Jul 11, 2021

A Scone of Contention A Key West Food Critic Mystery by Lucy Burdette

Hello my cozy friends,

Today I am reviewing "A Scone of Contention" the 11th instalment in the "A Key West Food Critic" Mystery series by Lucy Burdette. This is becoming one of my favourite foodie cozy mystery series.
A murderer's out to spoil Hayley's honeymoon in national bestselling author Lucy Burdette's eleventh Key West Food Critic Mystery.

Key Zest food critic Hayley Snow and her groom, police detective Nathan Bransford, chose Scotland for their long-delayed honeymoon, hoping to sightsee and enjoy some prize-winning scones. But their romantic duo swells to a crowd when they're joined by Nathan's family as well as octogenarian Miss Gloria. 

Nathan's sister Vera takes the women on a whirlwind tour of some of Scotland's iconic mystic places as research for a looming book project. But the trip takes a deadly tartan turn when a dinner party guest falls ill and claims she was poisoned. And then the group watches in horror as a mysterious tourist tumbles to his death from the famous Falkirk Wheel, high above the Forth & Clyde canal. 

Vera and her friends deny knowing the dead man, but after observing their reactions to the fall, Hayley is not convinced. With one person dead, a second possibly poisoned, and the tension among Vera's friends as thick as farmhouse cheese, Hayley fears her long-awaited honeymoon might end with another murder. 

Far away from home, surrounded by unfamiliar faces, eccentric characters, and a forbiddingly gorgeous setting, Hayley must call on all her savvy to keep a killer from striking again and then escaping Scot free.

I really enjoyed this story which was set in St. Andrews, Scotland this time. Miss Gloria and Haley’s mother in law join her a Nathan on their honeymoon to Scotland! I must say I really love octogenarian Miss Gloria and can only hope to have as much spunk as her when I’m that old.

The mystery is interesting and well plotted, and I liked trying to figure out what was behind her sister-in-law Vera’s jumpiness and what happened with her friends when they were at Uni. I found Nathan’s sister Vera to be interesting and I hope she appears again in the series.  The descriptions of the Scottish food was mouth watering especially the scones!

I kept second-guessing myself on whodunnit right to the very end.   I recommend this book to all my cozy lover friends.

I requested and received an advance reader copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books and Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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