Death in Four Courses (Key West Food Critic Series #2)

Death in Four Courses (Key West Food Critic Series #2)

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by Lucy Burdette

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As the new food critic for Key Zest magazine, Hayley Snow went from being a culinary groupie to one of Florida’s cutting-edge tastemakers. But as always, when life serves Haley a dream come true, it comes paired with a most exquisite murder....

The annual Key West literary conference is drawing the biggest names in food writing from all over

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As the new food critic for Key Zest magazine, Hayley Snow went from being a culinary groupie to one of Florida’s cutting-edge tastemakers. But as always, when life serves Haley a dream come true, it comes paired with a most exquisite murder....

The annual Key West literary conference is drawing the biggest names in food writing from all over the country, and Haley is there to catch a few fresh morsels of insider gossip. Superstar restaurant critic Jonah Barrows has already ruffled a few foodie feathers with his recent tell-all memoir, and as keynote speaker, he promises more of the same jaw-dropping honesty.

But when Hayley discovers Jonah’s body in a nearby dipping pool, the cocktail-hour buzz takes a sour turn, and Hayley finds herself at the center of attention—especially with the police. Now it’s up to her to catch the killer before she comes to her own bitter finish.

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Publishers Weekly
Near the start of Burdette’s yummy sequel to An Appetite for Murder, Key West, Fla., food critic Hayley Snow brings her mother, down from New Jersey for a visit, to a weekend food-writing conference she’s covering for the style magazine Key Zest. At the opening ceremony, the keynote speaker, culinary wunderkind Jonah Barrows, denounces “the bizarre and the inedible” (e.g., “musk ox sprinkled with elderberries and served on twigs”) and vows to follow a policy of “utter transparency” in restaurant reviewing. This sort of honesty doesn’t go down so well with at least one of the conference participants, as shortly thereafter Hayley notices Jonah’s body floating beneath the water lilies of an ornamental pool. Outspoken Mom provides tart commentary as Hayley once again turns sleuth. Anyone who’s ever overpaid for a pretentious restaurant meal will relish this witty cozy. Agent: Paige Wheeler, Folio Literary Management. (Sept.)

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Key West Food Critic Series, #2
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4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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
"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

