Sunday, November 9, 2014

Blog Tour Post, Review & Giveaway: Chorus Lines, Caviar, and Corpses by Mary McHugh

Description (from cover):

'There's no pussy-footing around murder..

It's never too late to kick up your heels. Just ask Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise, and Gini--aka the Happy Hoofers. After posting a video of their tap-dancing routine on the Internet, the leggy ladies find themselves booked to perform on a Russian river cruise up the Volga from Moscow to St. Petersburg.

But when murder cuts in, the five fabulous friends find it's not so easy to tap their troubles away. A crew member has been killed, and a passenger is missing. With a killer on board, the Hoofers need to watch their step. But with a little fancy footwork, these soft-shoe sleuths may get a leg up on a killer who's cruising for a bruising...'

My thoughts:

I am always on the lookout for a new cozy mystery series to love, so I jumped at the chance to be a part of this blog tour when I was offered the opportunity. However, sad to say, but I really didn't enjoy this book all that much. It was sort of corny at times and it just wasn't anything that really stood out to me. Sure the idea of the book taking place in Russia, which seems so intriguing especially to me, wasn't enough to really make me really enjoy this one. I hate when I am a part of a blog tour and I read something that really doesn't appeal to me. It makes me feel bad. 

I did like the fact that the author seems to me that she is going to be writing these books in a different world location. That is interesting. I love reading about different places and learning about culture. The author did a wonderful job of creating Russia for me in this book, but the mystery was a little lacking. I liked the main character Tina, but I had a really hard time keeping up with all of the characters. It was a little overwhelming to me as a reader and made it hard for me to remember who was who. 

This book will appeal to people who like to escape through reading to different places in the world. The author created a beautiful scenery in Russia, but sadly to say, not that great of a mystery book. It's not something that I would recall later and it just was an okay debut. I am curious to see where the characters go next, but have to say that if it doesn't improve, this more than likely will be a series that I will be skipping.

Overall Rating: 2

Title:  Chorus Lines, Caviar, and Corpses
Author:  Mary McHugh
Series:  Happy Hoofers Mystery #1
Publisher:  Kensington
Publication Date:  November 4, 2014
Pages:  304
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Get It:  Amazon; Barnes & Noble

About the Author:

Mary McHugh is an award winning author and journalist. A contributing editor for many years at Cosmopolitan, her work has also appeared in The New York Times, Family Circle and Woman's World. She lives near New York City. Readers can visit her website at

This has been a stop of the Chorus Lines, Caviar, and Corpses blog tour hosted by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours. Make sure that you stop by the other stops as some of them are hosting giveaways of this book!

November 4 – Melina’s Book Blog
November 5 – Shelley’s Book Case
November 6 – Socrates’ Book Reviews
November 7 – Cozy Up With Kathy
November 8 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews
November 9 – Girl Lost In a Book
November 10 – Tea and A Book
November 11 – Griperang’s Bookmarks
November 12 – Kelly P’s Blog
November 13 – Brooke Blogs 

Disclaimer: This book was given to me by the publisher, through Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, in exchange for my honest review. I reviewed this book without compensation of any kind. All thoughts and opinions are solely mine.


  1. It interests me because I love cozies and have not read anything by this author yet, would love to :)

  2. Love cozies that keep me guessing.

  3. Friendship, mystery and travel...great combination!

  4. The book intriguing for the locale which is unique. Thanks.saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. I think I would like the travel aspect of this book.

  6. Mary DeBorde
    I've always thought Russia sounded like an exotic, magical place to visit - so that would be
    what interests me the most :)


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