Posted on August 25, 2020 - by

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!

Posted on August 12, 2020 - by

The Jungle Red Writers at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore

August 22, 5 pm EST: Please join me at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore with all of the Jungle Red Writers! Deborah Crombie, Rhys Bowen, Hallie Ephron, Hank Ryan, Julia Spencer-Fleming, Jenn Mckinlay–we have a lot to celebrate and would love to have you with us! the event is free but you need to register…

Posted on August 12, 2020 - by

Interview at Books and Books Key West with Deborah Crombie

To help celebrate the launch of THE KEY LIME CRIME on August 18, 6 pm, please join me at  Books and Books, Key West, where I’ll be interviewed by Deborah Crombie! The event is free but you need to sign up on the bookstore website

Posted on August 4, 2020 - by

Book Discussion with Susan Cerulean and Hallie Ephron

I’m thrilled to be sharing a book birthday with my sister, Susan Cerulean, whose memoir about caring for our father and the natural world has just been published by University of Georgia Press. It’s called I HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED THE SINGLE BIRD. My good pal Hallie Ephron will be moderating the conversation about writing, Florida, mystery vs memoir, and sisters!

the event will be hosted by my wonderful local independent bookstore, RJ JULIA Booksellers in Madison CT. It’s free to attend but you need to register:

Posted on August 4, 2020 - by

Book Launch for The Key Lime Crime

Join Lucy and the fabulous booksellers at Copperfish Books in Punta Gorda FL to launch the 10th Key West mystery, THE KEY LIME CRIME! This is online of course–and free to the public but you must register to get the link… Can’t wait to see you there!

Posted on January 4, 2020 - by

Miss Gloria’s Happiness Boosts

LUCY BURDETTE: I want to chat today about little life tweaks that can give us a lift in an increasingly grim world. (I feel a little bit like Maria in the Sound of Music singing “My Favorite Things” during the thunderstorm, but that’s okay.) My best ideas come from Miss Gloria, Hayley’s roommate in the Key West mysteries. (I know, she’s not a real person—go figure.) Here’s something she says in THE KEY LIME CRIME as they’re learning to make pie:

Miss Gloria clapped her plastic-covered hands together. “I feel like we’re Lucy and Ethel in the chocolate shop, remember that episode in I love Lucy? I watch it once a week, along with the video about the cat who sings Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with his owner. With the world such a mess, it pays to find things that make you laugh.”

Naturally those two videos are ones I adore too. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched the singing cat. I’m pretty sure I’m in love with both the cat Sammy, and his owner: 

Of course, reading a great book gets me out of present world for a while too—I’m leaning toward not too dark these days. Yoga. I committed to myself to do more of this and I’ve found a teacher I love. 

Noticing little amazing things in nature and feeling full of awe can give me a boost too. Here’s one example. T-bone was helping me look at my email the other morning while I had coffee. The sun was streaming in the window, and highlighted his ear. Holy cow, look at the gorgeous, intricate pattern of veins!

Going to the movies more often helps too—we’ve seen WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE, DOWNTON ABBEY,  PAVAROTTI, ROCKETMAN, and YESTERDAY. 

Another thing that helps is doing something to boost someone else’s spirits, like taking buttery corn muffins to a friend who’s undergoing chemotherapy.

What would you add to the list?

Posted on January 1, 2020 - by

Christmas in Key West

Key West at Christmastime is wonderfully festive–which is probably why I’ve set THE KEY LIME CRIME (coming July 7 from Crooked Lane Books) between Christmas and New Year’s. One of our favorite events is taking a Conch Train tour around the island to look at the best of the lighted displays. There is a contest that our mayor’s home won last year. Here’s what it looks like:

And here’s the house two doors down:

And this is the home of our friends Kathy and Michael, whom I think are giving the mayor a run for her money:

Blow-up figurines are always popular too:

Last year, I was searching for plot ideas for what has become THE KEY LIME CRIME. Now that I’m working on the final edits, of course I know what’s going to happen and how. Here’s the smallest snippet to show you how I used the lights:

We drove by small concrete block houses decked out with lights of all colors, blow-up Christmas figures from The Grinch, Charlie Brown, The Polar Express. We saw fake-snow machines, homeowners having cocktails in lawn chairs and enjoying our enjoyment, and finally the first-place home, which we’d heard through the grapevine belonged to our brand-new mayor. She and her wife had decorated the front of the house as the North Pole, with enough lights to power every home on the Keys all the way up to Miami.

