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.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Kensington, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!
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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 New York City, she now lives in Connecticut with her family. She’s worked in pre‑hospital care, retail, and publishing. Her writing companions are her adorable and slightly spoiled shih‑tzus, Susie and Billy. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America.
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 . . .
Publication Date: 26th March 2019