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Carbs & Cadavers

(A Supper Club Mystery #1)

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James "Professor Puff" Henry may as well have "loser" stamped on his forehead. Divorced, overweight, shy, and living at home, he relies on books and his favorite snack -- cheese puffs -- for sweet relief from his problems. A former English lit professor at William and Mary, he moves back to Quincy's Gap, a small Virginia town in the Shenandoah Valley, to take care of his r ...more
Paperback, 257 pages
Published September 8th 2006 by Midnight Ink
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☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
What another fantastic series by Ellery Adams! I absolutely LOVE this story! I requested this novel because I have loved reading the author's other works. All of the stories that I have read by this author were books that involve books and that's an obvious weakness. What can I say? I am #obsessed This one seemed a bit different and not focused on the love of reading as much but I am crazy about the author's work so requested and I am so glad I did because Ellery Adams made another great cozy th ...more
Ell
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This is the first book in the Supper Club mystery series. I have read books by Ellery Adams before, so I jumped at the opportunity to read this new series. The premise of the series is novel and amusing. The story revolves around a supper club of dieters called the Flab Five. They are all trying to watch what they eat and whittle their waistline, but they soon find murder on the menu. Divorced professor James Henry finds himself back in Quincy Gap when his mother dies. He returns to help out his ...more
Taryn
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
In this first book of the series we are introduced to Professor Henry who isn't quite satisfied with his life. Like some people he tends to eat his worries away and looks for happiness in the foods that he eats. He decides that it is time to make some changes in his life and joins a group of dieters who form a supper club to help one another watch their weight. They deem themselves the Fab Five and look forward to helping one another out in their food struggles. When local Brinkley Meyers dies ...more
Taryn
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
In this first book of the series we are introduced to Professor Henry who isn't quite satisfied with his life. Like some people he tends to eat his worries away and looks for happiness in the foods that he eats. He decides that it is time to make some changes in his life and joins a group of dieters who form a supper club to help one another watch their weight. They deem themselves the Fab Five and look forward to helping one another out in their food struggles. When local Brinkley Meyers dies w ...more
Kirsty ❤️
Apr 15, 2020 rated it liked it
First in a series about James Henry and his friends from a supper club who turn into amateur sleuths. It's an enjoyable romp but one where if you have read any small town American cosy crime you'll know how this goes.

I was;t so keen on the descriptiveness of the overweight characters. This is not a book for the positive fat movement and I was a little uncomfortable with some of the writing around these characters. Overall not a bad start to a series and if you like cosy crime you'll probably enj
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Cat Tutt
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a lot of fun! I wasn't sure how I'd feel about a cozy with a male as the main character, but I loved it. And since I'm a big girl myself, I could really sympathize with the characters as they struggled with their diets and tried to lose weight. So familiar and relatable.

The mystery itself really had me stumped until the reveal. I thought the method of murder was sort of clever, in it's specifics, and I definitely did not solve it. I'm guessing I was a little slack-jawed around the
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Micky Cox
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an interesting twist to the cozy mystery genre! A group of plus sized folks who become friends as they support each other on their quest to become healthier and it leads to helping solve a mystery! Great characters, the main character is male which is a nice change of pace, that are well fleshed out and brought to life which only enhances the plot line all that much more. The best part is that it appears that this entire series is available via audiobook so I am really looking forward to li ...more
shanghao
My first cosy mystery! Very feel-good, stress-free mystery lite. The mystery itself is pretty bland and it's more of a sideshow really.

Recipe for Cosy Mystery

Ingredients: An annoying local jock/bully whom you could see from a mile away as the victim. A ragtag bunch of amateur detectives for whom sleuthing came as an accidental activity. The side characters and suspects being everyone else in town, from the gossipy owner of the fave diner to the rich snobs.

