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Cancans, Croissants, and Caskets

(Happy Hoofers Mystery #3)

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  123 ratings  ·  45 reviews

"A huge treat for mystery fans.” —Peggy Ehrhart You can’t tiptoe when murder’s afoot…

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
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Kensington
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Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I want to be a Happy Hoofer! They travel to awesome places and dance. Sometimes they tap their way right into a bunch of trouble but they always seem to shuffle their way out!

If you haven’t met the Happy Hoofers they are a group of friends that love to dance.

Tina is leader of the group. She keeps everything organized. She is the Travel Editor at Perfect Bride magazine.
Janice is an actress and director in community theater. She is divorced with a daughter in college.
Pat is a
Barbara ★
An okay mystery but I have zero interest in touring Paris and was rather bored and let's not mention the 10+ pages of cooking lessons. This book was definitely not written with me in mind. lol

In case you're wondering why I read it in the first place, it has the Eiffel Tower on the cover and I needed that for a reading challenge.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
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 w
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Mary McHugh is a new author to me, I'm sorry that i didn't discover her previously. I loved this book, set in Paris, about an over 50 dance group. The Happy Hoofers have been hired to provide entertainment on a sight seeing boat on the Seine River. From a Russian cruise to a Spanish train to the sights of beautiful France. Go ahead and join the ladies for a fun filled romp through some of the most beautiful countries in the world.
I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an unbias
Laura Reading
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the second Happy Hoofers book I have read.
The Hoofers are five friends (Tina, Gini, Pat, Jan and Mary Louise) who tap dance and have been invited to perform all over the world. Each book is told from a different dancer's point of view.
This one is told by Janice,Rogers, an actress, who also happens to have the wildest adventure on this trip.

The ladies are invited to perform on a dinner cruise show boat (Bateau Mouche} in Paris for the week surrounding Bastille Day (a Fête Nationale Fran
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a new series for me. It is not published yet. I received it from Net Galley for an honest review.

I loved the book. I enjoyed the fact that the five Happy Hoofers were in Paris to perform on July Fourteenth. Bastille day, like our Fourth of July. Tina, Mary Louise, Gini, Pat, and Janice travel the world tap dancing.

I learned many things about Paris that I did not know and many things that I did know, but had forgotten. Gini had lived in Paris for over a year so she was able to show the o
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
The premise of this book sounded interesting, and not having read the previous two books in the series, I expected to be a little behind on character development. This ended up being the case, but unfortunately, there was no character development. Eventually I went on to understand that the main character is a beautiful actress, one of the other dancers is a lesbian, one is super religious and one is some kind of Francophile. Why they're all dancing in this group and people hire them is beyond u ...more
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Third installment in the Happy Hoofers mystery series is set in Paris; City of Lights. The Hoofers, five American women dancers, have been signed to dance on a bateau mouche (floating restaurant) along the Seine. A week dancing in one of the most beautiful cities of the world; what could go wrong? First night: murder...

I like the makeup of the five Hoofers as they have different personalities. Each book in the series is told from the perspective of a different woman. I also like the details abou
Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a surprising find for me --- I had never heard of the author or the series, but was given the book by a friend. It's a composite of a travelogue, cook book and murder mystery. It is rather predictable, but charming nonetheless, involving 5 middle-aged Happy Hoofers, tap dancers who take a job on a tour boat in Paris and run into a murder. I really liked the descriptions of Paris and the descriptions of the various foods, complete with recipes, and would read more of this series. It's an ...more
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a good cozy mystery utilizing a dance group of five women. The women have other full-time jobs but they travel together as a dance group on one-week engagements abroad. This time in Paris. The descriptions of Paris are great. This is a quick, easy read but the multiple murders and kidnapping is a bit too much.
Aug 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries, 2015
I just finished reading Cancans, Croissants, and Caskets by Mary McHugh. It is the third book in The Happy Hoofers Mystery series. The Happy Hoofers are off the Paris, France! They are dancing on the Bateau Mouche. It is a boat that does dinner cruises on the Seine. They will dance each evening for a week (five days). The ladies rented an apartment to stay at while they are in Paris. The Happy Hoofers include: Janice Rogers (actress), Tina Powell (travel writer for a bridal magazine), Gini Mill ...more
DelAnne Frazee
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Cancans, Croissants, and Caskets - Happy Hoofers Mystery 2
Author: Mary McHugh
Published: 8-25-15
Publisher: Kensington Books
Pages: 352
Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense
Sub Genre: Women's Fiction; Cozy Mystery
ISBN: 9781617733635
Reviewer: DelAnne
Reviewed For: NetGalley

