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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 s 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!


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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 s 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!

30 review for The Hidden Corpse

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chatting About

    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 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.

  2. 5 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    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 hel 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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ell

    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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shalini

    This was my first book by Debra Sennefelder, quite a fun book it was with the entire picture of the murderer falling into place during cooking! Hope, our main lead and a full time food blogger with agent and sponsor deals, enrolled herself in local photographer Cal's class whose wife had disappeared. Meanwhile, neighbor Peggy's house was set on fire and an extra body was found along with Peggy in the burnt house. Whose body was that? And why had the person been killed? Hope investigates... Not re This was my first book by Debra Sennefelder, quite a fun book it was with the entire picture of the murderer falling into place during cooking! Hope, our main lead and a full time food blogger with agent and sponsor deals, enrolled herself in local photographer Cal's class whose wife had disappeared. Meanwhile, neighbor Peggy's house was set on fire and an extra body was found along with Peggy in the burnt house. Whose body was that? And why had the person been killed? Hope investigates... Not really sure if the cops were good investigators as there were no revelations from them. There were references to Hope's previous stints in the field of publishing and participating in a reality show, but it didn't have anything to do with the present murder. Hence the book was easy to follow. I liked Hope's sleuthing, she was quite a busybody and was shocked if people threatened her back when she accused them of murder. Imagine that!! Hope's relationships with her sister, her dog, local sheriff whom she wanted to date, her best friend and journalist Drew all were endearing. Small town politics was well shown, everyone had their quirks and apparently long memories. She made many enemies, but that was part of the game. It was quite enlightening to see fellow food bloggers feeling competitive with her, one did go a bit too far. One of my strongest niggle, she seemed attracted to every man; Cal caused tingles when he kissed her, being with Ethan caused her heart to beat fast, and there was a lawyer whom she found attractive on a date, and he turned out to be gay... Sighhh Overall, a good read with some hop, skip, and jumping over some parts.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    I feel there must be a generation gap as I didn't understand the plot but that did not infer with reading the book. This the second book in the series and the first I have read of the Food Blogger series. I found writing was smooth and easy to read. I felt the characters could use more development. The book started with a fire and ended with another fire. Hope Early has returned to her home town after a divorce and the failure of a Reality TV show. She has decided to earn her living by a food blo I feel there must be a generation gap as I didn't understand the plot but that did not infer with reading the book. This the second book in the series and the first I have read of the Food Blogger series. I found writing was smooth and easy to read. I felt the characters could use more development. The book started with a fire and ended with another fire. Hope Early has returned to her home town after a divorce and the failure of a Reality TV show. She has decided to earn her living by a food blogger. She has a romance brewing with the sheriff. She has brought her dog, Bigelow with her. She becomes involved in local politics. She feels responsible for the death of a neighbor and is determined to find the culprit. Will find an answer before she loses her life in a fire? I recommend this book. Recipes from Hope's kitchen are included. Disclosure: Thanks to Kensington Books for a copy through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    I am afraid that these book just are not for me. All the things that I didn't like in the first one was even more pronounced here and I found myself in serious dislike throughout the whole book. The love triangle being over, the end and reveal were the best parts of this book and since they didn't last long, that isn't enough to make me want to read the next book in the series [should there be one]. What kind of MC FLIRTS with a man who's wife has been declared missing and he is the suspect? Tha I am afraid that these book just are not for me. All the things that I didn't like in the first one was even more pronounced here and I found myself in serious dislike throughout the whole book. The love triangle being over, the end and reveal were the best parts of this book and since they didn't last long, that isn't enough to make me want to read the next book in the series [should there be one]. What kind of MC FLIRTS with a man who's wife has been declared missing and he is the suspect? That and other things just amped up the EW factor in this book [along with all the other ridiculous "romance" aspects of the book, AND the character of Jane being envious of Hope because she has gotten to solve two mysteries {and almost dying both times} - I mean, REALLY?] to the point that I was spending more time texting my friend all the EW factors and barely wanting to read. Again, I will not be reading the next one should that one be written and published. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Publishing for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    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 se 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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    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 ho 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. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Ks Book Reviews

