Wednesday, May 8, 2019



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 fiancĂ©, 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.

Book Details: 

Title:  A Deadly Feast

Author’s name: Lucy Burdette

Genre: cozy culinary mystery

Series: Key West food critic mystery series, book  #9

Publish date: May 7, 2019

Publisher: Crooked Lane Books

Print length: 280 pages



A few of your favorite things: books, cats, friends, homemade cakes.
Things you need to throw out: clothes I haven’t worn in years, food in the pantry more than seven years old (really, it’s still there!)

Things you need in order to write: coffee, an email check, silence, deadlines.
Things that hamper your writing: music, talking, traveling, errands

Things you love about writing: when the story comes together; new shiny ideas; finishing a book; people who read it; people who read it, love it, and post reviews; meeting readers; my writing pals.

Things you love about where you live: Water, palm trees, warm temperatures, good restaurants, interesting people, bookstores (all found in Key West).
Things you hate about writing:
slow slog through the middle!

Things you never want to run out of: when I find a food or condiment that I love and don’t think I will easily find again—I can become a hoarder. Examples: the Backyard Food Company’s candied jalapenos, True Made Veracha (vegetable sriracha), pasta from Eataly.
Things you wish you’d never bought: Several outfits hanging in my closet with price tags still attached—bought 20 years ago!

Words that describe you: dogged, relentless, kind, interested, intense.
Words that describe you but you wish they didn’t: impatient.

Favorite foods: yellow cake with mocha icing, spaghetti and meatballs, vegetable soup, cheese scones, caramel cake, oatmeal cookies.
Things that make you want to throw up: lamb, raw things with tentacles.

Something you wish you could do: I wish I had a great singing voice, either opera, Broadway or like Bonnie Raitt! I wish I could draw.
Something you wish you’d never learned to do: I can’t think of anything!

Things you’d walk a mile for: a cafĂ© con leche at the Cuban Coffee Queen—I do this every day that I’m in Key West.
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room: liver and onions.

Things you always put in your books: see the first question! Cats, cakes, friends, psychology, food!

Things you never put in your books: violence on the page, sex unless it’s behind closed doors.

Favorite places you’ve been: Paris, Key West, Australia.

Places you never want to go to again: the New Jersey Turnpike, the 405 in Los Angeles.

Favorite books: mystery and women’s fiction
Books you would ban: books that feed on hate and misogyny.

Best thing you’ve ever done: marrying my husband
Biggest mistake: allowing my shy self to overcome confidence.


Death on the Menu

An Appetite for Murder

Death in Four Courses 

Topped Chef

Murder With Ganache
Death With All the Trimmings

Fatal Reservations


Clinical psychologist Lucy Burdette has published 17 mysteries, including the latest in the Key West Food Critic mysteries,  A Deadly Feast. Her books and stories have been short-listed for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She served as a past president of Sisters in Crime and lives with her husband and Tbone the cat in Key West Florida and Madison Connecticut.

Connect with Lucy:
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