The Happy Hoofers have packed their bags and are headed of to Paris to dance the cancan on the dinner cruise ship, Bateau Mouche (translated means Riverboat) after being hired by Henri and Madeleine Fouc
Jul 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Cancans, Croissants and Caskets is the third installment in the Happy Hoofers Mystery series. This book finds the five tap dancing friends (Tina, Mary Louise, Gini, Pat and Jan) hired to perform on a Bateau Mouche (sightseeing boat) on the Seine in Paris. Each of the books is narrated by a different member of the group and Cancans is told from Janice Roger's perspective.

The group arrives in Paris on Bastille Day, which is the American equivalent of Independence Day so things around the city are
Aug 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
Note: There's no actual details, but this review is spoilerish.

This is a joint review for Flamenco, Flan and Fatalities and Cancans, Croissants and Caskets because they are basically the same book. (I haven't read the first one in the series.) The set up is that there is this 50ish troupe of 5 women who do dance performances and get to travel because of it. Murders occur during the trip, one or more fall in love/lust (despite being on trips of a week or less), one of the gals gets in danger beca
Laura Salas
Aug 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
Oh, dear. I'm not sure where to begin, so I'll just share the things that ruined this book for me.

* It's not a mystery and shouldn't be marketed as such. The main character and her friends do nothing to try to solve it. It just happens where they are.
* Main characters who are 50+-year-old tap dancers who are so sexy that every man they meet (and some women) are trying to bed them. Hey, I'm almost 50 and am not saying there aren't beautiful, sexy women in this age range,'s pretty over th
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, net-galley
Absolutely LOVED this book!! I'm not exactly sure which # this is in the series, but wish I'd have known about them!!
The author caught me right in the beginning, which is hard to do! This seems like it's in the cozy genre & honestly , many of those are quite boring until you're about halfway through, or just poorly written. The authors use of descriptions made me feel as if I lived in Paris all my life, yet I was never there. Beautifully descriptive & captivating read!
My mind was given a
A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

You can't tiptoe when murder's afoot…
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,
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There's a fair amount of humour in this Parisian murder mystery where I guessed who the murderer was very early on but I didn't care. I was laughing too much at the escapades of the dancing friends, who have great fun as they work on board a boat despite the murder which they delve into head and feet first. They get put in lots of danger, some where I thought the end had to be near because there was seemingly no way out of certain sticky situations.

I was frustrated on their behalf at the way t
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, cozy-mistery
I couldn't wait to read another fun adventure of Happy Hoofers, five dancers in their fifties who perform around the world. Each book is narrated from the point of view of one of the dancers and takes place in a different country: from Spain we pass to the magical atmosphere of Paris. The descriptions of Paris are very well done, really it seems to be there.
Tina, Pam Gini, Janice, Mary Louise must perform with a cancan on the Bateau Mouche, a cruise ship along the Seine. The night of their debut
Lisa Morin
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Happy Hoofers Book #3
I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
This is the first time I have read anything by this author. I was pleasantly surprised by the writing style and was hooked from the start. If you enjoy traveling, humor and a little bit of romance, be sure to check this series out.
The Happy Hoofers are a group of fifty-something ladies who love to dance and have a fabulous time doing it, until a dead body appears, that is.
The five friends are invited
Jul 03, 2015 rated it liked it
I received this ARC for an honest review from Netgalley

