Three Widows and a Corpse

Three Widows and a Corpse

by Debra Sennefelder

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Overview

Food blogger Hope Early finds one item not on her scavenger hunt list—a dead husband . . .
 
Between developing her food blog, Hope at Home, and choosing low-cal recipes for a feature in Cooking Now! magazine, Hope has a full plate. Still, she’s never too busy to compete in a Jefferson, Connecticut, tradition—the town’s annual scavenger hunt.

But as she races with her team to check off the next item, Hope discovers a grisly surprise—the body of shady real estate developer Lionel Whitcomb, shot in a parking lot. His wife Elaine, who’s also in the hunt, gasps and nearly faints. But two other women on the scene cry out that their husband is dead.

It turns out this louse of a spouse was more than a little lax in legally divorcing his former wives. Did one of them put a bullet in the bigamist? Number one suspect and number three wife Elaine begs Hope to investigate. Now Hope is on a new kind of hunt—for a cold-hearted killer and triple widow-maker . . .

Includes Recipes from Hope’s Kitchen!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496715944
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 10/29/2019
Series: A Food Blogger Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 80,343
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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 www.DebraSennefelder.com.

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Three Widows and a Corpse 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
lynnsreadingcorner 3 days ago
Another fun entry into the food blogger series! Hope finds herself in the middle of another local murder, this one just as crazy as the previous. Local business man Lionel Whitcomb is murdered and wives start coming out of the woodwork. Seems as if the two new ladies in town, visiting the local inn each have a connection, each claiming to be his current wife. But how can he have two others when current wife Elaine is known to be his wife amongst town folks. While Hope is starting to fly with her new blog and working with the Cooking Now staff, she finds a few minutes to delve into the local gossip and set the record straight. It's fun to have another story with the great characters of this town. I enjoy Hope's relationships with her sister Claire and her Chief of Police boyfriend and local news reporter Drew - they all have great chemistry and are fun to follow. Looking forward to the next entry in this fun series!
annie2015 3 days ago
This is the third book in the Food Blogger series, but the first I've read. I liked Hope and her crew and the pets (which always add some fun to a cozy mystery). I enjoyed the mystery, which kept me guessing for a while. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. My thoughts and opinions are my own and without bias.
JacquiH 4 days ago
A cosy murder mystery set in mid-town America keen on community activities - this time the annual scavenger hunt. A key member of the community, Hope, a food blogger, finds the body of the victim, Lionel - a dodgy land developer and, it turns out, equally dodgy on the marriage side of things as three "wives" appear in town to provide the main suspects. Hope has done the detective thing before (although I've not read them) and continues to do so inspite of the warnings not to by boyfriend policeman and local detective. She gets herself into various messes following various twists and turns and red herrings. All this in between an inordinate amount of baking, gossiping and eating. The murder story is interesting and twisty enough to keep the reader's interest and the characters reasonably well-written. The perpetrator predictable. There's nothing basically wrong except that this is one of oh so many baking-amateur detectives with police boyfriend of some sort and always getting there first.. It's rather like the 'fashion' of having to have historic child abuse in a grittier type of detective murder story. Perhaps I need to get out more or have a change in genre. I did like the recipes at the end even if a little heavy on the chocolate. Is that even possible? Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