Instructions: Find a common excuse theme
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Ell
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is the first book in the Supper Club mystery series. I have read books by Ellery Adams before, so I jumped at the opportunity to read this new series. The premise of the series is novel and amusing. The story revolves around a supper club of dieters called the Flab Five. They are all trying to watch what they eat and whittle their waistline, but they soon find murder on the menu. Divorced professor James Henry finds himself back in Quincy Gap when his mother dies. He returns to help out his ...more
FangirlNation
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
In Carbs and Cadavers by Ellery Adams, when James Henry’s mother passes away, the loss forces him to leave his job as an English professor at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA in order to take over the care of his hostile, curmudgeonly father. While settling into Quincy’s Gap in the Shenandoah Valley, James meets Lindy, a high school art teacher wanting permission p to put up flyers at the library, where James has gotten the positron as the new director. These flyers advertise Li ...more
Stacy
Cute first mystery in the Supper Club series that features five friends who form a supper club in an effort to lose weight. The protagonist is a male which is unusual for the cozy mystery genre and a nice change of pace. James has moved home to take care of his father and is now the head librarian at the local library. One of the other club members works is an aspiring police officer who currently works with the department which is how the club gets their information when they decided to investi ...more
Carrie Templeton
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deliciously mysterious

Such a fun little mystery based on a group of big personalities in a small town. A quick, highly enjoyable read. Sure to make you hungry!
Katie Fitzgerald
Since I started reading cozy mysteries regularly a couple of years ago, I have heard a lot about this series, but haven't been able to find the first book. Thankfully, the series is being re-released by Beyond the Page Publishing, who approved my request for an ARC of Carbs & Cadavers from NetGalley.

What I liked most about this book is the high quality of the writing. In general, Ellery Adams is an excellent writer, and this book lives up to the standard I have come to expect after reading the f
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Carla Johnson-Hicks
This book was originally published under the pen name J.B. Stanley in 2008. This is a brand-new, fully revised edition published under the author's real name, Ellery Adams.

In this first book of the series we are introduced to James Henry, The Professor, who isn't satisfied with his life. He is recently divorces and has moved back to his small hometown to take care of his aging father after the death of his mother. He tends to eat his worries away and looks for happiness in the foods that he eats
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Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
A new cozy author to me and one that made my smile with pleasure and grin wryly as I need to shift a few (okay a lot!) of pounds myself. A group of 5 semi mis-matched people decide to lose weight by running their own flab fighters, during their meal meet ups they also end up mixed up in murder! I cannot wait (err weight .... sorry) to see how this plays out.

James Henry has come home to look after his father after the sudden death of his mother, he is lucky enough to get a job at the local librar
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Karen
Jun 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
If there is such a thing as a light-hearted murder mystery, this is it. I found the main character, James Henry, to be an especially endearing character. I enjoyed the refreshingly honest interaction among the Flab Five. The book was funny and is a great book to pick up for a light summer read. The chapter headings are truly original and made me chuckle.
JoAn
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery
Carbs and Cadavers by Ellery Adams is the first book in her Supper Club series. It was a good beginning to this cozy series. Ms. Adams has written a richly detailed story that includes characters that I could relate to on many levels.

James, Lucy, Lindy, Bennet and Gillian all want to lose weight but haven't been successful on their own. They band together to provide recipes, encouragement and support as they strive to achieve their goals. Although strangers they soon begin to bond over future go
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Lisa Morin
Carbs and Cadavers is a first in a series written by J.B Stanley, aka Ellery Adams.
I have been a fan of Ellery's for a while now and I am always excite to read one of her books.
This is a fun series with great, strong character.s, different stories reflecting on the different characters, and of course a well planned mystery.

