Flamenco, Flan and Fatalities is quite a mouthful. And the ladies featured here are a handful. They are clubbed as 50 something energetic women, but their activities will put a 20 something to shame.
The Happy Hoofers are a set of 5 women who are the best of friends. And they love to dance. They have been hired to provide the entertainment on a luxury train across the North of Spain. Northern Spain, or the green part of Spain is scenic and beautiful and combines many verdant vistas with pristine beaches. The food is fresh and flavorful and everyone is looking forward to a week of fun. But a nasty, brash American TV celebrity climbs on and makes everyone miserable. Not for long, though, because he is soon found dead!
Are you thinking there are shades of the Orient Express here? Don’t worry. You are not the only one to make the comparison. The narrator of the story thinks the same early on and I thought that means the story won’t end as the Orient Express did. Because believe me, everyone seems to have a motive for killing the villain.
Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise and Gini put on their sequined dresses and give the best flamenco performance. They keep the mood up and the tempo fast. But there is a detective inspector who is leaving no stone unturned to solve the mystery. Janice, the prettiest of them is being wooed by more than one man. Tina is attracted to someone, and a third hoofer is almost ready to break her marriage vows. Gini takes on some sleuthing and gives us photography tips. The ladies also collect some mouth watering recipes for readers as they visit various stops on the train.
The concept of Flamenco, Flan and Fatalities is different enough. I wonder why anyone would hire senior dancers to entertain even younger people. They are just that good, I guess. It seems that the narrator changes in every book in the series which sounds interesting.
Cozy mystery lovers have not one woman sleuth but a set of five women sleuths and their rambunctious pursuits to follow in this book. And 40 something can take heart because there is definitely life over the hill.