May 6, 2019

"A Deadly Feast" by Lucy Burdette

Hello my cozy friends,

Today I am reviewing "A Deadly Feast" a Key West Food Critic Mystery Book 9 by Lucy Burdette.  This is a new series to me (I may have read one of the earlier books a while ago) but I had no trouble following along.
Kindle Edition: 272 pages
Publisher: Crooked Lane
Genre: Cozy Mystery




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 fiancé, 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.



Deadly Feast is the ninth installment in the Key West Food Critic series.   I did have trouble getting into the story in the beginning but about half way through the pace seemed to pick up and I was finding myself wanting to read till the end.

Key West food critic Hayley Snow scents-es something fishy when a customer falls stone-crab cold dead on a seafood tasting tour run by her friend Analise.  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.
  
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 fiancé, Nathan Bransford. Then, just days later, wedding bells will ring—if death doesn’t toll first.

The protagonist Haley is a likable main character who is intelligent, compassionate, and somewhat impulsive.  I liked that she has friends from all age groups much like myself, and seems always willing to help out a friend in need.  There were several plots going on in the book and several twists and turns as well as lots of delicious foods being mentioned.  Luckily there are several recipes at the end of the book. 

I'm interested in seeing what comes next in Hayley’s life and in Key West.  I recommend this series to all my culinary mystery loving friends.

I requested and received an Advanced Reader Copy from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley.
All thoughts and opinions are my OWN.




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