Cancans, Croissants, and Caskets is the 3rd book in the Happy Hoofers series, and my second book by this author. I read Flamenco, Flan and Fatalities and enjoyed it much more than I enjoyed this book. In that book the Hoofers work together to solve the murder, and it was suspenseful and fun. In Cancans, Croissants, and Caskets the Hoofers do nothing to solve the murder, it just unfolds in the story. Every book is told by a different Hoofer,
Charlotte Anderson
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was sent to me from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.
This is the first time I have read a novel by this author. "Mary McHugh""
The story takes place in Paris on the Bateau Mouche, which is a sightseeing floating dinner theater. There are 5 friend named, Gini, Tina, Pat, Janice. and Mary Louise, who are an over the 50's dance group called the "Happy Hoofers" as there trip begins they are drawn into a murder mystery when the owner of the theater is murdered.. The 5 friends hope
Rosemary K
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Happy Hoofers are at it again. Wherever they go, these ladies find trouble and murder. Paris is no exception. This story is so enjoyable. The characters are charming and feisty. This group of friends are good at what they do both on and off stage. I could feel the love and caring that they had for one another. It added depth to the story. The dialogue was interesting and Paris provided a romantic and mysterious setting. The highlights of the City of Lights was a nice touch as were the recipe ...more
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great Series!
This is a great series; this is the third book in the A Happy Hoofers Mystery series by Mary McHuch. This book can be read as a standalone, but once you read one you will want to go back and read the others. Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary, Louise, and Gini are members of The Happy Hoofers, they are set to kick off the fete by dancing the cancan on the sightseeing cruise down the Seine. On the night of their debut, an important patron ends up murdered. The members of the Happy Hoofers put t
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, f, mystery
Takes place in Paris, over the course of about a week, starring 5 amazingly beautiful and talented, fifty-something, American tap dancers with varying personalities, a la the Spice Girls.

Although classified as a mystery, little time is devoted on the story compared to the time raving about the city of Paris, from a tourist's point of view. Also covered extensively are recipes and menus encountered.

Overall frothy and unsurprising, while still being cozy and reassuring. Some of the characters wo
Teresa Kander
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love this series, and this book just cemented that opinion for me. I love that the main characters are over 50, and that each book is told from the point of view of a different dancer. This time around, we get Janice's perspective and get to know more about her.

I was also thrilled that this story takes place in Paris, which is a place I've always wanted to visit. The author describes it vividly, putting me right in the city. And the food--there are so many descriptions, and recipes that I look
Cat Kwiatkowski
Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly entertaining travel mystery. The main character in this story seems to have a lot more fun than her counterparts telling the other tales in this series; though after reading this you may want to ride a carousel then eat croissants.
Sep 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy, mysteries
The Happy Hoofers are on the road again, this time in Paris to dance on a dinner cruise on the Seine. As always there are a couple of murders, and a lot of eating, sightseeing, and flirting. One thing that makes this series different is that each of the books is narrated by a different member of the group, who coincidentally is also the one who comes up with the clue to solve the mystery and is attacked by the murderer. So, yes, there's a formula, and the mysteries are pretty incidental to the s ...more
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Of course I read it while in Paris. There is a mystery, but that seemed a minor part of the book. The descriptions of Paris were great. There are also recipes for dishes they had when they eat out in Paris. A few of them I plan on trying myself. I also liked the fashion tips, including wear scarfs, but do not wear sneakers. The book is part of a series about 5 dances traveling to different places, and having a murder disturb their plans. I will be reading others in th ...more
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Happy Hoofers Mystery (5 books)
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  • Flamenco, Flan, and Fatalities
  • Bossa Novas, Bikinis, and Bad Ends
  • High Kicks, Hot Chocolate, and Homicides