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Death in Four Courses: A Key West Food Critic Mystery 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly entertaining and delightful, there's something for everyone here: a great location, engaging characters, and a mystery to solve. The recipes are an added treat.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
Hayley Snow is enjoying her new job as the food critic for "Key Zest" magazine in Key West, Florida.  Her new assignment sounds exciting because she's going to attend a literary conference of food writers.  She's excited and a little apprehensive because her mom's coming from New Jersey to attend with her.  But when the popular controversial guest speaker winds up dead in a decorative pool, her mom's "help" causes it's own problems, and once again, Hayley gets caught up in a stew of deadly suspects.  Chapter headings of quotes authors have used about food are fascinating.  The characters continue to grow more interesting as we learn more and more about them in this second Key West Food Critic mystery.  The inner workings of cookbook authors adds another dimension to this story with clues that send the reader in many directions.  Might as well make one of the tasty recipes included in the book, like the Hot Fudge Pie, because the food descriptions will send you seeking something equally luscious to snack upon while you read this foodie mystery. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The storyline's a litle weak, but the backstories on Haley and Eric are worth the read through this second book. Where Haley is, there is sure to be trouble that runs at the speed of her scooter. I will continue to read Lucy Burdette and hope this series continues for a lonnnnng time.
Debbie826 More than 1 year ago
Also read the second one, great cozy series, I look forward to the next one!
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Hayley Snow is the new food critic for Key Zest magazine. The annual Key West literary conference is featuring food writing this year. This is bringing all the famous food writers from across the country to Key West. Hayley is excited to be attending the conference and has asked her mom to join her. They are both such "foodies". Superstar food critic Jonah Barrows is the keynote speaker. Hayley hopes to glean some knowledge to make her reviews more modern and cutting edge. But his address is like nothing she or any other attendee or speaker had imagined. He has recently released his memoir and has included many secrets that have many of his colleagues up in arms and in his speech he promises many more secrets will be revealed. He has decided honesty at all costs in his new mantra. When Jonah is found dead the suspects are many and Hayley is right in the middle of the action. She needs to grill everyone involved and find out who had the biggest beef with Jonah. She has to do it carefully or she could be the one getting burned. I love this amateur sleuth! In my review of the first book of the series, An Appetite For Murder, I gushed that I wanted to be this character. Well that feeling has grown with this next installment. It is even better than the last. Lucy Burdette takes us on a trip to Key West from the seat of out comfy chairs. She has created wonderful characters in an very engaging mystery that kept me guessing whodunit until the end. My favorite character was Hayley's mom. The apple did not fall far from the tree there. We can see clearly where Hayley gets her spunk and drive. The also both love food. I had no trouble at all picturing her mom cruising around Key West on that little pink scooter. The topic of reviews whether they be for food or books have a lot in common and this installment makes me want to continue to make my reviews better and better. I honestly felt for Hayley when she was "scooped" by another critic from a large newspaper. Reviewers work hard to keep their thoughts original, meaningful and informative. The feeling is awful when you go to post your review around the blogosphere and see other reviewers used the exact same words you did to express their feelings about the book. Sometimes it means a major rewrite in a hurry. Thankfully though most book reviews don't add to your waistline the way food reviews do :) o.k. some do but darn I try hard to stay away from cookies, cupcakes and Hot Fudge Pie. Yes, there is a super easy recipe for Hot Fudge Pie in the back of this book! Who knew reading could be so delicious There is no question that this story deserves 5 stars! I am just sad that we have to wait until May for our next Key West adventure!!
booklady1CT More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this delightful second installment in this mystery series. It had many twists and turns for mystery lovers, humor for comic relief and food descriptions that will send you to your kitchen to try the recipes included at the end of the book! I laughed at Haley trying to keep up with her young- at- heart mother who is more adventurous in love & life! I'm lookiing forward to the next in this series since I love a mystery!
judiOH More than 1 year ago
there is a gathering of the most famous of food critics at key west. hayley's mom is visiting and is thrilled to be included in all the festivities with hayley. jonah incites the critics with his honesty plea and someone doesn't like the idea. jonah is murdered, then in short order another critic is also murdered. hayley's best friend eric is arrested, and hayley feels she must help solve this before eric is put in prison for something he didn't so. hayley does her best, but wnhodunit? you will have to read tis delightful mystery for yourself, i won't tell!
readerbynight More than 1 year ago
This deliciously entertaining book based in Florida, is a murder mystery taking place over the duration of a conference of food critics and cookbook authors. The attendee characters run a gamut of restless, snobbish, overzealous, and friendly, but all have secrets buried and the star speaker has just announced that there should be clarity and transparency in the writings of all, basing it particularly on transparency of who the original recipes come from. One might expect this to be a reasonable statement, but he goes on to naming names and explicitly states he will expose all their secrets over the next few days. At first glance this seems like it will be a high-class conference, but once we get into the meat of the book, comfort meals are more readily embraced when the arrogant yet esteemed food critic, star of the conference, ends up dead. How many cooks cherish their grandmothers' recipes I wonder? It seems that not only traditional home cooking revolves around these treasured memories, but some of the cookbooks also feature original recipes from the past, but whose past? This is a question that runs through the story and appears to be related to a further death. Was it murder or suicide? Our plucky food critic reporter, Hayley Snow, on her first major assignment for "Key Zest" to the conference, befriends some of these authors and food critics, and of course, is the first to discover not one but two bodies. Accompanied by her mother with whom she has had a volatile relationship for years, these two play off each other beautifully. As their relationship changes during her mother's visit, the partnership becomes serious yet playful as they involve themselves in solving these murders, a matter that is causing some major stress for Hayley, particularly when her mother goes missing, and in her blooming relationship with the very handsome and very protective Detective Nate Bransford. But how can they leave this alone when one of their long-time friends is being investigated for murder? I really enjoyed reading this book, the second in the Key West Food Critic mystery series. It is well-written with good solid characterizations, great descriptions of place, and as a bonus a few recipes are included which I'm sure I'm going to enjoy as well. I'm sure this series by Lucy Burdette will soon be on the menu for many readers.
Darkand 25 days ago
Having lived in North Lauderdale for three years, South Florida and the Keys are near and dear to my heart so when I found out there was a foodie cozy mystery series set in Key West, I was ecstatic! Needless to say, I savored each and every page. The main character Hayley had to travel to many familiar (to me) places on the island during the course of this fascinating story. I realize that this is the second book in this series so now I must backtrack to the first one but, the author did a good job of keeping the reader informed enough about Hayley's backstory without drowning you in the previous storyline. I enjoyed most of the characters although I will admit to not taking an instant liking to Hayley's current love interest but, time will tell if he shapes up enough to get into my good graces. The actual mystery was nicely plotted and definitely kept me guessing till the very end. I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy (albeit murderous) little trip down memory lane, and I am looking forward to my next foray into Hayley's Key West! FTC Note: I won a copy of this book through the Facebook group called The Cozy Mystery Review Crew. No compensation for my review was given.
JGallagher1983 28 days ago
Full Disclosure: I won a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I think Hayley Snow is adorable. She has this idyllic life in Key West, working as a food critic for local restaurants, living on a house boat, zipping around on her little scooter. Her only problem is being in the wrong place at the wrong time! The second installment of the Key West Food Critic mysteries centers around the Key West Literary Conference - which this year is all about food. The keynote speaker is found dead - by Hayley, of course - with no shortage of suspects. Then, another food writer is found dead - again, by Hayley - and the pressure is on to find the killer (and Hayley's missing mother!) while not ruffling the feathers of her potential paramour, Detective Bransford. I was surprised by the identity of the killer and glad that one of my favorite characters was exonerated. I'm looking forward to seeing where Hayley and Nate's romance goes! The other thing that I love about this series are the recipes in the back! I look forward to making the Rhubarb Cake!
kayteerufus 30 days ago
I love this series - A Key West Food Critic Mystery. And I dont even like Florida or the sun, but author Lucy Burdette almost makes Key West sound like a place I would enjoy living in. The food sure does sound good. Main character Hayley Snow is fun, intelligent, witty and definitely someone I would love to be friends with. In this installment, number 2 in the series, the annual Key West Literary conference is bringing in all the heavy hitters in the food writing world. Hayley is so excited to be going in her work capacity as new food critic for the Key West magazine. And her mother has flown done to join her. Things are going ok when Hayley finds the body of superstar Jonah Barrows in a pool at the dinner get together. And yep he is not breathing. It really turns bad when one of her dear friends becomes the prime suspect. The friendships and family relationships are wonderful to read. This book is populated with quirky and entertaining characters. The writing is excellent as well. Even if you have never read a book in this series you will thoroughly enjoy Death in Four Courses. Funny and intelligent, this is a wonderful cozy series and this installment is super. The mystery is intriguing and keeps you guessing. Author Lucy Burdette is a fabulous writer and I think you will be delighted reading this book
