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!
In the second book in the Food Blogger Mystery series, we return to Jefferson, Connecticut to check in with Hope Early and her family and friends. In this outing, Hope is extremely busy. She continues to renovate her house, and work on her blog, but she is also helping her sister with her bid for mayor, working on recipes to contribute to a cookbook, training her young and exuberant dog and taking a photography course. If that weren’t enough, an acquaintance has gone missing and her neighbour seems to be having memory issues where she almost burns her house down because she has forgotten something she was cooking. When that neighbour dies in a house fire and another body is found in the house, Hope can’t help herself from asking questions and investigating.
Once again, visiting with the main characters living in Jefferson was wonderful, it continued to develop them and make them feel like friends and acquaintances. I especially enjoyed the relationships between Hope and her sister Claire, with her BFF reporter Drew, and with Jane who owned the Inn and used to write mystery novels. They all play important parts in the story. The one thing I was not happy with in this book was the dithering of Hope when it came to the men in her life. As much as she says she is not ready for a relationship, whenever she came into contact with Ethan, Cal or even Matt, she was having daydreams and tingles. It sounds like this storyline might be moving on though. I really enjoyed this mystery. The plot was timely, well paced and interesting. She incorporated issues such as grief, the elderly and their memory, and local corruption and deception found in many towns and cities, making this an emotional story as well. Suspects are plentiful and clues are scattered throughout the story, yet I could not figure out who the perpetrator was. The showdown was tense, but everything worked out thanks to astute and quick thinking neighbours. Of course, I love the whole blogger plot. It is great to see what a successful blog takes and how far you can go with one. The recipes in the back of the book look like nice, easy and delicious ones that I actually want to try. All in all, a good story, that I really enjoyed. I am looking forward to seeing what Hope gets mixed up in next time. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon my request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
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.