Three Widows and a Corpse by Debra Sennefelder-Great Escapes Tour-Review/Character Interview/Giveaway
About the book
Food blogger Hope Early finds one item not on her scavenger hunt list—a dead husband . . .
Between developing her food blog, Hope at Home, and choosing low-cal recipes for a feature in Cooking Now! magazine, Hope has a full plate. Still, she’s never too busy to compete in a Jefferson, Connecticut, tradition—the town’s annual scavenger hunt.
But as she races with her team to check off the next item, Hope discovers a grisly surprise—the body of shady real estate developer Lionel Whitcomb, shot in a parking lot. His wife Elaine, who’s also in the hunt, gasps and nearly faints. But two other women on the scene cry out that their husband is dead.
It turns out this louse of a spouse was more than a little lax in legally divorcing his former wives. Did one of them put a bullet in the bigamist? Number one suspect and number three wife Elaine begs Hope to investigate. Now Hope is on a new kind of hunt—for a cold-hearted killer and triple widow-maker . . .
And others are saying
Wonderful characters, a great setting, and a story I can’t tear myself away from. I was bummed when I had finished it. My hands are already itching to get ahold of the next book! ~Lisa Ks Book Reviews
A great addition to a fantastic cozy series . . . a thrilling culinary-themed cozy that makes for a great read. ~Books a Plenty Book Reviews
This is a great traditional cozy with a small town, amateur sleuth, likable and some quirky characters and lots of food . . . This is one that I recommend to cozy mystery lovers. ~Carla Loves to Read
Three Widows and a Corpse is the perfect story for those readers who enjoy lighthearted, food-related mysteries . . . an amiable cozy mystery with a troublesome two-timer, warring widows, a scavenger search, a sad sibling, and a repressive reporter. ~The Avid Reader
Emotionally charged and full of shady connections, this is a book about moving forward and dealing with life’s difficult situations head-on . . . You may want to read this book while waiting for a few of the delicious recipes included to bake up. ~Laura’s Interests
Three Widows and a Corpse by Debra Sennefelder is getting five stars. It is a fun, witty read with great characters and outstanding food. ~Baroness’ Book Trove
I liked Hope. I found her to be a strong, intelligent, and capable woman, but still believable. ~The Book’s the Thing
The pace is steady and the intersections of characters across settings and how Hope is able to connect the dots is well done. . . Those who enjoy cozy mysteries will not be disappointed – and you get recipes besides the killer! ~Christa Reads and Writes
Debra Sennefelder gives readers a strong mystery in Three Widows and a Corpse. Great characters with perfect amounts of family life, romance, and humor. I was entertaining from beginning to end and can’t wait for my next visit Jefferson, Connecticut. ~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book
The mystery is well-maintained throughout the book. The red herrings are sure to direct the readers on a wrong path. The characters are well portrayed and likable. ~The Book Decoder
An interview with Hope
I am so excited
to get a chance to talk. I have never met a Food blogger! How exciting that
I love food
blogging. There are days when it’s very exciting, like when I attend
conferences or when I’m at an event representing a brand I love using. Then
there are days when it’s not so exciting. Those are usually the long days of
cooking, photographing, editing and finding that the internet is down. I’m left
scrambling to get a Wi-Fi signal.
And look at these cookies! So sweet of you bake!
Thank you. Since
my first attempt baking when I was a kid were cookies, I have a fondness and
weakness for them.
I cannot imagine doing all the cooking and taking photo’s and all.
It’s a lot of
work producing content several times a week for my blog. In addition, there’s
the social media part as sell as the promoting and the outreach to brands. But
I love what I do. As long as I have my trusty planner beside me at all times,
I’m able to juggle all the tasks that need to get done.
Can you tell us how you became a Food Blogger?
It started as a
hobby while I was working as the editor of a cooking magazine back in New York
City. I wanted to have somewhere that I shared my love for cooking, baking and
entertaining. At the time I didn’t think I’d ever be a full-time blogger, but
life has a way of throwing you curve balls. There was a point in my life where
I had to decide whether to continue on the career path I had been on since
graduating college or make a major change and move back to Jefferson. I went
the major change route and decided since I was turning my life upside down why
not give myself a year to see if I could make it as a blogger. So far, so good.
Sure, it had been scary but I’m so happy now and I can’t imagine going back to
the life I had in the city.
Do you have help
producing your blog?
I have recently
hired a part-time assistant to help with administrative work but I’m mostly a
You have to love food since you blog about it. So what’s your guilty pleasure?
I am glad to visit with you the weekend. Sundays are always a great day to
relax. How do you spend a lazy Sunday afternoon?
I love Sundays.
Being self-employed and owning an old home, I rarely have lazy Sundays. And I’m
good with that because I love to cook and bake. It’s my job but it’s also a
stress reliever for me. Since we’re into fall, I love cooking comfort food for
my family. So, a perfect Sunday is having my home filled with family, my
boyfriend Ethan, my friends and then after eating we settle in the family room
to watch a movie.
I love riding horses. Do you have any pets?
My sister and I
took riding lessons when we were kids. One day I’d love to have a horse. Right
now, I have a dog, Bigelow, and a cat, Princess. I also have chickens.
Thank you for inviting me in for the Scavenger Hunt I am sure it will be
exciting. Hopefully no corpses will be found.
scavenger hunt usually goes on without any hitches but I guess there’s a first
time for everything and certainly this year’s hunt will not be forgotten.
I cannot believe that it seems everywhere you turn you run into a murder that
needs to be investigated! But you seem to have a talent at sleuthing!
It’s no secret I
love a good mystery but I never in my wildest dreams ever thought I’d be
involved in real-life murders. And never in my beloved hometown. But I guess it
doesn’t matter what your zip code is, there’s evil out there in the world. I’m
not sure I have a talent; I think I’ve just been curious and lucky.
How do the local guys (P.D.) feel about your solving the crimes the are working
They’re not very
pleased when I insert myself into official police business. One more than one
occasion Detective Sam Reid has threatened to arrest me for interring in his
investigation. I can see his point of view but the times I have inserted myself
into his cases is when I really needed to help someone I care about.
Is there anyone friends or relatives that help you when your sleuthing?
I do. I have my
best friend, Drew Adams. We grew up together. After college he returned to
Jefferson to work at the local newspaper. I also have a dear friend, Jane
Merrifield. Back in the day she wrote mystery novels but retired to raise her
family. The both of them are wonderful sounding boards when I’m trying to work
something out and they’re also great assets when it comes to digging up
You seem to be so good at investigating. Do you think that you’ll end up making
another career change?
I never say never
but if I do have another career change in the future, I don’t think it’ll be to
Oh my look at the clock. I cannot believe I have kept you so long and you have
such a tight schedule!
Thanks so much for chatting a bit. Best of Luck with that Scavenger Hunt.
It’s been my
pleasure. I’ve truly enjoyed chatting with you today.
And I thought I have loved each of the books that I have had the opportunity to read in this short series. It's not too late to get into the fun as Three Widows and a Corpse is book 3. The characters are fun and funny. There's a bit of romance trailing through the series. And the food. I enjoy reading about the food. I can almost picture Hope on Food Network. It takes all Hopes growing sleuthing expertise to put it all together and solve the mystery. If you love a good Cozy Mystery check out the series and Three Widows and a Corpse. Three Widows and a Corpse and the Food Blogger Series is on my suggestions for Christmas 2019. I received a complimentary copy. My review will appear on retail sites, and Good Reads. The book and the tour will be promoted on social media. Buy the book