I was lucky it was my day off today because I was too sick to go to work. The creeping cold is seeping out of my head and down towards my lungs – sniffle-cough-sniffff. Since it’s also a grey rainy day, I’ve been craving comfort food, like the chocolate pudding my grandmother used to make for me when I was sick, and resisting the urge to find solace in calories.
All this made Carbs and Cadavers, a re-release of a mystery written by Ellery Adams and originally published under the nom de plume JB Stanley, the perfect read for the day.
James, our hero, is a fat, divorced, and lonely librarian who joins a diet supper club of other less-than-slender people – the Flab Five. He’s hoping to gain friends and lose pounds but he certainly doesn’t expect to nearly lose his life tracking down a murderer.
The themes of friendship and temptation run strong through the book, something the author excels at, and the characters and their flaws were a welcome relief from some of the too-perfect heroines we often find in cozy mysteries. The second in the series, Fit to Die, has also been re-released and will head to the top of my TBR pile.
In the meantime, I’m going to make a bowl of air-popped popcorn, chase it with coffee and Benadryl, and try very hard not to think about chocolate pudding.
Required disclaimer: I was provided an advance reader’s Kindle copy of the book through NetGalleyNote in exchange for an honest review, which is what this is. If you are interested in reading the book and you click on its title in this blog, I may get a few pennies to help fund my reading habit. #Carbs&cadavers #NetGalley