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Dying for Dinner Rolls (The Chubby Chicks Club #1)

3.35  ·  Rating Details ·  888 Ratings  ·  90 Reviews
From Lois Lavrisa, Kindle Bestselling, Award Wining Author of LIQUID LIES
Dinner Gets Deadly in "Dying For Dinner Rolls" #1 Cozy Mystery Bestseller and top 100 Kindle bestseller.
"Lois Lavrisa has done it again. Her humorous ensemble of characters carries readers away in this first volume of her new cozy mystery series. Delightful escape fiction." Nancy Brandon, Author

Kindle Edition, 171 pages
Published September 15th 2013 by Sunlake Press (first published September 2nd 2013)
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Jul 10, 2016 Shaun rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2016
Cozies by nature are rather simplistic, light, and formulaic, which may or may not appeal to every reader. Personally, I can enjoy a cozy for what it is, particularly if it is well-written and the characters are engaging.

This particular cozy reminded me of a low-budget production I might find myself watching on Nickelodeon with my kids. The characters were cliche, the plot unsophisticated, and the writing only so-so. Too many times, the story and the characters were just downright silly. This bo
Sep 18, 2013 Diana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I take no pleasure in writing this review, just as I take no pleasure thinking about the money that I wasted buying this book, or the time I spent reading this disjointed mess. The plot was as thin as onion paper, and meandered all over the place. One of the main plots lines was not even completed.
The book read like a poorly written Nancy Drew mystery. The racial stereotypes that the author perpetuates in this book are just mind-numbingly bad.
I do not know if it was the editing of the book or th
Oct 09, 2013 Tammy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

This started out ok. The overall banter and solidarity of the friends was charming and endearing. I liked the characters, they were fleshed out and fresh and fun. Then when one friend is murdered, well now the hunt for a killer is on! For a bit it was funny, suspenseful and highly entertaining. Then the story went downhill. The ridiculous behavior of the two armature sleuths started out as silly but fun, but dissolved into something painful to continue reading. The last quarter of this book didn
Aug 27, 2015 Kristen rated it liked it
In Lois Lavrisa's Dying for Dinner Rolls, the first installment in the Chubby Chicks Club culinary cozy series, she introduced us to a group of friends with this new cozy series debut. When Cat Thompson's friend Lucy was found murdered in her home, she didn't believe it was suicide. It was up to her and her friend Annie to figure it out for themselves. When they re-evaluated her life for clues, Cat also wondered more about who wanted to murder her father and searched for answers with a sedoku ...more
Dying for Dinner Rolls was a very light, quick read. It falls into the chick lit/detective genre, but to be honest the story was a bit thin. Whilst the basic premise was okay, there was no real depth and the story moved to quickly for the reader to get any real empathy for the cast of characters, who initially seemed quite interesting and quirky.

The book ended with a good solid lead in to the next one in the series, but whether or not I would actually but it is debatable. I would, however, borr
Oct 25, 2014 Julesy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It is not often that I feel compelled to write a review, but I felt I needed to for this book. I listened to this on audio. The narrator was good. However, this book was so over the top with cliches. It seems like the author tried her hardest to find the most stereotyped characters possible, an Asian American as the main sleuth, an African-American "curvy" woman as her sidekick, a Hispanic man, and a Southern belle as part of the Chubby Chicks Club (yes, a man is part of this Chubby Chicks ...more
Enjoyable little cozy read through Whispersync/Immersion reading. The narrator does a great job of voicing all the different characters.

The book is populated by zany, quirky characters with the main ones being members of the Chubby Chicks Club. One of their members die and two members, Cat and Anna Mae, work together to prove it wasn't a suicide and to solve the murder. The Quirky and appealing nature of these characters makes it possible to overlook the few implausible parts of the story while
Mar 13, 2014 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun murder mystery with just the right amount of humor. The main heroine, Cat, is still grieving over the murder of her father, a case that remains unsolved. She is also a member of the Chubby Chicks Club - a source of friends & support for her. However, tragedy strikes within this group. Cat wonders if it might be related to her father's murder. So, she and Annie Mae set out to solve the case. Annie Mae is the hilarious side-kick to Cat's more serious and sensible side. You can't ...more
Apr 30, 2016 Kathy rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Cute story on my Kindle, only 156 pages long. Cat's dad has been murdered, and a crossword puzzle, done with purple ink warns of the killing. Now, one of her friends has also been murdered, and again, a purple crossword spells out a warning. Cat and a member of her Chubby Chicks Club blunder their way through an investigation, and somehow figure out who murdered their friend. In the meantime, it seems that other men who once had a connection to her dad are dying. Can Cat figure out what is going ...more
Sep 28, 2014 Mande rated it did not like it
Not going to lie - I just couldn't get into this book from the start. We are immediately thrown into two months after the main characters father dies, so it feels detached. And then she out of the blue calls up the investigating detective, who in some weird world apparently closes an open murder case after two months, and he agrees to reopen it?

