The Key Lime Crime: A Key West Food Critic Mystery (Hardcover)

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This is book number 10 in the A Key West Food Critic Mystery series.


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?

About the Author

Clinical psychologist Lucy Burdette has published 15 mysteries, including the latest in the Key West food critic mysteries. Her books and stories have been shortlisted for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She's a member of Mystery Writers of America and a past president of Sisters in Crime. She lives in Madison, CT and Key West, FL.

Praise For…

Praise for The Key Lime Crime:
“The well-described Key West setting nicely complements the foodie frame in this satisfying cozy, which is a natural for fans of Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen mysteries.”

“Charming characters, an appealing setting, and mouthwatering bonus recipes make this a perfect choice for foodie cozy lovers.”
—Publishers Weekly

“I devoured every page and can’t wait for another helping of this series.”
Suspense Magazine

“A perfect mystery for summer beach reading.”
—New York Journal of Books

“An enjoyable read.”

Praise for the Key West Food Critic mysteries:
“Hayley Snow is one of my favorite amateur sleuths. She's clever and quick witted and takes readers on a twisty turny journey to solve a well crafted and sharply plotted mystery.
—Jenn McKinlay, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Cupcake Bakery mysteries

"I love this series! [Lucy Burdette has] revitalized my love of cozy mysteries."
—Laurell K. Hamilton, New York Times bestselling author

“What fun! Lucy Burdette writes evocatively about Key West and food―a winning combination. I can’t wait for the next entry in this charming series.” 
―Diane Mott Davidson, New York Times bestselling author

“Food, fun, and felonies. What more could a reader ask for?” 
―Lorna Barrett, New York Times bestselling author

Product Details
ISBN: 9781643853086
ISBN-10: 1643853082
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: August 11th, 2020
Pages: 320
Series: A Key West Food Critic Mystery