Carbs and Cadavers (Supper Club Series #1)

Carbs and Cadavers (Supper Club Series #1)

by Ellery Adams

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ISBN-13: 9781946069559
Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing
Publication date: 02/15/2018
Series: Supper Club Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 197,317
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.80(d)

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Carbs and Cadavers 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
After his wife divorced him and then his mother died, James Henry gave up his job at the university and moved back home to care of his father, while taking over the position of head librarian for the county's main library branch. So here he finds himself, living back home, divorced and now that he admits it, more than fifty pounds overweight. Addicted to cheese puffs and food in general, he decides he needs to make some changes. When Lindy, the art teacher at Blue Ridge High, approaches him to leave a poster on the library's bulletin board about a supper club for overweight individuals, he decides this may be the way to start. Soon, the five members meet and decide to call themselves the Flab Five. In addition to Lindy and James, they are Gillian, part vegetarian and manager of the Yuppy Puppy; Bennett, US Postal Service carrier; and Lucy, assistant at the sheriff's department. When they hear about the death of the town's high school football hero and all around bad boy, Lucy wants to investigate...her goal with her weight loss is to become a deputy not just an office worker. In support of her, they find themselves in the midst of an investigation that seems to be pointing to an innocent girl, Whitney. Are they able to figure out who really killed Brinkley or will this be their own downfall. The story goes back and forth between the mystery and the townspeople involved in it and their own weight loss angst situations. There are some wonderful diet recipes throughtout the book. For anyone who has ever struggled with weight loss and food addictions, this book hits the spot with the Flab Five's daily battles to lose the pounds. And the mystery is complicated enough that you don't see the murderer coming until the end. Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this first book in the Supper Club Mystery series.  I loved each of the Flab Five characters and their wacky ways.   What really got me (in a good way) is how well it was written about overweight people, their diets and struggles but loved the fun you added to it.  Being one of "them" I could totally relate and cant wait to read more of this fun series.  Too bad their homecoming was invaded by a murder their felt they needed to solve,   Hey the recipes are pretty good too!    On to Book two in the series.
lizzeee More than 1 year ago
The first novel in J. B. Stanley's Supper Club series, Carbs and Cadavers does its job! It introduces you to a man who leaves comfortable professorship at the College of William and Mary to return to his home town to care for his reclusive, grieving and aging father after his mother dies. The novel opens as James gets on the scale and admits that he has to do something about his weight. That makes him more inclined to agree when approached to join a weight loss support group. They decide to call themselves the Flab Five since there are 5 of them. When they achieve their goals they plan to change the name to the Fab Five! But first, there's a murderer to catch before they get shut up by the murderer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's fun reading about a group ofpeople who become good friends through their trials and tribulations. They can shore each other up throughout and be stronger through it.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
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, especially cheese puffs. He is working in the local library and does seem to enjoy that part of his life. When a high school teacher comes in and asks to put up a flier for a "Supper Club" for those who want to lose weight, he decides to join not only to lose some weight, but to meet some people. They call themselves "The Flab Five". The mystery in this story is who killed local, washed up, football star, Brinkley Meyers. A young woman, who has a strong dislike for Brinkley, is arrested for the crime, but the group is sure she is innocent and set out to prove it. Using their brains, their great questioning techniques and likability, the club works their way through facts, clues, and gossip. Will they be able to come up with the answer to who killed Meyers? There are some side stories going on as well that add interest and flesh out the characters and the town. I enjoyed this story with realistic characters, a friendly setting. This was a fun cozy with a surprising ending that made me smile. Being a full figured gal myself, I appreciated the way the author handled the subject of weight loss, making it a normal part of the story. I am looking forward to reading more in this series. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
Reeceeangel More than 1 year ago
James Henry moved back to Quincy's Gap to become the librarian when his mom passed away and left his dad with no one to take care of him. He befriends the local high school are teacher and she convinces him to join her diet club she has started with a group of friends. He is excited as maybe this will be a way to make some friends in his hometown. At their first meeting they name the club the Supper Club and get hooked into solving the murder of the local playboy at he town's best pastry shop. Can James and his friends solve the murder and lose weight or will the murder derail their weight loss plans before they start? How can you resist a main character that loves cheese doodles? I was craving them by the end of the book and wanted them as much as James did. I felt for James at every turn of the page. I understood how he felt and want he wanted out of life. Ellery Adams writes her characters with such feeling that you feel like you personally know them. You want to hop inside the pages of the book and be James' and his Supper Club friends friend. You want them to know you understand their feelings but at the same time you want to let them now they are perfect they way they are and real friends see past the chubbiness. I am excited to read a book about a librarian as the main character as I'm always looking for new things to add to be extensive TBR pile. I get excited thinking "oh, my favorite character has read this". I cannot wait to read the second book "Fit to Die" and revisit my new friends. No matter what your type of cozy mystery you like, Ellery Adams has a series you will enjoy. Thank you to NetGalley and Beyond the Page for a copy to read and review based on my own honest words and opinion.
Cozyfan75 More than 1 year ago
Loved the camaraderie and caring these new friends have! I really liked the switch from usual cozies to a male protagonist. James is so sweet and I was really happy he and Lucy hit it off. All of these weight loss friends were awesome and were just depicted as people anyone would be happy to have as friends. The mystery was well told and I had no idea who the killer was. The ending had me wondering how the friends were going to get the better of the perp but it worked out great. I really can't wait to read the next in the series! Having read Ms. Adams' the Secret, Book and Scone Society, this reminds me so much of that particular group of friends. This group wasn't quite as broken but the same type of friendship is there, the support and love they developed for each of their fellow diet buddies.
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
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, Bennett 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 goals and dieting woes. In the process they become involved in a murder investigation. There were plenty of twists and red herrings to keep me confused until the reveal. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Beyond the Page via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
Shelly9677 More than 1 year ago
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 dad. The death of his mother has made him look at his life a little closer and he doesn’t like what he sees around his waistline. He has taken a substantial paycut when moving back to the small town, taking a job at the local library. He has no real friends in town. Just as he was beginning to feel a bit down, Lindy comes to the library asking permission to hang a flyer for a Sunday night dinner club for dieters. James decides to give the club a go himself and the Flab Five is born! The characters are very real. They have hopes, aspirations, regrets and flaws. You will find yourself rooting for them. There is friendship, camaraderie and more than a few quandaries in this amusing book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The reality of dieting with some real charm
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series has interesting and likeable characters. The mystery was well done but secondary to the very heartwarming plot. I look forward to reading the next one.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series was a bit tougher to appreciate but was, by the end, enjoyable enough that I bought the next in the series. Did not like as well as the Hope series but it is well done and I believe I will continue the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hated this but have loved her other series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Need work trick is no processed foods and one ingrediant in canned and frozen they will add extra salt and sugar to tomatoes anything so dont need to add more to chili hide salt shaker and make simple syrup for beverages anything you can make from scratch will have less than any processed try making your own pizza its easy actually sucking on a lemon drop/vitamin C helps a raw apple or pear is filling because of roughage just eat it slow the old chew twenty times helps in dieting because in gulping you dont taste