Carbs and Cadavers [NOOK Book]

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James Henry, a kind-hearted professor of English literature, is forced to move back home to Quincy’s Gap, a tiny town in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, to care for his aging father. Shortly after moving into a house that hasn’t changed since his childhood, the overweight, divorced, book-loving cheese puff addict accepts a position as head librarian and joins a supper club for dieters who call themselves the “Flab Five.” Avoiding carbs is almost impossible in this deep-fried, all-you-can-eat Southern town, so the ...
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Overview

James Henry, a kind-hearted professor of English literature, is forced to move back home to Quincy’s Gap, a tiny town in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, to care for his aging father. Shortly after moving into a house that hasn’t changed since his childhood, the overweight, divorced, book-loving cheese puff addict accepts a position as head librarian and joins a supper club for dieters who call themselves the “Flab Five.” Avoiding carbs is almost impossible in this deep-fried, all-you-can-eat Southern town, so the mysterious death of a young and healthy athlete provides the perfect distraction. While trying to cut carbs and avoid temptations, James and his fellow supper club members work together to shed pounds and track down a killer.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016518237
  • Publisher: jennifer stanley
  • Publication date: 4/13/2013
  • Series: Supper Club Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 37,108
  • File size: 344 KB

Meet the Author

Ellery Adams (aka J.B. Stanley) grew up on a beach near the Long Island Sound. Having spent her adult life in a series of landlocked towns, she cherishes her memories of open water, violent storms, and the smell of the sea. Ms. Adams has held many jobs including caterer, retail clerk, car salesperson, teacher, tutor, and tech writer, all the while penning poems, children's books, and novels. She now writes full-time from her home in Virginia.
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  • Posted July 10, 2009

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    Phenomenal Cozy!

    Welcome to Quincy's Gap, Virginia home of the warmly engaging James Henry. Whoever said going home was easy? It can be a bumpy rode at first but turns out to be the path meant to travel.Former college professor now librarian, James Henry, returns home to care for his irascible father, Jackson, after the untimely death of his mother. Dubbed "Professor Puff" by his former students, James is more than a little overweight. Determined to do something about his expanding waistline and his incessant munching James joins a diet club to trim off the pounds. There he meets some of the most appealing individuals you'll ever meet.The members of the supper club coin themselves the "Flab Five." The four members of the Flab Five are just as charismatic and delightful as James. The bond forms and friendship builds. The love of food isn't the only ingredient holding the gang together. The darling group gets embroiled in a murder in their charming hometown.Resolved to find out who would do such a thing, the Flab Five set out to track a killer.Chockfull of friendship and fun the entertaining bunch warms you heart. J.B. Stanley does a magnificent job setting up this remarkable series! The characters, plot and setting are sensational. Ms. Stanley is simply superb.I was tempted to visit James and the rest of the bunch in Quincy's Gap.This is a must for cozy fans, series connoisseurs, mystery devotees, or one looking for a phenomenal read.Run don't walk to pick up this phenomenal book!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2013

    The first novel in J. B. Stanley's Supper Club series, Carbs and

    The first novel in J. B. Stanley's Supper Club series, Carbs and Cadavers does its job! It introduces you to a man who leaves comfortable professorship at the College of William and Mary to return to his home town to care for his reclusive, grieving and aging father after his mother dies. The novel opens as James gets on the scale and admits that he has to do something about his weight. That makes him more inclined to agree when approached to join a weight loss support group. They decide to call themselves the Flab Five since there are 5 of them. When they achieve their goals they plan to change the name to the Fab Five! But first, there's a murderer to catch before they get shut up by the murderer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2007

    Fun & lighthearted

    This was a fun lighthearted read. The characters are likeable and the story moved along at an easy pace. I enjoyed reading the Nancy Drew mysteries when I was younger, and now have found a similar series but with fun middle aged characters instead of teenagers. I'm looking forward to reading the next book 'Fit to Die'.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2006

