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Product Details

  • Series: Supper Club Mysteries (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 379 pages
  • Publisher: Wheeler Publishing (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597227277
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597227278
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,256,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In Stanley's delicious third supper club mystery to feature the Flab Five (after 2007's Fit to Die), lovable librarian James, newly svelte deputy-in-training Lucy, trivia maven Bennett, spaced-out herbalist Gillian and self-effacing high school teacher Lindy sign up for a Mexican/Spanish-themed Fix 'n' Freeze cooking class in Quincy Gap, Va. Their classmates include Shenandoah Star-Ledger editor Murphy Alistair and her old college friends, drop-dead gorgeous twins Parker and Kinsley Willis. When Parker is murdered during a school field trip to Luray Caverns, the amateur sleuths vow to catch the killer. Spicing the proceedings are James's struggles to lower his salt intake, recover from his stormy breakup with Lucy and figure out what to do with a winning lottery ticket found in the library book drop. Heavy on fun, light on gore, this savory mystery comes complete with yummy recipes. (Jan.)
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"Heavy on fun, light on gore, this savory mystery comes complete with yummy recipes." -- Publishers Weekly, Week of 10/29/07

"Mexican recipes, the cozy hometown setting, and a touch of romance make [Chili con Corpses] a pleasant read." -- Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2007

"Stanley offers another entry in the popular Supper Club Mystery series, and her fans now have a new volume to relish." -- Booklist --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Just a fun cozy mystery read!
Priscilla Smith
Author's writing style is very enjoyable, and the mystery was weighted well against the personal lives of the characters.
C.Snow
Plot initially seemed interesting, but ending was confusing.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Hopkins on March 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
J.B. Stanley once again teases our taste buds and sates our appetites with Chili Con Corpses, the third installment in her utterly delicious Supper Club Mystery series. On this occasion, we bump into two supper club members, James and Bennett, working hard at the gym when Murphy Alistair, the editor of The Shenandoah Star Ledger, walks into the Y, accompanied by two drop-dead gorgeous strangers - twins Parker and Kinsley Willis. Later, while James and Bennett are rewarding their hard work at the gym with a treat from the Custard Cottage, Murphy and the twins show up again, and introductions are made. Parker is a vet who attended Virginia Tech with Murphy, and Kinsley is her quirky twin sister from New York.

The supper club members, a.k.a. The Flab Five, are five Quincy's Gap, VA residents with very different backgrounds and interests, who get together on a regular basis for friendship and moral support in their quest to lose weight and improve their health. Since they have all made great strides toward their goals but are getting a bit tired of constantly dieting, Lindy suggests they try something new - so the club members all sign up for 10 Saturday cooking classes at Fix `n Freeze - to have fun and allow themselves to splurge on Mexican cuisine once a week.

James Henry, local librarian and supper club member, figures prominently in this particular supper club mystery. He's having some health issues, is having some problems in his romantic relationship with fellow supper clubber, Lucy, is worried about his father, is trying to resolve a dilemma dealing with a lottery ticket left at the library, and is unfortunate enough to stumble upon a very dead body while serving as a chaperone at Lindy's behest on a school field trip.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tammy "TCB" on September 6, 2009
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I love JB's books. And I'm not saying this because I've met her and she was nice to me.
This story was up to caliber with the others I've read of hers. The main characters are facinating. I love having to deal with James' problems, because they feel like my own. I can relate to him, which for me is a very good read.
I loved the concept, but for me doing this particular setting was just average.
The plot was well structured, and I didn't find lots of loose ends or things that didn't seem to match the story. That makes me very happy.
I like the recipes in the book, and would try them if it wasn't for my DH being a vegetarian.
If you like a fast read with "normal" problems that everyone might deal with instead of the "out there" issues, this is a mandatory read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on December 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
James, Bennett, Lindy, Lucy and Gillian are members of the Flab Five, a club who supports the members concerning proper diet and exercise so they can lose weight. It is a diverse group with Lindy trying to get up the courage to tell the high school principal she likes him. James and Lucy are an entry but the two are drifting apart and the relationship ends when he sees her with another man who is helping her pass her test to be a police officer.

James is drafted into being a chaperone at the Luray Caverns where art students can paint after hours. While everyone is in a different area, one of the students finds the body of Parker Willis who they later find out is an heiress who was in practice with veterinarian Collin Crabtree. Her twin sister Kinsley is distraught so the group members try to console her. They once again start sleuthing to find the killer while Kinsley lets her ex-boyfriend Gary console her.

CHILI CON CORPSES is as much a tale of friends with common interests as it is an amateur sleuth mystery. The five members of the support group know each other's strengths and faults, but like each other despite of their weaknesses. James is the glue that holds the story together as he takes care of his father, tries to remain friends with Lucy while pursuing another relationship and guiding the investigation so that nobody is in danger.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Mihay on November 6, 2011
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I have not read any of the other books in this series, but we have a group of folks who love to eat. When a new "member" of their group ends up murdered, they band together to find out who dun it. There is a hodge-podge of romantic interests, which keeps you guessing, as well, as the mystery. The big surprise, though, are the recipes scattered throughout the book. I can hardly wait to try them, and assuming the rest of the series are along the same lines, will have to read them, as well, for the mysteries, but also for the recipes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C.Snow on November 16, 2011
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Author's writing style is very enjoyable, and the mystery was weighted well against the personal lives of the characters. I will definitely be looking for more from this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Kenworthy on November 15, 2011
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This was a fun mystery! I always enjoy amature sleuths and this group had lots of spunk and imagination! A nice twisy plot with multiple suspects!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Linda J. Hutchinson on March 29, 2009
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Review: Chili con Corpses

Title: Chili con Corpses
Author: J.B. Stanley
ISBN:978-0-7387-1259-8
Publisher: Midnight Ink/Llewellyn Publications
Pages: 275

The voices of small town America are clearly alive and well in J.B. Stanley's latest installment in the Supper Club series.

If you're looking for all-out action, blood, guts, gore, or gratuitous sex, you won't find it here. If you're looking forward to a well-written tale about murder in a small town and how a group of friends band together to solve it, you've found just the right book.

Chili con Corpses has our dieting-together-friends joining a Mexican cooking class. Their group soon expands to include the local reporter and her best friend from college - who just happens to not only be blond and beautiful but has an identical twin sister. It doesn't take long for the friends to be in deep guacamole and treading in hot jalapeno pepper soup when one of the twins winds up dead.

To further confuse those attempting to solve the crime, the dead twin had filled in for her sister at the last minute on a school field trip. Did the killer murder the wrong twin? What skeletons do, or did, the twins have lurking in their past? Will the killer be back to kill the right one?

Do James and Lucy get back together? Has James' crotchety artist-dad found love again with Milla, owner of the Fix 'n Freeze?

An engaging story. Delightful read.

(If you'd like to know more about J.B. Stanley, please contact her publicist PJ Nunn at Breakthrough Promotions.)
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