Food Blogger Mystery: The Corpse in the Gazebo
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The Corpse in the Gazebo: Food Blogger Mystery
Food blogging is turning Hope Early into a household name. But the dead body down the block makes her a #1 suspect . . .
It seems everyone loves Hope’s blog these days, and she’s busier than ever volunteering to help other women create their own paths to success. So she’s shocked when a neighbor petitions to run Hope right out of her small Connecticut town! Set in her ways, apparently Birdie Donovan doesn’t like the chaos Hope’s sleuthing creates, the police activity and crime scenes, and it’s happening way too often lately.
Eager to make amends, Hope bakes Birdie a batch of her best muffins. The delicious treats might have smoothed things over—until Hope discovers Birdie dead in her gazebo the very next day . . .
Now instead of worrying about holding on to her beloved home, Hope is trying to stay out of jail. Because suddenly she’s the lead suspect in the case. Not even her boyfriend, Police Chief Ethan Cahill, is promising he can clear her name, much less discuss the investigation with her. It’s up to Hope to get to bake new ground on the case before the lifestyle brand she’s created—and her whole life—crumbles . . .
Includes Recipes from Hope’s Kitchen!
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The Corpse in the Gazebo (A Food Blogger Mystery)
5th in Series
Setting – Connecticut
Publisher : Kensington (September 28, 2021)
Mass Market Paperback : 368 pages
ISBN-10 : 1496728939
ISBN-13 : 978-1496728937
Digital ASIN : B08RWQYH54
Food Blogger Mystery —The Interview
The Corpse in the Gazebo is the fifth in your Food Blogger Mystery series. Is there anything readers should know about the previous books? Can this be read as a standalone?
The Corpse in the Gazebo can be read as a standalone but I think readers would have a more enjoyable experience if they read the series in order.
The reason I suggest that is because of the relationships between the characters have developed over the past four books. But while writing the book, I did my best to sprinkle in backstory so that new readers to the series have an idea of the past.
What should readers know about Hope Early?
Hope Early is a food blogger who returned to her hometown of Jefferson, CT after losing a baking reality show competition, quitting her magazine editing job and getting a divorce. It was a rough year for her.
In The Uninvited Corpse, the first book in the series, her sister is a person of interest in a business rival’s murder. Lucky Hope is tenacious, loyal and has a strong sense of justice. She also has a hard time saying no to people which is how she usually ends up on fundraising committees and tangled up in murder investigations.
Tell us about the small town in Connecticut where the series is set?
Jefferson is a fictional town set in the northwest corner of Connecticut. Its roads are dotted with farms and charming old homes. Primarily residential, its Main Street is an antique lovers’ dreams and draws tourists throughout the spring to fall.
What drew you to writing about a food blogger turned amateur sleuth?
I wanted to write a culinary-theme mystery series and since I’d been a food blogger I decided to write what I knew.
When I made the decision to write the series, I closed my food blog so that I could concentrate solely on writing the books.
Give us a taste of the recipes we might encounter in Hope’s Kitchen.
There’s always something cooking in Hope’s kitchen. Being a food blogger means she’s always testing recipes.
In The Corpse in the Gazebo, Hope shares her recipe for Chocolate Chip Scones. She doesn’t think twice about whipping up Double Chocolate Chip cookies (she loves chocolate!). And if her niece and nephew surprise her with a visit, she whips up stovetop Mac and Cheese without breaking a sweat. Those are a few of the recipes in the book.
What are you working on now?
I’ve just started writing the sixth Resale Boutique mystery. Currently, I write two series. The Resale Boutique series features Kelly Quinn, an out-of-work fashionista who inherited her granny’s tired, old consignment shop.
Final words of wisdom for aspiring writers:
Protect your writing time. You’ll never find the time to write. You have to make the time to write.
Author Pet Corner!
Connie is our two-year-old Shih Tzu.
She’s my little writing companion but her life philosophy is play more, work less.
Debra Sennefelder: Author of the Food Blogger Mysteries
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.
Her first novel, THE UNINVITED CORPSE (A Food Blogger mystery) was published in 2018.
In addition to writing the Food Blogger mystery series, she writes the Resale Boutique Mystery series.
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, where she majored in her hobby of fashion buying, she now lives and writes in Connecticut with her family. She’s worked in retail and publishing before becoming a full-time author. Her writing companion is her adorable and slightly spoiled Shih Tzu, Connie.
To learn more about Debra, click on any of the following links: WEBSITE, NEWSLETTER, FACEBOOK AUTHOR PAGE, GOODREADS,INSTAGRAM & BOOKBUB
Visit all the stops on the Great Escapes Book Tour!
September 21 – Author Elena Taylor’s Blog – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
September 21 – Novels Alive – GUEST POST
September 22 – Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder – REVIEW, RECIPE
September 22 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT
September 23 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW
September 23 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
September 24 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
September 24 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW
September 25 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, GUEST POST
September 25 – Baroness’ Book Trove – REVIEW
September 26 – Brooke Blogs – RECIPE POST
September 26 – Lisa Ks Book Review – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW
September 27 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT
September 27 – I Read What You Write – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
September 28 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
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Foreword INDIE and Silver Falchion Award Finalist, Best Mystery 2020