By J. B. Stanley
James "Professor Puff" Henry might besides have "loser" stamped on his brow. Divorced, obese, shy, and dwelling at domestic, he will depend on books and his favourite snack — cheese puffs — for candy aid from his difficulties. A former English lit professor at William and Mary, he strikes again to Quincy's hole, a small Virginia city within the Shenandoah Valley, to keep up his recently-widowed father. to enhance his social lifestyles and waistline, he joins a supper membership for dieters who lovingly name themselves the "Flab Five." averting carbs is almost very unlikely during this deep-fried potato-loving land, so a mysterious dying of their small burg offers an efficient, if worrying, distraction. whereas dodging delectable temptations, Professor Henry and his fellow dieters interact to drop a few pounds and locate the killer who has struck worry during this tight-knit group.
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Caroline shrugged. “She’s the sort of liable woman. If she desired to have one in all her girlfriends over, she can have, with no checking with us first. We ask lots from her because it is. ” Caroline’s eyes stuffed. “Do you think that this may support? ” “I’ll seek advice from Whitney very first thing the next day morning, discover if she had a person over. at the least this takes many of the warmth off her. ” Lucy guaranteed the Livingstones. “Someone else may have taken that bottle of capsules out of your condo. ” “If somebody used to be right here and in addition on the diner earlier than the Homecoming online game . . . ” James mused aloud. “Then we would simply have ourselves a real suspect,” Lucy stated, virtually in a whisper. Beau and Caroline thanked them either for coming, their faces uplifted with the data that their daughter could be published from prison. The couple determined that they'd pay a trip to Sheriff Huckabee within the morning, explaining that their residence might have been entered by way of someone the weekend they'd long past to Baltimore. “We by no means lock the home. It’s one of many purposes we are living in a city like this. They can’t carry Whitney when we seek advice from the sheriff. ” Caroline insisted and Lucy and James was hoping she used to be correct. at the as far back as the library, Lucy passed James sticks of mozzarella string cheese. “Thought you may like a snack. ” “Would I? I’m death! ” James gulped one down instantly. Lucy did a similar. “You understand, you’re tremendous at speaking to people,” James acknowledged as they pulled subsequent to James’s outdated Bronco. “Really. You’ve received a present. ” Lucy’s face glowed with excitement. She flashed him one in every of her appealing smiles and for the instant, he forgot all in regards to the slovenly of her motor vehicle. “We make an exceptional team,” she acknowledged. “I speak, you pay attention. you may have a present, too, James. It’s . . . your presence. You don’t even have to say something. It’s like, your humbleness or anything. ” James was once thoroughly tongue-tied. in any case, his spouse had continuously instructed him that he used to be a lifeless conversationalist and that he had to pipe up extra at social occasions. James had consistently hottest listening, yet Jane claimed that he used to be an excessive amount of of a wallflower and that nobody even spotted while he had long past domestic. Now, Lucy used to be complimenting him for being himself. He was once so surprised with the beauty of it that if he have been status in entrance of Lucy at that second, he may need taken her boldly in his fingers and kissed her. yet she was once in her vehicle and evening had fallen round them as he stood there, the passenger door ajar, attempting to determine tips on how to react to all he used to be feeling. And similar to that, he felt the instant passing him by means of. “Let me recognize what Whitney says,” he murmured hurriedly, earlier than ultimate the door. “Just provide me a choice at paintings. ” Lucy nodded, her expression of happiness evaporating within the face of his detached demeanour. With a short wave, she pulled away with out on reflection. There hadn’t been a homicide in Quincy’s hole considering the fact that 1913. a number of days sooner than Christmas, Barnaby Forrester stole the mayor’s horse after wasting his whole fortune in a high-stakes poker video game.