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Posted on April 4, 2014 - by

Book Discussion

June 4 from 7pm to 8:30 at the Douglas Library in Hebron, CT


Posted on April 4, 2014 - by

Mystery Writing Workshop

On April 26 from 10 am to 3 pm, RJ Julia Bookseller is sponsoring a mystery writing workshop at the Madison Winter Club, 251 Boston Post Road, Madison CT. I’ll be there along with Spencer Quinn, James Benn, Barbara Ross, MJ Rose, and Daniel Palmer.

Sign up and find more info right here.

 


Posted on March 23, 2014 - by

More Ideas on Where to Go and What to Eat in Key West

 

When in doubt and undercaffeinated, head to the Cuban Coffee Queen.

Their cafe con leche goes wonderfully well with a donut from Glazed Donut on Eaton Street. Here’s what Hayley had to say about those delicacies:

The maple-glazed doughnut studded with candied bacon was definitely tastebud overkill, though it looked amazing. Irresistible, really: All the breakfast food groups in one sugary, fat-laden package. MURDER WITH GANACHE

Old Town Bakery on Eaton Street is another favorite. Here’s Hayley holding forth on the best sticky bun around:

Does this sound accurate?” I asked my mother and then read aloud: “Light as air sticky buns striated with currents of cinnamon and walnut, and crusted over with a caramel coating for which you might well be willing to trade your mother.” MURDER WITH GANACHE

 

 

THERE’S only one bookstore left in town, but Key West Island bookstore on Fleming Street carries a great selection of local books, including the Key West mysteries!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Conch Tour Train


Posted on March 23, 2014 - by

LUCY BURDETTE’S KEY WEST RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS, Part 1

B.O’s Fishwagon
801 Caroline Street

Fried grouper with a nice green salad or black beans and rice, grilled scallops with fried onions and a side salad, Mother’s Finest burger, fish sandwich, fried shrimp. Outdoors and casual

Hayley Snow says: for visitors yearning for a taste of quintessential Key West. Go on a warm day and don’t look too closely at the dirt floors and rough wooden tables and you’ll find yourself picnicking in comfort food heaven. B.O.’s calls its burger Mother’s Finest, and I have to agree. Order it grilled medium with the works—and prepare for a four-napkin feast. AN APPETITE FOR MURDER

Bad Boy Burrito
1220 ½ Simonton Street

Fish tacos, fresh-squeezed limeade, beef, chicken, or vegetarian burritos with your choice of toppings plus rice, beans all tucked inside. NO SEATING except for one bench on the sidewalk—take your loot to the beach!

Hayley Snow says: Fast food doesn’t have to mean greasy, bland, or caloric. Some of the absolute most mouth-watering food in Key West gets carried out of Bad Boy Burrito in a paper sack. AN APPETITE FOR MURDER

La Creperie
300 Petronia Street

Greek salad in a buckwheat crepe, Croque Monsieur, amazing dessert crepes, sidewalk seating

Hayley Snow says: The waitress delivered our meals: Greek salads thick with feta cheese and Niçoise olives folded into buckwheat pancakes, a spinach and mushroom omelet, and the ham and cheese sandwich crowned with an egg over easy and an order of french fries on the side. “Besides, if the conference sponsors aren’t happy,” Sigrid said, plunging her knife into the sandwich so that yoke flowed like yellow lava over the ham onto the crunchy stalks of potato, “Dustin’s out of a job.” DEATH IN FOUR COURSES

Louie’s Backyard
700 Waddell Street

Sandwiches, salads, big plates, and a stunning setting on the Atlantic Ocean. Upstairs they serve small plates with a great view, but no reservations are taken.

Hayley Snow says: I could hear the waves rolling in, and the grace notes above that—tinkling glasses and laughing guests. Louie’s Backyard appeared down the block, a pink-sided building with white trim and white lights wound around the small property’s palm trees. DEATH IN FOUR COURSES


Posted on February 28, 2014 - by

Book Talk: How Bad Golf Changed My Life

April 27, 2 pm Trumbull Library, Trumbull CT

“How Bad Golf changed my life, and how what I learned can change yours!”

 


Posted on February 28, 2014 - by

Book Discussion: Cafe con Libros

March 13 at the Key West Public Library, 9:30-11 am


Posted on February 28, 2014 - by

How to Create Characters

August 12, 6:30 at the Worcester Public Library, in Worcester MA

Sisters in Crime Panel with Ellen Larson

How to Create Characters


Posted on February 20, 2014 - by

Press on Murder with Ganache

 Thrilled to death with the reviews that have been coming in for MURDER WITH GANACHE:

Polar Vortex be damned!  Reading Murder with Ganache by Lucy Burdette is like reaching into a pre-heated oven for a dish that is seasoned with all the correct ingredients – mystery, romance, family conflict and food.  Readers just know that each morsel is going to taste scrumptious and they will soon be back at the buffet longing for another helping. BOLO books

Lucy Burdette gives depth to this book by dissecting the modern family in all its divorce, remarry, reshape, share kids, make nice, stay enraged, give up, try again glory and gloom. Hayley’s caring yet determined nature often provides the healing salve that lowers the anxiety level and heals torn relationships. The author’s background as a clinical psychologist clearly enriches her handling of this material.

