Posted on March 23, 2014 - by Lucy
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!
Posted on March 23, 2014 - by Lucy
801 Caroline Street
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
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
700 Waddell Street
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 20, 2014 - by Lucy
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.
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 15, 2014 - by Lucy
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!
Posted on January 2, 2014 - by Lucy
Our year ended with a bang in Key West at the dachshund parade. I’ll spare you all the details, but Tonka and John were very good sports about impersonating lunch meat–and I had a blast. I think our visiting family did too (though they are sure I’m certifiable…)
Now it’s back to getting ready for the launch of Murder with Ganache–coming February 4 to a bookstore near you–and forging ahead on the fifth book. Please feel free to pre-order Ganache from wherever you like to buy your books. (Strong early sales help keep the series alive…)
–or call the Key West Island Bookstore at 305-294-2904 and I’ll stop over to sign them for you. And happy 2014! xoxo Lucy
Posted on December 23, 2013 - by Lucy
While Hayley, and Evinrude, and Miss Gloria and all the gang are finishing up their Christmas preparations, they asked me to wish all of you the merriest of holidays! We’re all getting adjusted to Christmas in paradise–though we miss the snow and the snappy cold air and our friends most of all, there’s something pretty magical about lights on a palm tree.
Here’s a Christmas tree made of lobster pots on the old harbor.
A lighted house seen in Old Town.
And Hayley’s specialty this year–sugar cookies in the shape of palm trees, sunglasses, and roosters!
We send our love to everyone, wherever you may be spending the holidays. We are grateful for each reader and fan of the Key West mysteries! We can’t wait for the adventures to come in 2014; don’t forget, MURDER WITH GANACHE will be out on February 4. (Of course, you can preorder it now.)
Posted on November 26, 2013 - by Lucy
If I haven’t told you already, you’ll hear it now: MURDER WITH GANACHE will be released on February 4. I love this new installment in Hayley’s Key West adventures. Her extended family is barreling down on the island like a category 3 hurricane for her friend Connie’s wedding. By extended I mean Janet, her mom, Janet’s new boyfriend, her father, his wife, and more stressful than all of that, her 15 year old stepbrother. There’s a murder, of course, and amazing food, and all the glories of springtime in Key West. And Hemingway cats…and chocolate…
I never know when I start out what the theme of the new book might turn out to be. This time it’s something near to my heart, and Hayley says it best when she’s talking to her brother: This may sound dumb, but I’ve discovered that family has less to do with biology than it does with who cares enough to make the effort.
Here’s my post over at Jungle Red Writers with more about MWG, and a little bit about the fifth book, and an excerpt. (sorry the contest is over!)
Oh, but speaking of contests, there are two running through the middle of December! First there’s a giveaway on Goodreads for 3 galleys of MURDER WITH GANACHE. And the other’s on Facebook--it’s called a FEAST OF READING–first prize is a gift basket from Salt and Pepper Books, including foodie mysteries from Julie Hyzy, Krista Davis, and Daryl Wood Gerber.
To make sure you receive your copy of the new book on release day, you can pre-order it now:
That’s all for now–have a wonderful holiday season! love from Lucy
Posted on October 22, 2013 - by Lucy
I’ll be teaching a four week class at The Studios of Key West, Fridays December 6 to 27. If you’ve started a novel but aren’t sure how to keep your momentum going, this class is for you!
Posted on October 22, 2013 - by Lucy
If you’re in Key West on December 7, you won’t want to miss the giant booksigning with 30 Key West authors.
December 7, 2-5 pm
Smokin’ Tuna, 4 Charles St., Key West
Posted on August 3, 2013 - by Lucy
Join me, along with Suzanne Palmieri and Brunonia Barry at the Kate in Old Saybrook for a giant Book Club extravaganza!
October 27, 10:30 am to 3 pm