And don't get me started on the racial stereotypes.

I couldn't get past a weird situations, a detached female lead and nothing that says anything about h
At first it really took me a while to get into but by the end I found myself very interested to see hoe it ended. It has a great cliff hanger and I will definitely read the next book! I loved the character of Annie Mae and hope she's in the next one!
Abbie G. Caywood
Nov 23, 2016 Abbie G. Caywood rated it it was amazing
Two middle aged women "investigate" a third friend's suspected murder.

Kathy and Annie Mae disregard their policeman friend's advice and undertake an investigation to prove their friend was murdered despite the police finding of accidental death. Their bumbling, but irrepressible methods place them in crazy and laugh out loud jeopardy. Fun read. Will try this author again.
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Jennifer Tooker
Jun 03, 2016 Jennifer Tooker rated it really liked it

After Cat Thompson’s father was brutally murdered in their family owned grocery store she finds herself helping her mother and husband run the business. With the murder unsolved, Cat’s only clue is a strangely filled out crossword puzzle found at the scene. When one of her closest friends also turns up dead after finding a similar crossword puzzle, Cat begins to suspect that there may be a killer on the loose in Savannah. With the help her friend, Annie Mae, Cat sets out to hunt down her friend’
Jan 17, 2014 Melinda rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
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Lori Henrich
Cat and Annie Mae decide to investigate the death of Lucy another member of their group. Lucy went home to get some dinner rolls to go along with their weekly meal, but when she didn't return the group heads over to her home to find out what happened to her. They never expected to find her dead on the floor. When the police close the case as a suicide, Cat and Annie jump in to prove them wrong. Was it her husband or the mistress he has been hiding. The suspect list seems short and Cat wonders if ...more
Missi Stockwell
Sep 24, 2016 Missi Stockwell rated it it was amazing
Cat has everything...a loving husband, 18 year old twin boys, 5 year old twin girls, a family business started by her parents years ago, a great mother and grandfather. The only thing wrong in her life is that her father's murder has not been solved. Her father was gunned down during a robbery at the store and the only "clue" was a crossword puzzle with a few incorrect words filled out in purple ink. And now Chubby Chicks Club member Lucy is found murdered in her home and the police rule it a ...more
This novel is about a small group of friends who call themselves The Chubby Chicks Club. The name is funny because they aren't all chubby or female. When a friend dies, two of the group decide to 'investigate' and find out who killed her - even though the police declared it a suicide. The 'investigators' rarely did anything by the book but thought that wasn't important as long as they got the job done. Even though these women were trying to solve murders and were involved in a lot of dangerous ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
This is the first book i have read by this author, i look forward to reading more of this series. The characters are unique, very well written and entertaining i could not stop reading i had to see what they would do next. I thought for sure they were going to be burned to death in the dumpster fire. When there friend and fellow club member is killed , and the police say it was a suicide they decide to investigate on there own.. Its seems the murders maybe tied together with the death of one ...more
Jun 30, 2014 Anastasia rated it it was ok
Dying for Dinner Rolls by Lois Lavrisa is the first book in the Chubby Chicks Club Mystery series. One of the members of the Chubby Chicks Club is found dead after going home to pick up dinner rolls for their meeting and even though police close the case as a suicide, the club members are not satisfied and decide to investigate. I found it difficult to stay interested in the mystery and it seemed to drag. The characters were a bit strange and silly and the case was solved only by luck. Not my ...more
Diane ~Firefly~
Feb 24, 2016 Diane ~Firefly~ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, food, kindle, dnf
DNF. Stopped at 38%. I just couldn't get into the writing. the two characters would approach someone and keep asking questions (many times the same ones) until the character would finally break down and give them the answer they wanted. This happened twice (one at a character's place of business and the other at his house). Both times the people being investigated kept asking them to leave and then for no good reason would tell them what they wanted. And don't even get me started on the ...more
Dan Beliveau
Jun 22, 2015 Dan Beliveau rated it it was ok
A quirky little cozy with a cornucopia of ethic characters so that no one feels left out. Cat, the Asian-American, Annie Mae, the African American, Jose, the gay cop and Bezu , the American Southern Belle.
The story was a little slap stick and the banter was a little silly, but it was a cute read. Lucy, one of the Chubby Chicks Club members goes to get dinner rolls and ends up dead. It appears to be a suicide, but her friends disagree, and the "hilarity" ensues.
Don't expect too much and enjoy a l
Bill Chitwood
Apr 24, 2014 Bill Chitwood rated it liked it
A few twists...a good book

