An Appetite For Murder by Lucy Burdette
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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I’ve recently been on a food-related cozy mystery reading kick. Cozy mysteries are usually quick, easy reads for me and I especially love that there a ton of books related to my favorite subject, food. These books allow me to combine the best of both worlds, reading and food! I first started with On What Grounds, the first in the Coffeehouse Mystery series. I then read this book An Appetite For Murder by Lucy Burdette. This is the first book in the Key West Food Critic Mystery series. In this book, Hayley Snow leaves New Jersey to follow her boyfriend, Chad to Key West, Florida (we know how that always works out, don’t we?!!). But soon after moving to Key West Hayley finds Chad cheating on her. Jobless and sharing a houseboat with her friend Connie, Hayley is hoping to land a job with new style magazine, Key Zest as their food critic. But then Chad’s new girlfriend, and Hayley’s possible new boss at Key Zest ends up dead, and Hayley is pinned as the main suspect. The book takes us through Hayley trying to prove her innocence and catch the real killer. Burdette gives the reader a good feel of Key West and its culture and food. The book includes a quirky tarot card reader, Lorenzo, Hayley’s cat, Evinrude, an eclectic houseboat community and good food. If I had to choose a dream job, food critic it would be! So, I really enjoyed getting an inside look at the food critic profession. The book also includes three recipes that were mentioned in the story. Author Lucy Burdette also writes the golf lovers mystery series and the advice column mystery series under the name Roberta Isleib. I enjoyed this book so much I’ve already started the second book in the series, Death In Four Courses.
*I borrowed this book from the library.