    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 t 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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    It was great to return to Jefferson, CT and visit with Hope, her sister Claire (she is such a hoot!), her bestie, reporter Drew, police chief Ethan and of course friends like Merrifield Inn owners, Jane and Sally Merrifield. I especially like Jane of two, because she was a mystery writer and still thinks like one. She never discourages Hope from investigating and might even be an enabler sometimes. I would like to see her go back to writing sometime in the series. She makes a good sleuthing budd It was great to return to Jefferson, CT and visit with Hope, her sister Claire (she is such a hoot!), her bestie, reporter Drew, police chief Ethan and of course friends like Merrifield Inn owners, Jane and Sally Merrifield. I especially like Jane of two, because she was a mystery writer and still thinks like one. She never discourages Hope from investigating and might even be an enabler sometimes. I would like to see her go back to writing sometime in the series. She makes a good sleuthing buddy or at least sounding board for Hope. Hope had her hands full with her sister running for mayor, having to contribute five recipes to a cookbook, still working on remodeling her house, training her dog, and now a neighbor was dead making Hope feel responsible. As the body count increased, Hope was trying to stay a step ahead of the killer, so that she wouldn't become one of the bodies. The showdown was a nail biter, but everything worked out great, and I hadn't guessed the killer. I liked how there was plenty of closure and explanation-giving before the book ended. The actual ending was very sweet, and I don't think I could have wished for better! I'm anxious to see what the next book brings.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    The Hidden Corpse by Debra Sennefelder is the second A Food Blogger Mystery. Hope Early is a food blogger in Jefferson, Connecticut. While getting ready for the day, Hope notices that architect, Lily Barnhart, who has been missing for three weeks, has yet to be found. Hope is then off to a photography workshop for bloggers being taught by Cal Barnhart, the missing woman’s husband. Hope is hoping he can help her take her photographs to the next level since she has been asked to contribute to a co The Hidden Corpse by Debra Sennefelder is the second A Food Blogger Mystery. Hope Early is a food blogger in Jefferson, Connecticut. While getting ready for the day, Hope notices that architect, Lily Barnhart, who has been missing for three weeks, has yet to be found. Hope is then off to a photography workshop for bloggers being taught by Cal Barnhart, the missing woman’s husband. Hope is hoping he can help her take her photographs to the next level since she has been asked to contribute to a cookbook being published by The Sweet Taste of Success. That evening Peggy Olson, her elderly neighbor, rushes over needing her assistance. Peggy woke up to smoke in her home from a burning pot on her stove, but she does not remember doing it. Peggy asks Hope to not tell her niece, Meg who has hinted at putting her in an assisted living facility. The next evening, Hope returns from a jog to find Peggy’s house on fire. Peggy perishes from smoke inhalation and a second body is found body is found in the kitchen. The investigators soon find evidence that the fire was not accidental which has Detective Reid once again questioning Hope. Despite being told to keep her nose out of the investigation, Hope whips up some cookies (it helps to butter up your suspects) and sets out to ask questions. It appears that Hope has caught the killer’s attention when a warning note is left on her front door. Hope has no intention of backing off. Instead, her passion for justice has been inflamed. She is determined to find the person responsible for killing the kindly Peggy Olson. Hope needs to be careful or she could end up the next victim. 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.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    Food blogger Hope Early is back in the second book of the Food Blogger Mystery series. This book, like the first, starts out pretty quickly with a fire and the discover of two dead bodies. One, the missing wife of the local food photographer, and sadly the other is Hope's elderly neighbor who had just returned home after an illness. The characters are developing nicely, although I do find Hope's sister Claire to be a bit judgmental, bossy and just overpowering at times. I like that Ethan and Hop Food blogger Hope Early is back in the second book of the Food Blogger Mystery series. This book, like the first, starts out pretty quickly with a fire and the discover of two dead bodies. One, the missing wife of the local food photographer, and sadly the other is Hope's elderly neighbor who had just returned home after an illness. The characters are developing nicely, although I do find Hope's sister Claire to be a bit judgmental, bossy and just overpowering at times. I like that Ethan and Hope's relationship is developing at a nice natural pace. The author does a good job of weaving the mystery throughout the story and of course Hope cannot resist inserting herself into the investigation leading to her own troubles. Because the author sets up the mystery early, there is plenty of time to develop clues and suspects as well as to lay down some red herrings and various twists and turns to distract the reader. I was a bit surprised at the identity of the killer, but this reveal was a nail biter. If you enjoyed the first book in the series I'm sure you will enjoy this one just as much. I may even get brave enough to try a cookie recipe. I voluntarily read a digital ARC copy that was provided to me by Kensington, the publisher, through Netgalley.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie Jackson

    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 reaso 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. #NetGalley #The HiddenCorpse

  14. 4 out of 5

    Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews

    I do enjoy a good cozy mystery that revolves around food and blogging especially when the recipes are so enticing! Hope has her hands full between competitive bloggers, the loss of a neighbor, and wondering if the romance part of her life will ever turn around.  She is cautious in the last part due to a bad marriage but I think it holds her back more than it should but this is a small part of the book.  The loss of her neighbor and the disappearance of someone from her town throws Hope smack dab I do enjoy a good cozy mystery that revolves around food and blogging especially when the recipes are so enticing! Hope has her hands full between competitive bloggers, the loss of a neighbor, and wondering if the romance part of her life will ever turn around.  She is cautious in the last part due to a bad marriage but I think it holds her back more than it should but this is a small part of the book.  The loss of her neighbor and the disappearance of someone from her town throws Hope smack dab in the middle of a mystery that she, of course, has to solve. I felt like the mystery was well written because I did not suspect this character in the slightest.  I bumbled around with Hope trying to decipher the clues the author has peppered throughout the book, but alas the author was too smart for me!  There are several possibilities but the reveal might just surprise you as it did me.  It didn't help that there were a few bloggers all participating in a photography class with Hope that have their own motives and don't know how to place nice. Mystery aside, the personal interactions are interesting to watch.  I feel like Hope lets her sister run roughshod over here and needs to stand up for herself.  Why would she let her sister talk her into doing a tea for someone just days away?  Hope is a pleaser but it throws her into some tight situations.  Then there is Ethan, the sheriff in town.  They are friends but I think they both want more but are afraid to move in that direction. Overall we enjoyed this second book in the series and can't wait to see what will be cooking in the next installment in this series.  We give this 4 paws up.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    Last March, I reviewed Debra Sennefelder's first Food Blogger mystery, The Uninvited Corpse. http://bit.ly/2JsXEtx. I said it was a promising start, with an amateur sleuth with an unusual career as a food blogger. I was very enthusiastic about the supporting cast and the potential. Unfortunately, the characters are much weaker in this second book, The Hidden Corpse. The disappearance of Lily Barnhart, a member of the Planning & Zoning committee, has everyone in Jefferson, Connecticut abuzz. Food Last March, I reviewed Debra Sennefelder's first Food Blogger mystery, The Uninvited Corpse. http://bit.ly/2JsXEtx. I said it was a promising start, with an amateur sleuth with an unusual career as a food blogger. I was very enthusiastic about the supporting cast and the potential. Unfortunately, the characters are much weaker in this second book, The Hidden Corpse. The disappearance of Lily Barnhart, a member of the Planning & Zoning committee, has everyone in Jefferson, Connecticut abuzz. Food blogger Hope Early has other concerns. Her elderly neighbor Peggy needs help. Peggy doesn't want her daughter to know that she fell asleep, and a pan on the stove set off the smoke alarm. Hope later regrets her decision not to inform Peggy's daughter. Hope is the one who finds Peggy's house on fire, and she never mentioned Peggy's memory issues. And, there are two bodies found in the house. The police chief and the investigating detective both warn Hope not to get involved, but she's nosy. A retired mystery author encourages Hope, who asks a few too many questions for comfort of some powerful people. She finds a warning nailed to her door, but that's not going to stop her. The recipes are enticing. While Hope's asking questions about murder, she's also talking classes and learning more about blogging and food photography. That information is interesting. However, Hope's attitude in this mystery alienates even her best friends. The Hidden Corpse is a weak mystery, and the other characters don't offer much support this time around.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    This is the second book in the series and I enjoyed it even more than the first! The characters are written vividly and full of personality. The whodunit was really top notch and kept me guessing. There were secrets to unravel and enough suspects to keep me guessing. (I was unsuccessful in guessing the culprit I have to admit). I look forward to reading the next in the series! I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    The Cozy Review

