Hayley Snow loves her job as the food critic for Key Zest magazine, tasting the offerings from Key West’s most innovative restaurants. She’d rate her life four stars, until she’s forced into the spotlight…and another murder investigation.
Hoping for some good publicity, Hayley’s boss signs her up to help judge the Key West Topped Chef contest. Stakes are high as the winner could be the next cooking-show superstar. Hayley shows up for the filming nervous but excited, until she sees who’s on the judging panel with her: Sam Rizzoli, big shot businessman—and owner of the restaurant she just panned in her first negative review.
When Rizzoli turns up dead, the police assume his killer is one of his business rivals. But Hayley wonders whether someone is taking the contest a little too seriously. With the police following the wrong recipe, it’s up to Hayley to find the killer before she’s eliminated from the show…permanently.
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I absolutely loved this book. With all the craze of reality shows and cooking shows, I loved the idea of a reality cooking show based in Key West. Hayley Snow is wonderful. She just seems so real to me. And this was a great cozy because it kept me guessing the whole way through. I had no idea who the killer was, and Lucy did such a good job with the writing, that the killer was someone I never even suspected. If you are looking for a great cozy mystery, then pick up a copy of Topped Chef. You won't regret it, it is wonderful. Great job Lucy, I can't wait for more!!!!!!!!!!!
I recieved a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
Lucy Burdette is the author of the Key West food critic mysteries. As Roberta Isleib, she has also written the golf lovers mystery series and the advice column mysteries. Her books and stories have been nominated for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards.