The Hidden Corpse

The Hidden Corpse

by Debra Sennefelder

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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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496715968
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 03/26/2019
Series: A Food Blogger Mystery , #2
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 47,995
File size: 1 MB

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 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 and Romance Writers of America. You can learn more at

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The Hidden Corpse 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
PrincessGlor 4 months ago
This second cozy with Hope and her friends was a good read. The mystery was solid with several twists to keep me wondering. After reading both the books in this series so far, I don’t love the series like some cozy series I have read, but I have enjoyed them enough to continue on with the series. I do enjoy the food blogger angle of the cozy and the murder\mystery is well crafted. So a good set to try if you enjoy a good cozy! I received this book from NetGalley and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
PNWBookworm 6 months ago
I liked the idea of this book far better than I enjoyed the actual story. The premise was a good one and initially I liked the main character. As the story moved on I was both bored and disbelieving of the characters behavior and some situations. *SPOILER* For example, the main character flirts with a man whose wife is missing, and later found to be dead and he asks her to pick out the wife outfit to be buried in? Really? I just didn’t buy it. It felt like just a point to move the plot along and was too forced. After that I just couldn’t get into the story and skim read to the end. I thought the writing was fine so I may give the other another try later on.
Dollycas 6 months ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Photos make up a huge part of every blog and food blogger Hope Early has enrolled in a class to up her photo game with Cal Barnhart. She was afraid the class would be canceled since Cal’s wife has gone missing and the police have all but arrested him while their investigation is pending. But the class is on and everyone can see the man is barely functioning without his wife. Hope is also worried about her elderly neighbor, Peggy Olsen. After Peggy rushed to Hope’s home for help with a kitchen fire caused by food burning on the stove, food Peggy cannot even remember starting, she feels it is not safe for Peggy to live alone. Before Hope can contact Peggy’s family there is another fire and Hope can’t save Peggy this time. A second body is found in the house and it appears they were dead before the fire even started. Was Peggy collateral damage of a killer trying to cover his tracks? Hope feels responsible for not getting Peggy out of that house. She decides she needs to focus and get a clear picture of the killer and get justice for her friend. That is unless she is the next one going up in flames. ___ Our protagonist Hope Early is juggling a lot of things in the air before she even adds this new murder mystery to her list. Her sister Claire is running for mayor while trying to keep the Planning and Zoning committee filled with people of her choosing. She ropes Hope into hosting a tea to garner support for Maretta Kingston to become its newest member. She also is trying to decide on 5 recipes she contractually has to submit for a cookbook after being on that baking show. Plus she is trying to train her lovable pup Bigelow, remodel her new home, keep her blog up to date and oh yeah, the photography class, which may be taught by a murderer. Author Debra Sennefelder has put her lead character to the test but she has surrounded her with a fantastic supporting cast that helps her keeps all those balls in the air. Those characters include Ethan Cahill, longtime friend, and chief of police. They make a great team and it drives “just the facts” Detective Reid crazy and I absolutely loved it! Her best friend Drew is feeling the heat as he is up against a new hot-shot reporter at the finally struggling newspaper. He hopes Hope can help him get a scoop so he doesn’t lose his job. The characters are all very realistic. The interactions and dialogue are spot on, good for the occasional chuckle or serious when necessary. Readers are treated to a wonderfully written mystery with a variety of suspects. After a plethora of twists and turns, a red herring or two, I was completely surprised by the killer reveal. I found the story to be very fast-paced with something always drawing my mind a little sideways away from my original task of sleuthing out the killer before Hope. I really enjoy when that happens because that means I did “escape” into the book. A perfect escape, this story held me tight and I was entertained the whole way. I can’t wait to visit these characters again. Three Widows and A Corpse will be out October 29, 2019.
GratefulGrandma 6 months ago
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.
LisaKsBooksReviews 6 months ago