    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 b 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 -- Series: A Food Blogger Mystery - Book 2 Author: Debra Sennefelder Genre: Cozy Mystery/Culinary Publisher: Kensington Books New from Kensington Books comes Debra Sennefelder’s latest addition to the “A Food Blogger Mystery” series, The Hidden Corpse. A delicious story that will leave readers hungry, and not only for food. Read on for the full cozy book review. Hope does her best to help her neighbors and friends as well as her bossy sister. Sometimes she needs to take time out for herself. Lately, she has been trying to spend time building her blog so she can make a living, and that hasn’t left a lot of time for entertaining, or outings. Taking a class to improve her photography skills so she can complete her obligations and advance her blog might just be the help she needs. Unfortunately, her class gets canceled when the teacher becomes a murder suspect. The main character, Hope, is a modern woman with contemporary problems. She is likable and funny, and easily relatable. The supporting characters in The Hidden Corpse are well written and rounded even though this is only the second book in the series. Other characters personalities are being established and are quickly becoming important to the series and the reader. Hope’s best friend, Drew and her sister Claire is a bit on the whinny, nosy, domineering side. At times they full of themselves and egocentric but they are a good balance for Hope. They keep her grounded in the every day of life. Her new pup Bigelow is endearing and a great character all on his own. The plot moves smoothly, the read fast and enjoyable. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing, and clues that bring it all together. The unmasking of the killer is unexpected, with readers being surprised and delighted. The Hidden Corpse is a pleasurable read that leaves readers wanting more. The recipes are wonderfully tasty. It isn’t always easy to write a cozy book review that rates as highly as this one, but it is a pleasure when it happens. I highly recommend this series to those who love a good whodunit. It will appeal to anyone who enjoys writers and series such as Denise Swanson’s “Chef-to-go-Mysteries” or Mary Lee Ashford’s“A Sugar & Spice Mystery”

  18. 5 out of 5

    Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)

    Who knew writing a blog could be so dangerous! Food and murder, lethal and tasty. Hope's blogging is a well run business however she has the chance to improve with a course on professional food photography, the four bloggers were unsure the course would go ahead as a few weeks back Cal (the photographer);s wife had gone missing. The first two days went well, then things start going downhill with a fire at Hope's neighbour's house that kills not only Peggy the house owner, but there is another bod Who knew writing a blog could be so dangerous! Food and murder, lethal and tasty. Hope's blogging is a well run business however she has the chance to improve with a course on professional food photography, the four bloggers were unsure the course would go ahead as a few weeks back Cal (the photographer);s wife had gone missing. The first two days went well, then things start going downhill with a fire at Hope's neighbour's house that kills not only Peggy the house owner, but there is another body as well. Now Hope is being dragged into the investigation (although she does TRY to stay out of it, sort of) and she is receiving threats in person and anonymously. Can she, and the local police, solve the crimes and let the town get back to normal?

