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Posted January 8, 2012
Posted January 3, 2012
A smart, funny food mystery - set in Key West
I read and LOVED this book! It so captures the nutty sweetness (food metaphor, of course) of Key West where a street performer actually herds cats. Best of all, Hayley Snow is so funny, and the mystery is compelling. I am so rooting for Hayley -- can't wait for book 2 in the series. For readers who love Cordelia Gray and Goldy Schulz.
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Posted March 1, 2013
¿I love cozies with spunky characters. This one has it in spades
“I love cozies with spunky characters. This one has it in spades. I feel for Hayley Snow once I found out she followed her dream man all the way to Key West only to fiind out he was more a nightmare. Then she had to make her way in the ritzy and gorgeous Florida locale when she discovered that she didn't want to leave.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
So, she's living on her friend's houseboat and helping her with her cleaning business. But what Hayley really wants to do is write restaurant reviews. She visits and writes about the small local places, not the ritzy-ritz places, but the joints where the locals go. I got so hungry reading this book!!
Then there's the murder of the girlfriend of the ex-pewp cranium 'dream guy' Hayley followed down and lived with. Until she discovered pewp-cranium 'dream guy' in bed with now murdered restaurant owner and potentially Hayley's boss if Hayley gets the food critic job at the local paper.
Now Hayley is a prime suspect and she needs to clear her name.
Well done and I soooo cannot wait to read the next in the series. Thank goodness DEATH IN FOUR COURSES is on the nightstand.....”
Posted January 27, 2013
This is my favorite type of read, food & mystery...... yup I had the wrong suspect in mind.... a story based in Key West is perfect for a cold winter night.... read 2 of the this series so far, I do believe a third is avail as a preorder... a nice easy reading book! paints a clear picture of keywest lifeWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 24, 2012
Second book in series. What fun
Found the series while shopping online with Barnes and Nobles. Thank you. These books combine food and mystery. Fun characters. Love the setting in Key West. Entertaining.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 16, 2012
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Posted March 24, 2012
Hayley Snow loves food. Her dream is to be a successful food cri
Hayley Snow loves food. Her dream is to be a successful food critic. She follows her boyfriend, Chad, from her hometown New Jersey to Key West, Florida. The move isn’t exactly a lucky one for Hayley. It’s not long before Chad dumps her and she’s left to build a new life for herself in Key West.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
First thing to do is find a place to live, which she does. She moves in with her friend, Connie, on her houseboat. Then, a food critic position becomes available at the local newspaper, Key Zest. Hayley is quick to apply for the job, but is stunned to find that her potential boss is the same woman she found in bed with her boyfriend – Kristen Faulkner! Although an awkward situation, to say the least, Hayley is determined to get the job at all costs.
With things already looking bleak, it just keeps getting worse. Kristen is found murdered and the number one, and apparently only, suspect is Hayley. The police are doing absolutely nothing about finding any other suspects, so Hayley takes matters into her own hands. She fully intends to find the real killer and clear her name. When her search leads to her life being in danger and her cat missing, she knows she’s on the right track. However, will she live long enough to find out?
This is the first book in a new series of cozy mysteries, “Key West Food Critic Mystery” by Lucy Burdette, who also writes two other cozy mysteries under the name Roberta Isleib. It’s, also, the first book I’ve ever read by her (although her other series are in my TBR).
This series takes place in Key West. A place I had the pleasure of visiting a few years ago and absolutely loved. The setting itself would have attracted me to this book.
Each character is written to perfection. Hayley and her friends are extremely likeable and a group you will definitely want to read more about. The plot flowed through each page and captured the reader’s interest from the very first line to the very last line. There were several twists and turns along the way. The book even includes several recipes that look really delicious.
Appetite for Murder has everything I look for in a good cozy – small town, fun characters (a few bad guys, too, of course!) and an interesting storyline that kept you guessing. I was very sad to see this book end. It left me wanting more (not to mention very hungry!) The second book of this series comes out in September and I, for one, will be anxiously awaiting its release.
FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
Posted February 18, 2012
WONDERFUL READ! Buy it NOW!
I really enjoyed reading this novel. I have vacationed in Key West many times and the author made me feel like I was there. The main character is younger, which I thought was refreshing. Looking forward to her next novel out in September.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 12, 2012
Posted February 9, 2012
not to be missed!
hayley snow loves food....to eat! she moves to key west to be with what she thought was her true love. what he was was a cheater. now she's in key west with no job and no place to live. she moves in with her girlfriend on a houseboat. soon, the woman her ex cheated with is found dead and hayley is the prime suspect. key lime pie is the murder 'weapon', and hayley has just had an article published about....key lime pie! this story is fast paced and has a lot of twists and turns before you find out whodunit. read and enjoy!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 2, 2012
Posted January 22, 2012
Loves Food, Loves Cats, Bad Taste for Men
I have to admit that mysteries are not always my first choice of reading, but I couldn't resist picking this book up when I saw that the story takes place in Key West -- a favorite location for me -- and serves up all the great mix of foods and restaurants that would take anyone many meals to experience. But it was Hayley Snow's voice that kept me reading. And her plight. Poor kid, she's kind of ditzy and certainly follows her all-too-vulnerable heart (instead of her stomach which is what her mother would have advised her to do) when making life choices -- such as following Chad Lutz, a guy she barely knew, to the island paradise known as Key West. Thank goodness her best friend Eric was already there to pick up the pieces when things went awry. And, oh boy, did they! Quickly, Hayley is the police's POI for the murder of Kristen Faulkner -- the floozy who was in bed with Chad when Kristen came home unexpectedly. Of course, it had to be the Key Lime Pie as a murder weapon. It is Key West.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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.
