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An Appetite for Murder: A Key West Food Critic Mystery Mass Market Paperback – January 3, 2012
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"A true taste of paradise....The victim may not be coming back for seconds, but readers certainly will!" Julie Hyzy, bestselling author of the White House Chef mysteries
"When her ex-boyfriend's new lover, the co-owner of Key Zest Magazine, is found dead, Hayley Snow, wanna-be food critic, is the first in line on the list of suspects. Food, fun, and felonies. What more could a reader ask for?"
Lorna Barrett, New York Times best selling author of Sentenced to Death
"An excellent sense of place and the occasional humorous outburst aren't the only things An Appetite for Murder has going for it, though: There is a solid mystery within its pages....Not only does Burdette capture the physical and pastoral essence of Key West, she celebrates the food." Ed Irvin, The Florida Book Review
"Florida has long been one of the best backdrops for crime novels -- from John MacDonald to Carl Hiassen -- and Burdette's sense of place and her ability to empathize with a wide strata of Key West locals and visitors bodes well for this new series." Joe Meyers, CT Post
About the Author
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As Roberta Isleib, she's also written the golf lover's mystery series (SIX STROKES UNDER) and the advice column mysteries (DEADLY ADVICE.) Lucy (aka Roberta) is a clinical psychologist who loves using her background in her stories. She also loves to cook and to eat and to talk and write and read about food!
You can learn more about Lucy, Key West, and the food critic mysteries at her website, http://www.lucyburdette.com. She also blogs with the wonderful crime fiction writers at Jungle Red Writers, http://www.jungleredwriters.com, and shares recipes and stories with seven other cozy mystery writers at Mystery Lovers Kitchen, http://www.mysteryloverskitchen.com.
Top Customer Reviews
You'll know all along that it couldn't be Hayley. She's too sweet and naive to plot such a murder. But who? And how many restaurants do we get to visit before finding out?
This is a terrific read, so entertaining and delicious. You'll want to visit Key West soon and hope to meet Hayley as she scoots around town reviewing restaurants for Key Zest, the local newspaper.
Loved all the chapter intros about food. My favorites: " A hot dog or a truffle. God is good." James Beard "I suppose there are people who can pass up free guacamole, but they are either allergic to avocado or too joyless to live." Frank Bruni
Lucy Burdette has dished out a hot dog/truffle/guacamole delight.
Maybe that was part of Hayley's problem with relationships. But now she is here in Key West, trying out for a gig at a new magazine called Key Zest...and all she has to do is submit her application by Monday.
As part of the process, she and her psychologist friend Eric are eating at one of their favorite restaurants, Seven Fish. She plans to include a review in her application packet.
But just when she is starting to enjoy the evening, she realizes that Chad and his new girlfriend Kristen Faulkner are also there. Uncomfortable! She is reminded once again of the humiliation she felt when she arrived home early one day to find them in bed together. Which is why she is now sharing a charming, but small houseboat with her college friend Connie.
This is the story of Hayley's life: impulsive choices, bad endings, lots of chaos.
Words are exchanged after their meal, and Hayley and Eric leave. But what happens next turns the next few weeks into one chaotic tangle after another, like the Tarot cards predicted.
Hayley finds out the next day, when two detectives show up on her doorstep, that Kristen Faulkner was murdered early that morning--by consuming a poisoned Key Lime pie. She is now a Person of Interest.Read more ›
The problem comes when her ex-lover's girlfriend is murdered and Hayley is the number one prospect in the eyes of the KWPD.
The descriptions of foods, life, colors (such as Lorenzo, the Tarot Card reader,) make you feel you are in Hayley's shadow experiencing the same tastes, smells, breezes and even rain squalls.
I laughed, cried a bit (Evinrude, well you will see,) and even felt the anger and frustration our Hayley felt. The sense of not being believed is something we have all felt in our lifetimes.
I truly liked the recipes and look forward to the next book which was tantalizingly excerpted for us. I think we have a new Author to follow.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fun read. A light read with no obvious hints as to who the murderer was until close to the conclusion. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Carol P
This series has two of my favorite things: Key West, and food! Yummy, delectable food that you can taste through all of the pages! And everything about Key West is accurate. Read morePublished 4 months ago by A. Hillman
Like this character and of course the food talk and can't wait to continue reading the series!!!Published 6 months ago by Deborah M Almada
really good story, can't wait to read the three more I just bought...Published 10 months ago by T. Mornard
Where have I been for so long? I just read the first book in Lucy Burdette’s Key West Food Critic Mystery series and loved it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by SueR
Enjoyed this addition to the series. Can't wait to read the next book. Can't wait to go back to key westPublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer