Title: An Appetite for Murder Author: Lucy Burdette Published: January 3rd 2012 by NAL Format: Mass Market Paperback, 310 pages Genre: Cozy Mystery Series: Key West Food Critic Mystery, #1
Funny how you can read one book by an author and not like it only to find out that another of their pseudonyms is behind a series that you are actually looking forward to continuing.
Roberta Isleib also writes under the name of Lucy Burdette in the Key West Food Critic Mystery Series. Though following the usual cozy mystery format, main character Hayley Snow, a recent Key West transplant, after following her boyfriend to this sunny local, has now found herself without a boyfriend, job or a place to live when said boyfriend has moved on to another woman.
Haley may be a bit stranded in the boyfriend arena, but she does have a friend with a houseboat and a love for food that was instilled in her by her mother. That is what she is going to rely on until she can get back on her feet.
There is one job prospect, the food critic position at Key Zest, a local magazine. The only problem standing in her way of getting this job is one of the co-editors who will make the final decision. Kristen Faulkner is the woman that her ex-boyfriend had replaced her with. To further complicate the matter, Kristen is found dead and Hayley is the prime suspect.
Not that Hayley was not saddened by Kristen’s death, but she really wants this job and if she has to find the killer to get her name off the suspect list and onto a byline, she will do what she has to.
The reader is treated to a foodie travelogue of Key West with a couple recipes on the final pages. I am not sure if any of the places exist that Haley wrote about, but even if they are only a mere likeness of what can be found in this tourist town a trip just might be in store.