The cozy mystery sub-genre is filled with fabulous authors. But author Debra Sennefelder is one that cozies have been needing for a long time. The first thing I have to say in, author Sennefelder has created a great bunch of characters. I really enjoy protagonist Hope Early. Other than being a blogger like myself, there are many things we have in common. I feel a real kinship to her. And, she’s a pleasure to read. All the characters in this series are. I’ve had a great time following them over the last two books in the Food Blogger Mysteries, and I can’t wait to learn more about them and watch them grow for many, many adventures to come! THE HIDDEN CORPSE was an incredibly well done mystery. With more than one murder, and suspects all over, I was second and third guessing myself all the way through, and still didn’t get it right. Not the who, and not the why. A real reading experience and a half, this book was packed with emotional ups and downs that had me laughing one minute and crying the next. I had to stop and catch my breath when I was finished reading it. And once my breathing was back to normal, I dove into the yummy recipes included! There is no way you can go wrong with THE HIDDEN CORPSE.
Shelly9677 7 months ago
This is the second in the Food Blogger mystery series and I enjoyed it every bit as much as the first! Debra Sennefelder’s writing style flows as smooth as honey. She has created very real characters you enjoy spending your time with. The mystery is woven seamlessly, keeping the reader engaged from the first word to the last! If you are in the market for a new cozy mystery series, I highly recommend the Food Blogger Mystery series.
KrisAnderson_TAR 7 months ago
The Hidden Corpse can be read alone if you have not had the opportunity to read The Uninvited Corpse. Hope Early is a divorcee who was a television baking show contestant until her life went up in flames. She now has a blog titled Hope at Home which is doing well, and Hope has been refinishing her new home. Hope also has a lively puppy named Bigelow (he is a cutie). She has signed up to take photography workshop from Cal Barnhart, a well-known photographer. Hope also gets wrangled into helping her sister, Claire get cranky Maretta Kingston elected to the Planning & Zoning Commission. In the book there is cooking, chatting with friends, eating, recipe planning, working on her home, walking Bigelow, working on her blog, Hope dealing with her sister, flirting and taking photographs (charming cozy moments). It was interesting to learn more about how a blogger markets their blog. I had no idea that bloggers had agents. Hope’s home sounds just lovely (I want it). She is doing a beautiful job at bringing the house back to life and making it into a home. There is flirting between Hope and Ethan Cahill, chief of police and longtime friend. Hope also feels parks of attraction toward Cal Barnhart. Personally, I wish the author had not gone this direction. The story would have played better if Hope had just been a good friend to Cal during this troubling time. The mystery had different aspects to it. We have a missing woman, a fire, and Peggy’s death. I like how they tied together. Hope takes cookies and other edible items with her to question people. She believes it will make them more willing to talk with her. Hope needs to work on her questioning technique. Her method ends up antagonizing people which makes them less willing to talk with her (she might need their help in the future). Detective Reid is one of those by-the-books officers who frequently tells Hope to stay out of the investigation. Hope is too curious and even the threat of arrest cannot deter her in her quest for answers. The Hidden Corpse is a humorous cozy mystery with an intriguing premise, a simmering whodunit, delectable recipes, political intrigue and one adorable canine.
Karen Hollins 7 months ago
I loved this second book in Debra Sennefelder's "A Food Blogger Mystery" series. There is humor, drama, romance and an absolutely expert mystery offering so many twists and turns that I was completely surprised by the ending. I really did not want this book to end, and can't wait for more! I highly recommend it and after finishing this book, I immediately went online to order the first book. I cannot wait to see what’s next for Hope in this series and I look forward to reading the next book ... I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kensington Books via NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Carstairs38 7 months ago
Hope’s neighbor Peggy Olson has come to Hope for help after catching some stuff on fire in her kitchen. Peggy had fallen asleep only to wake up to the smoke. What bothers her is she didn’t even remember starting to cook anything. When Peggy’s house burns down the next day with Peggy inside, Hope feels extremely guilty for not saying anything to protect Peggy from accidentally doing this again. That guilt changes when the police find evidence that it could have been arson. A second body in the house only further confuses things. Can Hope figure out what happened to her neighbor? This book has a very strong mystery with plenty of questions that need to be answered. The suspects were strong as well, and they kept me guessing until the end. In fact, I was certain it was several of them at various points in the book, yet the final solution made perfect sense. Hope is a great main character as well. My biggest issue is the supporting cast. I feel like they are still fairly thin characters, and several of them are annoying. I hope they get more fleshed out as the series progresses, allowing us to like them more. Since I am a blogger (but not a food blogger), I found that aspect of Hope’s life very interesting, although her world is very different from mine. And, speaking of food, there are six delicious sounding recipes at the end of the book.