    Dieting and Murder

    James Henry is a former English Lit professor. He has come back home to Quincy¿s Gap, Virginia, to take care of his father after his mother¿s death and his divorce. His father isn¿t a very nice person. James was lucky to get a job as the local librarian, and now he has no social life. He just hides among the books at work and eats cheese puffs. When he hears about the supper club, he figures he can stand to lose fifty pounds and he might make some friends. He jumps at the chance to join. He meets Lucy Hanover who works in the sheriff¿s department and is attractive. She¿d like to be a deputy someday. He also meets Lindy, Gillian, and Bennett. They decide to call themselves the ¿Flab Five.¿ Each of them needs to lose weight, but they all seem to have dreams and aspiration. I think that¿s what made me like them so much. James and his fellow dieters end up in the middle of a murder investigation when someone mysteriously drops dead in the Sweet Tooth Bakery. Soon James finds himself looking forward to the next meeting of the supper club. But can they stick to their diets and find the killer without putting themselves in danger? And what is James¿ father doing in the shed all the time? I really enjoyed this book. I read it in two days. The characters are so much fun. You might think that a mystery set around dieting would be boring. Not in this case. You will laugh out loud at their antics. The supper club is such a fun idea. I just wanted to keep reading. Can¿t wait until the next one is out! I highly recommend this book. I hope she writes fast!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2006

    A great read!

    I found this book to be very entertaining and a very good read - the pages fly by. I eagerly look forward to the next installment, for the book has a mix of mystery and humor with lively characters that are well thought out and are a pleasure to follow as they go about their adventures. I look forward to seeing how they handle the next mystery in 'Fit to Die.'

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2006

    Fun Cozy with Engaging Characters

    My wife and I both enjoyed this book. Unlike one of the other reviewers, I wasn't looking for Shakespeare but a light and amusing mystery to read on the plane. I found the characters funny and real. My wife and I have recently started the South Beach diet, so we could really relate to the struggle these characters were going through as they tried to lose weight. We cooked the low-carb pumpkin pie recipe from this book and loved it. I had an inkling who the killer was before I reached the end, but it did not detract from my enjoyment of this book. I was already a fan of J.B. Stanley's antiques mystery, and now I'm a fan of the Flab Five. Keep 'Em Comin'!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2006

    exciting amateur sleuth

    Professor James Henry is not having a good year. First, his wife divorces him after a three year separation to marry a rich lawyer, then his mother dies of a heart attack. He has to quit teaching at William and Mary University to move back to his hometown to take care of his reclusive and belligerent father and the only job he can find is that of a librarian. He also is over fifty pounds overweight. So when the opportunity arrives to join a diet supper club, he leaps at the chance, hoping to meet new friends. --- When the body of a former high school football hero and local bully is found murdered in the local bakery, Lucy Hanover wants to investigate the case because she yearns to be a deputy so she convinces the other members of the supper clan to help her find the killer. They question various people when they are not meeting to discuss diets and the group learns that the victim was blackmailing his former classmates. James with the help of the other four members of the group, think he knows who the killer is but when they go to confront the suspect, they find themselves at the mercy of a stone cold killer. --- Between the investigation and the dieting, the ¿Flab Five¿ as they call themselves develop a camaraderie that develops into a friendship. James is happy because he now has friends and a social life and learns how to be part of a group and at times their leader. J.B. Stanley has written a clever and exciting amateur sleuth mystery that has many suspects with realistic motives that lead to readers eagerly awaiting the next supper club mystery because the first book in the series is delicious. --- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

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    There is potential

    I liked this first book in the series. Since most cozy mysteries are written around a woman lead, I thought having an overweight man as the main character would be a nice change. There were a few things that didn't quite work for me though. The biggest was hints of a romance between James and Lucy. I get the impression that James is attracted and repulsed by her at the same time. This doesn't make for a hopeful romance in my eyes. The other 3 members of the "Flab Five" were mostly unremarkable to me. My guess is that the author didn't want to do character overload the first book out in the series. Hopefully each of the Five will get some book time in the future books. I also didn't quite feel the "small town" charm here.

    I would like to see this author let loose a little. Who calls people "fatso" in this day and age? Especially when they are holding a gun to someones head? That is really the strongest insult the killer can come up with? I think a different "f" bomb was the more likely realistic response. However, I realize that cozy mysteries are written with a specific formula and we must not offend anyone with colorful language now shall we?

    I want to see more of this series, but I'm likely going to skip over books 2-5 for now because I'm not interested in a James & Lucy romance and I have so many other titles to read. I have the 6th installment "Black Beans & Vice" on my Nook and the story line hints to shake things up quite a bit for the "Flab Five"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2006

    Not worth it...

    The entire time i read this, i couldnt figure out whether this was a children's book or not. The writing is very elementary-school, yet the overall plot is not meant for children. It is simplistic and childish. Not really worth the time...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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