The Hidden Corpse
(A Food Blogger Mystery)
by Debra Sennefelder
About the Book
2nd in Series
Kensington (March 26, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Digital ASIN: B07F5YS5XR
Former reality TV baking show contestant and recent divorcée Hope Early is trying to find her recipe for success as a food blogger—but murder keeps getting in the mix . . .
When Hope’s elderly neighbor perishes in a home fire, she can't help but feel somewhat responsible. Only the day before, Peggy Olson had called her over, having burned a pot on the stove while she was sleeping and filling the house with smoke. In fact, she couldn't even remember cooking. Clearly, it was dangerous for the woman to live alone.
But it turns out she wasn't alone. When a second body is discovered in the basement of the burned house, suddenly what appeared to be a tragic accident is beginning to look like premeditated murder. As rumors spread like wildfire, Hope is determined to sort out the facts and smoke out a killer, but she might be jumping from the frying pan straight into the fire . . .
Includes Recipes from Hope’s Kitchen!
About the Author
Debra Sennefelder, the author of A Food Blogger Mystery series and the Resale Boutique Mystery series, is an avid reader who reads across a range of genres, but mystery fiction is her obsession. Her interest in people and relationships is channeled into her novels against a backdrop of crime and mystery. When she’s not reading, she enjoys cooking and baking and as a former food blogger, she is constantly taking photographs of her food. Yeah, she’s that person.
Born and raised in New York City, she now lives and writes in Connecticut with her family. She’s worked in pre-hospital care, retail and publishing. Her writing companions are her adorable and slightly spoiled Shih-Tzus, Susie and Billy.
She is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, Women's Fiction Writers Association and Romance Writers of America.
The Hidden Corpse by Debra Sennefelder is the second A Food Blogger Mystery. Hope Early is a food blogger in Jefferson, Connecticut. While getting ready for the day, Hope notices that architect, Lily Barnhart, who has been missing for three weeks, has yet to be found. Hope is then off to a photography workshop for bloggers being taught by Cal Barnhart, the missing woman’s husband. Hope is hoping he can help her take her photographs to the next level since she has been asked to contribute to a cookbook being published by The Sweet Taste of Success. That evening Peggy Olson, her elderly neighbor, rushes over needing her assistance. Peggy woke up to smoke in her home from a burning pot on her stove, but she does not remember doing it. Peggy asks Hope to not tell her niece, Meg who has hinted at putting her in an assisted living facility. The next evening, Hope returns from a jog to find Peggy’s house on fire. Peggy perishes from smoke inhalation and a second body is found body is found in the kitchen. The investigators soon find evidence that the fire was not accidental which has Detective Reid once again questioning Hope. Despite being told to keep her nose out of the investigation, Hope whips up some cookies (it helps to butter up your suspects) and sets out to ask questions. It appears that Hope has caught the killer’s attention when a warning note is left on her front door. Hope has no intention of backing off. Instead, her passion for justice has been inflamed. She is determined to find the person responsible for killing the kindly Peggy Olson. Hope needs to be careful or she could end up the next victim.
The Hidden Corpse can be read alone if you have not had the opportunity to read The Uninvited Corpse. Hope Early is a divorcee who was a television baking show contestant until her life went up in flames. She now has a blog titled Hope at Home which is doing well, and Hope has been refinishing her new home. Hope also has a lively puppy named Bigelow (he is a cutie). She has signed up to take photography workshop from Cal Barnhart, a well-known photographer. Hope also gets wrangled into helping her sister, Claire get cranky Maretta Kingston elected to the Planning & Zoning Commission. In the book there is cooking, chatting with friends, eating, recipe planning, working on her home, walking Bigelow, working on her blog, Hope dealing with her sister, flirting and taking photographs (charming cozy moments). It was interesting to learn more about how a blogger markets their blog. I had no idea that bloggers had agents. Hope’s home sounds just lovely (I want it). She is doing a beautiful job at bringing the house back to life and making it into a home. There is flirting between Hope and Ethan Cahill, chief of police and longtime friend. Hope also feels parks of attraction toward Cal Barnhart. Personally, I wish the author had not gone this direction. The story would have played better if Hope had just been a good friend to Cal during this troubling time. The mystery had different aspects to it. We have a missing woman, a fire, and Peggy’s death. I like how they tied together. Hope takes cookies and other edible items with her to question people. She believes it will make them more willing to talk with her. Hope needs to work on her questioning technique. Her method ends up antagonizing people which makes them less willing to talk with her (she might need their help in the future). Detective Reid is one of those by-the-books officers who frequently tells Hope to stay out of the investigation. Hope is too curious and even the threat of arrest cannot deter her in her quest for answers. The Hidden Corpse is a humorous cozy mystery with an intriguing premise, a simmering whodunit, delectable recipes, political intrigue and one adorable canine.
The Hidden Corpse is available at Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Google Play, IndieBound. The first book in A Food Blogger Mystery series is The Uninvited Corpse. In honor of the tour, the author is giving away five (5) print copies of The Hidden Corpse (sorry but U.S. only). You can enter using the Rafflecopter form below or click here. Please take a moment to visit the other stops on the tour (schedule below). Tomorrow I am reviewing Kitty Confidential by Molly Fitz (aka Melissa Storm). It is the first book in Pet Whisperer PI series. Thank you for visiting today. I hope you have a fascinating day. Take care and Happy Reading!
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