Archive for January, 2012

Posted on January 26, 2012 - by

Salt and Pepper Books

I’ll be signing books with fellow culinary mystery writers Krista Davis and Avery Aames at the adorable Salt and Pepper Book store in Occoquan, VA at 5 pm.

Posted on January 26, 2012 - by

Murder 203: Connecticut’s Mystery Festival

I’ll be at Murder 203 all day with tons of other authors and readers and librarians!


Posted on January 26, 2012 - by

Pop Quiz on Key West

So many people have asked me “why set a mystery series in Key West?” that I thought it would be fun to have a pop quiz about the island. I will list the answers at the bottom, but no cheating–don’t look until you’ve answered! And then tell me how many you got right–Good luck!

1.  The local residents on Key West are called:

a. Islanders b. Parrotheads  c. Corals  D.  Conchs

2. What’s the name of the major east-west thoroughfare, known for its shops and bars?

a.  Duval St.

b.  Whitehead St.

c.  Simonton St.

d.  Hemingway Blvd.

3. How many miles from Cuba is Key West?

a.  500

b.  30

c.  90

d.  200

4. Name a famous current or former writer who calls/called Key West home:

a. Ernest Hemingway

b. Judy Blume

c. Meg Cabot

d.  Annie Dillard

e. Tennessee Williams

f.  all of the above

5.  What’s the biggest holiday celebration on the island?

a.  New Year’s Eve when a red high heeled shoe drops from the top of Bourbon Street Pub and a conch shell slides down the top of Sloppy Joe’s bar

b. Fantasyfest, a nine-day adult Halloween celebration culminating in coronation of a king and queen at the Royal Coronation Ball

c. The Conch Republic Independence Celebration commemorating the city’s attempt to secede from the United Staes on April 23, 1982  in response to US Border Patrol roadblocks

d. the nightly Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square

6. A dog up for adoption at the pound in Key West might be assessed for:

a. his reaction to iguanas

b.  his relationship to roosters

c. a fondness for polydactyl cats

d. willingness to wear a costume in the Fantasy Fest parade

e.  all of the above

7.  If you were going to poison someone in a murder mystery set in Key West, you might use:

a.  conch chowder

b.  key lime pie

c.  margarita

d. conch fritters

Answers:  1. d–Conchs!  2.  a–Duval Street of course!  3. c–90 miles to Cuba!  4. f–all of the above–the island is crawling with artists and writers! 5. trick question–how could you possibly choose? 6.  e–only in Key West! 7. I could tell you, but it would spoil the story in AN APPETITE FOR MURDER!

And meanwhile, in case you’re curious about where the recipes have gone, I’ve recently joined a wonderful group of blogging cooks and writers called Mystery Lovers Kitchen. Here’s my first post about a light and delicious lime sponge cake.

Posted on January 9, 2012 - by

Malice Domestic

A weekend celebration of the traditional mystery.

Posted on January 9, 2012 - by

“It’s a Mystery to Me”

Panel discussion with bestselling authors Katherine Hall Page and Rosemary Herbert.

Posted on January 8, 2012 - by

Six Days on the Road

“And we’re gonna make it home tonight!” Remember that song? My friend Ross Hugo-Vidal played it for me on Twitter to celebrate the first week after launching AN APPETITE FOR MURDER. It feels like I’ve been on the road–but this time it’s the virtual highway:). Here’s some of the press APPETITE got over the past few days:

“The events were fast-paced and easy to follow.  The ending will be both surprising and satisfying....The author’s descriptions of life on a houseboat, friendly homeless drifters, beautiful flowers, and food that will have you snacking as you read add to the suspense.  Adults will enjoy this mystery; they may be tempted to try the recipes too.”

The evenly-paced story boasts a perfect backdrop that is Key West, delicious meals interwoven into the story and likable characters. I especially like Hayley who is funny, strong yet vulnerable and has a zest for living that made this well-written tale come to life. This is a fantastic beginning to a delectably entertaining series.  From Dru Ann Love

Article about APPETITE from Terry Ambrose, Crime Fiction Examiner:

“Bottom line: if you are a fan of cozy mysteries this is a series you can’t afford to miss out on! Highly recommended!”

“An Appetite for Murder by Lucy Burdette is a delightful cozy mystery, full of quirky characters and delicious food.” From Just another new blog:

Hope you all are enjoying the book–love to hear your comments!

Posted on January 4, 2012 - by


An Appetite for Murder is on bookshelves now! While you’re waiting for your copy to be delivered, you might want to check out these reviews and stories about the new book:

Lucy Burdette dishes on AN APPETITE FOR MURDER with Examiner reporter John Valeri:

And here’s a review from Joe Meyers at the Connecticut Post:

And a fun interview with Hank Phillippi Ryan on Jungle Red Writers:

And you’ll get extra credit if you take this pop quiz on funky, foodie Key West:

Hayley takes center stage on Dru Ann’s Musings today, A DAY IN THE LIFE OF HAYLEY

And finally, the Florida Book Review loves Lucy!

I’m so, so excited about this book–and would love to hear what you think! And feel free to spread the word to your book-loving and foodie friends!