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Chili Con Corpses: A Supper Club Mystery
by J.B. Stanley

Published: 2008-01-01
Paperback : 275 pages
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They're in deep guacamole...When Lindy suggests the supper club members join a Mexican cooking class, the five friends jump at the idea. For James, the cervezas and black bean dip provide a welcome distraction from his relationship woes, since Lucy's romantic feelings for him have turned as frosty ...
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They're in deep guacamole...When Lindy suggests the supper club members join a Mexican cooking class, the five friends jump at the idea. For James, the cervezas and black bean dip provide a welcome distraction from his relationship woes, since Lucy's romantic feelings for him have turned as frosty as a frozen magarita. At least the cooking class heats up when a spunky 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. Featuring authentic Mexican and Spanish recipes "Heavy on fun, light on gore, this savory mystery comes complete with yummy recipes." ?Publishers Weekly The Supper Club Mystery Series is..."...appealing to anyone whos ever experienced the horrors of dieting."?BookPage"...a well-plotted mystery sprinkled with delightful characters and topped off with a dash of suspense." ?Romantic Times Book Reviews"...just plain fun to read?with quirky, small-town characters and enough action to keep readers interested." ?CozyLibrary.com

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Excerpt

Chapter One °©Turkey Bacon Ranch Wrap

“I’m sick to death of being on a diet,” Bennett complained as he curled two free weights up and down from his waist to his collarbone.
James heartily agreed. The lunch he had eaten composed of a turkey bacon wrap with lettuce, tomato, and fat-free ranch dressing served on a whole-wheat tortilla seemed like a faint, unsatisfying memory. ... view entire excerpt...

Discussion Questions

1. Early in the book, the reader learns that James and his friends are tired of eating diet food. Did you ever give up on a certain diet because you got bored of the food choices?

2. Folks seem to pass judgment of the Willis sisters based on their looks. How are Kinsley and Parker assessed upon first glance? Do you think there is more to these young women than meets the eye?

3. Have you ever taken a tour of a cave? If so, how did you feel down in those dark depths? How does the cave setting increase immoral behavior in Chili Con Corpses?

4. The relationship between James and Lucy grows more and more strained as the book progresses. What are some of the factors causing such trouble for this couple?

5. Animals are important catalysts in Chili Con Corpses. Give an example of how an animal propels the plot forward.

6. Jackson Henry is becoming less gruff and reclusive with ach supper club installment. How has he further softened his hard edges in Chili Con Corpses?

7. At what point did you begin to doubt that Gary (Kinsley’s boyfriend) was such a stand up guy?

8. James gave Murphy quite an unusual and creative Christmas gift. Have you ever given (or been the recipient of) a gift specifically customized for someone you cared about? Do they (or you) still own the gift?

9. The lottery ticket subplot created a minor mystery. How did you feel about having to keep track of two very different mysteries? Did the lottery ticket add anything to the narrative or not?

10. What changes would you like to see in James’ future? Do you think he’s chosen the right woman?

11. Who is your favorite character? Why?

12. Did any of the food described in Chili Con Corpses produce some cravings in you? Did you or do you plan on cooking any of the book’s recipes? (Don’t worry if your answer in ‘no.’ It counts if you just make a pitcher of margaritas and share them with some friends!)

Notes From the Author to the Bookclub

Dear Book Clubbers,

Librarian James Henry 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.

This cozy is stuffed with recipes for Spanish and Mexican dishes and will warm you up during the long winter. To win signed books for your club as well as Virginia peanuts and the author’s favorite local coffee, email jbstanleyauthor@comcast.net. You can also visit www.jbstanley.com for book club questions. I’d love to call your group and have a cozy chat! We can always toast one another with margaritas over the phone. Cheers!

J.B. Stanley

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