The Corpse Who Knew Too Much A Food Blogger Mystery Book 4 by Debra Sennefelder Genre: Cozy Mystery
Food blogger Hope Early takes on a cold case that's heating up fast . . .
Building on her recipe for success with her food blog, Hope at Home, Hope is teaching her first blogging class at the local library in Jefferson, Connecticut. She’s also learning about podcasts, including a true-crime one called Search for the Missing, hosted by Hope's childhood friend, Devon Markham. Twenty years ago on Valentine's Day, right here in Jefferson, Devon's mom disappeared and was never found. Finally Devon has returned to solve the mystery of what happened to her mother—and she asks Hope to help.
The next day Hope discovers Devon's apartment has been ransacked. Her laptop with the research on her mother's cold case is missing, and Devon is nowhere to be found. When her friend's body is later discovered in a car wreck, Hope is convinced it's no accident. Clearly, Devon was too close to the truth, and the cold-blooded killer is still at large in Jefferson. Now it's up to Hope to find the guilty party—before the food blogger herself becomes the next subject of another true-crime podcast . . .
Hope and Bigelow arrived at Staged with Style in record time. She usually didn’t speed, but under the circumstances, she made an exception. Even though Claire wasn’t in any danger, Hope’s protective instinct had kicked into high gear. Devon’s angry phone call last night, her apartment door left open, and the place appearing to have been searched. It was all unsettling, and Hope didn’t want Claire there by herself.
“Why did you bring him?” Claire pulled the shop’s door closed behind her. She’d been peering out the shop’s window when Hope arrived.
“Protection.” Hope patted Bigelow’s back. He was small but mighty. Not too long ago, he’d leaped into action when Hope’s life was at risk, and she was grateful he was there at the time. He may not have been large or muscled, but he wouldn’t let anyone hurt her.
She stepped toward the door that opened to the vestibule, and the three of them ascended the staircase. Bigelow’s toenails tapped on the creaky old wooden steps, and when he reached the landing, he lifted his nose and sniffed.
“What’s he doing?” Claire asked.
“Like for a dead body?”
Hope shrugged. “Canines have a more acute sense of smell than we do. So who knows what he’s smelling now?”
“God, I hope Devon wasn’t murdered here. Do you have any idea how hard it is to rent or sell a property where there’s been a murder?”
Hope looked over her shoulder. “Actually, I do. Remember that house I was almost killed in? It’s still on the market. And I’d think we should be more concerned about Devon than the rental future of this property.”
“You’re right. Sorry.”
“Did you hear anything this morning?”
“No. Since she moved in, I’ve heard her moving around sometimes, but nothing today.”
The apartment door was ajar, and there was no sound coming from inside the tiny apartment. Hope stretched out her hand and pushed the door open wider. She immediately pulled her hand back. Fingerprints. While she hoped this was all a big misunderstanding, that Devon was safe somewhere, running an errand, she could be stepping into a crime scene.
Debra Sennefelder, the author of the Food Blogger Mystery series and the Resale Boutique mystery series, is an avid reader who reads across a range of genres, but mystery fiction is her obsession. Her interest in people and relationships is channeled into her novels against a backdrop of crime and mystery. When she’s not reading, she enjoys cooking and baking and as a former food blogger, she is constantly taking photographs of her food. Yeah, she’s that person.
Born and raised in New York City, she now lives and writes in Connecticut with her family. She’s worked in pre-hospital care, retail and publishing. Her writing companion is her slightly spoiled Shih-Tzus, Connie.
I'm delighted to share my new release with you today, THE CORPSE WHO KNEW TOO MUCH. Seeing this book release amazes me. I can't believe it's the fourth book in the Food Blogger Mystery series. It seems it was only yesterday when I sat down at the computer to write the series's first book. I had an idea, the main character, and the support of my critique partner.
Little did I know the idea I had for a mystery series revolving around a food blogger would lead me to fulfill my dream of becoming a published author. Born and raised in New York City, I fell in love with writing while in elementary school. I continued to write stories as a hobby. After I married and moved to Connecticut, I decided to try and write a book. The mystery I wrote was promptly rejected by agents, and I tucked the manuscript away for a few years. We made another move to a town where we still live today, and I found a writing community. I took writing classes, became involved in critique groups, and wrote several romantic suspense manuscripts. About this time, I also discovered blogging and started a food blog. I immediately fell in love with the medium. I loved cooking and baking and writing. It was a perfect combination for me. Soon, I was finding far more satisfaction in blogging than fiction writing. But after a few years, I missed writing stories. I missed creating characters, and I missed the writing community.
I decided to ease back into fiction writing, and I found a critique partner. We worked through several manuscripts. We both were writing romantic suspense. Then one day, I realized that I needed to decide whether I was a blogger or a writer. Juggling working, blogging, writing, and life, in general, was becoming too overwhelming. After some careful consideration, I closed my food blog and went all-in with writing. I also decided to dust off that old mystery manuscript I had in the drawer. I loved the main character, Hope Early, so I decided to keep her and several of the original characters for the new book, THE UNINVITED CORPSE. Hope was now a food blogger living back in her hometown. Writing the book felt right to me. It felt like where I should have been all along.
In 2016, I signed with an agent. The Tuesday after Thanksgiving that year, I was offered a three-book contract by Kensington Publishers. Since then, I've gone on to sell a second series, The Resale Boutique Mystery series.
The fourth book in the Food Blogger Mystery series is THE CORPSE WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, and it was inspired by my interest in podcasts.
For the past year, I have really gotten into listening to them during the day. I usually have them playing when I'm doing chores around the house, such as laundry cleaning gardening. I'll also listen to podcasts while I'm out walking.
There are a whole bunch of podcasts on my phone, from writing to marketing to true crime.
True crime podcasts are very intriguing. My favorite ones draw me in from the music to the tone of the host's voice to the editing to create an atmosphere that pulls you in and keeps you listening.
When I was thinking of story ideas for THE CORPSE WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, I knew I wanted the book to revolve around a cold case and a podcast. It took a little time, but I came up with a twenty-year-old missing person's case. I also came up with the idea of a podcast that was hosted by the missing woman's daughter. Some of my favorite scenes in the book include snippets from the podcast. Weaving those snippets into the book was a lot of fun, and I feel it adds a layer of foreboding to the story.
Do you listen to podcasts? If so, which ones are you favorite?
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