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The Key Lime Crime: A Key West Food Critic Mystery
by Lucy Burdette
About The Key Lime Crime
10th in Series
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (August 11, 2020)
Hardcover: 320 pages
National bestselling author Lucy Burdette’s tenth Key West Food Critic mystery is piping hot with pie-enthusiasts and murder suspects.
When a fierce rivalry between key lime pie bakers leads to a pastry chef’s murder, food critic Hayley Snow is fit to be pied.
During the week between Christmas and New Year’s, the year-round population of Key West, Florida, faces a tsunami of tourists and snowbirds. It doesn’t help that outrageously wealthy key lime pie aficionado David Sloan has persuaded the city to host his pie-baking contest. Every pie purveyor on the island is out to win the coveted Key Lime Key to the City and Key Zest food critic Hayley Snow is on the scene to report it.
Meanwhile, Hayley’s home life is turning more tart than sweet. Hayley’s new hubby, police detective Nathan Bransford, announces that her intimidating mother-in-law is bearing down on the island for a surprise visit. Hayley offers to escort Nathan’s crusty mom on the iconic Conch Train Tour of the island’s holiday lights, but it becomes a recipe for disaster when they find a corpse among the glittering palm trees and fantastic flamingos. The victim–Au Citron Vert’s controversial new pastry chef–was a frontrunner in Sloan’s contest.
It’s bad enough that Hayley’s too-curious mother-in-law is cooking up trouble. Now, the murderer is out to take a slice out of Hayley. Can she handle the heat of a killer’s kitchen?
I have jumped right into this series at book 10 with The Key Lime Crime, and I really wish I had read the previous books as I enjoyed this one so much! I did feel a slight disconnect with the characters to start with coming into the series so late, but once I found my footing with them all I soon became to love the quirky and fun loving Hayley. She is newly married to police detective Nathan Bransford and it is apparent that there has been some things gone on in his past growing up that Hayley still isn’t 100% sure of what exactly, he announces that his mother is coming for a surprise visit for the holidays and Haley is a little stressed seeing as she hasn’t spent much time with her!
Hayley is a food critic for Key Zest and she is reporting on the Key Lime Pie contest which she takes her mother in law Helen along with her, only they get more than pie when they find one of the main contenders dead! This was quite an entertaining read, I loved how Hayley and Helen’s relationship progressed through this book and I loved Miss Gloria – she was a hoot!
The setting of Key West, Florida the quirky characters and the delicious food is a great recipe for murder! At the end of the book there are some amazing recipes that I would love to try (though I would need to try vegan-ise them)
This was a 4 star read for me and I cant wait to start at the very beginning.
About Lucy Burdette
Clinical psychologist Lucy Burdette (aka Roberta Isleib) has published 16 mysteries, including the latest in the Key West food critic series, DEATH ON THE MENU (Crooked Lane Books, August 2018.) Her books and stories have been short-listed for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She’s a member of Mystery Writers of America and a past president of Sisters in Crime. She blogs at Jungle Red Writersand shares her love for food with the culinary writers at Mystery Lovers Kitchen She lives in Madison CT and Key West FL. Read more at www.lucyburdette.com.
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