Triple Threat Reviews ~ The Supper Club Mystery 5, 6 & 7

September 23, 2020 Audiobook Reviews, Book Reviews 4

Triple Threat Reviews ~ The Supper Club Mystery 5, 6 & 7The Battered Body by J.B. Stanley, Ellery Adams
Length: 9 hours and 54 minutes
Series: A Supper Club Mystery #5
Published by Midnight Ink on March 8, 2009
Pages: 301
Format: Audiobook
Source: Hoopla

Narrator: Karen White
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Also in this series: Chili Con Corpses (A Supper Club Mystery, #3)

Librarian James Henry and the supper club will have more than enough food for thought trying to count calories and catch a killer . . .
Reluctantly visiting humble Quincy’s Gap to create a special wedding cake, celebrity chef the “Diva of Dough” is not nearly as sweet as her delectable confections, and it’s just a matter of time before she alienates everyone she meets. When her corpse is discovered, covered in cake batter no less, there are more than a few locals who think she got her just desserts. And despite their own distaste for the woman, James and his friends know they have to rise to the occasion and solve the murder.
With clues and suspects few and far between, the supper club members realize that catching the culprit will be anything but a cake walk. And when a second victim turns up dead, they’ll have to quickly discard any half-baked notions about the killer . . . before they all get iced.
Includes mouthwatering recipes!
This is a brand-new, fully revised edition of a book originally published under the name J. B. Stanley.

Also by this author: A Killer Collection, A Fatal Appraisal, A Deadly Dealer, Carbs and Cadavers, Fit to Die, Chili Con Corpses (A Supper Club Mystery, #3), Murder in the Mystery Suite, A Killer Plot, Murder in the Paperback Parlor, A Deadly Cliché (A Books by the Bay Mystery #2), Pies and Prejudice (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #1), Peach Pies and Alibis (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #2), The Path of the Crooked, The Last Word (A Books by the Bay Mystery #3), Pecan Pies and Homicides, Lemon Pies and Little White Lies (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #4), Murder in the Secret Garden, Breach of Crust, A Treacherous Trader, The Way of the Wicked , A Killer Keepsake, Written in Stone , Poisoned Prose, Lethal Letters , Writing All Wrongs , Killer Characters

TripleThreatReviewTriple threat is for when I have three books in the same series to review. 🙂 It’s kind of like my mini reviews just with the same series.

I have finally finished the Supper Club mystery series and I really enjoyed it, though the author likes to punch you in the gut sometimes with what she does to some characters. I think one of the reasons I really liked this series is it seems pretty real to everyday life (except the murders!). It’s the ups and downs of a group that call themselves the Fab Five who came together in the first book because they wanted to lose weight and become the best of friends. The weight loss problems also have went well and not so well which is exactly how things go…lol.

In The Battered Body the Diva of Dough reluctantly comes to Quincy’s Gap to make a wedding cake for her sister Milla who is marrying our MC’s father, Jackson. James is excited that his father is getting remarried and really likes Milla so he tries to get along with Paulette and her family but it’s extremely difficult as the “Diva” is a handful and you can see her making enemies everywhere she goes. It’s no wonder she ends up dead with her mouth full of batter.

Though James and his friends didn’t like the lady they want to find out whodunit for Milla and what they find is a very dysfunctional family full of secrets and the biggest secret might be what got killed the cake lady.

Meanwhile, there are some other things going on. Not only are the fab five still struggling with their weight but Murphy the local journalist wrote a book about them and wasn’t so nice to some of the fab five in the book because in the previous book there was a bit of dust up with James and Lucy and he started seeing Murphy but then that didn’t work out and well she had a little fun in her book lets just say and it didn’t go over well with the fab five. You really should read the whole series to get the jist of it. 🙂

I really love the characters in this series and I think it’s because I can see myself in them and their struggle to lose weight try different diets, fail and start again. I also find it nice to have a male be the main character though it really is about the whole group. Each character has their own separate struggle with weight and reasons for dieting which is very enjoyable to read about and they make a great sleuthing team.

Triple Threat Reviews ~ The Supper Club Mystery 5, 6 & 7

I received this book for free from Hoopla in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Black Beans & Vice by J.B. Stanley, Ellery Adams
Length: 9 hours and 39 minutes
Series: A Supper Club Mystery #6
Published by Midnight Ink on November 8, 2010
Pages: 321
Format: Audiobook
Source: Hoopla

Narrator: Karen White
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Also in this series: Chili Con Corpses (A Supper Club Mystery, #3)

Desperate for a solution to their endless struggles with weight loss, the supper club members decide to sign on with Wellness Village, a new-age health center promising life-changing improvements through hypnotherapy. It’s a mesmerizing experience, to say the least, but when the village’s fresh food festival is disrupted by an angry mob of protestors and a local councilman is found dead, librarian James Henry and his friends trade in their newfound sense of calm for a tense hunt for a cold-blooded killer.
Sorting through a list of suspects that includes an herbalist, an acupuncturist, and various other holistic healers who are all cool as cucumbers, the supper club members begin to suspect that all is not well at Wellness Village. But before their efforts can bear fruit, the body of another murder victim is discovered, and James and his friends realize they’ll have to sink their teeth into the investigation to help root out a rotten apple.
Includes delectable recipes!
This is a brand-new, fully revised edition of a book originally published under the name J. B. Stanley.

