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The Uninvited Corpse

(Food Blogger Mysteries #1)

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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  323 ratings  ·  145 reviews
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 sp
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 27th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Carrie
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Uninvited Corpse by Debra Sennefelder is the first book of the cozy Food Blogger Mysteries series. Hope Early has returned to her hometown of Jefferson, Connecticut and is now trying to make a success of a career in blogging after giving up her job at a magazine to be on a reality TV show which didn’t go as planned.

Hope has been invited to a friend’s party showcasing her gardening skills to launch her new book. Hope’s sister Claire decides to tag along to the event and things seem to be goin
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Linda
Meet lifestyle and food blogger, Hope Early, who’s just getting her blog, Hope At Home, off to a good start since moving to a picturesque New England town. Attending a garden tour at author Audrey Bloom’s home, Hope and some other guests quietly speculate on the appearance of an uninvited guest, Peaches, a local realtor who is a go-getter and tends to stir up trouble. When Peaches leaves the house in a body bag, Hope begins to suspect that trouble is about to sprout out all over town.

The story m
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Juli
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hope Early has had a rough time lately. Her career as a magazine editor ended. Then she flopped on a reality baking show in NYC and got a divorce. Now she's back home in Jefferson, CT, trying to put her life back together. Her food blog, Hope at Home, is becoming popular and she's starting to feel a bit better about her life. The Jefferson Garden Club is having a spring garden tour at Audrey Bloom's home. Audrey writes books about gardening and has a new 5-book series coming out on the different ...more
Shelly
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I love the name of the fictional blog, Hope at Home, that the main character Hope Early manages in this book. I love picking up the first in a new series of cozy mysteries and being introduced to a whole new set of interesting characters. I love finding a new author to follow. So, I was very pleased with, The Uninvited Corpse by Debra Sennefelder. The Food Blogger Mystery series is set in a scenic New England town and revolves around Hope’s busy life testing out recipes, gathering helpful househ ...more
LORI CASWELL
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
Dollycas’s Thoughts

I know from experience blogging isn’t easy but Hope Early has her foodie/lifestyle blog well under control and making money. That is until she finds the body of local real estate agent Peaches McCoy in the middle of a spring garden tour. Peaches wasn’t even invited to this party, how did she end up pushing up daisies? Unfortunately, her sister, Claire, also a local real estate agent, tagged along to the event with Hope. Due to her rivalry with the victim, she quickly becomes t
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Karen
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read The Uninvited Corpse Sunday, this is a new cozy mystery from Debra Sennefelder and I so enjoyed it. Loved the cover, that perfectly portrayed the mystery within. This was a good read, really well done and in away I did not expect. I loved the way the mystery unfolded, the way the characters worked together and against each other. I love a story with Chickens too. I could easily relate with main character Hope, who is a blogger, sister and friend as well as a great baker and who is loyal t ...more
Karen
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a first in a new series, and it is off to a winning start!
I enjoyed the characters, who were written vividly and full of personality.
The premise and setting were also entertaining.
The whodunit was well written and kept 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.
Kristi Lewis
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hope Early is a food blogger. She is busy testing recipes and preparing notes for her blog. She heads out to attend a spring garden tour. She isn't prepared for what she is about to see. She finds Peaches McCoy dead. Her sister Claire and Peaches are known to be rivals in the real estate business. Hope starts desperately searching for the murder. She is afraid if she doesn't figure it out soon, her sister will be charged for Peaches death. This was a fun cozy read.
Mark Baker
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, mystery
Food and lifestyle blogger Hope Early is settling back into her home town of Jefferson, Connecticut, and she is enjoying reconnecting with family and friends. One chance to do that is at her friend’s garden party to celebrate that friend’s new gardening book. However, Peaches McCoy, an ambitious real estate agent, crashes the party. Peaches isn’t well liked in town, but Hope is surprised to find Peaches’ body before the event is over. With the police zeroing in on Hope’s sister, Hope sets out to ...more
Yvonne
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hope Early is trying hard to get her life back in order. First, she was a magazine editor and it wasn’t a successful career, to say the least. Then, she was on a reality baking show. It, too, was unsuccessful. Not to mention her marriage, also, failed. Hope goes home to the small town of Jefferson in Connecticut.