Posted January 11, 2012
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Murder and Mayhem in Paradise
Haley Snow leaves New Jersey to follow the man of her dreams to Key West, Florida. Things don’t go as planned when Haley learns she’s not the only woman in his life. She is determined to stay in Key West and since her entire life has revolved around food, cooking it, eating it, and writing about it, she decides to apply to be the food critic for a brand new magazine. Sounds good until Haley learns her new boss would be the other woman in her ex-boyfriend’s life. Things get crazy when the police show up at her door to question her about a murder. The other woman is dead and Haley’s career as a food critic could be over before it has even begun.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Key West – Paradise – The perfect setting!! for mystery and mayhem!!!
Lucy Burdette weaves us through the streets of this small island, a popular tourist spot, and a place loved by both Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams. Key West’s culinary influences and offerings are as diverse as its population. Haley has a variety of eateries to critique. I have absolutely fallen for this character. I want to be this character. Even with the suspicion of being a murderer. She lives in a beautiful place, has wonderful friends and even lives on a boat. Her days are filled with eating yummy food, visits with chefs, a cat herder, a tarot card reader and did I mention she lives on a boat!
The mystery is divine, it is perfectly paced and the ending is a surprise. I have an appetite for much more from Lucy Burnette and the awesome life of Haley Snow. This is very delicious debut of what will definitely be a delectable series.
Posted January 11, 2012
Posted January 5, 2012
Live To Read
In this first book in a new series, Hayley Snow – recently transplanted from New Jersey to Key West – attempts to dine and write her way into a food critic position for a newly formed magazine. Hayley loves quaint, beautiful Key West too much to regret her impulsive decision to move there to live with her cheating boyfriend. Unfortunately, the magazine owner that she needs to impress is also her ex’s new girlfriend. To top off all her “good luck”, she becomes the main suspect in the murder of that same woman. Hayley decides to investigate the murder in order to clear her name despite the fact that she is now being stalked by the killer.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Hayley's character is certainly likable, the reader will connect with her easily and maintain that relationship throughout the novel. Her quick thinking and wits keep her and the reader one step ahead of the antagonist. The secondary characters were interesting to get to know, the reader will appreciate the details added to their characters. The events were fast-paced and easy to follow. The ending will be both surprising and satisfying.
The author’s descriptions of life on a houseboat, friendly homeless drifters, beautiful flowers, and food that will have you snacking as you read add to the suspense. Adults will enjoy this mystery; they may be tempted to try the recipes too.
Posted January 3, 2012
An Appetizing New Series
Despite the proliference of cooking shows on television and in books, the process of food journalism and criticism is an area just crying out to be explored. Happily, this vacuumed is filled by this new mystery that features Hayley Snow, a twenty-something foodie desperate to attain her dream job as a food critic for a new Florida magazine, Key Zest.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Standing in Hayley's path is Kristin Faulkner, the co-owner of the magazine and who also just happens to be the woman caught en flagrante with Hayley's boyfriend. Moving to Florida to move in with Chad was the one spontaneous decision Hayley made in her life, and that choice has her now bunking with her college roommate on a houseboat and taking small jobs as a professional cleaner. That Kristin could also block Hayley's dream job is just one more twist of a knife.
So when Kristin is poisoned to death by key lime pie just before Hayley gets her first article published examining the dessert, it's not a shock that she is immediately hauled in by the police. As their number one suspect it's up to Hayley to prove her innocence, which happily has her investigating in the very food stands and restaurants she is critiquing. This leads to the intricate examination of characters with motives to hate Kristin along with absolutely mouth-watering descriptions of Key West's most delicious specialties.
This new series is written by Lucy Burdette, pseudonym for psychologist Roberta Isleib and the author of two other series that both incorporate characters who are therapists. In this series the therapist is Hayley's best friend Eric, who aids her in both tastings & detecting, all the while facing professional ethics that prevent him from disclosing more than Hayley might wish. All these three series share a protagonist who is smart, witty, and entirely unique. This particular novel features the conflicts a food critic must face, such as whether to alienate a chef who is a friend, if publicizing a neighborhood dive could ruin its appeal, and how a negative review can ruin a business. The solution to the mystery is surprising, the characters are left with promising futures, and a preview of the next in this series seems to feature cameos by food critics & writers Ruth Riechl and Frank Bruni. I can hardly wait! - Cindy Chow
Posted February 20, 2012
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Posted January 14, 2012
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