Archive for January, 2014

Posted on January 24, 2014 - by



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


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

Posted on January 2, 2014 - by

Happy New Year!

Happy new year to all my friends and friendly readers. I hope the year finds you healthy, warm, and close to friends and family. And with a teetering pile of books to be read nearby!






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…)

Barnes and Noble,


your local indie

–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