Black Beans & Vice

Black Beans & Vice

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by J. B. Stanley

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The Flab Five’s creative new strategy to slim down? Hypnotherapy! And James has new motivation for laying off the donuts: his adorable son Eliot and a rekindled romance with his ex-wife, Jane. But a radical animal rights group is stirring things up in Quincy’s Gap. When two suspicious deaths occur, the Supper Club friends team up to solve

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The Flab Five’s creative new strategy to slim down? Hypnotherapy! And James has new motivation for laying off the donuts: his adorable son Eliot and a rekindled romance with his ex-wife, Jane. But a radical animal rights group is stirring things up in Quincy’s Gap. When two suspicious deaths occur, the Supper Club friends team up to solve another delectable, food-filled mystery.

A cozy “village” mystery, Black Beans & Vice is the sixth book in the warm and wonderful Supper Club mystery series.

Featuring recipes for tasty vegetarian entrees, a simple and refreshing cocktail,
and delicious desserts!


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Publishers Weekly
In Stanley's winning sixth Supper Club mystery (after 2009's The Battered Body), head librarian James Henry, now that he's reunited with his ex-wife, Jane, and learned he has a four-year-old son, Eliot, hopes to curb his sugar craving with hypnotherapy at the new Wellness Village in scenic Quincy's Gap, Va. James and his fellow dieters--deputy sheriff Lucy Hanover, pet grooming store owner Gillian O'Malley, art teacher Lindy Perez, and mailman Bennett--enjoy guru Harmony York's laid-back sessions. Less peaceful is Wellness Village's fresh food festival, attended by James and family in the hope of coping better with Eliot's sudden determination to go vegan, during which councilman Ned Woodman drops dead of a suspicious heart attack. Later, after the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, militant vegan Tia Royale dies, an apparent strangulation victim. An unusual murder weapon is just one of the surprises in this enjoyable tale of high-cal crime. (Nov.)

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Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
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Supper Club Mysteries , #6
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Meet the Author

J.B. Stanley has a BA in English from Franklin & Marshall College, an MA in English Literature from West Chester University, and an MLIS from North Carolina Central University. She taught sixth grade language arts in Cary, North Carolina for the majority of her eight-year teaching career. Raised an antique-lover by her grandparents and parents, Stanley also worked part-time in an auction gallery. An eBay junkie and food-lover, Stanley now lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, two young children, and three cats.

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Black Beans and Vice (Supper Club Series #6) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
The best supper cluubbook yet!
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
In this sixth edition of the Supper Club Mysteries,  all the Flab Five friends are in different stages with their aim to be healthier, with good body weights.  They are all also becoming blessed in their love lives, expanding the group of friends that we are making as readers.  James found himself a father, in the last book, when his ex-wife introduced him to, Eliot, his four year old son. Now he and Jane are also rekindling their relationship, but someone doesn't like this, leaving dead birds in strange places around their homes. Little Eliot has decided to become a vegan after watching a kids show.  So the whole Flab Five have decided to give veganism a try, but while attending a Wellness Village Fair, a town official is found murdered.  Soon after another body is found, sending the group on another mystery adventure.  These two mysteries keep everyone busy. I hate to see the end of this fun cozy series that has become filled with characters that seem like my friends.  They've grown so much through the series, and their detective skills have developed exponentially. Hopefully JB Stanley will feel the need to revisit these characters in further books!
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AuthorAshleyDawn More than 1 year ago
James and the group of the 'Supper Club' have a new idea of how to lose weight..hypnosis. If they no longer crave sugar, they no longer gain weight or at least that is their plan! James' life is going better than he ever hoped, he is completely adored by his newly-found four-year-old son and he and his ex wife have a closer relationship than he ever dreamed possible. His family is mostly accepting of the new wonderful turns of his life and he is on cloud nine. On a family outing to a food festival, protesters are there actively campaigning for animal rights. For the most part, the members of the Supper Club agree with what the protesters stand for, but do not approve of their methods. At the festival, James and his son discover the first body. No one is overly interested in the death except James' ex girlfriend who has moved back to town and is honing in with her reporter instincts. When the second body is found, the members of the Supper Club have to figure out what is going on! The Supper Club members are finding love, hooking up with old crushes and trying to get into shape. James' stress is added to by someone nailing a dead bird to his ex wife's front door and then sending him a threatening note. He needs to protect his family and his friends are there to help him with both moral and police support. The latest in the supper club mysteries is an enthralling read! From page one it pulls you in and is a wonderful 'cozy' mystery. Reviewed by Ashley Wintters for Suspense Magazine
Dawn--MysLovCorner More than 1 year ago
The Flab Five has decided to try hypnotherapy in their attempts to slim down. James and his ex-wife, Jane, and son, Eliot, are spending a lot of time together. Added incentive for James to get in shape. A radical animal rights group begins stirring things up in Quincy's Gap. Then there are two suspicious deaths. The Supper Club friends set out to solve the mystery. I love this series and am very sorry to know this is the last book in the series. I hope at some time in the future the author will decide to write more. I love them! James and the other members of the Supper Club, The Flab Five, are such fun. They each have their quirks and I think that's what endears this series to me. No one is trying to be perfect. They all know they are flawed and are working on it. They work well, together. I like James being the town librarian and his relationship with his father. It took me a while to warm up to his ex-wife, Jane, coming back into his life, but who couldn't love his son, Eliot. So while this is the last book in the series (for now), I truly enjoyed it. I savored each and every page. I highly recommend this book, but it's best if you read the full series and in order. Each book grows on the past.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago