Monday, April 15, 2013

Carbs & Cadavers

Author:  J. B. Stanley
Genre:  Mystery

4 Stars
This is the first book in the "Supper Club" mysteries.  Professor James Henry used to teach at William and Mary, but has returned home to care for his recently widowed father.
It doesn't help that "Puff" as he is known, is divorced, overweight and shy.  He wants more out of life, but he realizes that in order to do so, he must lose weight.  So, he joins a group that call themselves "The Flab Five".  They figure with each other's help, they all will be able to reach their weight goals.

While driving home one night, the professor comes across the dead body of a local girl.  He and his new friends set out to solve the murder, putting themselves in danger.

I really liked this book, and the author knows how to write.  I enjoyed the characters, and hope that there is more development to them as the series progresses.

However, the one thing that bothered me is one of the characters, Gillian, is a dog groomer. This is fine, except at one point in the book she states that she is going to have a busy day because she has to "declaw a cat". Excuse me, but groomers do not declaw cats. Only vets do that. The author needs to figure out what a dog groomer can and cannot do. So, I will read the second in the series and we will see if this 'groomer' still thinks she's a vet.

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