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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 regimen.
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.
©2013 J. B. Stanley (P)2017 Tantor
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4 out of 5 stars
By Debbie on 02-08-18

Low Cal Plates. Lifting Weights and Deadly Fates

When Witness to Fitness opens in town and the Flab Five join the program, James Henry is the only one who has a strong dislike for the owner, Veronica Levitt . . . but her "too perky" and "too pushy" attitude is TOO MUCH for James . . . However, he goes along with the rest of the supper club, hoping to lose some weight . . . then he overhears a heated confrontation between Veronica and Chilly Willy Ice Cream Shop employee, Pete. The next day Pete is found dead, burned alive in the new ice cream shop. Everyone thinks its suicide, but James isn't so sure. This is the second in the Supper Club Mysteries, and I am liking them more and more. Set in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, the small town flavor is just right. The townsfolk stick together and yet have their quirks, that make me laugh. The old biddies having a fit over Chilly Willy's tee shirts cracked me up. I love the Fitzgerald twins who work in the town library with "Professor" James Henry (former professor at William and Mary), and the ingenious fundraisers they are always coming up with for the library. My favorite this time was the pig races. As the Flab Five work through the clues in the crime scenes, romantic sparks are flying between James and Lucy . . . looking forward to book three in the series . . .

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lynda Turpin on 01-10-18

Really enjoyed this book

Book 2 in the Supper Club series. I'm glad that this series is being released in audio. I started the series previously, but am not able to read printed books or to even easily read ebooks, so audio books are my primary way to "read". In the second entry in this series, the main characters are developed even further, and are becoming more familiar - like new friends that you are getting to know better. I was glad to see that James and his father are forging a better relationship, and that James and Lucy eventually cleared up misunderstandings. While the mystery is well developed, the characters personal lives are as important to the plot as the solving of the mystery. The fact that all of the "Flab Five" have ups and down in their battle to lose weight makes them more real and it is easier for the reader to identify with their struggles. This is a good book in a good series and I look forward to future releases.

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