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    A fun cozy mystery featuring Hope, a Food Blogger, and unintentional investigator of local murders on the side. When a local neighbor perishes in a house fire, and a surprise second victim is found, the search is on for the responsible party. This is a fun and fast read with an ending I wasn't able to predict - I had so many guesses! The characters are written with a myriad of personalities, both complimentary and aggravating and funny - you won't be bored with their conversations and crazy anti A fun cozy mystery featuring Hope, a Food Blogger, and unintentional investigator of local murders on the side. When a local neighbor perishes in a house fire, and a surprise second victim is found, the search is on for the responsible party. This is a fun and fast read with an ending I wasn't able to predict - I had so many guesses! The characters are written with a myriad of personalities, both complimentary and aggravating and funny - you won't be bored with their conversations and crazy antics! I look forward to the next book in this series!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    This is the 2nd in the Food Blogger mystery series and I can’t wait for the next one to come out. I loved this and stayed up all night finishing it. Hope Early is a food blogger and is attending a photography class by a famous food photographer whose wife has been missing for the last 3 weeks. Hope and her fellow bloggers are shocked the class is even continuing and Cal has reached out to Hope as a friend since she knew him back when she worked for a magazine. Hope is called upon by her elderly This is the 2nd in the Food Blogger mystery series and I can’t wait for the next one to come out. I loved this and stayed up all night finishing it. Hope Early is a food blogger and is attending a photography class by a famous food photographer whose wife has been missing for the last 3 weeks. Hope and her fellow bloggers are shocked the class is even continuing and Cal has reached out to Hope as a friend since she knew him back when she worked for a magazine. Hope is called upon by her elderly neighbor Peggy to come over and help after her smoke detector goes on. Peggy apparently left food on the stove. She is so upset and begs Hope not to tell her niece Meg as she does not want to go into a nursing home. She is just back from being in a rehab center. Hope reluctantly agrees and begins to have second thoughts the next day so on her nightly run she decides to go over to talk to Peggy but instead finds the house in flames. She tries to rush in to help Peggy but it held back. Peggy dies in the fire and another body was found in the house. Could it be the body of Lily Barnhart? It is later learned that there was a gasoline container by the house and it was arson. Hope cannot figure out who want to hurt Peggy unless the other body was in fact Lily. There are lots of twists and turns in this story and I love that one of the clues in the beginning that made me think it was an odd comment I totally forgot about because of all the other suspects. Hope is a great character as are all her friends that support her along the way. I love that this is a fast read the story keeps moving and I loved the ending. Do not want to give away a spoiler. You will not be disappointed in this installment and the next book cannot come out soon enough for me! Highly recommend.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Miss W Book Reviews

    The Hidden Corpse is Book 2 in the Food Blogger Mystery Series. Food blogger Hope Early and the book opens with a fire and two dead bodies. I really like that Ethan and Hope's relationship is developing even more in the second book. The author does a great job of creating the mystery and Hope has to get involved in the investigation. I enjoy when the mystery is revealed early in a book and this gave the author time to develop different scenarios for who the killer might be, and I was shocked at th The Hidden Corpse is Book 2 in the Food Blogger Mystery Series. Food blogger Hope Early and the book opens with a fire and two dead bodies. I really like that Ethan and Hope's relationship is developing even more in the second book. The author does a great job of creating the mystery and Hope has to get involved in the investigation. I enjoy when the mystery is revealed early in a book and this gave the author time to develop different scenarios for who the killer might be, and I was shocked at the murderer and the ending. A great mystery that was hard to put down. Bonus is that there are recipes included, definitely going to try one!

