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An Appetite For Murder: A Key West Food Critic Mystery [Mass Market Paperback]

Lucy Burdette
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Jan. 3 2012 Key West Food Critic (Book 1)
Hayley Snow's life always revolved around food. But when she applies to be a food critic for a Key West style magazine, she discovers that her new boss would be Kristen Faulkner-the woman Hayley caught in bed with her boyfriend! Hayley thinks things are as bad as they can get-until the police pull her in as a suspect in Kristen's murder. Kristen was killed by a poisoned key lime pie. Now Hayley must find out who used meringue to murder before she takes all the blame.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great New Cozy Series! Feb. 19 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
An Appetite For Murder is the first in this new cozy series. The setting of Key West is what first grabbed my attention. I am planning on visiting there for the first time later this year when I attend a conference in Florida. Lucy Burdette is obviously intimately familiar with Key West as she provides an excellent description of it. I can feel the rhythm of the Keys in her words.

Hayley Snow is a wonderful new sleuth in this cozy mystery. She is a young woman whose life is without direction who follows a new boyfriend down to his home in Key West. Within a few months he has dropped her but luckily she does have friends from her past in Key West to help her out. She has applied for a job as a food critic at a new magazine, a storyline which continues throughout the book.

Hayley's ex-boyfriends's new girlfriend is murdered early on in the story. Of course Hayley is the main suspect and works hard to clear her name. It is a pleasant read with believable characters.

The end of the book which included a couple of recipes also had a preview of the next Hayley Snow mystery. Good new cozy series. Give it a try.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful vacation Jan. 3 2012
By Mike Cooper - Published on
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Okay, I admit, I'm not much for cozies. But Lucy Burdette's plucky heroine drew me in: this book is a big happy plate of conch fritters on a perfect evening in the Keys, watching the sun set red and pink and purple over the soft ocean. Local flavor abounds, and not just the setting and characters. Hayley is a food critic, but not the snooty sort, which means she gets to eat all sorts of great meals in all sorts of local restaurants. Oh, there's a murder mystery, too, and when the police not only fail to make progress, but seem to turn their suspicions on Hayley herself -- well, she has to buckle down and start investigating. The plot speeds along, the company is great, the setting exactly where any reader would want to be this time of year.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific comic voice, wonderful Key West setting, and FOOD! Jan. 3 2012
By H. Touger - Published on
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I read and LOVED this book! It so captures the nutty sweetness (food metaphor, of course) of Key West where a street performer actually herds cats, has a great comic voice, and tells a compelling mystery. I am so rooting for Hayley -- can't wait for book 2 in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loves Food, Loves Cats, Bad Taste in Men Jan. 22 2012
By Patricia Kennedy - Published on
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I have to admit that mysteries are not always my first choice of reading, but I couldn't resist picking this book up when I saw that the story takes place in Key West -- a favorite location for me -- and serves up all the great mix of foods and restaurants that would take anyone many meals to experience. But it was Hayley Snow's voice that kept me reading. And her plight. Poor kid, she's kind of ditzy and certainly follows her all-too-vulnerable heart (instead of her stomach which is what her mother would have advised her to do) when making life choices -- such as following Chad Lutz, a guy she barely knew, to the island paradise known as Key West. Thank goodness her best friend Eric was already there to pick up the pieces when things went awry. And, oh boy, did they! Quickly, Hayley is the police's POI for the murder of Kristen Faulkner -- the floozy who was in bed with Chad when Kristen came home unexpectedly. Of course, it had to be the Key Lime Pie as a murder weapon. It is Key West.

You'll know all along that it couldn't be Hayley. She's too sweet and naive to plot such a murder. But who? And how many restaurants do we get to visit before finding out?

This is a terrific read, so entertaining and delicious. You'll want to visit Key West soon and hope to meet Hayley as she scoots around town reviewing restaurants for Key Zest, the local newspaper.

Loved all the chapter intros about food. My favorites: " A hot dog or a truffle. God is good." James Beard "I suppose there are people who can pass up free guacamole, but they are either allergic to avocado or too joyless to live." Frank Bruni

Lucy Burdette has dished out a hot dog/truffle/guacamole delight.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FAST-PACED VISIT TO KEY WEST, COZY STYLE April 13 2012
By Laurel-Rain Snow - Published on
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When aspiring food critic Hayley Snow moved to Key West, she was eager to get away from New Jersey. And she'd fallen hard, albeit quickly, for Chad Lutz, a charming attorney, whom she had met when he vacationed in New Jersey. In the mystery and thriller section of the bookstore where she worked, of all places! So when he invited her to come with him back to Key West, she didn't think twice.

Maybe that was part of Hayley's problem with relationships. But now she is here in Key West, trying out for a gig at a new magazine called Key Zest...and all she has to do is submit her application by Monday.

As part of the process, she and her psychologist friend Eric are eating at one of their favorite restaurants, Seven Fish. She plans to include a review in her application packet.

But just when she is starting to enjoy the evening, she realizes that Chad and his new girlfriend Kristen Faulkner are also there. Uncomfortable! She is reminded once again of the humiliation she felt when she arrived home early one day to find them in bed together. Which is why she is now sharing a charming, but small houseboat with her college friend Connie.

This is the story of Hayley's life: impulsive choices, bad endings, lots of chaos.

Words are exchanged after their meal, and Hayley and Eric leave. But what happens next turns the next few weeks into one chaotic tangle after another, like the Tarot cards predicted.

Hayley finds out the next day, when two detectives show up on her doorstep, that Kristen Faulkner was murdered early that morning--by consuming a poisoned Key Lime pie. She is now a Person of Interest.

After being questioned relentlessly, and after many subsequent trips to the police station, Hayley decides, since nobody will believe that she was home alone all morning--and nobody saw her--that if she is going to absolve herself, she has to find the murderer.

An exciting and eventful series of pages lead the reader along for the ride. I enjoyed Hayley Snow's impulsiveness, because even though she often falls into a bigger mess, her energy and determination are fun qualities in a character. She felt like someone I would like to know. The settings came alive for me, and there were lots of funny moments, too. I also liked the cat characters: Evinrude, the gray tiger cat; and Sparky, the little black cat that lived next door.

The whole read felt like a vacation that was fun, exciting, and unforgettable. Even though An Appetite For Murder: A Key West Food Critic Mystery was a wee bit predictable, this series is one that I can't wait to continue reading. Four stars.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Debut Jan. 15 2012
By L. Rigod - Published on
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I enjoyed this debut novel set in Key West, Florida. The story centers around a food critic to be, Hayley Snow. Hayley moved impulsively down to Florida from New Jersey to follow her lover. The romance failed but a new one was struck up with Key West. Hayley loves her new home town and loves food with equal passion.

The problem comes when her ex-lover's girlfriend is murdered and Hayley is the number one prospect in the eyes of the KWPD.

The descriptions of foods, life, colors (such as Lorenzo, the Tarot Card reader,) make you feel you are in Hayley's shadow experiencing the same tastes, smells, breezes and even rain squalls.

I laughed, cried a bit (Evinrude, well you will see,) and even felt the anger and frustration our Hayley felt. The sense of not being believed is something we have all felt in our lifetimes.

I truly liked the recipes and look forward to the next book which was tantalizingly excerpted for us. I think we have a new Author to follow.
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