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Topped Chef: A Key West Food Critic Mystery Mass Market Paperback – May 7, 2013
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“What fun! Lucy Burdette writes evocatively about Key West and food—a winning combination. I can’t wait for the next entry in this charming series.”—New York Times bestselling author Diane Mott Davis
“Food, fun, and felonies. What more could a reader ask for?”—New York Times bestselling author Lorna Barrett
“For a true taste of paradise, don’t miss An Appetite for Murder. Lucy Burdette’s first Key West Food Critic mystery combines a lush, tropical setting, a mysterious murder, and plenty of quirky characters. The victim may not be coming back for seconds, but readers certainly will!”—Julie Hyzy, national bestselling author of the White House Chef mysteries and Manor House mysteries
“[A] yummy sequel to An Appetite for Murder...anyone who’s ever overpaid for a pretentious restaurant meal will relish this witty cozy.”—Publishers Weekly
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in her best friend, Connie's wedding.
When her boss, Wally, hoping for some good publicity for the magazine as well as some "Inside Skinny", assigns Hayley to be a judge for the reality cooking show "Topped Chef", being filmed in Key West, she agrees, figuring it will be fun as well as help her career. Little does she know that one of the judges is the owner of the sub-standard restaurant she just reviewed! You'll enjoy the zany and sometimes pompous chefs vying for this thrust into culinary stardom as well as the varying personalities of the judges. Everything seems to be going along fairly smoothly until, in a bizarre twist of fate, one of the judges is murdered, followed by several strange coincidences. Would one of the chefs want the honor of "Topped Chef" that badly, that they would kill for it? Or is another judge at fault?
Or are the remaining judges in danger also? Will Hayley and Nate finally "find each other"? Will Connie and Ray have a "Pirate-themed" wedding? I enjoyed this book immensely.Read more ›
You can tell the author knows and loves Key West. I felt like I was right there.
There was one thing that didn't make a lot of sense though.
Hayley is one of 3 judges for a cooking competition but the final winner is not decided by the judges but is decided by the volume of applause from the audience. What was the point of the judges?
The identity of the murderer was a surprise but the motive for the murder was a little lame.
But all in all, I loved it and can't wait for the next installment.
This third book in the Key West Food Critic series is a real treat, full of references to true life chefs and wonderful sounding foods, plus literary references to foods from other books that head every chapter. My favorite is a take on the French phrase for preparing individual ingredients before putting a food dish together--mise en place. The quote from Pete Wells that Lucy Burdette used was: " Mise en place ( meez en PLASS) comes from restaurant kitchens, where a brigade of helpers spends the day gathering everything ready for the dinner rush. It comes from the French phrase meaning 'make the new guy do it."
Loads of humor, food references, and a delicious mystery fill the pages. Her interesting characters return in this book, including her homeless characters that Burdette wonderfully humanizes, her Tarot card reading friend, her gay psychologist best friend, and her take-charge mom from New Jersey. This mystery draws you in immediately and keep you on a merry chase through food exploits and near dangerous escapes till the culprit is finally captured In the end. I think this book builds interest with the great fun of food and mysteries in Key West.
This story is about a reality TV cooking show. Anyone who watches this kind of program can believe all of the craziness Hayley deals with. She's a really good cook, too; and lives on a house boat with a sweet elderly lady (who is another fun character). Too bad Hayley can't find a guy. In Topped Chef, it looks like she might have a relationship with one of the investigating officers...no spoiler here!
There's food, murder (in true cozy style - not so graphic as to be repugnant) and lots of real-life like situations. Cozies are a favorite genre and I'm ready to start another Hayley Snow adventure!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mystery involves lots of local sites and characters are well developed
And recipes are included!
Love this series! I love the location, the descriptions of the food, and the mysteries always keep me guessing till the end.Published 3 months ago by Kristin Schadler
Love this series! The location is great (lots of info about the area), the characters are believable. I'll read every book of this series, for as long as it's being published.Published 3 months ago by Glenda Moore
I enjoy these little, quick reads and only try to rate them against others of the same kind. I mostly like the main characters and enjoy reading about Key West.Published 8 months ago by Elva H. Thompson
Fun read. Makes you want to go to key west and find theses folks. Good plots with twists and turns. Looking for new one.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great series! I love how it just gets better as the series goes on. Love the characters and the southern setting. Keep up the good work.Published 11 months ago by Misty S
I have been suffering from bronchitie wll 344k. Thie 3we w great way to excape while I regained my my momentum, A fun seriesPublished 12 months ago by Aftmad
Topped Chef, by Lucy Burdette, is the story of Hayley Snow, a food critic for style magazine, Key Zest. She has to give her first bad review on a local restaurant in Key West. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kim Davis