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Chili con Corpses

(A Supper Club Mystery #3)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  1,378 ratings  ·  149 reviews
Former professor James Henry is back in the classroom, as a student this time, and he’s dead set on counting calories and catching killers . . .

Dreading another week of dieting, librarian James Henry and his supper club friends decide to spice things up by taking a Mexican cooking class. The mood is festive and the meals are almost good enough to make James forget about
Kindle Edition, 379 pages
Published March 8th 2018 by Beyond the Page (first published January 8th 2008)
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Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In this installment, our Flab Five friends have decided to take a cooking class one day a week as their break from all the constant dieting they'd been doing. Lucy was working hard to pass the last leg of the deputy's exam which caused a big change in James and Lucy's relationship. He found himself drawn to Murphy Alistair, the newspaper editor who in the past hadn't been a very nice person to them but in this book, she sort of became the 6th person in their supper club. When one of the teachers ...more
Micky Cox
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Flab 5 have hit a wall and are sick of dieting although their bodies are showing great improvement, but that isn't all that has hit the wall as the Flab 5 may be headed towards implosion as Lucy decides to move on to greener pastures leaving the group and especially James behind. However, when a murder happens and the 4 remaining members of the supper club start to investigate things heat up even more as they need to find the killer before someone else dies and James finds himself caught bet ...more
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I just can't praise this series, or author Ellery Adams, highly enough. Truly delightful, even literary, this series entertains with taut, tightly-knitted, plots, mysteries to be solved, justice to bring, but also good deep characterization, heartwarming friendships, family tensions, new hope and second chances, missed opportunities recovered or replaced. This time, a newcomer to little Quincy' s Gap, Virginia brings cuisine class
Katie Fitzgerald
There was a lot of character development in this book that I enjoyed, and it was also fun to "visit" Luray Caverns, since I actually have been there. I was also invested in James's romantic life, and I'm pleased with the turn it has taken even if I don't think it will last long. The mystery, which involves an impostor field trip chaperone was also very appealing and different from the others of the series. ...more
Apr 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another great visit with James and the Flab Five. I really enjoyed reading this one and seeing James become more confident in himself as changes occur in his personal life. JB Stanley does an excellent job and I look forward to the next one.
Andrea Jackson
Exactly as a cozy mystery should be. Interesting puzzle, intriguing characters, intelligent plot. Also I was so pleased that nerdy James got a little action although I don't expect that relationship to last. This was definitely OF, not my usual sizzling fare but I enjoyed the change. ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
The Flab Five seem to have taken a hiatus when it comes to dieting, all except Lucy who is working hard to be able to pass her physical to become a detective. James is feeling hard done by as Lucy seems to be spending more time with the hunky younger man she is working out with. She also seems to have ditched the rest of the group as well. The Flab Four are still fast friends and when Lindy calls for help chaperoning a high school trip, they agree to help. They were not counting on one of the ch ...more
Debra Jo (Room of Required Reading Book Reviews)
Fun with light humor and a dash of murder is the perfect recipe for this book.

In this series, Supper Club Mysteries, a group of small town residents, with a little bit of a weight problem, decide to form a supper club to learn to eat right and get healthy. Little did they know, they would become the town sleuths as well.

In this installment of the series, the Flab Five start taking a Fix and Freeze cooking class to break up to same old meals they've been eating. There are also some new-to-town fo
May 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

i'm quickly devouring this series. it's so charming that i'm doing a "binge listen" this week at work.

I love the names of Lucy’s dogs: Bon Jovi, Bono, Benatar. Very clever detail from the writer.
I’m hoping James will find happiness w/his romantic life. He’s a nice guy you can’t help but root for.
Also, glad that Lucy has reached one of her goals.

I love the librarian twin characters. I hope they find love in a future book in the series.

Unfortunately b/c it was audio, I couldn’t copy th
Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs
James has finally lost some weight and got the girl but not for long. Lucy has been focusing all her time and attention on passing the physical test to become a policy officer for Quincy's Gap, VA. As they struggle to come together they join a Mexican cooking class with the rest of the Flab Five. Will this heat up the relationship or will another murder cool it down even more?

This has been my favorite book of the series so far but all are wonderfully good. I find all the characters so real and r
I enjoyed this book. I can't decide if I like the reporter with the Professor or not, but the murder was keeping me guessing longer than it normally would because of a couple characters coming and going, but can't wait for next one ...more
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
James and the Flab Five gang are back in another food filled mystery!

As with most diets the Flab Five are having some problems just eating the same boring things so Lindy proposes that they join a Mexican cooking class and that it be their cheat day. Things were fine until Murphy joins with her  friends, who are very pretty twins. Lindy knows them and is hot under the collar as one is working at the school and she thinks she is after Lindy's dream man who is the principal of the school.

