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Death on the Menu: A Key West Food Critic Mystery (Mass Market)
Perfect for fans of Joanne Fluke and Leslie Meier, national bestseller Lucy Burdette's eighth Key West Food Critic mystery sees the return of fan-favorite food critic Hayley Snow, who must once again get to the bottom of a bitter murder.
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.
About the Author
Clinical psychologist Lucy Burdette has published 15 mysteries, including the latest in the Key West food critic mysteries. Her books and stories have been shortlisted for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She’s a member of Mystery Writers of America and a past president of Sisters in Crime. She lives in Madison, CT and Key West, FL.
Praise for Death on the Menu:
“Burdette’s loving descriptions of food and the appended recipes are an added fillip for readers who enjoy some history and romance with their mysteries.”
"Fascinating details about the Truman Little White House, Cuban American history and relations, Cuban food, and Hemingway’s years in Key West are woven through this atmospheric cozy."
“Death on the Menu is another beautifully crafted novel by a master of the genre.”
—Midwest Book Review
“Hayley is an engagingly nosy narrator, and Burdette's descriptions of mouthwatering food and quirky locals are reliably entertaining.”
“There’s a lot to love about this series—deft plotting, likeable characters, and an ending that always satisfies. But one of the things I love the best is how the author transports her readers to Key West with every page, describing real landmarks and restaurants with such realism that I feel I’m actually there. Magical and delicious fun!”
“Food critic Haley Snow is back in the eighth installment of the series, and I am deeply, hopelessly in love with Death on the Menu, as I have been with every book in this series...Having been to Key West multiple times, I can assure you that you are walking the streets and meeting the people and eating the food with an authenticity second to none.”
—The Reading Room
“Tightly plotted, with plenty of island-style red herrings and mouth-watering food-prep descriptions, Death on the Menu is also full of friends helping friends, and the sweetness of love.”
"Hayley Snow is one of my favorite amateur sleuths... This was a fabulous peril in paradise read that I simply could not put down.”
—Jenn McKinlay, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Cupcake Bakery mysteries
“In her latest Key West Food Critic Mystery, Death on the Menu, Lucy Burdette skillfully balances a well-crafted plot with a vivid portrayal of Key West.”
—Sheila Connolly, New York Times bestselling author of Many a Twist
"I love this series! [Lucy Burdette has] revitalized my love of cozy mysteries."
—#1 New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton
"A travel guide woven through a page-turner of a mystery, Death on the Menu is a love letter to Key West.
—Barbara Ross, author of the Maine Clambake mysteries
Praise for the Key West Food Critic mysteries:
“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.”
—Diane Mott Davidson, New York Times bestselling author on Appetite for Murder
“When her ex-boyfriend’s new lover, the co-owner of Key Zest magazine, is found dead, Hayley Snow, wannabe food critic, is the first in line on the list of suspects. Food, fun, and felonies. What more could a reader ask for?”
—Lorna Barrett, New York Times bestselling author on Appetite for Murder
“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 second, but readers certainly will!”
—Julie Hyzy, national bestselling author of the White House Chef mysteries on Appetite for Murder
“A holiday treat that any book lover should be pleased to find stuffed in their stocking or neatly wrapped beneath the tree.”
—The Florida Book Review on Death with All the Trimmings
“A contemporary comedy of manners sprinkled with gastronomical glitter, delectable danger, and goodwill...delightful.”
—Florida Weekly on Death with All the Trimmings
“Juicy, entertaining, and twisty...this is a perfect seasonal treat for readers who love both a turkey dinner and a good mystery.”
—Shelf Awareness on Death with All the Trimmings
“[For] gourmets who enjoy a little mayhem with their munchies.”
—Publishers Weekly on Murder with Ganache
“Sprightly and suspenseful, Murder with Ganache has a unique piquancy. Like a gourmet meal, it will leave you wanting more.”
—Fort Myers Florida Weekly on Murder with Ganache
“Burdette fills Topped Chef with a fine plot, a delightful heroine, a wealth of food—and all the charm and craziness of Key West. You’ll wish you could read it while sipping a mojito on the porch of a Conch cottage in mainland America’s southernmost community.”
—Richmond Times-Dispatch on Topped Chef
“This book was a quick, fun read that held my attention from the beginning...I will eagerly await other releases in the Key West Food Critic series!”
“Burdette laces An Appetite for Murder with a clever plot, a determined if occasionally ditzy heroine, and a wealth of local color about Key West and its inhabitants. You’ll eat it up.”
—Richmond Times-Dispatch on Appetite for Murder