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The Hidden Corpse

(Food Blogger Mysteries #2)

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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  66 reviews
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
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Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Kensington
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Linda
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
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LORI CASWELL
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
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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
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Shelly
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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.
Shalini
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it
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
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Betty
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 ...more
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 ...more
Mark Baker
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, mystery
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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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 ...more
Jeanie Jackson
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Karen
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
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 ...more
The Cozy Review
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 be
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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
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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
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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
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Miss W Book Reviews
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
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
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Mary
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Heather
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Kim
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Coralee Hicks
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
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 ...more
K.A. Davis
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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. F
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Toni
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ileana Renfroe
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Patty
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jessica Robbins
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

Welcome back to the fascinating world of food blogging with Hope. I must say this is way more I involved then I ever thought making it fun to follow along. The addition of the murders and the intrigue just make it that much better as things slowly escalate. I especially liked that no matter how she tried to stay out of it something always drug her back in or she just stumbled across something. A great my
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Lisa Elizabeth
This cozy weaves together a lot of elements in a way that captivates the reader’s attention. There’s small town politics, arson, murder, affairs, and surprisingly competitive world of food blogging. This is a great pick for someone looking for a contemporary cozy mystery.

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I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not paid for this review.
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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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Other books in the series

Food Blogger Mysteries (3 books)
  • The Uninvited Corpse (Food Blogger Mysteries #1)
  • Three Widows and a Corpse (A Food Blogger Mystery Book 3)