When Lind
Jun 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: murder mystery fans
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Saw on Goodreads!
This is the third in a series of mysteries by this author. While each book could possibly stand alone, they are dependent upon the previous books for character development.

Chili Con Corpses continues the superficial relationships among the supper club members as they try to lose weight and solve murder mysteries. There were no murders in this town until these people got together, so it is kind of up to them to get involved in solving them! (Of course, they are not related in any way to the murde
May 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok so when it came to this book I liked it when I started it, and that may have been a few months ago I won’t lie. Even from the start thought I had a hard time keeping who was who straight. There were a lot of characters and some had bigger parts then others but it seemed they all just kind of kept popping up once I forgot about them.

Over all I liked the plot until it kind of took a crazy turn at the end and well then I had a hard time putting it all together in the way the author had. Sure it
Mercedes Cordero
This deserves a "fair" grade. It's mildly intriguing, written too... simply? Or plainly. Don't expect too much. The characters are confusing, too undecided for me. The mystery is ok, but too much time is spent on other things, as if, while writing, the author forgot she was supposed to be uncovering a murder.
This statement in the overview, "But when people start turning up dead, and the evidence points toward Lindy, things become hotter than a jalapeño." is not true.
There's not much to say other
Jan 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book! I love James and the rest of the "Flab Five" and this book did not disappoint. I was surprised at what happened with James and Lucy, but I don't want to spoil it for you. I love this series! ...more
Another cozy, amateur sleuth novel with an incredibly implausible set up. But, I loved the characters. And the gentle humor.

Now I need to go back and find the earlier ones - I got to this one because I was looking for books with librarian protagonists.
Oct 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very nice good reading. This is the second in the "Supper Club" mysteries, and the flab five are at it again. Each chapter is named after a food eaten in the chapter. I'm growing to really like these folks. ...more
Nov 28, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first "Supper Club Mystery" book I've read. (My library did not have the first two available) Stanley describes the characters in a way that makes it easy for you jump in. A quick read that made me want to start/join a supper club of my own (except I call it dinner not supper!) ...more
Dec 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book-nook
Cute, cozy mystery. This is #3 in a series. Easy to read, very light mystery. The story revolves around a group of friends who cook together and seem to stumble upon murders that need solving. The book includes the recipes that look really yummy and there is a light romance.
Mar 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Fun mystery with an interesting group of characters.
Apr 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder mystery is okay... recipes rock.
Oct 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
could not put the book down i was sad to see book end.
Carol Krout
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED IT!!!!!!!! I had the wrong one picked out as the killer!!!!
Well written and a wonderful read!!!!!!
Candace Davidson
This is the second book I read from this author. This is the 3rd in this series. I haven't read #2 yet.Great read, funny and had a great twist at the end. ...more
nice read makes you want to join a dinner club
Sep 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goodness me. What a crazy story... those poor Willis twins. To be so reviled by the general female population at the beginning of the book because they are beautiful, rich and smart. It didn't matter that they were also genuinely nice women who only had good things to say about people.

Oh no - the fatties in the story had to automatically loathe them - until one of them wound of murdered of course...then they were such lovely women... No apologies for the appalling behaviour, the fact that not 5
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ellery Adams’s Chili con Corpses gives a creative third entry into her Supper Club series. The group have gotten bored of their diet, though all have lost significant weight, so the group is excited to join a cooking class to give themselves a break from the bland food they have been tired of. But Lucy, close to her goal of becoming a sheriff’s deputy, has been blowing off her friends, and even worse, her boyfriend, James. So when Lindy, the high school art teacher, gets the members of the Suppe ...more
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I first checked this book out on Overdrive, I was very surprised at how poor the ratings were (2 stars, but no written reviews), but I'll confirm that this title deserves better than that!

I really enjoyed some real life elements in this series. Shenandoah County, Luray Caverns, and other locales in Western Virginia take me there every time! I've also enjoyed that the crimes usually have a type of drug involved, which is interesting for me, coming from a pharmacy background.

I feel that Jame
K. East
This series is really all about the relationships between the characters rather than the mysteries, which have all seemed a bit belabored. In this one, the mystery is almost an after-thought. I'm thinking the author should just have written a series about a group of over-weight friends bound by a supper club -- which is really what this is. The one thing this author does that I think is a plus is that in each book, any characters introduced [and not later killed off] become a permanent part of t ...more
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USA Today and New York Times bestseller author, Ellery Adams, has written over thirty novels and can’t imagine spending a day away from the keyboard. Ms. Adams, a Native New Yorker, has had a lifelong love affair with stories, food, rescue animals, and large bodies of water. When not working on her next novel, she bakes, gardens, drinks vats of coffee, spoils her three cats, and snacks on black li ...more

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