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.

Then tenth book in the Key West series, THE KEY LIME CRIME, was published on August 11 by Crooked Lane Books.

You can order it at an independent bookstoreBarnes and Noble, Amazon, and anywhere books are sold. The reviews have been wonderful so far…

The ninth book, A DEADLY FEAST (Crooked Lane Books) is in bookstores as a mass market paperback.

From Booklist:

“Hayley and Nathan make an appealing pair, and the food descriptions and Key West atmosphere are equally enticing—a sure bet to draw readers of foodie mysteries.”


Lucy Burdette continues to delight readers with tantalizing mysteries, scrumptious foods, and darned good characters in the Key West Food Critic series. A DEADLY FEAST is perhaps my favorite installment yet as we see a lot more emotions flowing, between the wedding, the mysterious disappearances of Nathan, and the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. The Key West Food Critic series is one of the best culinary cozy mystery series out there, and Lucy Burdette hits it out of the park with A DEADLY FEAST!

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The eighth book, DEATH ON THE MENU, was published by Crooked Lane Books on August 7. More info on the book and how to order can be found by clicking here.

Here are some quotes from the reviews that have come in so far:

There’s a lot to love about this series—deft plotting, likable 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!”—Suspense Magazine

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.“—Booklist

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.”—Kirkus Reviews

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.” –Kingdom Books 

As you can imagine, I’m thrilled!

You can find me, Lucy, every other 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. Do you Instagram? Then drop by my account to follow all the latest on life and writing. I admit, I’m addicted!

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.

Killer Takeout Cover SmallThe seventh Key West mystery, KILLER TAKEOUT, was published on April 5, 2016–zombies, hurricanes, weddings, murders–you’ll find lots of excitement and Key West details. Lots of ways to order it here

FATAL RESERVATIONS, book six in the food critic series hit bookshelves in 2015. You can order it now!

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.

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Fireside Chat at the Manchester CT Library

Connecticut author Lucy Burdette will speak about her latest book, “The Key Lime Crime” and more on Monday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. Registration is required for this virtual event by calling 860-645-0821. Participants will be given a Zoom invite upon registration confirmation. Participants will be able to purchase copies of Burdette’s book through an […]

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Islamorada Library Zoom Talk

Join me on December 5 at 2 pm for a Zoom chat about the Key West food critic mysteries, sponsored by the Islamorada Library. Link to come! Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Tell a friend

Pimento Cheddar Scones #recipe @Lucyburdette

LUCY BURDETTE: As soon as the crisp days of fall arrived, I developed a craving for pimento cheddar scones. We all know that cravings are best indulged–lightly that is! I decided that these would be a perfect addition to a Thanksgiving menu, but they’d also go well with turkey soup for an easy supper after […]

Mojito Cake #recipe #booklaunch @lucyburdette

LUCY BURDETTE: In the eighth Key West mystery, Hayley and her mother Janet are catering a Key West/Havana conference at the Truman Little White House. This is the dessert they serve for the final dinner. And it is the perfect recipe to celebrate the arrival of DEATH ON THE MENU! The basis of this recipe […]

Easy Yellow Cake for a Working Day

LUCY BURDETTE: I wanted to make a cake for a small dinner party, but I didn’t have a lot of time. (Big deadline looming for food critic mystery number nine.) I Googled “easy yellow cake” and came across the recipe on which this cake is based. It was simple, because everything gets added into the […]

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