Dollycas 5 days ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Food blogger Hope Early is one busy bee. Her blog, a magazine assignment, and the town’s annual scavenger hunt are all on her plate. Her team has won the scavenger hunt several times but this year when they arrive at a local restaurant to take care of one thing on the scavenger list, Hope finds a bonus item . . . another dead body. Lionel Whitcomb, a local real estate developer has been shot next to his fancy car, right there in the parking lot in broad daylight. His wife, Elaine, also taking part in the annual event faints as she sees her husband. Then another two women come onto the crime scene and claim Lionel is their husband too. There are Three Widows and a Corpse – seems Mr. Whitcomb was a bigamist and he has left behind three angry wives and three viable suspects. Two of which beg Hope to do what she does and find the actual killer. Her team did lose the scavenger hunt, maybe she will have better luck finding the culprit that saved Lionel from explaining things to the three women in his life. ___ All the characters I have enjoyed in the previous book return. Many are on Hope’s scavenger hunt team and are on hand when Whitcomb’s body is found. Boyfriend/Chief of Police Ethan Cahill wants Hope to leave the investigation to him and Detective Reid and she had every intention of doing so, but soon she is asking one question here and another there and then she finds herself in total investigation mode. The killer rewards her participation with a few warnings but she doesn’t back down. Hope is a strong protagonist and doesn’t shy away from using her culinary talents to get the answers she needs. I do enjoy her relationship with Ethan and the way it is slowly progressing. She also has a strong group of friends to support her. I can’t forget her pet brigade, her dog Bigelow and Poppy the chicken are now joined by Princess the cat. Human and animal characters are all well developed and very entertaining. The wives are the obvious suspects but there are a few others pulled in too. My heart broke when a second person was killed and I was totally all wound up in the investigation myself. The author cleverly filled the story with twists and red herrings that slowed both this reader and Hope down but I circled back around and honed in on the killer just a bit before Hope. I loved the way this story flowed and was wrapped up. As a blogger myself I loved following along with all the behind the scenes machinations of creating a successful blog and keeping content fresh and interesting and for Hope profitable. Our fields are totally different but the premise is basically the same for all bloggers. Pictures are always important and Hope has really learned a lot about photographing food and I feel like I have learned a few things too. I also love the recipes that are included. Debra Sennefelder gives readers a strong mystery in Three Widows and a Corpse. Great characters with perfect amounts of family life, romance, and humor. I was entertaining from beginning to end and can’t wait for my next visit Jefferson, Connecticut.
StoreyBookReviews 6 days ago
It is time for a trip back to Jefferson to see what Food Blogger, Hope Early, has new in her life.  Hope finds herself knee-deep in another mystery when she stumbles across another dead body while on a scavenger hunt.  The bigger surprise comes when two other women appear in town and claim to still be married to the deceased.  Who is the true widow?  Will Hope survive the search for the killer?  You'll have to read the book to find out those answers and much more. I've enjoyed this series because I love food and I am always intrigued at a look behind the scenes of what food bloggers do to create their recipes and posts.  I love to cook but have never really created my own recipe.  I have adapted some recipes but that is about all.  Several of the recipes in this book have chocolate in them so my mouth was watering just reading about the muffins, cookies, and cakes.  Recipes are provided and a few have caught my eye. The mystery is intriguing and the author does a splendid job of hiding the killer in plain sight.  I'm not sure I suspected this character so I was surprised when the story came to a head and the killer was revealed.  There are several potential suspects and while I would have liked it to have been one character, no such luck. Hope has multiple sides to her - she inserts herself into the case trying to solve the murder (despite her boyfriend the sheriff asking her to stay out of the investigation), she doesn't know how to say no, and is a little insecure when it comes to her relationship with Ethan.  But all of these pieces come together to form a likable protagonist. Overall I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next one in the series.  We give it 4 paws up.
