Cancans, Croissants, and Casketsby Mary McHugh

Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Kensington
3 Stars

Synopsis: 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

My Review: 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.

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