And one more snippet:
“Only in Key West,” the driver sang out as he navigated down a small one-way street near the cemetery. “Santa may be a little late this year,” he announced, pointing to a blow-up Santa Claus splayed out on the front porch of a small home. Santa had an empty bottle of booze clutched in his right hand. “I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus” thrumming in the background completed the tacky picture.

In the new book, you may see a body buried in one of these photos…you can probably guess which one it is…

THE KEY LIME CRIME (July 2020) is available for pre-order!

You can order it at an independent bookstoreBarnes and Noble, Amazon, and anywhere books are sold!

Posted on September 21, 2019 - by

Shoreline AAUW Scholarship Luncheon

Lucy will be the luncheon speaker for the CT Shoreline AAUW scholarship fundraiser on November 2. There will be a short interactive mystery, delicious food, good books, and a great cause! Click here for more information and tickets:

Posted on September 21, 2019 - by

Lucy in Conversation with Debut Mystery Writer Ang Pompano

My very good friend and writer buddy, Ang Pompano, will have his novel, WHEN IT’S TIME FOR LEAVING published by Encircle Press this month. Come join the book launch party! The event will be sponsored by RJ Julia Bookseller Wesleyan in Middletown CT on October 19 at 4 pm.

Posted on May 10, 2019 - by

Book Discussion Questions: A DEADLY FEAST

Book Discussion Questions: A DEADLY FEAST

There are lots of high points in a writer’s life (selling a book, finishing a book, seeing the book in the world for the first time), but nothing better than talking about the book with a book group or club or library or bookstore. 

In my newest Key West food critic mystery, A  DEADLY FEAST, food critic Hayley Snow is set to be married to her heartthrob detective Nathan Bransford. But she has a lot of worries because Nathan’s been married before and both sets of parents were married and then divorced. So she canvasses her friends and family about their experiences with marriage.

Hayley’s mother says: “Being married takes work,” my mom said, glancing at my father. “Life gets stressful and hectic and you stop paying attention. And then trouble comes calling.”

Whereas Steve Torrence who conducts lots of weddings says:  “I’ll tell you my theory about what makes a marriage work— people who know how to talk to each other through thick and thin and assume only the best motives from their partner have the best chance of surviving. As you know, we can’t predict what kind of life changes and challenges you’ll face together. We can only work on how graciously you’ll handle them.”

Hayley thinks this about her own parents: “Staying married took commitment and a little luck and family support and lots and lots of tending, which they had been too young and too overwhelmed to manage back then.”

What’s your theory about what makes for a good marriage? 

Does it seem to you that Nathan and Hayley are a good match? Why or why not?

When you’re reading about a fictional wedding, how much do you like to hear about wedding plans and details?

What are your favorite examples of fictional weddings, either books or movies? Explain why you chose them.

And for some non-wedding questions:

Have you ever gone on a food tour? If so where? If not yet, where would you love to eat your way around?

Martha Hubbard talks about chefs feeling possessive about the recipes they make and serve—they don’t want diners making substitutions. How do you feel about that?

How do you feel about Hayley’s relationship with her mother? And compare this to her relationship with Miss Gloria and Allison, her stepmother. 

Hayle’s boss Palamina says she never understood why Hayley was living with a senior citizen, until she met Miss Gloria. How do you feel about this character? Does she accurately reflect seniors?