LostinaWrittenWorld 7 months ago
I received a free ecopy in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley. Berkley Prime Crime novels are my jam and this one is no exception! Following a food blogger as she balances work and finishing her home, but both of these things take a back seat when a double murder is committed. The mystery was exciting and I enjoyed trying to figure out who among the chacters were the murderer and who were just red herrings. The town is picturesque and sounds like a lovely place that I wish I could visit! The second book in series, I look forward to reading more. If you like Murder She Wrote and other cozy mysteries and you haven't already tried a Prime Crime novel, you should!
4GranJan 7 months ago
Food Bloggers and Murder; Cozy in Connecticut This cozy murder mystery involves food bloggers in rural Connecticut. There are motives and suspects and red herrings and lots of mystery and mischief. The reader is treated to home renovations, great recipes, competitions, and jealousies. It seems to take the police way too much time to finally narrow down the suspect pool. This is a fun book to read as the author gives out just enough clues to keep the reader guessing! I received this book for free and this is my honest review.
bluegreen91 7 months ago
This was a very enjoyable read, with just the right amount of suspense, and several different mysteries to solve! I like the main characters: Hope, food blogger; her sister Claire, real estate agent and mayoral hopeful; Drew, Hope's friend and local reporter; Ethan, police chief and longtime friend; and Jane, former mystery writer and current innkeeper. There were some interesting twists in this story, including a mystery victim and a day spa that few people in town even know about. This book moves at a good pace and kept me guessing the whole way through. I had a hard time putting it down, but I purposely paced myself to make it last. I really like this series and look forward to reading more by Debra Sennefelder! I received an advance copy of this book. This review contains my honest thoughts and opinions.
Rockport_rocker 7 months ago
The Hidden Corpse is an outstanding and complex mystery highlighting some wonderful characters. I loved the Uninvited Corpse but the amount of negativity from Hope's friends in that book made me sad. In this second novel of A Food Blogger series there are still negative people, but that is fine because they are balanced by her friends who stick with her and are quite likable. Hope's feelings of guilt for not warning the victim's niece about an incident with a fire provide an understandable reason for her to get involved in the investigation. The Hidden Corpse held me throughout and left me happy, sad, frustrated and angry, but never at the book; I reacted to the situations in the book as I left my world behind. Thanks to Netgalley for providing an ARC to this wonderful mystery. I will be sharing my love for Debra Sennefelders newest book even more than I did with the first book in the series.
CozyOnUp 7 months ago
Hope signs up for a photography class with a famous food photographer. With his wife missing, she’s not sure class will go on, but the show must always go on, no? Go on it does, until his wife’s body is found in a fire that Hope calls in. Soon Hope finds herself being portrayed as the grieving husband’s mistress while his wife’s body isn’t even cold. But despite her frustration at the false story in the paper, she doesn’t believe the man is guilty of murdering his wife and begins asking questions. Soon hope is receiving threats intended to make her back off, but it only makes her look deeper and ask more questions. But will Hope be able to figure out who the murderer is before she’s next? Enjoyed this second book in the series and look forward too many more.
Chatting-About-Cozies 7 months ago
I’m all about eating great food plus I enjoy looking at photos of food and watching cooking shows! The Food Blogger series is great entertainment for me! Food Blogger, Hope Early stays busy with her successful blog activities, social media presence, and continuing to up her game by enrolling in a food photography course taught by Cal Barnhart. Cal’s wife, Lily, is a missing person and a dark cloud hangs over Cal’s head although he hasn’t been arrested. Police Chief, Ethan Cahill is investigating Lily’s disappearance and Hope feels something sinister has happened to her. Author Debra Sennefelder pens an interesting and emotional cozy mystery that touches on grief, the sadness of the elderly as their memory declines, and unfortunately, the local corruption and deception found in many towns and cities. Suspects are plentiful and clues are scattered throughout the story, yet it’s hard to single out just one perpetrator. I thoroughly enjoyed THE HIDDEN CORPSE with it’s great cast of characters. I look forward to the next book in this cozy series. I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Kensington. Thank you.
BeagleGirl123 7 months ago
Food bloggers have descended upon the lovely small town of Jefferson, Connecticut, for a photography class, and when Hope Early's neighbor and the photographer's missing wife appear to have perished in the same house fire, Hope needs to discover if there's a connection between the bloggers and the deadly blaze. There's lots happening in this cozy little mystery, not the least of which are the yummy recipes. 5 stars!