Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Chorus Lines, Caviar and Corpses

 This was the first book in the Happy Hoofers series by Mary McHugh.  I enjoyed the premise of the book and the tight comradery of the main characters.  They are a strong group of women who have a great friendship.  Their individual character strengths and weaknesses were accurately represented.  Their internal squabbling and the peacemaker in the group all felt realistic.  

The vivid descriptions of the Russian towns and St. Petersburg were wonderful.  The food and culture of Russia were well represented.  As was the historical facts blended in under the auspicious of a tour guide and local guide on board their cruise ship.  The premise of the mystery was a good one although the strength of the revelation was a bit lacking as I found myself guessing the guilty party early on in the book.   

I am looking forward to reading more adventures with these ladies.  There next adventure is in Spain so that should be interesting.  The series seems like it will be a fun way to virtually travel the world.

Chorus Lines, Caviar, and CorpsesChorus Lines, Caviar, and Corpses by Mary McHugh
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed the ensemble cast of friends in this cozy. I did find the mystery a bit predictable which is why it’s a 3 not a 4 star. The characters were like able and realistic. I look forward to seeing their relationships develop in the series. The descriptions of St Petersburg and the towns along the river were wonderful and makes me want to visit even more than I did previously

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Challenge Prompts

The Challenge Prompts I will use this for are:  

  1. Literary Escapes  #LiteraryEscapes  Russia
  2. Beat the Backlist #BTB2021  #33 non-binary protagonist
  3. Mount TBR   #MountTBR2021  Book #5
  4. Back List Reader  #Backlistreader  Book #38
  5. Calendar of Crime  #CalendarOfCrime2021   
  6. Cruisin thru Cozies  free choice #9
  7. Cloak & Dagger  #CloakDaggerChal  Book #27
  8. Craving for Cozies  Book #23
  9. 52 Book Club  #the52bookclub2021  #50 A Shoe On The Cover
  10. The Unofficial Magnus Archives Challenge  #TMARC21  #9. The Stranger: MC/author is a performer
  11. Magic in the Books Book 6 #7 A book involving music
  12. Pick your Poison #13-4 A book about cross dressing
  13. Monthly Motif #MonthlyMotifGXO  set in russia
  14. Book Voyage  #bookvoyagechallenge  Eastern Europe
  15. Backpacking Bookworm  #bbReadingChallenge2021 
  16. Medical Examiner Challenge  1 Toe Tags
  17. Beachcomber Challenge  
    • Crime Scenes 
      • Row 1
        • Boat
    • Weapons
      • Row 2 
        • Knife
    • Detectives- Tina
    • Victims- Brad
  18. Six Shooter Challenge  Target #53  Shot #1
  19. Unruly Reader Bingo  #23 russia

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