The constant charms in the Key West Food Critic Mystery books are, as one might expect, the attention to Key West and the attention to food — as nourishment, me delight, art, business and social lubricant.

Phil Jason, Florida Weekly,

So, in conclusion, a book escape to add to your weekend rotation, among other titles, that is as good as it looks and twice as sweet.  The story line will make you care what happens to our cast of characters and their furry friends help lighten the mood along the way.  A perfect read for teen readers and beyond; it’s clean, it’s fun, it’s as the name implies, cozy….so cozy on up to it and enjoy a reading experience chock full of fun and spirit that can’t be ignored.  Insatiable Readers

It really helped that the characters were strong.  I had no trouble keeping any of the cast and their relationships straight as I progressed through the book.  They all felt real, and I truly cared about the outcome.

The plot was also strong.  I was enjoying things even before Rory disappeared, and once that happened, I had a hard time putting the book down.  The twists were great, and the fact that I liked the characters truly made it even harder to put down. Carstairs considers

In this compelling mystery Burdette successfully balances the serious topics of homeless youth and divided families with bad tourist cuisine, excellent cooking, and a mother’s quest to find true love for her daughter. Hayley may lose her mind, her job, and possibly her life, but she will always have her family’s love. Not to mention an appreciation of excellent food. Kings River Life

But Hayley Snow is beyond easy to root for. In Murder with Ganache, Burdette once again shows that she’s as skillful at spinning a yarn as her protagonist is at baking pastries. And unmasking killers.  Florida Book Review

I thoroughly enjoyed this fast-paced, fun mystery, the tropical setting, and the completely calorie-free guilty pleasure of reading about some amazing food (recipes are included in the back of the book) and, of course, the cats. If you can’t afford to go away for spring break, this book is the second-best thing.  Ingrid at the Conscious Cat

Lucy Burdette skillfully brings all those elements together in a strong mystery that manages to showcase Key West and food while bemoaning the tragic loss of a young girl. Lesa’s Book Critiques

This page-turner kept me up half the night – I had to finish reading this book. Lucy Burdette does not disappoint. This has to be my favorite book in the series. The author has also provided some very yummy recipes. So, if you like your mystery with a little Key West Style, then you should be reading Murder with Ganache. Myshelf.com


Posted on January 24, 2014 - by

Press Release: MURDER WITH GANACHE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 22, 2014

Key West People and Places Populate New Culinary Murder Mystery

Lucy Burdette’s fourth Key West food critic mystery, MURDER WITH GANACHE (NAL/Obsidian,) features the spring break party scene, a beach wedding gone awry, and a dangerous case of missing teenagers. As in her other books, Burdette populates her fictional story with real life characters and Key West locations. Readers will recognize places like the Hemingway House, Paseo restaurant, Project Lighthouse, Salute, the Casa Marina, and a clue discovered on the Courthouse Deli bench’s Facebook page.

“People enjoy reading about places they’ve been and food they’ve eaten,” Burdette explains. “Plus, I had fun weaving in my experience in the Citizens’ Police Academy last spring. Details of the main character’s ride-along with a police officer and experience with a SWAT team rescue came from those sessions.”

The Key West mystery series stars Hayley Snow, a food critic who lives on a houseboat at Tarpon Pier. In MURDER WITH GANACHE, her extended family is descending on the island like a category 3 hurricane for her best friend’s wedding. When her stepbrother disappears into the spring break party scene, she must put the baking of cupcakes and other wedding chores on hold in order to search for the missing teen. Says Burdette: “The book features Hemingway cats, and cupcakes, and wedding drama, but in the end it’s about finding and embracing family in whatever form they come.”

Lucy Burdette is the pen name for Roberta Isleib, who is a resident of Key West. This is Isleib/Burdette’s twelfth published mystery. Her books and stories have been short-listed for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She is a past president of Sisters in Crime.

Burdette will be celebrating the book’s launch with a happy hour book signing at Kelly’s Muse, 301 Whitehead street on Wednesday February 5 from 5 to 7. She will also be the featured speaker at the Cafe con Libros series on March 13, 9:30 to 11 am at the Key West library.

For personal interview or more details, email Roberta Isleib (Lucy Burdette) lucyburdette at gmail dot com


Posted on January 15, 2014 - by

MURDER WITH GANACHE Book Launch Party

Everyone is invited to a book launch party/happy hour for MURDER WITH GANACHE on February 5 from 5 to 7 pm at Kelly’s Muse, 301 Caroline Street, Key West. Author copies arrived yesterday–that means the books will be in stores soon…and the cover is even prettier than I imagined!

Author copies of Murder with Ganache



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