and Fatalities by Mary McHugh


Flamenco, Flan and Fatalities
by Mary McHugh

Flamenco, Flan and Fatalities serves up just what it says: good entertainment, good food and good mystery! I am looking forward to reading other books in this series.
~Back Porchervations
Talk about transporting the reader – I felt as if I were in Spain for the last few days.
~Socrates Book Reviews
flamenco flanFlamenco, Flan, and Fatalities
(A Happy Hoofers Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Kensington (February 24, 2015)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1617733611
E-Book ASIN: B00M4ASU8S
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Synopsis
Murder is nothing to tap at. . .
The high-kicking Happy Hoofers–Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise, and Gini–have been booked to flaunt their fabulous flamenco footwork on a luxury train ride through northern Spain. But when a blowhard talk show host is found deader than four-day-old flan–with Gini as suspect numero uno–the feisty friends waste no time stepping into their sleuthing shoes to protect one of their own.
The dynamite dancers will have to step up their game before a clever killer brings the curtain down on one of them . . . for good!
Includes Photo Tips And Tasty Recipes

My Review
I adored this cozy mystery, everything is wonderful: the places, the plot, the characters, the food .........
The protagonists are the Happy Hoffers: Tina, Janice, Gini, Mary Louise and Pat. They are five great dancers and great friends who travel the world to entertain people with their shows. In addition to dance, are well-versed in solving murders and mysteries. They are doing a trip in northern Spain by train and should delight the other members of the tour with Flamenco dancing. On board the train there is also Mr. Shambless, a popular talk show host. He's hateful, arrogant, really it is hard to understand how it can have so many fans. He's shooting a documentary about the journey together with a girlfriend (should be the director ....) and a cameraman. During the dinner he has a nasty altercation with one of the dancers, Gini that in anger says that she would like to see him dead. When he found dead poisoned, Gini will be the first to be suspected of murder The Happy Hoofers will try to assist in the investigation the inspector sexy Javier Cruz. But when everything seems to work is found another corpse ...... And if the next possible victim was Gini?
Set in a country caliente and passionate, there had to be some romantic adventures: as increasing the complicity of Mary Louise, mother of three children neglected by her husband, and a doctor recently widower. Or the growing attraction between the inspector and Janice ....
It 's really very well written, with a flowing and compelling rhythm, very nice idea to end chapters with recipes or photos, maybe suggestions for a little vacation. Spain, with its green landscapes, its food, its culture is the background without being intrusive or annoying. All the characters are well developed, both main that secondary.
It's the second book on Happy Hoofers: every adventure can be read as a standalone without any difficulty. Each book in the series is told in first person by one of the dancers. This touches on Gini. She's a very strong and combative woman , who can not stand the injustices and abuses, can not remain silent in front of the arrogance of Mr. Shambless
 Really to read for those who love the cozy mystery and Spain.


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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 http://marymchugh.org/index.html

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1 commento:

  1. Flamenco, Flan and Fatalities sounds like a great book. I am looking forward to reading it.

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