James Henry has returned to his childhood home to take care of his father after his mother's death.
Quincy's Gap is a small town, but James felts a bit lost returning there aft
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Lori
Jun 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this first book in the series. Since most cozy mysteries are written around a woman lead, I thought having an overweight man as the main character would be a nice change. There were a few things that didn't quite work for me though. The biggest was hints of a romance between James and Lucy. I get the impression that James is attracted and repulsed by her at the same time. This doesn't make for a hopeful romance in my eyes. The other 3 members of the "Flab Five" were mostly unremarkable t ...more
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Review: CARBS AND CADAVERS by Ellery Adams
(Supper Club Mystery #1)

Back in July 2015, I came upon GIVE 'EM PUMPKIN TO TALK ABOUT by the late lamented author-duo Joyce and Jim Lavene. I was enraptured with the cozy mystery subgenre {sub-sub?} Anyway, along with reading Horror and Extreme Horror I find I also love Cozies. Last week I read the first two in the Blue Ridge Library Series by Victoria Gilbert, set in a quaint community in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. The other day I received from NetGa
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Sfdreams
Apr 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: cozy mystery fans, dieters, foodists
Shelves: reviewed
JB Stanley asked me to be her friend, right around the time a close friend of mine recommended Karen MacInerney's Gray Whale series. In one of Karen's books, she mentioned JB Stanley, as well as the Cozy Chicks, of which they are both members. So, I checked out all of her books from the library and I LOVED them!! The two series are both so different, yet both are excellent.

This first book in the series follows former English Lit professor, James Henry, who moved back to his hometown to care for
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Dana Gill-Brown
Love Love Love this series! James Henry is a heavy weight and not in the good sense of the words. His wife left him for an up and coming lawyer who looks like a Calvin Klein Model, he has lost his mother, and then he has just quit his prestigious teaching position at the University to "keep an eye" on his dad. He is now Head Librarian in his hometown of Quincy Gap and pretty much eating what he wants to make his life feel better. In one moment he meets the 4 people who will help him not only bec ...more
Moira
Apr 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
CONTAINS A SPOILER, CONTAINS A SPOILER.

Well the wait was really worth it. I had been wanting to start/try this series since last fall and kept getting sidetracked. Definitely destined to become one of my favourites. I can think of nothing I did not like. Really enjoyed meeting all of the Flab five. The plot and mystery were engaging and had me guessing. I was roped right into thinking it was Alison. The book had me chuckling and laughing out loud a few times but it also got me misty eyed (when
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OpenBookSociety.com
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: andra
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Carbs & Cadavers
A Supper Club Mystery, Book #1
By Ellery Adams
ISBN: 9781946069443
Author’s Website: www.elleryadamsmysteries.com
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra

Summary:

Meet the Supper Club, a group of friend’s dead set on counting calories and catching killers . . .

After giving up his dream job and moving back home to the small town of Quincy’s Gap, English literature professor James Henry is tired of finding his happiness at the bottom of a bag of chee
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Mark Baker
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2007
The debut Supper Club finds this new group of friends investigating a murder in their small town. The pacing was uneven, but the characters were absolutely great.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
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Kelly
Jan 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I met JB Stanley and heard her speak at the Virginia Book Festival. I thought this sounded like an interesting series and picked it up. I really like James and his friends in the Supper Club. I think everyone who has ever been on a diet will appreciate this series.
Joseph
This was a fun read. The mystery was just ok, really just an excuse for character interaction, but it was the characters that made this a very enjoyable read. It was good enough to make me want to read the next in the series to see what happens next in the characters' lives. ...more
Candace Davidson
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great book! This was the first book that I have a read by JB Stanley. It was really funny and I love at the beginning of each chapter there is a notation regarding Nutrition Facts on different types of foods.
Missy
Aug 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cozy readers
Shelves: mysteries
The first in a new series. I thought it quite clever how each chapter begins with nutritional facts of what the main character is eating. I love small-town settings.
Kim
Apr 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This had all the right elements of my favortite mystery authors. Small virginia town, centered around food, and plus sized people making a positive difference in the world around them.
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Also writes under the pseudonyms Ellery Adams and Jennifer Stanley.


J.B. Stanley is the nom de plume of New York Times Bestselling author Ellery Adams. Adams grew up on a beach near the Long Island Sound. Having spent her adult life in a series of landlocked towns, she cherishes her memories of open water, violent storms, and the smell of the sea. Ms. Adams has held many jobs including that of cate
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