Cozy Cat Reviews 7 days ago
This is one of the best cozy mysteries I have read this year ! The author has created a wonderful series that is the "definitive" cozy series. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the ARC. My review opinion is my own. Review cross posted at publication on Net Galley, Barnes & Nobel, Good Reads and Amazon. Three Widows and a Corpse by Debra Sennefelder is the 3rd book in a Food Blogger Mystery series. This book can be read as a stand alone however I do recommend highly the entire series. The author does introduce the charcters in this next in series for new readers. This was a great addition to the series and my favorite . The author created such a well crafted sleuth that I was surprised at the ending and enjoyed the sleuth to conclusion! Once I started reading this book i was unable to put it down until conclusion. ,Hope lives in the charming fictional town of Jefferson, Connecticut. She is a food and lifestyle blogger who has worked hard to build her blog and brand over the past few years after a major career change . She loves creating receipes for her blog and some of the receipes are included at the end of the book. She lives in a home she is renovating slowly with her dog and cat who are both new rescues to her. I love Hope as a main charcter as she is savvy , smart and hard working as a independent women. It is refreshing to read about a independent women not depending on men or family for their living. .Well done to the author for creating such a likable woman protagonist. I was fascinated to find out all the hard work that goes into maintaining a blog and how she made a living from this career as a food blogger. Hope has a reputation for finding bodies and solving mysteries much to the chagrin of the town police. . When she finds the town's shady real estate developer dead she is warned to not investigate. Then three women claim to be his wife as the mystery grows and each wife's charcter is very different and adds humor to the story. The three women proceed to provide great humor throughout as they fight for the estate of their dead husband. The sleuth was so well crafted I really enjoyed all the differing nuances of the investigation by Hope. She does not take orders from those demanding she stop investigating and moves forward finding many different clues even when she is in danger. She is a savvy investigator and soon had several suspects in her sights. This book surprised me many times which I loved. I enjoyed the charcters and how the author created supporting charcters that add so much to the story.. The plot, setting and town were done to perfection. I enjoyed reading this book in one sitting to conclusion it was so good ! . I highly recommend this cozy mystery for your reading enjoyment. i cannot wait for the next in series. Very well done to the author !
casey710 12 days ago
A food blogger solving mysteries...a first for me but it won't be the last. I now want to go back ad read the series! This is not your average cozy but it's also not a hard core mystery. It was fairly easy to work it out before the end but it was still a really fun read while getting there. And an added bonus were the recipes! Thank you NetGalley for the advanced readers copy for review.
TheCozyReview 13 days ago
Series: A Food Blogger Mystery – Book 3 Author: Debra Sennefelder Genre: Cozy Mystery/Culinary Publisher: Kensington Books Page Count: 352 The latest culinary cozy mystery book, Three Widows and a Corpse in the “A Food Blogger Mystery” series from Debra Sennefelder. Published by Kensington Books this is a wonderfully delicious series that readers can sink their teeth into. Hope is a very busy food blogger, and in this addition to this culinary cozy series, she finds herself knee-deep in the middle of a murder investigation and has no choice but to track down the killer. Hope volunteers to help with town activities. She is also working at a magazine on a feature. Even though she is busy, she still enjoys participating in local festivities and events, and the traditional scavenger hunt is one she plans on winning again this year. Before she and her team get started, Hope discovers the body of a local man who is about to go on trial for criminal activities. However, his wife and neighbors are about to find out that he was more than just a fraud; he was also a bigamist. This comes to light as soon as Hope finds the body, and even though she is trying to stay out of the investigation, people keep dragging her back into it. This culinary cozy series is original, entertaining, and filled with great characters and fascinating plots. It’s rare to have a cozy deal with something as distasteful as bigamy, but in this book, it almost becomes comical. The widows, all look different but are very much alike. Each suspect, which includes the widows, a business partner, a household staff member, and company employees, is uniquely human with human flaws. The cast of characters is as varied as the setting is charming, and readers will love Hope and her friends from beginning to end. The killer is found, and readers will likely surmise from the clues, and the many twists the identity before Hope reveals it, but this does not happen early in the book, so it makes the reading fun from start to finish. Readers will love the mouth-watering recipes. I am thrilled to recommend this new addition Three Widows and a Corpse to the culinary cozy series. I can’t wait for the next one!
Marshathereader 15 days ago
Three Widows and a Corpse by Debra Sennefelder is book three in the Food Blogger Mystery series. This was the first one I have read but was able to get current right away. Hope and her team are just starting the town's scavenger hunt when she finds the body of a shady business man. Then wives start coming out of the woodwork. In addition to his current wife, two more appear and they happen to be in town. They all have motive or do they... When Hope starts digging around, she paints a target on her back. This book has plenty of twists and turns. The characters are likeable and the setting is great. I want to go to Jefferson. There is romance, family, humor, and recipes. I was given an ARC by NetGalley and Kensington Books for an honest review.