Hope is now a very successful blogger. She shares all kinds of cooking tips with her audience. All is going quite well until she attends a spring garden tour. There she finds the dead bo
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Lisa Ks Book Reviews
I was thrilled when I first heard about this new book/series. With the lead character being a blogger, and loving to bake, I knew I’d like her.

I started reading THE UNINVITED CORPSE while sitting in my car waiting for my sister to finish an appointment. I wish she had taken longer because I didn’t want to put this book down! Author Debra Sennefelder hooked my from page one. And when I finally had the chance to read uninterrupted, I was glued to the book until the last page.

Right away I loved th
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Sabine
When Hope Early's marriage breaks up she leaves her job as a magazine editor to take part in a baking reality show. From there she establishes a career as a food blogger and moves back to her hometown Jefferson, Connecticut. Reading about her blog updates and how she creates new recipes was a fun and new theme for a mystery. I was very happy to see that there were some of her delicious recipes added at the end.

Her friend and author Audrey Bloom has a garden tour at her home to celebrate the rel
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Tari
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was an awesome first book in this new series! I immediately was drawn to the characters and their chemistry with each other. And who doesn't love it when the pet (a dog in this case) saves the day and nabs the killer? I didn't guess the killer until the clues pointed that way, great twist.

Hope Early was a lifestyle and food blogger who had just moved back to her hometown of Jefferson, CT. When a local realtor woman was killed in a friend's home, and Hope's sister was the main suspect, Hope
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Donna
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Food and lifestyle blogger Hope Early attends a garden tour party where she stumbles upon the body of real estate agent Peaches. Hope's sister Claire, a rival real estate agent, becomes the main suspect so Hope jumps into the investigation. Lots of people didn't like Peaches so the list of suspects is long.

In this debut of a new series, the author has created a fresh concept and entertaining character in Hope. She used to be a magazine editor in New York City and was on a reality TV cooking show
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Sharon
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I enjoyed this cozy mystery, it was fun and well written.
I would definetly read the next book in the series.
Lisa Morin
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Uninvited Corpse by Debra Sennefelder is a first in a new series that is sure to be a winner.
Hope Early is a wonderful character and she is very easy to like.
Hope is a blogger who whips up some delicious treats in this cozy mystery.

As we all know, there is always a victim in a cozy and this one is no different.
Finding the body was horrible for Hope, but even worse is watching her sister being accused of this awful crime.

Hope does everything in her power to find the truth, alienating her frie
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Kristina
The Uninvited Corpse by Debra Sennefelder is the first novel in Food Blogger Mysteries. Hope Early lives in a lovely farmhouse in Jefferson, Connecticut where she writes her blog, Hope at Home. Hope is off to attend Audrey Bloom’s book signing and garden tour. Claire, Hope’s sister and a local real estate agent, insists on coming with her in the hopes that Peaches McCoy will be attendance. Claire is upset that Peaches, a rival real estate agent, stole another listing from her and this one was fo ...more
Betty
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking through some book covers and one attracted my attention. I didn't recognize the cover but I remember I like the one book I read. I ordered the book. It is a good cozy. While I blog, It would never occur to me to make my living as a blogger.
Hope Early's life has been swirling downward for a while. She did not Reality TV contest, and a messy divorce, as overwhelming press coverage. She quit her job, return to hometown, brought an old Victorian House, added chickens. She has made a fr
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Dawn Michelle
Things I disliked about this book:

1. L O V E triangle. Really? Please just stop with those. Please. UGH.

2. The cop who is so single-minded and has blinders on and once he has made up his mind he knows who the killer is stops doing HIS FREAKING JOB [which then leaves the pathway for the MC to do all the work for him, risking danger and life and limb] and just coasts. PLEASE STOP. PLEASE.

