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 24, 2014 - by Lucy
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 July 9, 2013 - by Lucy
“TOPPED CHEF” AUTHOR WILL GREET HUNGRY MYSTERY FANS AT RJ JULIA BOOKSELLERS MAY 8
Local author Roberta Isleib, aka Lucy Burdette will be on hand to discuss her 11th published mystery at RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison CT on May 8. TOPPED CHEF, the third installment in Madison resident Isleib’s Key West food critic mystery series, will be published by NAL/Penguin on May 7. Isleib is writing her new series using the pen name Lucy Burdette, borrowed from her maternal grandmother. The books feature Hayley Snow, an aspiring food critic and amateur sleuth living in America’s southernmost island paradise.
In TOPPED CHEF, Key Zest food critic Hayley Snow is tapped as a judge on a reality TV cooking show. Stakes are high because the winner is slated to become the next cooking superstar. When another judge turns up murdered, Hayley must figure out who’s taking the contest too seriously before she becomes the next victim.
The Florida Book Review has said “in a crowded cozy market, Lucy Burdette’s Key West Food Critic series stands out among its peers.” Isleib aka Burdette has just signed a contract for the next two books in the Key West series; MURDER WITH GANACHE is scheduled for a February 2014 release.
Isleib’s first mystery series included 5 books featuring Cassie Burdette, an aspiring golf professional. Isleib’s Advice Column series featured Rebecca Butterman, a fictional psychologist who lived in Guilford with a private practice in New Haven. Isleib’s books and stories have been short-listed for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She is a past-president of Sisters in Crime, a national organization founded to support women crime fiction writers.
Isleib/Burdette will appear at RJ Julia’s Booksellers on May 8 at 7 pm to launch TOPPED CHEF.
Posted on August 13, 2012 - by Lucy
MADISON, CT AUTHOR’S TENTH MYSTERY TAKES ON KEY WEST FOODIES
When Madison, CT resident Roberta Isleib began writing a mystery about a lady pro golfer back in 1999, she never imagined she’d have ten books published in ten years. DEATH IN FOUR COURSES, the second installment in Isleib’s Key West food critic mystery series, will be published by NAL/Penguin on September 4. Isleib is writing her new series using the pen name Lucy Burdette, borrowed from her maternal grandmother. The books feature Hayley Snow, an aspiring food critic and amateur sleuth living in America’s southernmost island paradise.
The new book is set at the annual Key West Loves Literature conference, which draws the biggest names in food writing from all over the country, and Haley Snow 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 sober 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.
Publishers Weekly called DEATH IN FOUR COURSES a “yummy sequel” and said: “Anyone who’s ever overpaid for a pretentious restaurant meal will relish this witty cozy.”
TOPPED CHEF, the third book in the Key West series, is scheduled for a May 2013 release. Isleib’s first mystery series included 5 books featuring Cassie Burdette, an aspiring golf professional. Isleib’s Advice Column series featured Rebecca Butterman, a fictional psychologist who lived in Guilford near the Stone House restaurant with a private practice in New Haven. Isleib’s books and short stories have been short-listed for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She is a past-president of Sisters in Crime, a national organization founded to support women crime fiction writers.
Isleib will appear at RJ Julia’s Booksellers on September 5 at 7 pm to launch DEATH IN FOUR COURSES. Call 203-245-3959 to reserve a seat.
Posted on March 21, 2011 - by Lucy
Lucy Burdette is the author of the Key West food critic mystery series, including AN APPETITE FOR MURDER, DEATH IN FOUR COURSES, and TOPPED CHEF (NAL.) MURDER WITH GANACHE DEATH WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS, and coming in July 2015, FATAL RESERVATIONS.
Lucy’s alter-ego, clinical psychologist Roberta Isleib, has published eight mysteries including the golf lover’s mystery series and the advice column mysteries. Her books and stories have been short-listed for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She’s a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, and a past-president of Sisters in Crime.
or on her group blog, Jungle Red Writers. Jungle Red is a daily blog shared with seven other best-selling women crime fiction writers. It’s The View. With Bodies!