by Sandra Murphy
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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.
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!
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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
Awesome recipes in one and friends! Donamaekutska7@gmail.com
I’m in! You used the word ‘chocolate!!’
Thank-you for introducing this author to me.
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A new-to-me author/series. Sounds like FUN and great recipes. Count me in, please.
Another great read. For the holiday
Wow this one also looks so good glad that you are posting cozies! I would love to read and post a few reviews firstname.lastname@example.org
What a great series, I love it.
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.
I haven’t read this series yet but it sounds great.
what a fun sounding title just in time for the holidays. Thank you for the chance to win a copy
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Love the Rockettes. Love holiday stories. Thanks for the chance to win. email@example.com
We have a winner!