Saturday, May 4, 2019


I'm so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for
Book 9 in the Key West Food Critic Mysteries
by Lucy Burdette

National bestselling author Lucy Burdette’s intrepid food critic Hayley Snow must sniff out a killer in the ninth Key West Food Critic mystery.

Key West food critic Hayley Snow scents-es something fishy when a customer falls stone-crab cold dead on a seafood tasting tour.

Thanksgiving is nearly here, and Key West food critic Hayley Snow has just one more assignment to put to bed for Key Zest magazine before she gets to celebrate with her family and her police officer fiancΓ©, Nathan Bransford. Then, just days later, wedding bells will ring—if death doesn’t toll first.

The sweet potatoes and stuffing will have to wait when Hayley picks up a distraught phone call from her friend, Analise Smith. On the last stop of a seafood tasting tour run by Analise, one of the customers collapsed—dead. With the police on the verge of shutting down the tour—and ruining Analise’s business—Hayley can hardly refuse her friend’s entreaties to investigate.

As if wedding jitters and family strife weren’t enough for Hayley to worry about, there’s crusty pastry chef Martha Hubbard, whose key lime pie may have been the murder weapon—but did she poison her own pie or was she framed? As the hours to Turkey Day tick away, the pressure cooker is on for Hayley to serve up the culprit on a silver platter in A Deadly Feast, national bestselling author Lucy Burdette’s taste-tempting ninth Key West Food Critic mystery.

RELEASE DATE: Tuesday, May 7!



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An interview with Lucy

LKBR:  Thank you for being here today, Lucy!

Thanks so much for inviting me!

LKBR: Please tell us a bit about you, and your book.

LB: The new book, A DEADLY FEAST, is the ninth book in the Key West mystery series, featuring food critic Hayley Snow. Here’s a description of A DEADLY FEAST:

Before Key Zest food critic Hayley Snow's family descends on the island for Thanksgiving and her wedding to heartthrob Detective Nathan Bransford, she has one last assignment--a review of a seafood tasting tour conducted by her friend Analise Smith. But when one of the tourists collapses on the last stop, Analise begs her to investigate before the police destroy her business and shut down the local Key West eateries on her tour. Pressure mounts when Analise calls a second time to request that Hayley meet with Chef Martha Hubbard, who prepared key lime pies for the tasting tour and is terrified that someone poisoned her pies to ruin her reputation. Chefs all around town are preparing their versions of a Thanksgiving feast, but with a murderer on the loose, will Hayley and her friends have anything left to be thankful for?

Before becoming a writer, I was a clinical psychologist! As of this week, I have published 17 mysteries, including the latest in the Key West food critic series, A DEADLY FEAST (CROOKED LANE, MAY 2019.) My books and stories have been short-listed for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. I’m a member of Mystery Writers of America and a past president of Sisters in Crime. I have a lovely husband and an endlessly entertaining kitten named Tbone.

LKBR: Any hints or spoilers you can give us about your next book?

LB: This could change but here’s the preliminary description for The Key Lime Crime  (2020)

With her intimidating new mother-in-law bearing down on the island and a fierce rivalry between Key lime pie bakers to referee, food critic Hayley Snow is feeling anything but festive…
It’s the week between Christmas and New Year’s and Key West is bursting at the seams with holiday events and hordes of tourists. Adding to the chaos, Key lime pie aficionado David Sloan has persuaded the city to host his Key Lime pie extravaganza and contest. Hayley Snow can’t escape the madness because her bosses at Key Zest magazine have assigned her to cover the event. Every pie purveyor in Key West is determined to claim the Key lime spotlight—and win the coveted Key Lime Key to the City.

Newlywed Hayley must play the dutiful daughter-in-law, so she and her pal Miss Gloria offer to escort Nathan’s mom on the iconic Conch Train Tour of the island's holiday lights. But it's not all glittering palm trees and fantastic flamingos--the unlikely trio finds a real body stashed in one of the elaborate displays.

LKBR: Have you ever written a scene that you loved but had to remove it for the sake of the story?

LB: After I took the Key West Citizens’ Police Academy, I was very gung-ho about including everything I’d learned in MURDER WITH GANACHE. One of those things had to do with a police dog rushing in to help Hayley Snow with the bad guy. My good pal, Steve Torrence, pointed out that these dogs don’t know the difference between good guys and bad guys, so they would never be sent in where hostages were being held. Sadly, I took that scene out.

LKBR: Have you ever gotten reader’s block? Just find it hard to get into reading because you are so into your writing?

LB: I have sometimes felt as though I need to read something other than mysteries, so then I switch to women’s fiction. But never have I felt like giving up reading—it’s like breathing to me, and a great pleasure in my life!

LKBR: Are there any magazines/publications that as a writer you subscribe to? Are these or others something readers could also benefit from?

LB: I mostly read magazines and publications online these days, though I prefer to read actual paper books.  I would love to recommend the group blogs I work on, and JRW consists of daily blogs by 7 fabulous crime fiction writers with lots of guests and lots of fun. 
MLK is run by cozy culinary mystery writers, full of yummy recipes and book reommendations.

LKBR: Any new projects in the works?

LB: Always! I am working on the tenth Key West food critic mystery, as described above-- THE KEY LIME CRIME. This one will be out in 2020. Also, I’ve been trying my hand at a women’s fiction-type novel about a psychologist who’s accidently become a happiness expert, even though she herself isn’t all that happy. I’ll keep you posted on that!

LKBR: If you could ask your readers 3 questions, what would they be?

LB: How many books in a series are you willing/eager to read?

How do you choose what you’ll read next, and where do you hear about these books?

What makes you say: wow, I definitely want to read that!

LKBR: Where can readers go to learn more about you and your books?

Crooked Lane Books:

Twitter:   @lucyburdette


Jungle Red Writers:

Mystery Lovers Kitchen:

LKBR: Thank you so much, Lucy for letting us get to know you better!

LB: Thanks again Lisa!


About the Author

Courtesy Carol Tedesco
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
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  1. Thanks for hosting A DEADLY FEAST on your blog today Lisa! xo

  2. I love this series, and can’t wait to read A Deadly Feast. Roberta Islieb/Lucy Burdette has been a favorite author of mine sine the Golf Lover’s mystery series.v

  3. Thank you for the great interview with Lucy Burdette and for being part of the book tour for "A DEADLY FEAST".

    Loved hearing about the book directly from the author as well as a tidbit about "The Key Lime Crime" as well.

    Love this author's books and can't wait for the opportunity to read this one which is definitely on my TBR list.
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