Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Uninvited Corpse by Debra Sennefelder - #review

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!



This is my first experience reading something by Debra Sennefelder.  The promise made by the book synopsis was excellently fulfilled by the reading of the text.  Two things that caught and held my interest while reading The Uninvited Corpse was Hope's character and the mystery(ies) itself.

I can testify that starting and developing a blog is not the easiest of endeavors.  You generate ideas, come up with engaging posts, and self-promote the heck out of it all.  And Hope's successes have not exactly been piling up, poor thing.  A failed career, emarrassing oneself on a reality show (of course, IMO, it's much harder not to embarrass oneself on reality tv), and a failed marriage.  And I have to divide it into two categories: trouble with personal life and trouble with professional life.  That way we can say, "Third time's the charm!"  Because she bakes the case to perfection!

Coming across a dead body is bad enough.  Coming across a murder victim has got to be worse.  Having the main suspect be your sister (in not only Peaches' murder but a second one the following night)?  I'd be just about unable to move.  Not so Hope.  She dives right in and ferrets out the reality from the dead ends (no pun intended).  Of course there are trying to make a mess in Hope's kitchen (figuratively speaking) and will stop at  nothing, not even another murder, to stop her investigation.

I look forward with great anticipation for the next 'course' in the Food Blogger Mysteries!



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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(Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book from the author and publishers via Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.)

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