dibbylodd 3 months ago
Lucy Burdette is a great go-to author if you want a good, puzzling mystery, yummy food, and interesting characters. This book lives up to my expectations. Quirky characters with uncertain motives. Job insecurity. Mother visiting (and she is classic--you will recognize her as someone you know). Death in paradise. It's all there and served up beautifully. It would be worth it just for the Hot Fudge Pie recipe!
Servedogmom More than 1 year ago
In Key West, Florida, Haley Snow is the food critic for Key Zest magazine. Haley’s assignment is to cover the annual Key West Loves Literature seminar which this year focuses on culinary fiction and nonfiction. Food critics from around the country join Haley and her mom (visiting from New Jersey) in attendance ae the symposium in which famous Jonah Barrows is the featured superstar. In Barrows' opening statement he explains his memoir will upset many people. After behaving like a moron with star attendees, Haley takes a break only to find Jonah's body in a reflecting pool. Officer Torrance of the KWPD targets a close friend of Haley’s as the prime suspect. Haley feels the need to investigate and soon after there’s a second murder of a conference attendee, a panel member. In classic cozy mystery style, Haley seems more like an amateur sleuth than a reporter. The storyline starts slow with readers meeting the egomaniac critics and the quirky city residents, fans will enjoy Haley's comet. Having read both these mysteries "featuring" the food critic, Hayley Snow, in Key West, I'm hooked. Both the 1st and 2nd books are easy read with enough plot and character development to keep me reading. The addition of light humor is refreshing. These mysteries are light and fun and just the right combination of my favorite place and my favorite subject. Key West and Food. Not to mention Evinrude, the cat, and a talking parrot that asks taxi riders where they want to go. The characters add a feel of reality to the story. Overall, the cast of characters are continuing to develop and the plot is solid with enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. Do they find the killer or killers?? Does Hayley keep her job? I enjoyed this engaging book as much as I did appreciated the first in the series. I’m looking forward to another Key West Food Critic Mystery. These mysteries are light and fun and just the right combination of one of my favorite vacation places and my favorite subject, good food and recipes (try the Hot Fudge Pie). A great read which will appeal to a wide audience especially individuals who enjoy cozy mysteries. Overall, a well written, unique, delightful mystery. This book is the second in the Key West Food Critic series yet as a stand-alone read it holds its own!
RaeOH More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable read! It was lots of fun with likable characters, good mystery and wonderful setting - Key West.  Only downfall is I wish I was there! Hope to visit one day.  And while reading this series out of order, it was easy to jump in and enjoy.
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Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
A Foodie Lit Conference Shouldn’t Include Murder   Every year, Key West hosts a literary conference, and this year, the theme is food.  That’s perfect for Hayley Snow, who has just started her new job at Key Zest magazine.  The conference includes restaurant reviewers like Hayley, cookbook authors, and novelists and poets who use food in their work.  Even better, Hayley’s mom is in town.  Hayley got her love of food from her mother, so the two are looking forward to some time together at the conference.   The key note speaker is Jonah Barrows, who has had a long career as a restaurant critic and as a chef, and he’s only in his 30’s.  During his speech, he states that he is going to be brutally honest, essentially calling out some of the panelists on their secrets.  At the opening reception later that evening, Hayley finds Jonah floating face down in a reflecting pool.  With the police focused on one of Hayley’s friends, she and her mother feel the need to dig out the truth themselves.  But did one of the panelists have a secret worth killing for?   This was such a fun book.  The mystery started out strongly and keep right on going from one plot point to another.  Several sub-plots added to the fun.  The characters were strong with distinct personalities, which made it easy to remember who all of them were.  The only potential downside would be Hayley’s relationship with her mother, Janet.  Don’t misunderstand, it felt completely realistic.  However, I cringed a few times at how Janet treated Hayley.  Not that Hayley was perfect; she made me cringe, too.  In the end, they do love each other, so this was just a small blip in the story.   I’m glad I broke down and started reading this series this year.  They are a fun escape to a tourist destination that is much cheaper than a real vacation.
gmcootie More than 1 year ago
Another terrific outing with Haley When I finished An Appetite for Murder I wanted to start this book, the second in the series, right away.  The descriptions of Key West makes me feel like I am there, all of Haley's friends (and enemies) are just quirky enough to keep my interest, and I have fallen in love with Haley - she is just that cute.  There is a murder, and it is serious and suspenseful, but there is a perfect blend of thrill and suspense with the building of Haley's new life in Key West.  A terrific read!
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The sample ended at the dedication. Thks a lot.