MysteryluvrOK 15 days ago
A unique mystery - one dead man and three grieving widows. Hope Early has to find out "whodunit" before she becomes the next victim! I liked the premise of the mystery. The three wives were so different and I loved their interactions with Hope and each other. Hope is very down to earth and likable. The discussions about her "Hope at Home" food blog and the recipes she talked about were entertaining and added to the cozy atmosphere of the book. The mystery was challenging to solve (I didn't!) and all the pieces of the puzzle fell into place. I'm looking forward to the next book's mystery and recipes! I received an ARC from NetGalley for a fair and honest review of this book.
Rockport_rocker 16 days ago
From the first book in the series through Three Widows and a Corpse I have loved the Food Blogger Mystery series more and more. Debra Sennefelder has a way of pulling me not just into the mystery but into the world of ex-magazine editor and current blogger Hope Jefferson. This mystery is as complex as the earlier ones with the added complication of bigamy or is that polygamy? We already knew that the first victim was not a likeable person, but the death of the second victim hurt my heart. Yes, that is how much I was involved in the story. When I read the first book, I was sad that few of Hope's friends were nice people. In Three Widows and a Corpse that seems to have balanced better, but I enjoyed seeing her handle an awkward experience with one person that too many of us can relate to. I appreciated seeing more of Hope’s relationship with her sister Claire, so now my only wish is to see more of a certain police chief. We did get many bits of interaction between Nate and Hope; I am just greedy.
4GranJan 16 days ago
Cozy Mystery With Food Porn Recipes This is an intriguing cozy mystery concerning a bigamist. Our heroine is a food blogger and several great recipes are posted at the end of the book. The plot is just dandy! The author makes the story about more than just food. Although this book is third in the series, it stands alone with no problem. I love that this is a longer book that the reader can really get into. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
KrisAnderson_TAR 16 days ago
Three Widows and a Corpse by Debra Sennefelder is the third A Food Blogger Mystery. Hope Early is participating in the town’s annual scavenger hunt which benefits the local community center. Her team stops at Avery Bistro to obtain an item on the list when Hope notices a familiar looking car in the back parking lot. She wanders over to find the driver’s side door open and real estate developer, Lionel Whitcomb dead on the ground. It soon becomes apparent that in addition to Lionel’s shady business dealings, he was also a bigamist. There are three women claiming to be his wife. Hope has no intention of getting involved with the case, but her natural curiosity wins out. The killer is not happy with Hope’s nosiness and issues a series of warnings. Three Widows and a Corpse can be read as a standalone for those new to this series. Hope Early is a food blogger and is working on an article for Cooking Now magazine as well as taking care of her animals and working on her home. I found Three Widows and a Corpse easy to read and it moved along at a steady pace. Jane Merrifield and her sister, Sally are back along with Drew Adams (reporter and friend), Ethan Cahill (Chief of Police and boyfriend), and Claire Dixon (sister). When Hope stumbles upon Lionel Whitcomb’s body, she states she is not going to investigate which pleases Detective Sam Reid and Ethan Cahill. However, Hope cannot help but ask questions especially when witnesses keep showing up at her home unannounced. Hope asks questions while plying them with her culinary delights. Of course, she is told by Detective Reid and Ethan several times to stay out of the investigation. The guilty party warns Hope off, but it just makes Hope more determined expose the killer. There are several suspects along with misdirection and direct clues. Readers will have no problem identifying the killer long before the solution is revealed. There is mild foul language in this novel. Three Widows and a Corpse is the perfect story for those readers who enjoy lighthearted, food related mysteries. Three Widows and a Corpse is an amiable cozy mystery with a troublesome two-timer, warring widows, a scavenger search, a sad sibling, and a repressive reporter.