  22. 4 out of 5

    RO G'ma

    The Hidden Corpse is the second book in Debra Sennefelder’s Food Blogger Mysteries series. This enjoyable read is steadily paced, with a great cast of well-developed characters and lots of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged. Hope Early, a lifestyle and food blogger, recently moved back to her hometown of Jefferson, Connecticut; she’s renovating the home she purchased and adopted a dog named Bigelow. Her sister, Claire Dixon, also lives in Jefferson with her husband and two children, is a The Hidden Corpse is the second book in Debra Sennefelder’s Food Blogger Mysteries series. This enjoyable read is steadily paced, with a great cast of well-developed characters and lots of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged. Hope Early, a lifestyle and food blogger, recently moved back to her hometown of Jefferson, Connecticut; she’s renovating the home she purchased and adopted a dog named Bigelow. Her sister, Claire Dixon, also lives in Jefferson with her husband and two children, is a real estate agent, and has her name on the ballot for the upcoming mayoral election. Her best friend, Drew, is a reporter for the North Country Gazette newspaper. Drew’s feeling pressure because the paper is having financial problems and he’s competing with a new reporter, Norrie Jennings, for articles. Claire ropes Hope into hosting a tea party for Maretta Kingston, a potential candidate for a Planning and Zoning Commission position. Hope, along with fellow food bloggers, Felicity Campbell, Louis Maddox, and Elena Voss, is attending a food photography class presented by Cal Barnhart, whose wife, Lily, has been missing for three weeks. Lily is a forty-one-year-old architect and member of the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission. Hope becomes concerned for her elderly neighbor, Peggy Olson, after she fell asleep, woke up to a smoke filled kitchen and blaring smoke detectors, with no memory of having been cooking. While out on an evening run. Hope noticed smoke billowing from Peggy’s house, and when the fire department was able to enter the residence, Peggy had succumbed to smoke inhalation was burning, and Lily’s body was discovered in the kitchen. The fire is labeled as suspicious because an empty gasoline container was found by the garage. Hope, who loves a mystery and has always been able to figure out whodunit in mystery books, finds herself caught up, snooping around, in another murder investigation. I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Love Debra’s characters and the busy world of the food blogger. This was my introduction to her series, so I need to go back and read book one. And of course, Bigelow the dog is a favorite too!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Aera

    I really didn't enjoy reading this book at all and wanted to give up many times. The murder started quickly enough & I expected the story to pick up but nope. The story continued to plod on and on at a snail-like and tedious pace. The characters were all one dimensional; not very likable (including the main character!) which made things difficult. For a bunch of 20-30 something year olds, they sure behaved and acted like teenagers. Is this book geared towards young adults? The "spat" between the I really didn't enjoy reading this book at all and wanted to give up many times. The murder started quickly enough & I expected the story to pick up but nope. The story continued to plod on and on at a snail-like and tedious pace. The characters were all one dimensional; not very likable (including the main character!) which made things difficult. For a bunch of 20-30 something year olds, they sure behaved and acted like teenagers. Is this book geared towards young adults? The "spat" between the main character and her once best friend was unbelievably childish and silly. Yes, in real life there are people who act decades younger than their physical age but I don't want to read about them. The mystery was ok but ...meh. This was a chore to read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Hope Early has her plate full so to speak. She is taking a photography class to enhance her photos for her food blog. In addition to the classes, she is helping her sister with her plans for the upcoming elections. With all the activities Hope has going on she still finds time to worry about her elderly next-door neighbor living alone after she woke up to smoke from a pan of food that had been left on the stove to long. Should Hope tell her neighbor's daughter about what happened? Before she can Hope Early has her plate full so to speak. She is taking a photography class to enhance her photos for her food blog. In addition to the classes, she is helping her sister with her plans for the upcoming elections. With all the activities Hope has going on she still finds time to worry about her elderly next-door neighbor living alone after she woke up to smoke from a pan of food that had been left on the stove to long. Should Hope tell her neighbor's daughter about what happened? Before she can decide to do so the neighbor's house catches fire. When the smoke clears two bodies are found, who could the second person be? Can Hope solve the mystery of what really happened? This is the 2nd book in the series but my first book. I easily enjoyed the book as a stand-alone mystery however I feel that I would have understood a few references to backstories better if I had read the previous book first. The characters are realistic and likable. I like that Hope is a food blogger and that she is trying to improve her skills and better herself with the new beginning she chose for her life. The secondary characters for the most are just as likable with a few exceptions. The mystery is petty fast paced and has several twists and turns along the way. I didn't suspect the person whodunit at all. There is a bonus of recipes included for people who enjoy cooking. This is a wonderful cozy mystery that I plan on reading the previous book soon and look forward to future books. I voluntarily agreed to read a copy of this book supplied by Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way have been influenced.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Coralee Hicks

