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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Death on the Menu

Death on the Menu: A Key West Food Critic Mystery
by Lucy Burdette

About the Book

Death on the Menu: A Key West Food Critic Mystery
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Crooked Lane Books (August 7, 2018)
Hardcover: 295 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683317463
Digital ASIN: B078MBKH95

When a killer strikes just before flan time, beloved food critic Hayley Snow is forced to sniff out the killer before someone else bites the dust.
Hayley Snow, fiery food critic for Key Zest magazine, has just landed a ticket to one of the most prestigious events in Key West: a high-brow three-day conference at the Harry Truman Little White House. Even though she’ll be working the event helping her mother’s fledgling catering business, there’s plenty of spicy gossip to go around. But just before her mother’s decadent flan is put to the test, Key West’s most prized possession, Hemingway’s Nobel prize gold medal for The Old Man and the Sea, is discovered stolen from its case.
Unsavory suspicions point to Gabriel, a family friend and one of the new busboys working the event, who mysteriously goes missing moments later. Anxious to clear his name, Gabriel’s family enlists Hayley to help find him, but right as they begin their search, his body is found stabbed to death in the storeroom.
Hayley has no shortage of suspects to interrogate and very little time before the killer adds another victim to the menu in national bestselling author Lucy Burdette’s delectable eighth Key West Food Critic mystery, Death on the Menu.

What I Thought:

This is the  8th Key West Food Critics mystery and I have read a couple of the others, but it has been a while.  Even though I have not read the all and it has been a while since I read one, I wasn't lost and if a person has not read any of these books before they can pick this one up and not be lost.  I enjoyed visiting Hayley Snow again in the beautiful setting of Key West, she is a very well developed character.  In this one, Hayley is helping her mother get her catering business off the ground and has been invited to a prestigious conference at the Harry Truman Little White House.  But things do not go as planned when Hemingway's Nobel Prize is stolen and a friend is thought to be the thief.  When his body is found stabbed, Hayley has to find the killer. This was a good mystery that kept me guessing until the end.  The descriptions of the foods in this story was also very enjoyable.  I was totally surprised by the ending of this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author

Courtesy Carol Tedesco
Clinical psychologist Lucy Burdette (aka Roberta Isleib) has published 16 mysteries, including the latest in the Key West food critic series, DEATH ON THE MENU (Crooked Lane Books, August 2018.) Her books and stories have been short-listed for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She's a member of Mystery Writers of America and a past president of Sisters in Crime. She blogs at Jungle Red Writers and shares her love for food with the culinary writers at Mystery Lovers Kitchen She lives in Madison CT and Key West FL. Read more at
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