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Publisher's Summary

James Henry and the Flab Five are invited to serve as judges at Hog Fest, a celebrated barbecue festival in the Virginia mountains. But when one of the "pit masters" is found dead and a member of the supper club is accused of the murder, James and his friends have to lick the sauce off their fingers and get to work catching a killer.
Amid a fairground filled with colorful people and tempting food, The Flab Five are sure to fall off the diet wagon. But James Henry has more to worry about than his expanding waistline. His bookmobile is dead, suspicious activities are taking place in his beloved library, and his relationship with Murphy Alistair is on the rocks.
James needs to focus less on brisket and fried pickles and more on solving problems because Hog Fest is clearly no picnic.
©2014 J. B. Stanley (P)2018 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"[A] rollicking adventure.... While many of the antics are hilarious...[the] characters really do have depth, the plotting is well executed, and the series becomes better with each installment." (Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Beatrice on 03-01-18

5 STARS

This is my second time around with this series and I'm not disappointed. I love how the characters are developing. The storylines are well developed and imaginative. Karen White does a great job bringing the characters to life. I cant wait for the next book to be released.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Christina on 07-16-18

No more Lucy please

The thing I love most about Ellery and her writing is that she creates very real characters with very real flaws. This helps to make the connection between the reader and the characters feel genuine & deep. However, because of this I really can’t stand Lucy. This book is her at her worst with selfish behavior & treating the entire supper club as being less than & below her. How she treated James by dumping him for someone better and then wanting him back irked me, and this book’s entire plot line is a continuation of that and feels rather unfair to Murphy. I won’t add any spoilers but it was upsetting and made me feel disappointed in James, which soured the book as a whole. I already know what will happen by the next book & it’s already making me hesitate even continuing with the series.

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