    Book 2 of the Food Blogger Mysteries finds Hope Early, over committed and feeling extremely guilty. Her sister, Claire has asked her to host an English tea for a potential candidate for the Planning and Zoning board for Jefferson CT. Her contract with the Sweet Taste of Success requires she provide two recipes for a cookbook, she is taking a class in food photography for bloggers, Bigelow, her young dog needs more training in doggie/human social skills. Her guilt is caused by the death of her ne Book 2 of the Food Blogger Mysteries finds Hope Early, over committed and feeling extremely guilty. Her sister, Claire has asked her to host an English tea for a potential candidate for the Planning and Zoning board for Jefferson CT. Her contract with the Sweet Taste of Success requires she provide two recipes for a cookbook, she is taking a class in food photography for bloggers, Bigelow, her young dog needs more training in doggie/human social skills. Her guilt is caused by the death of her neighbor, Peggy Olson. Peggy has died in a house fire the day after she confessed to maybe falling asleep while food was on the stove. There is a badly burned pan, and a house filled with smoke.. Although admittedly confused, Peggy insists that Hope not tell anyone of the incident. Another body is found in the ashes. Who could this be? Was the fire an accident, or arson? I did not read book 1 in the series. The Hidden Corpse can be read as a stand alone, however Sennefelder provides enough information from the previous book to clarify some of the characters. The characters themselves are honestly portrayed, demonstrating opportunities for growth and development. I enjoy reading food blogs, but am quite unfamiliar with the process of creating and producing them. The information included in this mystery was very interesting. The mystery was not easily solved (I guessed wrong). Sennefelder provides enough potential perpetrators to make the hunt challenging. I would recommend for any lover of cozy mysteries, or those who love to share cooking. . Full disclosure: I received this e-book from netgalley and Kensington in exchange for an unbiased review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    THE HIDDEN CORPSE is the second book in the Food Blogger Mystery series by Debra Sennefelder. I love protagonist, Hope Early, and her blog, Hope at Home, and the way the author includes a peek into Hope’s recipe development and food photography sessions. It adds a layer of authenticity to the story. Ms. Sennefelder weaves together a tight plot that includes arson, a missing wife, a double murder, and small-town corruption. She also brings to light the heartbreaking dilemma that the elderly often THE HIDDEN CORPSE is the second book in the Food Blogger Mystery series by Debra Sennefelder. I love protagonist, Hope Early, and her blog, Hope at Home, and the way the author includes a peek into Hope’s recipe development and food photography sessions. It adds a layer of authenticity to the story. Ms. Sennefelder weaves together a tight plot that includes arson, a missing wife, a double murder, and small-town corruption. She also brings to light the heartbreaking dilemma that the elderly often face: memory decline and potential loss of independence. It adds an emotional element that is sometimes missing from mysteries. There were enough clues sprinkled throughout Hope’s sleuthing, but I still couldn’t guess who the murderer was. Even though this is the second book in the series, it is easily read as a standalone. There’s just enough backstory included so the reader feels like they have an understanding of the characters. I felt that the author has gained experience since her first release and it shows in the way the plot of THE HIDDEN CORPSE flows at an even pace. It pulled me in and kept me reading to find out what happens next. With a satisfying, nail-biting, reveal that had me on the edge of my seat, I was grateful the author ended the book with a heartwarming scene. Hope is frequently trying out new recipes for her food blog along with baking cookies to sweeten up suspects. Ms. Sennefelder has included several recipes at the back of the book and they all sound scrumptious! I was provided an advance copy via Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    4 Stars I felt Hope’s fear when her next door neighbor nearly burned her house down by leaving something burning on the stove. My mom has done that more than once. I felt the conflict when she struggled whether to tell the lady’s daughter about the incident. Then my heart sank when what she had most feared came to fruition. When you read this book, you aren’t just reading. You are experiencing Hope Early’s world. I found the whole world of blogging fascinating. Sponsored post and making money from 4 Stars I felt Hope’s fear when her next door neighbor nearly burned her house down by leaving something burning on the stove. My mom has done that more than once. I felt the conflict when she struggled whether to tell the lady’s daughter about the incident. Then my heart sank when what she had most feared came to fruition. When you read this book, you aren’t just reading. You are experiencing Hope Early’s world. I found the whole world of blogging fascinating. Sponsored post and making money from blogs just seems so way beyond where I am but it sure does give you ideas how you can really delve into your blog and make money doing it too. I thought the mystery was pretty complex. And Hope was quite ingenious in how she discovered the true culprit. I have to admit, I had no clue who it could be. I thought the romance flirtation between Hope and Ethan was fun and the scene with Matt and the date even funnier. This one is just a real winner in my book. Cozy mysteries rock, don’t they? Definitely check this one out. I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    The Hidden Corpse by Debra Sennefelder is the 2nd book in a Food Blogger Mystery series, and another good addition to the series. Hope Early is a food and lifestyle blogger, Hope at Home, who lives in Jefferson, Connecticut. When Hope's elderly neighbor dies in a fire, she is devastated, but determined to find the truth. This book has twists around every corner, which I enjoyed. I love the unique people and situations in this book. I found this book to be a quick read, with a well developed plot The Hidden Corpse by Debra Sennefelder is the 2nd book in a Food Blogger Mystery series, and another good addition to the series. Hope Early is a food and lifestyle blogger, Hope at Home, who lives in Jefferson, Connecticut. When Hope's elderly neighbor dies in a fire, she is devastated, but determined to find the truth. This book has twists around every corner, which I enjoyed. I love the unique people and situations in this book. I found this book to be a quick read, with a well developed plot and characters. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. If you love cozy mysteries, I recommend this book. I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Kensington Publishing. Thank you.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ileana Renfroe