Also by this author: A Killer Collection, A Fatal Appraisal, A Deadly Dealer, Carbs and Cadavers, Fit to Die, Chili Con Corpses (A Supper Club Mystery, #3), Murder in the Mystery Suite, A Killer Plot, Murder in the Paperback Parlor, A Deadly Cliché (A Books by the Bay Mystery #2), Pies and Prejudice (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #1), Peach Pies and Alibis (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #2), The Path of the Crooked, The Last Word (A Books by the Bay Mystery #3), Pecan Pies and Homicides, Lemon Pies and Little White Lies (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #4), Murder in the Secret Garden, Breach of Crust, A Treacherous Trader, The Way of the Wicked , A Killer Keepsake, Written in Stone , Poisoned Prose, Lethal Letters , Writing All Wrongs , Killer Characters

In Black Bean and Vice the Supper Club are going vegetarian or vegan I can’t remember which one…lol. This couldn’t thrill Julianne more because she is the vegetarian of the group. They also decide to a try a new wellness center that will hypnotize you so you don’t crave sweets which seems to go well for James until he forgets to listen to his tapes and then after some protester at a fresh food festival disrupt things they find a local councilman dead.

James and the gang start to investigate into what happened when it seems that their wellness instructor could be a suspect and they are not sure she is guilty. It seems the list of suspects is long and they have lot to sift through while trying to adjust to eating so many veggies. 🙂

Something happens in this one that almost made me mad as I know that the author isn’t afraid to put some characters through the ringer sometimes and this book is no exception as something happens to James’ father but he ended up okay but for a few minutes I was worried!!

Triple Threat Reviews ~ The Supper Club Mystery 5, 6 & 7

I received this book for free from Hoopla in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Pasta Mortem by Ellery Adams, Rosemary Stevens
Length: 8 hours and 28 minutes
Series: A Supper Club Mystery #7
Published by Beyond the Page Publishing on May 21, 2018
Pages: 224
Format: Audiobook
Source: Hoopla

Narrator: Karen White
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Also in this series: Chili Con Corpses (A Supper Club Mystery, #3)

Librarian James Henry and his supper club sleuths will take a trip down memory lane searching for clues that will help catch a killer . . .
When the cast of the old Hearth and Home TV show gather for a twenty-fifth reunion at a local bed-and-breakfast where the show was filmed, the townsfolk are thrilled to meet the actors and relive their memories of a simpler time. Their nostalgic mood is broken, though, by an ambitious real estate developer who has also come to Quincy’s Gap with an eye toward turning the quiet town into the South’s hottest new tourist destination. Tensions are boiling over, and when the developer gets a little too sauced one night at the B and turns up dead the next morning, James and the supper club will have to put aside their distaste for the victim to help nab the culprit.
It looks like an open-and-shut case, but James and his friends are convinced the main suspect is innocent and promise to help get her out of hot water. Dividing their time between the investigation and the reunion festivities, they’re shocked to discover that members of the cast are guarding some very unsavory secrets. With time running out before the actors leave town and the trail of clues goes stale, the supper club will have to turn up the heat on a suspicious character before the killer serves up another murder.
Includes mouthwatering recipes!
Praise for the Supper Club Mystery Series:
“Heavy on fun, light on gore, this savory mystery comes complete with yummy recipes.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Foodies will love the recipes and fans the new adventures of the five friends.” —Kirkus Reviews
About the Authors:
New York Times bestselling author 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. Her series include the Supper Club Mysteries, the Antiques Collectibles Mysteries, and the Book Retreat Mysteries, among others.
Agatha Award winner Rosemary Stevens is the author of the Murder-A-Go-Go Retro Mysteries, the Beau Brummell Mysteries, and four sweet Regency romances. She lives in Central Virginia with her family, including two Siamese cats whose wishes she caters to day and night. She loves British detective shows, anything vintage, chocolate, pizza, and Southern food, especially biscuits and gravy, and is perpetually on a diet.

Also by this author: Murder in the Mystery Suite, A Killer Plot, Murder in the Paperback Parlor, A Deadly Cliché (A Books by the Bay Mystery #2), Pies and Prejudice (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #1), Peach Pies and Alibis (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #2), A Killer Collection, The Path of the Crooked, The Last Word (A Books by the Bay Mystery #3), Pecan Pies and Homicides, A Fatal Appraisal, Lemon Pies and Little White Lies (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #4), A Deadly Dealer, Murder in the Secret Garden, Breach of Crust, A Treacherous Trader, Carbs and Cadavers, Fit to Die, Chili Con Corpses (A Supper Club Mystery, #3), The Way of the Wicked , A Killer Keepsake, Written in Stone , Poisoned Prose, Lethal Letters , Writing All Wrongs , Killer Characters

In Pasta Mortem (love that title!) the cast of a tv show called Hearth and Homes is having a 25th reunion in Quincy’s Gap and the supper club gang take a walk down memory lane as they all remember that show. The fun of having them in town is short lived with a real estate developer is killed and Murphy, the lovely journalist who they all love to hate, is in the hot seat because she was dating him and things are pointing to her as the killer.

The gang has decided that even though they are not big fans of Murphy they can’t see her as a murderer so they decide to dive into the lives of the cast and the real estate developer and see what is really going on.

What I like about these books is the characters and in this one we get to find out why Bennett is so dead set on not showing public affection when him and Julianne are together. Bennett is a black man in a small town and he remembers a time in his childhood when interracial characters were frowned upon. His story was very sad but I am glad he finally is able to make a decision with his friends help and not let things of the past hold him down.

So I have completed 3 series from this author, I am close to finishing another but read some from other and I am going to say that I think out of all I have read from this author this is my FAVORITE series out of all the ones I have read. 🙂 I would love to have more from this series but if not it ends on a good story.

The narrator of this series is one of my favorites, Karen White, and she does a great job as always!!

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4 Responses to “Triple Threat Reviews ~ The Supper Club Mystery 5, 6 & 7”

    • Stormi

      Wow, and she is like my most read cozy author…lol. I think I have maybe two more series to catch up on and I might have them all read! I really think you might like this series it’s probably my favorite out of all I have read by this author.

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