Thursday, October 31, 2019

Three Widows and a Corpse by Debra Sennefelder: Review & a Giveaway!

Three Widows and a Corpse

A Food Blogger Mystery

by Debra Sennefelder

Happy Halloween!

About Three Widows and a Corpse

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Kensington (October 29, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-10: 1496715942
ISBN-13: 978-1496715944
Digital ASIN: B07NCN684X

Food blogger Hope Early finds one item not on her scavenger hunt list—a dead husband . . .

Between developing her food blog, Hope at Home, and choosing low-cal recipes for a feature in Cooking Now! magazine, Hope has a full plate. Still, she’s never too busy to compete in a Jefferson, Connecticut, tradition—the town’s annual scavenger hunt.

But as she races with her team to check off the next item, Hope discovers a grisly surprise—the body of shady real estate developer Lionel Whitcomb, shot in a parking lot. His wife Elaine, who’s also in the hunt, gasps and nearly faints. But two other women on the scene cry out that their husband is dead.

It turns out this louse of a spouse was more than a little lax in legally divorcing his former wives. Did one of them put a bullet in the bigamist? Number one suspect and number three wife Elaine begs Hope to investigate. Now Hope is on a new kind of hunt—for a cold-hearted killer and triple widow-maker . . .

Includes Recipes from Hope’s Kitchen!
MARTHA MOMENTS: Remembering: Martha in the Early Years

About Debra Sennefelder

Debra Sennefelder, the author of A Food Blogger Mystery series and A 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.
Vintage country baking

Author Links

Reades can connect with Debra Sennefelder via her Website, Facebook,  and  Goodreads.

End of Year Scavenger Hunt

My Thoughts

Three Widows and a Corpse by Debra Sennefelder is the third A Food Blogger Mystery.  Hope Early is participating in the town’s annual scavenger hunt which benefits the local community center.  Her team stops at Avery Bistro to obtain an item on the list when Hope notices a familiar looking car in the back parking lot.  She wanders over to find the driver’s side door open and real estate developer, Lionel Whitcomb dead on the ground.  It soon becomes apparent that in addition to Lionel’s shady business dealings, he was also a bigamist.  There are three women claiming to be his wife.  Hope has no intention of getting involved with the case, but her natural curiosity wins out.  The killer is not happy with Hope’s nosiness and issues a series of warnings.  Three Widows and a Corpse can be read as a standalone for those new to this series.  Hope Early is a food blogger and is working on an article for Cooking Now magazine as well as taking care of her animals and working on her home.  I found Three Widows and a Corpse easy to read and it moved along at a steady pace.  Jane Merrifield and her sister, Sally are back along with Drew Adams (reporter and friend), Ethan Cahill (Chief of Police and boyfriend), and Claire Dixon (sister).  When Hope stumbles upon Lionel Whitcomb’s body, she states she is not going to investigate which pleases Detective Sam Reid and Ethan Cahill.  However, Hope cannot help but ask questions especially when witnesses keep showing up at her home unannounced.  Hope asks questions while plying them with her culinary delights.  Of course, she is told by Detective Reid and Ethan several times to stay out of the investigation.  The guilty party warns Hope off, but it just makes Hope more determined expose the killer.  There are several suspects along with misdirection and direct clues. Readers will have no problem identifying the killer long before the solution is revealed.  There is mild foul language in this novel.  Three Widows and a Corpse is the perfect story for those readers who enjoy lighthearted, food related mysteries.  Three Widows and a Corpse is an amiable cozy mystery with a troublesome two-timer, warring widows, a scavenger search, a sad sibling, and a repressive reporter.
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Three Widows (I couldn't resist)
Three Widows and a Corpse is available at Amazon*, Amazon UKB&NKoboGoogle Play, and IndieBound.  The other two novels in A Food Blogger Mystery series are The Uninvited Corpse and The Hidden Corpse.  If you would like to win a print copy (U.S. Only) of Three Widows and A Corpse, click here to enter.  You can also enter via the Rafflecopter form below.  Good Luck!  Happy Halloween!   Tomorrow I will return with my review of The Roll of the Drums by Jan Drexler.  It is the second novel in The Amish of Weaver's Creek series.  I hope all of you have a spooktacular day filled with plenty of sweet treats. Stay safe and Happy Reading!

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  1. Hi Debra! I'm Betsy betsypz(at)yahoo(dot)com and I am fascinated with the plot of Three Widows and a Corpse! Thanks!

  2. The plot is very interesting. I think I would enjoy reading it. Best wishes yo the author on this new release.