The Uninvited Corpse
- Author: Debra Sennefelder
- Publisher: Kensington
- Print Length: 368 pages
- Release Date: March 27, 2018
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- Genre: Cozy
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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!
Debra Sennefelder, 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, Womens Fiction Writers Association and Romance Writers of America.
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Debra Sennefelder the author of The Uninvited Corpse is on the blog today! Welcome Debra, and happy book tour to you. This is your debut series, correct?
I’m excited to be here today. Yes. The Uninvited Corpse is my debut novel and first in the new Food Blogger Mystery series.
What’s it like to plot out your first novel?
The Uninvited Corpse is my debut novel, but not the first novel I’ve written. However, it was the first one that I created a detailed outline for so that was a new process for me. In the past I’d written a general outline but left a lot of unanswered questions before I began writing the first draft. Having a detailed outline made the writing process a whole lot easier because I knew what the scenes were ahead of time and I could sit down at my computer and write. Of course, there were some changes. Scenes were shifted or added or deleted, secondary story threads may have been dropped or added. For me writing a book is a fluid process and nothing is carved in stone.
You were a former food blogger, and that is what Hope your character is, what is it like to be a food blogger, is it the same thing as being a foodie?
Being a food blogger was a lot of fun and a lot of hard work. There’s so much that goes on behind the scenes you don’t see when you look at the beautiful photographs or read the engaging posts on the food blogs. Bloggers juggle so much from writing their posts to editing their photographs to managing their social media. I think most food bloggers are foodies but not every foodie is a food blogger or even aspires to be one.
I could see how a foodie wouldn’t always be a blogger. It sounds like a fascinating and delicious passion, though. Does Hope enjoy the job of being a food blogger?
Hope loves being a food blogger. She loves sharing recipes and engaging with other like-minded people. She loves the creative freedom she has by publishing her own blog. She also loves the freedom of being her own boss.
Where do you see Hope going next in her crime fighting ways, what type of food will she be blogging about next?
In the next book, The Hidden Corpse (April 2019), Hope is taking a class to improve her photography skills and is drawn into the disappearance of a local woman. I don’t want to give away much more but I can assure you Hope’s cooking up some good food.
I am looking forward to April 2019! What are you currently reading?
I’ve just started reading I Know What You Bid Last Summer by Sherry Harris.
I have heard great things about that book! Many readers dream of also writing. What advice do you have to those wanting to write?
I’d tell them to just do it and don’t worry about getting everything right the first time they sit down to write a story. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Just write the story. Then find a community of writers and begin the journey to publication.
That is a great tip! Thank you Debra for stopping by, it was such an honor and pleasure to have you, this fan girl is going to be delighted in having your next book to order.
Thank you for having me today.
**DISCLAIMER: I was provided an opportunity to read this book as an Advanced Reader Copy in return for a fair and honest review.
Now that you have met the author, tell me what you would like to know about the book or ask Debra a question.
I will be reviewing it and might include the answers to your questions, also it will be your entry to the giveaway for a copy of the book!
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What type of dog is on the cover? It looks like a hound, my favorites.
Hi Gloria, Thank you for your question. When I created Bigelow I didn’t have a breed in mind, just an idea of what he looked like but mostly I focused on his personality. Through the design process and my vague idea of what he looked like, I realized he was a beagle.
Does Hope have a sidekick/best friend?
Hi Autumn, Yes, Hope has a best friend and his name is Drew Adams. He’s a local reporter. They’ve been friends since elementary school and I love writing the scenes they’re both in. So much fun for me. Thanks for the question.
What is the most recent book you’ve read & loved?
Hi Jana, I’ve recently finished Dial Meow for Murder by Bethany Blake. It’s the second book in the series and I loved it. I just got book three a couple of weeks ago and will be reading that soon. Thank for your question.
What is your favorite genre of book to read?
Hi Melissa, Cozies are my favorite. But I do read suspense, thrillers (right now I’m reading The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware and I’m loving it), women’s fiction and romance. Thanks for the question. Have a great evening!
The cover of the book is really an attention grabber. Do you have any say in the cover of the book or does the publisher come up with the cover. Do you have final approval?
Hi Dianne, Thank you for your question. I fell in love with the cover when I saw it. My editor asked me to submit 2-3 ideas for the cover, scenes from within the book. My ideas then went to the art department for a final decision. Have a great evening!
What are you doing to celebrate your first book? [email protected]
Hi Kara, Thanks for your question. Right now, I don’t know. 🙂 I’ve been so focused on the prep work for the release I haven’t given any thought to how I’m going to celebrate. I should brainstorm over the weekend.
Have a great evening!
Your book sounds really interesting, will your dogs be in a book too? I have a dog like your two dogs too.
How do you come up with your characters?