Hooray, you’ve found your way to the home of the Key West food critic mysteries, cozy mysteries written by Lucy Burdette! Lucy is the pen name for clinical psychologist Roberta Isleib, author of the golf lovers mystery series and the advice column mysteries–and they are both me.

You can also find me, Lucy, every Thursday talking food with the fun-loving crowd of culinary cozy mystery writers at Mystery Lovers Kitchen, and almost every day, talking everything else with the crime fiction writers of Jungle Red Writers. And I spend more time than I should on Facebook and Twitter–come join me. And I do love Pinterest:). My board called “Key West–the character” will give you tons of insight into how the island plays into the books.

FATAL RESERVATIONS, book six in the food critic series hit bookshelves on July 7. You can order it now! (KILLER TAKEOUT coming next spring…)



Book five in the series, DEATH WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS, was out on December 2. You can order it here.


Here’s what the Booklist review had to say: Burdette infuses the mystery with Key West spirit and holiday fun along with delicious food references and recipes. This strong series continues a unique blend of island mayhem and sparkling characters surrounding a layered mystery.

So grab your copy, then settle in with a snack (you’ll need one!) and follow Hayley Snow’s adventures in the tropical paradise of Key West. You’ll find the “buy the books” link at the top of the page, but basically they are available wherever books are sold.

And please, drop me a line–I love to hear from readers–and I’m grateful for your support!

The fourth Key West mystery, MURDER WITH GANACHE was launched in February 2014.










Posted on November 30, 2015 - by

Fatal Reservations: The Things I Forgot to Say

I found this post in my draft folder–better late than never I suppose! A few weeks ago, I had lunch and went walking with a dear friend whom I hadn’t seen in a while. She remarked how much my life has changed since we first met–back when I was a psychologist and an avid tennis […]

Posted on November 24, 2015 - by

The New England Crime Bake 2015 Edition

LUCY BURDETTE: I always mean to do a better job of documenting the New England Crime Bake mystery conference, but it goes by so fast…I get home and my pictures are skimpy and I’m exhausted! But still, I wanted to mark the occasion with a few moments and high points. First, I always enjoy the […]

Mango-Avocado Salsa #recipe @LucyBurdette

LUCY BURDETTE: Life is a little crazy right now, with FATAL RESERVATIONS coming soon, so I thought I’d share a really easy recipe. I know, what sense does that make, right? But some night when you’re pressed for time and want to quickly dress up a piece of fish or some shrimp, you’ll be glad […]

Hot Pepper Jelly Cheese Puffs

LUCY BURDETTE:  I have a new obsession in Key West–this is hot pepper jelly made by the Pickle Baron, a local company here on the island. They also make bacon jam (bacon jam!!), and all kinds of pickles. one of the Pickle Barons John and I put the jelly on our sandwiches all week–it has […]

Gingerbread Roll-Up Cake #recipe

  LUCY BURDETTE: Say it’s the pit of winter and the short days and cold temps are bringing you down. Nothing cheers me up like a new dessert:). So I started to think about my favorite gingerbread recipe which I found many years ago in Moosewood’s Enchanted Broccoli Forest cookbook. Three things made it special: […]

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