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Today I am featuring an author I know most of you have heard of.
Ellery Adams author of the Books By The Bay Mysteries,
The Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries,
and coming in August The Book Retreat Mystery series.
But for today's TBT I'm posting about
Ellery's work under her pen name, J. B. Stanley and her
Supper Club Mystery series.
This series contains 6 books.
James Henry, a kind-hearted professor of English literature, is forced to move back home to Quincy’s Gap, a tiny town in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, to care for his aging father. Shortly after moving into a house that hasn’t changed since his childhood, the overweight, divorced, book-loving cheese puff addict accepts a position as head librarian and joins a supper club for dieters who call themselves the “Flab Five.”
Avoiding carbs is almost impossible in this deep-fried, all-you-can-eat Southern town, so the mysterious death of a young and healthy athlete provides the perfect distraction. While trying to cut carbs and avoid temptations, James and his fellow supper club members work together to shed pounds and track down a killer.
James Henry, a lovable librarian, has gotten used to being back home in Quincy’s Gap, a tiny town in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. He has a job he adores, a group of close friends and fellow dieters who call themselves the “Flab Five,” and is actually thinking about starting an exercise regime.
Six months after starting a low-carb diet, however, James and the Flab Five have fallen off the diet wagon. A new ice cream shop has opened in town, but so has the Witness to Fitness weight loss center, run by the zealous Veronica Levitt. Maybe Veronica's fanatical approach is just what the group needs.
But when James 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. It isn't long before James wonders if he can handle cardio classes, a budding romance, his cranky father, and a duplicitous killer without binging on too ice cream.
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.
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!
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 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.
The Flab Five's creative new strategy to slim down? Hypnotherapy! And James has new motivation for laying off the donuts: his adorable son Eliot and a rekindled romance
with his ex-wife, Jane.
But a radical animal rights group is stirring things up in Quincy's Gap. When two suspicious deaths occur, the Supper Club friends team up to solve another delectable, food-filled mystery.
This series is of print in paperback.
I recommend checking with your local used book dealer or any number of online second hand book dealers.
STIFFS AND SWINES, THE BATTERED BODY, and BLACK BEANS & VICE are available in Large Print editions.
To learn more about Ellery Adams, her pen names and her books, click below.
Ellery 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 caterer, retail clerk, car salesperson, teacher, tutor, and tech writer, all the while penning poems, children's books, and novels. She now writes full-time from her home in Virginia.
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Answer to Whodunit Wednesday
A MAZE OF SUSPECTS - Solution
The audience of five squirmed in the narrow corner of the hedge until they were all facing the strange little man with the funny accent. "Two of your stories agree on one point. The electricity was turned off--from shortly after Mr. and Mrs. Turner's arrival until after the murder."
The highway patrolman laughed. "It doesn't take a Sherlock Holmes to figure that out."
"Sherman Holmes," the little man corrected the patrolman. "And as I said, the solution is elementary. Since the fountain in the center of the maze works by electricity, it couldn't have been running at the time of the murder, as Mr. McQuire testified. Of course, Mr. McQuire didn't know the fountain was off because he was somewhere else at the time--robbing and killing Kyle Turner, I presume."
I'll admit, that got by me.
When I read the solution, I gave myself a head thump.