Karen-Hollins 16 days ago
I loved "Three Widows and a Corpse" the third book in Debra Sennefelder's "A Food Blogger Mystery" series. Visiting Jefferson, Connecticut has become a pleasure, I love the description of the town and surroundings I can picture it in my mind what it must look like there in the fall as the trees turn colour and the air becomes crisp and less humid. This time Hope is helping out with the town’s annual scavenger hunt as well as an assignment with Cooking Now! magazine. During the Scavenger Hunt, as Hope races with her team to check off the next item, she discovers a grisly surprise—the body of shady real estate developer Lionel Whitcomb, shot in a parking lot. To make things worse his wife Elaine is there competing in the hunt and sees the body, but as she screams two other women on the scene cry out that their husband is dead! I love Hope as she is real and I have become invested in her and what is happening around her. I like her family and friends, Claire, Jane, Drew and of course Ethan (Police Chief boyfriend) and the dynamics between them all. Don't get me started on her dog Bigelow, Poppy the chicken and now the addition of Princess the cat! There was drama, romance and a little bit of humor thrown in with the mystery. I did suspect the killer early on but there were lots of twists and turns I started second guessing myself. I liked how there were your normal mixture of nasty, suspicious people but how some just turned out to be misunderstood. I also liked the behind the scenes look at her food blogging and magazine assignment, shows me that blogging is a full time job and then some. I also enjoy all the food recipes. I highly recommend this book and I cannot wait to see what’s next for Hope in this series and I look forward to reading the next book ... I requested and received an advance reader copy of this book from Kensington Books and Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Chatting-About-Cozies 16 days ago
I like food blogger Hope Early. She’s a strong woman determined to make her blog, Hope At Home, successful. In book three, a bigamist husband is exposed and things quickly take a morbid turn during an annual scavenger hunt. Hope begins meddling in order to help solve the crime in a timely manner. The plot is filled with humor, yummy food, and clues galore; all of which keep the story moving along at a great pace. There are suspects galore, including the three wives the victim was allegedly married to! Ms. Sennefelder keeps you guessing whodunnit until the very end. This is a great traditional cozy sure to please readers. Recipes from Hope’s Kitchen included at the story end. I reviewed a galley arc provided by the author for an honest review. Thank you.
bluegreen91 16 days ago
This book was such an engaging read that kept me thinking and guessing the whole way through. Main character Hope has a lot going on, with renovating her farmhouse, writing posts for her blog, preparing entries for a cookbook, and putting time in for an assignment with a local magazine. When a local (not well-liked) man is killed, she still manages to make time to investigate, trying to get to the bottom of the unknown killer even if it puts her in danger. There are some strong suspects and weak alibis in this story, and another mysterious death makes Hope second guess herself. I was quite surprised by the reveal, which made a satisfying ending. I like the Food Blogger series and hope it continues! I received an advance copy of this book. This review contains my honest thoughts and opinions.
KimHeniadis 16 days ago
Three Widows and a Corpse is the first book I’ve read in the Food Blogger Mysteries, and as with any good meal at a restaurant, I’ll be coming back for more. Debra Sennefelder does a fantastic job writing a protagonist that I would love to be, and Sennefelder already was, having ran a food blog for many years. I really enjoyed that Hope was a food blogger since in all the food cozies I’ve read the main character is usually a chef, baker, restaurant or cafe owner. Getting a glimpse into a food bloggers life was a fun treat. As well as enjoying Hope’s character, Sennefelder works wonders with the rest of the people in the book. Quite a few I could see becoming friends with, and Sennefelder also gives us great quirky characters and antagonists that are, well… antagonizing. What drew me to this book, besides the gorgeous house and landscaping on the cover, is the small town’s annual scavenger hunt. I’m always down for a scavenger hunt, escape room, or murder mystery party. While the scavenger hunt ended early, that’ll happen when you find a dead body, it was still a fun draw to the book. And the town of Jefferson, Connecticut seems adorable, someplace I would love to visit and look forward to continuing to read about in future books in the series. Although I did know the killer early on, my podcast partner, Jessica, didn’t know until the reveal at the end. I’m going to say I knew just because I read a lot of cozies, and since this is the first one I’ve read of the Food Blogger Mysteries, this person just seemed to stand out to me. Perhaps if I started the series with book one, The Uninvited Corpse, I wouldn’t have been able to spot the murderer so soon or at all. A great read and I’m looking forward to more in the Food Blogger mysteries, as well as trying out Sennefelder’s other series, The Resale Boutique Mysteries. If you would like to hear about Debra Sennefelder’s upcoming books, writing style, and more, check out the author interview Jessica and I did with her on, Books Don’t Review Themselves.
