Title: The Uninvited Corpse
Author: Debra Sennefelder
Publication Date: March 27, 2018
Page Count: 369
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
Leaving behind a failed career as a magazine editor and an embarrassing stint on a reality baking show, newly divorced lifestyle entrepreneur Hope Early thought things were finally on the upswing—until she comes face-to-face with a murderer . . .
Hope’s schedule is already jam packed with recipe testing and shameless plugs for her food blog as she rushes off to attend a spring garden tour in the charming town of Jefferson, Connecticut. Unfortunately, it isn’t the perfectly arranged potted plants that grab her attention—it’s the bloody body of reviled real estate agent Peaches McCoy . . .
One of the tour guests committed murder, and all eyes are on Hope’s older sister, Claire Dixon—who, at best, saw Peaches as a professional rival. And suspicions really heat up when another murder occurs the following night. Now, with two messy murders shaking Jefferson and all evidence pointing to Claire, Hope must set aside her burgeoning brand to prove her sister’s innocence. But the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer intent on making sure her life goes permanently out of style . . .
Includes Recipes from Hope’s Kitchen!
The Uninvited Corpse by Debra Sennefelder is the first book of the cozy Food Blogger Mysteries series. Hope Early has returned to her hometown of Jefferson, Connecticut and is now trying to make a success of a career in blogging after giving up her job at a magazine to be on a reality TV show which didn’t go as planned.
Hope has been invited to a friend’s party showcasing her gardening skills to launch her new book. Hope’s sister Claire decides to tag along to the event and things seem to be going well until Claire’s fellow rival at works shows up to the event uninvited. Little did the ladies expect though to walk into the study while helping to clean up only to find Peaches McCoy’s body lying on the floor.
Now with most cozy adventures Hope finds herself getting caught up in the investigation when it seems the police are directing their suspicion upon Claire. Hope finds herself trying to come up with theory after theory and a list of suspects to help show her sister couldn’t possibly have committed the crime.
This was certainly a solid start to this new cozy series. Another that actually had a feel of danger and plenty of suspects to throw a reader off onto who could possibly had done the crime. With likable characters and an interesting first case in this series I found myself enjoying this first book and would rate it at 3.5 stars.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Debra Sennefelder 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 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 and Romance Writers of America.
She can be reached at Debra@DebraSennefelder.com