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Posted on February 20, 2014 - by

Press on Murder with Ganache

 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.

Phil Jason, Florida Weekly,

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 July 2, 2013 - by

Press on Topped Chef

So the book tour is history, the press is in; in fact, the draft of book four is in too! More on that soon…Meanwhile, here’s everything you always wanted to know about TOPPED CHEF! Thanks for all your support–please help me spread the word that Key West mysteries make great summer reading!

 

“Burdette fills “Topped Chef” with a fine plot, a delightful heroine, a wealth of food — and all the charm and craziness of Key West. You’ll wish you could read it while sipping a mojito on the porch of a conch cottage in mainland America’s southernmost community.” Jay Strafford, Richmond Times Dispatch

 

“What’s most fun with this loony crew is Ms. Burdette’s perfect-pitch parody of food talk as made familiar on “Chopped” and other popular food programs where judges and competitors try to top each in their descriptions of preparations, styles, successes and failures.

Sweet and savory, “Topped Chef” captures Key West’s sensory enchantment, and Ms. Burdette’s bubbly protagonist is once again the main ingredient in a sure-fire recipe.” Phil Jason, Florida Weekly

 

“As she has done in the previous books in the series, Burdette cleverly disguises the identity of the killer. Even an avid and jaded reader/reviewer of mysteries such as myself was stumped until the final reveal. Hayley’s sense of humor…returns with a hearty guffaw in Topped Chef.

Topped Chef is three courses of cozy—romance, humor, and mystery—that will leave you satisfied, yet looking forward to another serving.” Ed Irvin, Florida Book Review

 

The third entry into this series, Topped Chef not only remains fresh, but may be the best book in the series so far. The characters remain as fresh as the breeze off the ocean, as does the plot. Jennifer Winberry, The Mystery Reader

 

“A clinical psychologist and blogger for the Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen, the author shares her love of food while crafting sympathetic characters and a mystery filled with multiple motivations for the murder. The descriptions of the coastal cuisine, snappish and temperamental cheftestants, and drag queens, all combine to make this a very well-written and tasty mystery, sure to please fans of food, reality shows, and mysteries.” Cindy Chow at KINGS RIVER LIFE

 

Burdette is such a strong writer and creates really lively characters and puts them in spectacular situations. The plots are tight and the twists are plenty. Escape with Dollycas

 

“Topped Chef is a  fabulous addition to this charming series!” YABookNerd

 

“I really enjoy the Key West Food Critic series. Adore Hayley (how can you not ADORE Hayley?) She’s a great character- someone who looks like she could be your BFF. Plus, her tendency to have her tarot cards read when facing an issue- that’s just great. I would love to have my tarot cards read with Hayley! Good plot, some romantic entanglements, and a mystery that was fun- with enough red-herrings to not guess the villain.” Traveling with T

 

And here Topped Chef is featured (along with the now famous Lime Cupcakes) in an article on foodie fiction.

 

Here’s Lucy’s INTERVIEW at Mysteristas

 

And I’ll leave you with a few recipes from Mystery Lovers Kitchen, while I go off to ponder plot points for Book Five (as yet untitled.)

I’ve gotten rave reviews on the lime cupcakes with lime cream cheese frosting–they will also make an appearance in MURDER WITH GANACHE. AND to continue the lime theme through dinner, here’s Vickie’s Key Lime chicken--quick and easy!


Posted on September 28, 2012 - by

Reviews and News

I’m delighted about the reviews that have been coming in for DEATH IN FOUR COURSES.

Here’s one from Phil Jason in the Florida Weekly: “I’ll say it unashamedly: “Death in Four Courses” is mouthwatering. Hay- ley Snow is delicious. This humor- seasoned food for thought will tickle your mental taste buds.”

And from Booklist: “This enjoyable mystery series, with its attractive tropical setting, is also seasoned by the appealing characters and meals. The novel, done in the style of the Joanne Fluke series, is sure to attract food-fiction fans and will also appeal to Key West readers, although the combination of the two here is unique.” Booklist

And from Story Circle Book Reviews: “By the second book, Hayley has settled into her role more, though we rarely see her at her computer and we agonize with her over looming deadlines. Then magically she turns in that stunning article. Would that it were that way in real life. Still Hayley and the series show growth, and I’m eagerly looking forward to Topped Chef, next up in the Hayley Snow series.

From Shirrel Rhoades in the Key West Citizen: “The Food Critic series may feature Key West cuisine but I’d compare these tasty books to Chinese food: After reading one, in a half hour you’ll be wanting to read another.”

And I have new recipes up on Mystery Lovers Kitchen–fried okra from me, and recipes for roach poison and cough remedy from my grandmother’s recipe box: here’s a photo of the recipe for poison, in my grandmother’s handwriting. I can’t help saying that the handwriting was on the wall that I’d become a mystery writer–way back in my gene pool:).

And here’s Screw the Roux stew, which is one of the dishes Hayley makes in DEATH IN FOUR COURSES. I guarantee this will turn out to be a family favorite.

And last but not least, Back to School Hotdog Casserole: (embarrassing to admit, but this one actually appeared in a cookbook!)

As always, happy reading and I will so appreciate anything you do to help spread the word about the food critic mysteries!


Posted on February 16, 2012 - by

Thrilling Week

It’s been a thrilling week in Lucy Burdette’s world. First we had news that AN APPETITE FOR MURDER has gone back for a second printing, which means the first printing has sold well! Thanks to all of you who purchased a copy–and if you haven’t gotten around to it yet, more are on the way.

And we really enjoyed a couple of reviews this week–the first appeared in the Solares Hill section of the Key West Citizen this past Sunday.

And this is from a review by Phil Jason in the Florida Weekly: “Hayley is delightful. Exuberant and naive, rocking back and forth between bravado and insecurity,  excitable and given to motor-mouth nervousness, she’s a quick study who has a lot to learn. I’m sure that many readers will be happy to make her acquaintance.” It’s so much fun when a reader really understands what you’ve tried to do with a character!

And last but by no means least, “The Itinerary,” a short story (written as Roberta Isleib) taking place in Key West was nominated for an Agatha Award for best short story. This is terrific news and the story is in very good company with Krista Davis, Avery Aames, Dana Cameron, and Barb Goffman. The awards are given at the Malice Domestic Conference banquet on April 28 in Bethesda, MD.



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