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Three Widows and a Corpse
(A Food Blogger Mystery)
by Debra Sennefelder
About Three Widows and a Corpse
Three Widows and a Corpse (A Food Blogger Mystery)
3rd in Series
Kensington (October 29, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Digital ASIN: B07NCN684X
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 . . .
Includes Recipes from Hope’s Kitchen!
About Debra Sennefelder
Interview with the Author
What initially got you interested in writing?
I honestly don’t remember. I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing. From short stories in school to my first attempt to write a novel in my early 20s. And when I took a break from fiction writing, I was still writing when I started my food blog.
What genres do you write in?
I write in the mystery genre, specifically cozy mysteries.
What drew you to writing these specific genres?
My first introduction was the set of Nancy Drew mysteries I got after my older cousin grew out of them. Then I discovered Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple series and I was hooked. But it was about a decade later when I came across Katherine Hall Page’s Faith Fairchild mystery series and I knew that I wanted to write a similar book, series. I loved the small town setting, the dynamics between town residents, the food.
How did you break into the field?
I just sat down and wrote my first cozy mystery and I did send it out to agents and editors, and it was promptly rejected. A couple of years ago I came across the first few chapters and re-reading it, it’s clear why it was rejected. I then met a published author in the new town I’d just moved to and I became a part of her writer’s group and shifted to writing romance. Many more rejections followed and eventually I needed a break from fiction writing. That’s when I started my food blog. Eventually I missed writing fiction, I missed developing characters and creating their stories. I found a critique partner, Ellie Ashe, and started writing again. After I wrote three manuscripts, which were romantic suspense, I had an idea for a cozy mystery series. So, I wrote the first three chapters and with Ellie’s encouragement, I finished the manuscript. Then I submitted it to agents, signed on with one and about seven months later I had a three-book contract from my publisher.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
I hope that when they finish get to the end of my book they had a joyful reading experience and that they were entertained.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
I love the fact that I get to do what I love for a living.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Being patient. Publishing moves at a slow pace. Right now, I’m working on a book that will be out in 2021. It’s very hard to be patient.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
Read a lot, write a lot and don’t give up.
What type of books do you enjoy reading?
I love mysteries, suspense, women’s fiction and romance.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
Well, let’s see. Before I started my food blog (which I’ve closed down once I started writing again), I had a lifestyle blog. I like to joke that I majored in my hobby, fashion buying and merchandising. I write a second series, The Resale Boutique Mystery series and it features an out-of-work fashionista who inherited a tire, old consignment shop.
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
The best way is to visit my website. I have a monthly newsletter I send out. I’m also active on Facebook and Instagram.
Buy link: http://bit.ly/2lFkcvL
Debra Sennefelder, the author of the Food Blogger Mystery series and the Resale Boutique Mystery series, 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 and writes 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, International Thriller Writers, Women’s Fiction Writers Association and Romance Writers of America.
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