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High Kicks, Hot Chocolate, and Homicides By Mary McHugh: Review/Giveaway

IN THE November 5 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andFood Fun,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of High Kicks, Hot Chocolate, and Homicides, and a link to order it from Amazon, as well as a link to purchase it from an indie bookstore where a portion goes to help support KRL.

Five friends are tap dancers turning pro. They call themselves the Happy Hoofers. Dancing is a way to exercise, meet new people, and travel with the added complication of solving murders. This time they’re dancing on stage with the Rockettes for the Christmas program.

It will take a lot of practice to look anywhere near as good as the Rockettes, but Mary Louise, Gini, Tina, Pat, and Janice are up for the challenge. Mary Louise is married to an attorney but is giving some thought to whether or not she should continue the marriage. George is grumpy, expects her to fix gourmet meals every evening, and wants her to stop dancing. Gini is single but in a committed relationship and hoping to adopt a child. Janice is an actress, recently reunited with a long ago love. Pat is in a relationship with Denise. Tina, a widow, is planning her wedding to Peter. book

Glenna is their liaison with the Rockettes. She’ll teach them to dance a routine while wearing forty pounds of costuming—the Santas are chubby! They get a brief rundown of the practices and are free for the afternoon. When they get a call that Glenna is dead from a fall under the stage, they’re shocked, of course. She’s the one who knew the equipment so well. The police determine her death might not have been an accident.

When there’s a second death, it’s pretty plain that it’s a murder designed to look like suicide. In the midst of Tina’s wedding plans, Mary Louise’s lunches with Mike and worry about George, Pat’s visits with Denise’s son David, Janice’s romance, and Gini’s adoption plans the women do manage to find clues as to what really happened.

This is the fifth book in the Happy Hoofers Mystery series. They are a fun group of women who are in the prime of their lives and making the most of it. Each book is told in the viewpoint of a different character. Mary Louise is a great cook, so there are recipes scattered throughout the books as she collects them wherever they eat. The mysteries are good, but it’s the sense of friendship among the women that will keep readers coming back to find out what happens next. They may even inspire you to put on your own dancing shoes!

To enter to win a copy of High Kicks, Hot Chocolate, and Homicides, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “high kicks,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen November 12, 2016. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & short stories in our mystery section.

Use this link to purchase the book & a portion goes to help support KRL & indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy:

You can also use this link to purchase the book on Amazon. If you have ad blocker on you may not see the link:

Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch, in the land of blues, booze and shoes—St Louis, Missouri. While writing magazine articles to support her mystery book habit, she secretly polishes mystery books of her own, hoping, someday, they will see the light of Barnes and Noble and a Kindle. You can find several of Sandra’s short stories at Untreed Reads including her newest, “Arthur,” included in the anthology titled, Flash and Bang, available now. Look for Denali, in the anthology Dogs and Dragons.

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Debbie November 5, 2016 at 4:26pm

While I won’t be dancing (I have 2 left feet) I would love to check out the recipes! I belong to a group of women who meet and it’s so fun to get together and share our lives! Thanks! DElholm@prodigy.net


2 Donamae Kutska
Twitter: @donamaekutska
November 5, 2016 at 7:44pm

Awesome recipes in one and friends! Donamaekutska7@gmail.com


3 Valerie Hoynacki November 6, 2016 at 7:10am

I’m in! You used the word ‘chocolate!!’


4 K. Kendler
Twitter: @Kathleen
November 6, 2016 at 8:42am

Thank-you for introducing this author to me.
kckendler at gmail dot com


5 Karen B November 6, 2016 at 10:08am

A new-to-me author/series. Sounds like FUN and great recipes. Count me in, please.



6 Barbara November 6, 2016 at 11:43am

Another great read. For the holiday


7 peggy clayton November 6, 2016 at 11:57am

Wow this one also looks so good glad that you are posting cozies! I would love to read and post a few reviews ptclayton2@aol.com


8 Brittany Abbott
Twitter: @ilovefinnegan
November 6, 2016 at 5:46pm

What a great series, I love it.


9 Doward Wilson November 6, 2016 at 5:57pm

This is a wonderful series & I have to get caught up with it. Some of the most delightful & real characters in the world of cozies.


10 Lisbeth Mizula November 7, 2016 at 7:34am

I haven’t read this series yet but it sounds great.


11 johnna smith
Twitter: @johnnabooks135
November 7, 2016 at 12:06pm

what a fun sounding title just in time for the holidays. Thank you for the chance to win a copy

johnnabooks AT hotmail COM


12 Caryn November 10, 2016 at 4:31am

Love the Rockettes. Love holiday stories. Thanks for the chance to win. stclairck@gmail.com


13 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
November 28, 2016 at 11:46am

We have a winner!


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