3. The most obviously NOT guilty person being charged with murder. I mean really?

4. L O V E TRIANGLES. It is
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Mary Brown
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Synopsis:

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 potte
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Patty
Mar 30, 2018 marked it as to-read
The Uninvited Corpse by Debra Sennefelder is the 1st book in a Food Blogger Mystery series, and my first book by this author. Hope Early is a food and lifestyle blogger, Hope at Home, who returns home to Jefferson, Connecticut. When hope finds a body, her sister Claire is the main suspect, and the sleuthing begins. This book has more twists and turns, that kept me reading page after page. I love the unique people and situations in this book. I found this book to be a quick read, with a well deve ...more
Amy
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good kick-off to a new series. If you like The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, you'll appreciate this book. Looking forward to reading the next in this series!
JoAn
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery
The Uninvited Corpse by Debra Sennefelder was an interesting introduction to a new cozy series. I say interesting because the book introduced the reader to several characters at the beginning which made it slightly confusing for me. Although many of the characters were better defined later in the book, I found their initial reactions and interactions confusing and only later did I understand them.

Hope is a strong female who has reinvented herself after moving back home to Jefferson. I liked her
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Peggy R
This is the first book in a series by an author who is new to me. I was very happy I took the chance and requested a copy. I found this to be a very enjoyable read. Hope Early was a likeable character right from the start and she is surrounded by a good cast of secondary characters. Hope Early is a reluctant sleuth but investigates two murders to clear her sisters name. I enjoyed the relationship between the sisters. Their relationship felt genuine and having a sister of my own who is close in a ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
As is often the case in Cozy Mystery Series, the MC, Hope Early has had a rough time lately. After losing her job as a Magazine Editor, flopping on a Reality Baking Show and a divorce, she has moved back home to Jefferson Connecticut from New York City. She is trying to make a living with her food blog, lovingly named "Hope at Home". She is attending The Jefferson Garden Club's spring garden tour at the home of her friend Audrey Bloom. Audrey is the author of several gardening books and Hope is ...more
RO G'ma
The Uninvited Corpse is the debut novel in Debra Sennefelder’s Food Blogger Mysteries series and is an enjoyable read. I had a little trouble getting into this book and understanding the characters and their relationships in the beginning, but once it all fell together for me I didn’t want to put the book down. The characters are relatable and the storyline is well plotted, with an interesting mystery, plenty of suspects, and some twists and turns that kept me engaged. I’m looking forward to rea ...more
Randee Green
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.

In THE UNINVITED CORPSE by Debra Sennefelder (first in the Food Blogger Mystery series), Hope Early has recently left New York City in the dust following an ugly divorce, an embarrassing appearance on a reality baking show, and her failed career as a magazine editor. After returning to her small hometown of Jefferson, Connecticut, Hope starts her life over as a blogger focusing on food and DIY projects. Hope also (literally) stumbles upon two dea
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The Cozy Review
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hope’s schedule is crazy with recipe testing and shameless plugs for her food blog. Unfortunately, she has to attend the spring garden tour in the charming town of Jefferson, Connecticut. However, it isn’t the perfectly arranged potted plants that grab her attention; it’s the bloody body of loathed real estate agent Peaches McCoy.

Someone on the tour committed murder and for some reason Hope’s older sister, Claire Dixon, who, at best, saw Peaches as a professional rival is the number one suspect.
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Jeanie
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library, obs
This exciting mystery is the first offering in the new Food Blogger Mysteries. I was drawn in from the beginning and my attention was held throughout. It was fascinating to learn about being a blogger while trying to find the killer in this well-written novel. Either career would be daunting even to the best writer or detective, but trying to do both at once, especially when not being trained as a cop, is a huge undertaking. It can also be a bit daunting when one's dearest friend is the police c ...more
Lesa
Debut author Debra Sennefelder kicks off a cozy mystery series with a story with a well-developed amateur sleuth and a promising cast of supporting characters. The Uninvited Corpse will appeal to readers of Krista Davis' Domestic Diva series.

Hope Early left a career as a magazine editor after her divorce and a stint as a reality show competitor on a baking show. Now, she's back home in Jefferson, Connecticut with a career as a food and lifestyle blogger. In the mornings, she enjoys coffee with a
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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 Ne
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