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Chili Con Corpses (The Supper Club Mysteries) Paperback – January 8, 2008

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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
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Product Details

  • Series: The Supper Club Mysteries (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Midnight Ink; 1St Edition edition (January 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738712590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738712598
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,060,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I really enjoy this mystery series. The mysteries are always interesting, the recipes are yummy, and the characters definitely carry the story. There are five main characters in the "Fab five Supper Club"---a group of friends who want to diet while having fun and eating more interesting foods. There's a shy male librarian, a female police receptionist who wants to become a detective, a school teacher, a feisty new age pet lover, and a trivia expert. They gather for fun and food but often find themselves joining together to solve murders.

Our school teacher is taking her art classes to the Caverns to draw in different lights. She talks her friends into chaperoning, including a couple of beautiful visiting twin women. When one of these beauties turns up dead in the dark of the caverns, the Fab Five feel the need to investigate. Huge amounts of money and suspicious boyfriends keep everyone busy. The love lives of the group are also challenged. Throw in a "lost but not yet found" winning lottery ticket dropped into the library book return and everything mixes into another great book by JB Stanley!
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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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A few years ago, when I bought my Kindle, a friend who was helping me set it up downloaded this free book. I did not find it particularly interesting, but I did finish reading it and promptly forgot the gist of the story. But recently, I began reading the Supper Club series from the beginning, and became acquainted with the Flab Five members. When I got to this book 3, there was an immediate familiarity, and I wondered how two authors could have such a similar idea. So I went back, searched my cloud, and found that this was the same book. It is surprising what a difference it made. Please, if you want to enjoy this series (or any series) start at the beginning. The following books will be experienced much more favorably.
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This was an enjoyable read. I believe it is the third book in The Supper Club Mysteries series, but unfortunately I have not read the previous two. That made it significantly more difficult to get into this story. I felt like I was missing quite a bit about the characters and the relationships between them.

Once I got further along in the book though, I really did enjoy the story and the characters. This book is well-written, which is something i appreciate even more after reading some very poorly-written Kindle books. Chili Con Corpses is a nice, clean, cozy mystery based around a small group of friends that meet as a supper club/cooking class. It also includes some recipes which I haven't tried.

I recommend this book mostly if you've already read the previous installments. This mystery stands alone, but I don't think it's as enjoyable to read without reading the other books first.
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