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 recently-widowed father. To improve his social life and waistline, he joins a supper club for dieters who lovingly call themselves the "Flab Five." Avoiding carbs is nearly impossible in this deep-fried potato-loving land, so a mysterious death in their small burg provides an effective, if disturbing, distraction. While dodging delectable temptations, Professor Henry and his fellow dieters work together to shed pounds and find the killer who has struck fear in this tight-knit community.
There's trouble on the rise when the "Diva of Dough" arrives in Quincy's Gap to make the wedding cake for Milla and Jackson's Christmas Eve nuptials. The famous chef and television personality is Milla's sister, but while her confections are sweet and beautiful, the Diva herself is demanding and rude, and she makes enemies faster than you can say praline pecan bundt cake. When the Diva is done in, her body found covered in cake batter, James and the other supper club members find themselves up to their elbows in suspects.This high-calorie caper includes delicious recipes!Praise for the Supper Club Mystery series:"Heavy on fun, light on gore, this savory mystery comes complete with yummy recipes." —Publishers Weekly"Stanley offers another entry in the popular Supper Club Mystery series, and her fans now have a new volume to relish." —Booklist
Welcome back to Quincy's Gap, Virginia, where James Henry and his dieting group contend with dangerous secrets, dark intrigue, and delicious praline sundaes. Six months after starting their low-carb diet, the Flab Five are feeling motivationally- challenged. A new ice cream shop has come to town, but so has the Witness to Fitness weight loss center, run by the fanatical Veronica Levitt. Maybe Veronica's "take-no-prisoners" approach is just what the group needs.Between dieting, caring for his cranky father, and struggling with his growing affection for Lucy, James has his plate full. But when he and his fellow dieters poke around in an arson case that turns into a murder investigation, the Flab Five discover that they may have bitten off more than they can chew.A cozy "village" mystery, Fit to Die is the second book in the warm and wonderful Supper Club Mystery series
Things are chugging merrily along for librarian James Henry. He has a closet filled with new clothes, a trimmer waistline, and a closer bond with his father. His only real problem is that his girlfriend Lucy's interest in him seems to have inexplicably cooled. When schoolteacher Lindy suggests the club members join a Mexican cooking class, James jumps at the idea. Over cervezas and black bean dip, the supper club members warm to their new adventure. The class heats up even more when a reporter and her friends, twin sisters with supermodel physiques, enroll. But when people start turning up dead, and the evidence points toward Lindy, things become hotter than a jalapeño. James, who was looking to add a little more spice to his life, gets much more than he bargained for.
Product DescriptionAmateur sleuth Molly Appleby is in Richmond, Virginia, to cover a taping of the hit antiques show Hidden Treasures. But after the show's main appraiser inspects an 18th-century desk with hidden compartments, she finds him dead. Molly thinks that the antique desk holds the key to this 21st-century crime. It's up to her to collect the clues before more new blood is shed over old rarities.
When the Supper Club members are invited to be guest judges at a regional barbecue contest, they accept the invitation faster than you can say "hog heaven." But the barbecue festival's family-oriented, finger-licking fun turns sour when a contestant is found dead. Things go from bad to worse when one of the five friends is accused of the murder and lands in jail. The strained relationship between James and Lucy is still no picnic, but the Supper Club members must stick together to find the real killer.Includes authentic barbecue-friendly recipes!Praise for the Supper Club Mystery series:"Heavy on fun, light on gore, this savory mystery comes complete with yummy recipes." —Publishers Weekly"Just plain fun to read — with quirky, small-town characters and enough action to keep readers interested."—CozyLibrary.com"Readers are served a well-plotted mystery sprinkled with delightful characters and topped off with a dash of suspense."—Romantic Times Book Reviews
The Flab Five's creative new strategy to slim down? Hypnotherapy! And James has new motivation for laying off the Krispy Kremes: his adorable son Eliot and a re-kindled romance with his ex-wife. But someone doesn't approve, as evidenced by the gruesome "messages" threatening the happy family. On top of this, two sudden deaths have occurred: a councilman and a young animal rights advocate. With guiltless grasshopper parfait to sustain them, the Flab Five team up to solve another delectable, food-filled mystery.