Book Spotlight (and an Excerpt!): What Not to Wear to a Graveyard by Debra Sennefelder

Posted September 21, 2022 by meezcarrie in contemporary, cozy mystery, mystery/suspense / 2 Comments

Resale Boutique Mystery #2.5

GENRE: Cozy Mystery Novella
PUBLISHER: Lyrical Press
RELEASE DATE: September 18, 2020

After trading her Manhattan digs for her upstate hometown, fashionista Kelly Quinn has big plans for her grandmother’s consignment shop. But this All Hallow’s Eve someone is already dressed to kill . . .
A socialite’s missing dog has made front page news in Lucky Cove—complete with a hefty reward. But between renovating the consignment shop, planning her costume for a 1970s themed Halloween party, and scouting a location for a fashion shoot, Kelly doesn’t have time to search. Yet a visit to the local colonial-era cemetery—ideal for the moody atmosphere she’s after—soon turns up the precious pooch. Kelly’s looking forward to collecting the check—until she makes a gruesome discovery in an abandoned farmhouse: The dog’s owner, stabbed through the heart.Kelly can’t help wondering why Constance Lane was traipsing around the farmhouse in stilettos. But as Kelly gets decked out in a vintage disco caftan, that isn’t the only fashion misstatement spooking her. Hidden in the dead woman’s past is a secret that could be the motive for the murder. And as the Halloween party gets started, even a menacing clown and a threatening bearded lady can’t keep Kelly from trick or treating for the truth—even if it means her last dance . . .


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She took a sweeping gaze over the landscape and let her mind wander with possibilities for photographing at least three outfit looks. As much as she tried to focus, the creepiness of the isolated location was seeping into her bones, nudging out the cold. Maybe she shouldn’t have come alone.

With a nod, she decided she had enough of an idea of how to style the outfits and where to set Liv up. It was time to go.

She turned to head back to her Jeep when she heard a noise off in the not-so-far distance. Crunch. Her breath caught, and she was transported back to her disastrous date when she was scared off from the cemetery. She hated when history repeated itself. Okay, she was being silly. It probably was only a squirrel. They were scampering all over the place, hiding their nuts. Then the noise came again, and she looked over her shoulder. The sound was too loud for a little squirrel.

Time to leave. She stared straight ahead and began walking to the gate. Her feet slugged through deep layers of fallen leaves when she heard…


Was someone there? Watching her? She shook off the ridiculous notion; after all, she wasn’t in the city anymore.


Her heartbeat kicked into overdrive, and so did her pace.


The sound was getting closer.

She looked over her shoulder, a little scared at what she might see.

And that’s when she lost her balance and toppled to the ground …

Debra Sennefelder is the acclaimed author of the Food Blogger Mysteries, the Resale Boutique Mystery Series and the upcoming Cookie Shop Mystery series. An avid reader who reads across a range of genres, 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. 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.

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