The Hidden Corpse by Debra Sennefelder
The Hidden Corpse (A Food Blogger Mystery) by Debra Sennefelder
About the Book
The Hidden Corpse (A Food Blogger Mystery)
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!
The Hidden Corpse is the second book in the Food Blogger Mysteries by Debra Sennefelder. Not having read the first book, I wasn't too sure what to expect from this book other than the given - a cozy mystery involving a food blogger.
The book is written in such a manner that it can be read as a standalone. The characters are fully developed, yet I can't help but wonder if having read the first book would have given them that much more personality.
Hope Early is a food blogger, and she's busy working on her blog when the elderly neighbor from across the street comes asking for assistance. Peggy Olson, had recently returned home from a stay in a rehabilitation center and was still recovering from a fall. When Hope assisted Peggy back to her home, she found that Peggy's smoke alarm was chirping from a pot that had been left on the stove. Getting the situation under control, Peggy makes Hope promise not to tell as she did not want to have to live in a nursing home.
A few nights later, while Hope was out for her evening run, she discovered Peggy's house on fire. Inside the home was not only Peggy, but Lily, who had been reported missing weeks earlier. Both were now deceased.
Hope takes it upon herself to see who or what is bringing turmoil to her neighborhood. There are a lot of twists and turns in the story, and it never gets boring.
I found the story to be rather delightful, and it kept me guessing all along. I give The Hidden Corpse 5 out of 5 stars.
I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.
About the Author
Debra Sennefelder, the author of the 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.
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