Mar 31 2018
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Blog Tour & Review: The Uninvited Corpse by Debra Sennefelder

Posted by Jennifer in 5 Stars, Blog Tour, Cozy Mystery, Guest Post / 1 Comment

The Uninvited Corpse (Food Blogger Mysteries)
by DebraSennefelder

About the Book


The Uninvited Corpse (Food Blogger Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Kensington (March 27, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496715920
Digital ASIN: B073NNPM7G

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!

 

Why I choose a food blogger for my cozy mystery
by Debra Sennefelder

Since the announcement of the sale of my Food Blogger Mystery series I’ve been asked why I chose a food blogger as the protagonist for the series. There are a few reasons why I chose to give Hope Early the career as food blogger.
One of the things a writer who wants to write a series looks for is a hook. Something that is different and will stand out when she goes to query agents and editors. In cozy mysteries a lot of these hooks are the careers the story protagonists have. Now, we all know there are dozens of culinary mysteries, many of which I enjoy, so I needed a slight twist on the culinary angle. An amateur sleuth who is a full-time food blogger. Done!
Another thing I was looking for when creating the series was the ability to move the story out of the fictional town Hope lives in with ease. How many murders can Hope stumble upon in the fictional town of Jefferson, Connecticut? It would feel like I was populating half the town with future murder victims and murderers. I also knew I might get bored writing about the town book after book so Hopes’ profession allows her to travel. There are food blogger conferences she could attend, blogger events with brands she could travel to and she could also travel to judge food competitions. There’s so much she can do so the ideas are endless. Which is a good thing when you write a series.
When a writer is starting out she hears the advice of “write what you know” and that’s what I did with Hope’s series. I wrote what I knew about – food blogging. I began blogging after I became disenchanted with fiction writing. I was looking for a creative outlet that I had total control over. There wouldn’t be anyone telling me what to write, how to write or when to write it. No. I was in total control and I loved it. I learned a lot during that period of time when I published the Cookbook Diva blog. Then over time I began to miss fiction writing and I was being pulled in that direction again. After writing a couple of romantic suspense manuscripts I decided to try writing a cozy mystery again and decided Hope’s job would food blogging. I’ve used my own experience as a blogger to add a depth to Hope’s character, to give the reader a sense of what it’s like to work as a full-time blogger and it’s my hope the reader enjoys the small glimpse into that world.
Creating Hope’s character has been a rewarding experience for me. I began with a glimmer of an idea and shaped it into a multi-dimensional character. She’s not perfect, she has struggles just like the rest of us, and she believes in finding justice. I wanted to create a character that could be my friend and with Hope I did. I’d love for readers to enjoy spending time with Hope and look forward to her next adventure.

 

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.

Author Links:

Website – Facebook – Goodreads 

Purchase Links

Amazon – Barnes & Noble

 

Review of The Uninvited Corpse

Review (4 Stars):  The Uninvited Corpse was an entertaining mystery with a delightful heroine and delicious recipes to die for.  Hope Early is trying to pick up the pieces after a failed marriage by starting a food blog and making a new career with her favorite hobby.  With her busy schedule of testing recipes for her blog, she finds a body when she attends the local spring garden tour.  To make matters worse, her sister becomes the prime suspect for the murder and Hope must put her baking skills on hold to find a killer.

This is the first book in a brand new series and I’m already hooked.  With a heroine that you will connect with and smart story-telling, this mystery is a winner.  I loved learning all about food blogging and I was jealous that Hope could bake the way that she could with all her scrumptious recipes.  I’m adding this series on to my auto-buy list and I can’t wait to read the second installment in the series.

TOUR PARTICIPANTS

March 19 – Bibliophile Reviews – AUTHOR INTERVIEW, GIVEAWAY  

March 19 – Readsalot – SPOTLIGHT

March 19 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

March 20 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

March 20 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – GUEST POST

March 21 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY

March 21 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW

March 22 – The Power of Words – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

March 22 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

March 22 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT

March 23 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW

March 23 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW

March 23 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY

March 24 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

March 24 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – SPOTLIGHT

March 25 – La libreria di Beppe – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY

March 25 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY

March 26 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

March 26 – Mysteries with Character – SPOTLIGHT

March 27 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

March 27 – A Holland Reads – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

March 28 – Community Bookstop – AUTHOR INTERVIEW, GIVEAWAY

March 28 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY

March 29 – A Cozy Experience – REVIEW, GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY

March 29 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

March 30 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW

March 30 – Varietats – REVIEW, GUEST POST

March 31 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW, GUEST POST

March 31 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW

April 1 – The Montana Bookaholic – REVIEW

April 1 – Bookworm Cafe – REVIEW

 

 

 

One Response to “Blog Tour & Review: The Uninvited Corpse by Debra Sennefelder”

  1. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for the review and information on “The Uninvited Corpse” by Debra Sennefelder as well as being part of the book tour. I enjoyed the guest post about why I choose a food blogger for my cozy mystery.

    I’d love the opportunity to read this book.

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