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Stiffs and Swine (Supper Club Series #4)
     

Stiffs and Swine (Supper Club Series #4)

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by J. B. Stanley
 

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When the supper club members are invited to be guest judges at a regional barbecue contest, they accept the invitation faster than you can say "hog heaven." But the barbecue festival's family-oriented, finger-licking fun turns sour when a contestant is found dead. Things go from bad to worse when one of the five friends is accused of the murder and lands in jail.

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When the supper club members are invited to be guest judges at a regional barbecue contest, they accept the invitation faster than you can say "hog heaven." But the barbecue festival's family-oriented, finger-licking fun turns sour when a contestant is found dead. Things go from bad to worse when one of the five friends is accused of the murder and lands in jail. The strained relationship between James and Lucy is still no picnic, but the supper club members must stick together to find the real killer.

Includes authentic barbecue-friendly recipes!

Praise for the Supper Club Mystery Series
"Heavy on fun, light on gore, this savory mystery comes complete with yummy recipes." —Publishers Weekly

"Well plotted ...with a wonderful setting and cast of characters." —MysteryReader.com

"Stanley offers another entry in the popular Supper Club Mystery series, and her fans now have a new volume to relish." —Booklist

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Kirkus Reviews
Five food-loving friends accept an offer to serve as judges at a barbecue contest where murder is a side dish. Despite their differences, members of the Supper Club have had some success as amateur sleuths (Chili con Corpses, 2008, etc.). But they don't expect to need those skills at the annual Hudsonville Hog Festival, where they've been tapped to judge the Queen Sow Contest. The friends arrive at a delightful inn, where the hostess is a great cook and her daughter a great beauty, only to be confronted by the obnoxious Jimmy Lang, an ex-con contestant with a profitable sideline and a secret to success. When Jimmy's found dead by propane poisoning in his trailer, Supper Club member Gillian is suspect No. 1. Gillian is an aging, animal-loving hippie whose peaceful attitude to life was blasted when she confronted Jimmy and accused him of murdering her husband, a man her friends never knew existed. Ever since his current squeeze, reporter Murphy Alistair, has cooled off, librarian James Henry has enjoyed spending time with his former girlfriend, sheriff's deputy Lucy Hanover. Now Murphy's appearance in town to write about the crime brings the pot to a boil. The friends do everything they can to find the real killer of Lang, whose enemies included his competition and his girlfriend. The fourth in Stanley's food-loving series is no great mystery, but foodies will love the recipes and fans the new adventures of the five friends.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738712673
Publisher:
Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Series:
Supper Club Series , #4
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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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Stiffs and Swine (Supper Club Series #4) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
This is definitely one of the best cozy series with foodies and dieters.  This is the fourth in this Supper Club Mystery Series.  A diverse group of Virginia townsfolk have decided to gather once a week to share their dieting experiences, but still wanting to enjoy good food.  There's James - the librarian, Lucy - the new deputy sheriff, Gillian - the new age pet guru, Bennett - the postman, and Lindy - the school teacher.  There are also some twin technical genius librarian assistants that help this group whenever they get caught up in solving mysteries.   In this story, the Flab Five have become so famous from all their detecting skills, that the organizer of the 47th annual Hudsonville Hog Festival has asked them to come and judge the barbecue cooking contests.  They're given free room and board at the local B&B, plus free tickets to all the local events.  How can they pass this up?  Their dieting is going to take a hiatus while they enjoy the fun and food.   They meet some interesting characters amongst the grillers.  Especially one loud mouthed, barrel chested, griller who plans to win everything, thus getting himself a lucrative contract with a local meat packing plant.  His food is terrific, but he has managed to offend just about everyone around him.  So no big surprise, when he's found dead in his RV.  But they are all surprised when one of their own is arrested for the murder. I love the quirky characters in these books.  The receipts aren't so bad either.  Stanley manages to keep suspense within her mysteries without bringing in any gore or foul language.  There are actually two mysteries to solve within this yummy story.  These books are hard to find, but they are definitely worth reading!  Two more in this series, and would love to see Stanley take up writing some more Supper Club Mysteries after those.  One of my favorites!
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Dawn--MysLovCorner More than 1 year ago
The Flab Five: James, Lucy, Bennet, Lindy, and Gillian, have been invited to be judges at a regional barbeque contest. They all jump at the chance and are soon on their way to a neighboring locale. Before long, one of the contestant's is found dead. Unbeknownst to the rest of the group, Gillian had a past with the murder victim and is soon in jail as the prime suspect. The other four friends band together to discover the identity of the real killer. Murphy, the reporter from their town and James' girlfriend, comes to town to cover the story. This puts a lot of strain on their relationship. Will it survive? The four friends discover they didn't know their friend Gillian as well as they thought they did. Could she be the killer? There are quite a few people who aren't sad to see the murder victim dead. Which one is the killer? Plus what's going on at the library where James works? Can he help solve this mystery as well? I love this series and always devour each book. This was no exception. The only thing I hate is that I read them so fast and have to wait so long for the next book. I really like The Flab Five. They've become such a great group of friends. But as is often true, everyone has a past they haven't revealed. I like how this was handled in this book. And how the various friends reacted. It felt very real. There are lots of wonderful recipes in the book, too. I hope to try some one day. I highly recommend this book and the complete series.