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The Key Lime Crime: A Key West Food Critic Mystery by Lucy Burdette


About The Key Lime Crime


Cozy Mystery 10th in Series  
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (August 11, 2020)  
Hardcover: 320 pages 
ISBN-10: 1643853082 ISBN-13: 978-1643853086 ASIN: B07Z2TR2Z2

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?

Character Interview 

with Hayley Snow

June: Hello, Hayley. Thanks for chatting with me here on Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic. Since we've not met before, please share with us what qualifies you to be a food critic. Do you have any training or experience as a gourmet chef or pastry chef?

Hayley: So nice to be here with you, thanks for inviting me! It’s a little embarrassing to admit but my main qualification is loving to eat, plus talking about what I’ve eaten and writing about it too. I come by this perfectly honestly, as both my mother and grandmother were foodies and wonderful cooks. When I’m not eating out for my job, my favorite thing to do is to cook something delicious for my family and friends.

June: What are the best parts of your job? What are the toughest parts of your job?

Hayley: The best part of my job is definitely eating at wonderful Key West restaurants. We have the most amazing seafood on our island, and lots of creative chefs. I love when I first sit down at a table and look over the menu, and start to choose the dishes that I will try. I also love being able to report on what I’ve eaten to my readers, to help help them decide where to spend their money.

The hardest part is definitely if I don’t enjoy a meal. I hate writing negative reviews, but on the other hand it’s not fair to readers to say something was delicious if it wasn’t. I don’t get free meals so I don’t feel obligated to fib. But it would be awful to think that my review contributed to torpedoing some chef’s dream

June: If you could travel anywhere in the world to taste food at a variety of restaurants, where would you want to go? Why did you chose this locale?

Hayley: Another thing that’s a little embarrassing to admit: I came to Key West because I was invited by a man. I thought we had fallen in love and were serious, but we didn’t know each other well at all. The six weeks I spent with him were enough to help me fall in love with the island, and decide I’d do anything to stay.

I would always choose Paris – the romance, the croissants, the café au lait, the exquisitely perfect roast chickens. And romance, don’t forget that because I am a newlywed!

June: If you were not a food critic, what other journalistic assignments might you want to be assigned? Travel? Lifestyle? Investigative reporting for true crimes? Human interest? Please explain.

Hayley: How about all of the above? I’m not only passionate about food, but I love figuring out what makes people tick. And lately, I’ve come across more than my share of murders. My new husband Nathan thinks I’m just nosy, or possibly have a death wish, but I tell him people need my help and I’m good at it.

June: You may not be able to answer this next question because you're expected to be impartial when you're reviewing restaurants, but can you give us some insight into your personal favorites when it comes to food?

Hayley: Oh I don’t have to be impartial! In fact, it’s my job to have opinions. One of the famous desserts on our island is a Key lime pie. And I’ll be very busy helping to judge the Key lime pie contest over the next week. To me the perfect pie involves a graham cracker crust, absolutely no food coloring in the filling, and a mound of whipper cream on top. But I’ll keep an open mind and try them all for sure!

June: Thank you for your time, Hayley!

About Lucy Burdette

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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