there were some good twists to the story to keep you guessing. I do not like the fact that the subplot was left unsolved. does it ever get solved? how many more books would a person need to buy to have the answers to the subplot? and would there be more unfinished subplots just to keep you buying books? I really don't like unfinished storylines. but I hate it when the author thinks he/she can trick you into buying more books
Jan 26, 2014 Barbara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I won't say it's the worst cozy mystery I ever read, but...the mystery was pretty thin. A string of implausible twists and turns left me feeling like I wasted my time. The white woman/black woman duo has been done to much better comic effect. These two were the poster children of bad decisions without the saving grace of comedic timing. I smell a sequel since the main mystery was not solved in this book. I will be skipping the rest of this dinner.
Jan 16, 2014 Debbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very similar to the Stephanie Plum series in regards to ideas for several of the main characters, BUT without the character development (other than married, widowed, gay, or quirky). The plot was simple: death, threatened (sort of), danger (really?!), saved, trouble, saved, danger, saved, solved, "The End". I wanted a quick, light read that wasn't terrible. This was it. Won't be reading the rest of the series.
Karen Benson
Jan 22, 2014 Karen Benson rated it it was ok
I thought I'd like it. The title was cute, the character's were members of the Chubby Chicks Club, so I thought they would be fun and quirky folks like people in Mary Kay Andrews' fun novels. I thought it would be fun because the setting is Savannah and I live near there.

No on all accounts. The characters were "blah", the story line was juvenile and the only thing I can say is that it made a good book to read on the treadmill as I need something mindless to read there. Fit the bill!

Aug 30, 2015 Victoria rated it it was amazing
The first in a continuing series involving the intrepid (kind of) investigators, members of the Chubby Chicks Club. In this book two of the members, Annie Mae and Cat, race around Savannah trying to find out who killed another Chubby Chicks member, Lucy. That's the short version. Humorous dialogue, and for this resident of Savannah, an excellent location, makes this a fun read. On to the next adventure--Murderous Muffins.
Darlene Edwards
May 23, 2014 Darlene Edwards rated it really liked it
Cozy It Was!

I couldn't give this book a five-star rating because there were a lot of extraneous events. I enjoyed Annie Mae's character the most. She picked up where the main character was supposed to be headed. The outcome was pretty predictable but it was a good read and fun for the most part.
Mary Newcomb
A group of (mostly) women met in a self defense class and have now become a group of friends. One of them dies under suspicious circumstances, two decide to investigate. The plot is not deep but has a few turns along the way, apparently there are some other mysterious deaths which seems to lead us into the next book.
Denise Jimenez
Feb 07, 2015 Denise Jimenez rated it it was amazing
Dinner rolls

I really liked this book. I figured the killer early on, but still enjoyed the read. I have the second book so I'm on to it I like how there is a mystery in a mystery. I will be reading all of lois larissa's books. I am now a fan and this is only the first book of hers I've ever read!
Mar 07, 2014 Judy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Moral of the story--when a group of friends gather for dinner and it is realized that there are no dinner rolls, don't let your friend dart home to pick some up. Yep, she gets murdered and then two of her gal-pals set out to bring the culprit to justice. A light and quirky book that is obviously intended to be the first in a series.
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Lois Lavrisa, recognized as a finalist in the 2013 Eric Hoffer Award, writes Mystery with a Twist. Her first mystery LIQUID LIES was an Amazon top 100 bestseller. Her new cozy mystery series, THE CHUBBY CHICKS CLUB is about sassy southern sleuths, set in Savannah, Georgia. DYING FOR DINNER ROLLS, book #1, became an Amazon Kindle top 100 bestseller, and was a 2104 Georgia Author of the year Fiction ...more
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