Author Mary McHugh / Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 318 Pages
This is the second novel in the Happy Hoofers mystery series. You can enjoy this book even if you haven’t read the first. Five friends, Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise and Gini travel and perform dancing routines together. Their first encounter with murder was on a cruise ship in Chorus Lines, Caviar, and Corpses. This newest adventure is on a train trip through Spain. It has a colorful cover and characters.
This is your classic setup. There’s someone that is a nasty mess of a person. Everyone seems to have a reason to want them dead. We aren’t surprised when Dick Shambless ends up that way early on. Some motives are out in the open for all to see, some are below the surface to be unearthed.
It is a delightful trip with these ladies covering dancing, information about Spain, photography tips, a little romance and drama, and some great food and recipes. I am going to have to make the orange flan dessert recipe. I’ve already written my ingredient shopping list.
My only comment for improvement would be that the dialogue didn’t seem to reflect the different characters. It was all relatively brief and crisp. There are five gals in the happy hoofers, and the other travelers on the train. Don’t we all have an academic friend that speaks a little differently than the salesman we know? Or someone from a different region of the country that makes different vocabulary choices. Then there’s the person that has to have all eyes on them- so they deliver their stories as if they are on stage. It just seemed like the dialogue was rather generic for the different character’s personalities.
Anyone that enjoys cozies where motives are uncovered and women’s friendships are valued would get a kick out of this series.
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