My name is Tina Powell and I’m the travel editor at Perfect Bride magazine. I live in a little town in New Jersey and commute to New York. I hang out with a bunch of four friends I’ve known forever. There’s Janice Rogers, an actress and director, Gini Miller, a documentary film maker, Pat Keeler, a family therapist, and Mary Louise Temple, a housewife.
To stay reasonably thin, we started tap dancing and got to be so good at it, we were hired to dance first for community groups and then on cruise ships, luxury trains and resorts. We call ourselves the Happy Hoofers, and we thought we’d have a lot of fun dancing and eating good food and making some money. Who knew we’d get mixed up in a couple of murders on some of our gigs?
So far we’ve danced and almost been killed on a cruise ship sailing from Moscow to St. Petersburg, on a luxury train traveling across northern Spain, on a bateau mouche in Paris and at the Copacabana in Rio. Luckily, murders haven’t stopped us from eating and there are recipes in each book from every country we’ve danced in.
Each one of us is the narrator of a series of cozy murder mysteries called the Happy Hoofers Mysteries: Me for Chorus Lines, Caviar and Corpses set in Russia and published on November 4, 2014; Gini for Flamenco, Flan, and Fatalities, set in Spain and out next March; Janice for Cancans, Croissants and Caskets, set in Paris and published in the fall of 2015.; and Pat for the one set in Rio. Each of us brings her own quirks, assets, personalities and flaws to her narration.
Here’s to great food, lovely wines, romance, puppies and kittens, with a couple of murders thrown in.
You can read more about Tina and her friends in Chorus Lines, Caviar, and Corpses, the first book in the new “Happy Hoofers” mystery series, published by Kensington.
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Meet the author
Mary McHugh has published 22 books on subjects ranging from feminism to Crotchety Old Men. At present she is writing a series of cozy murder mysteries for Kensington Books.
She worked for The New York Times for their special sections, and her article, “Telling Jack” in the Sunday Times magazine was nominated for an award for best personal essay by the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
Her book, Special Siblings: Growing Up with Someone with a Disability, was awarded a prize for Special Recognition of a National Project by The Arc of New Jersey.
She worked as an articles editor at three national magazines and was a contributing editor for Cosmopolitan magazine.
Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle and Senior Women.