Tangen 16 days ago
murder-investigation, cozy-mystery, amateur-sleuth, culinary I never knew that there was such a thing as a food blogger! We don't get an extensive picture of the creep before he is murdered, but afterwards is a whole other story. He was a shady businessman facing probable felony charges, and it turns out that he never completely finalized the divorces from his first two wives (who just happened to be in town the day he got murdered) and his third wife is at least as obnoxious as one of the local reporters. Food blogger Hope has more than enough to keep her busy when she finds the body (another one!), but things only get worse as each of the widows keeps pointing at everyone else. Hope's romantic interest is the local Chief of Police who wants her to stay out of the investigation, but life just doesn't work that way! It's a good read with realistic characters and a sound mystery plot. I liked it. I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley.
CozyOnUp 16 days ago
Hope Early, food blogger, and sister, is building up her empire and has taken on a new collaboration with. Cooking magazine. Life is busy, but Hope hope always has time for her family and friends. Unfortunately, when a local business man is murdered, his wife is on the suspect list, along with his other two wives, and she asks her only friend, Hope to help her. She wants Hope to not only clear her name, but also help with the funeral. Hope didn’t realize they were friends, but can’t bring herself to say no. Things get stranger as the man was married to three women, all of whom he was still legally married to and were in town at the time of his murder. Between her gig at the magazine, her blog, and the murder, there’s not much time time to sleuth, but yet she does. Can Hope help to solve the murder before she or a friend are killed? A fun series with recipes that will keep you turning the pages and wondering whodunit to the very end.
Rachel_Denise01 16 days ago
Three Widows and a Corpse by Debra Sennefelder is a delightful cozy mystery and is the third in her Food Blogger Mystery series. This is the first book I have read by this author, and the first in this series, and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is not necessary to read the previous, as the author did recap a few things for the reader, however I think I could have enjoyed it even more if I would have read the last two (and I will now!). I enjoyed Hope, and I liked her character and personality. She was someone I could side with. I enjoyed the murder/mystery component. It was intriguing, with multiple characters and motives, and engaging till the end. A great book and great series. 5/5 stars
AMGiacomasso 16 days ago
A good cozy mystery, well written and engrossing. I liked the well written plot, the fleshed out cast of characters and the setting. The mystery is solid and it kept me guessing. I look forward to reading the next work by this author. Recommended! Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
MKF 16 days ago
Lionel was married three times? Seriously? Well, someone out there really didn't like this kinda rotten real estate developer because someone murdered him and Hope found his body! Yikes. Turns out, his current wife (and everyone else) is very surprised to discover that his two not really ex-wives are also in town so there's more than the usual number of suspects. Hope, despite being warned off by Ethan, the police chief who is also her boyfriend, and Sam, the detective, she of course investigates along with her friends Drew, Jane, and Sally, and of course, her sister Claire. The dialogue is snappy, the mystery a little twisty, and there's a nice vibe, possibly due to the fact that Hope's a food blogger and there's lovely descriptions of yummy eats. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Classic cozy- and there are recipes !