    This is the first book I have read from Debra Sennefelder and I have to say I love it, especially the recipes. The Hidden Corpse is the second book in the A Food Blogger Mystery Series and can be read alone, but I recommend reading the first book before you begin this book. Hope, has failed as a magazine editor and in a reality baking show so now she is trying her luck as a new food blogger, She has just enrolled in a workshop to teach her how to take the best food photos. However, she is guilt r This is the first book I have read from Debra Sennefelder and I have to say I love it, especially the recipes. The Hidden Corpse is the second book in the A Food Blogger Mystery Series and can be read alone, but I recommend reading the first book before you begin this book. Hope, has failed as a magazine editor and in a reality baking show so now she is trying her luck as a new food blogger, She has just enrolled in a workshop to teach her how to take the best food photos. However, she is guilt ridden when she realizes she never told anyone about her neighbor’s fire in the kitchen, and if she had maybe what happened next would never had happened? Her elderly neighbor Peggy apparently left a pot on the stove while sleeping and that lead to the house filling up with smoke. Needless to say if that was all it would have been alright. But soon Peggy is found dead along with a hidden corpse in the basement. Hope is now more than ever determined to figure out what happened to Peggy and solve the murders. Great read, well detailed characters. Can’t wait to try out the apple cinnamon muffins, yummy.. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me the opportunity to review this great book. Highly recommend!!!

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