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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

Are you ready to take a trip to Key West?

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Courtesy Carol Tedesco

Lucy Burdette – Courtesy Carol Tedesco


On Houseboat Row by Lucy Burdette

IMG_0273Because the theme of this blog is “escaping” to read, I thought you might be interested in hearing—and seeing—more about where food critic Hayley Snow lives. She shares a houseboat on Houseboat Row with her octagenarian roommate, Miss Gloria.

IMG_0040Even though the characters and story in KILLER TAKEOUT are fictional, Houseboat Row really exists! Although this hodgepodge collection of boats sits on a busy corner (Palm Avenue and S. Roosevelt Blvd. for those who know Key West), once you step off the parking lot and onto the docks, the weight of the the world slides off your back. I imagine Hayley and Miss Gloria living on a little yellow one-story boat, with two bedrooms, a living area, and a galley kitchen. At the far end of the boat is a small deck where Miss Gloria grows tomatoes and herbs. At the other end, the deck is larger, big enough for a dining table and some chairs to lounge in and watch the world go by.

IMG_0045Many a dinner party has been thrown on the deck over the course of the series, and KILLER TAKEOUT is no exception. In fact, since the book takes place during the crazy, hectic Fantasy Fest week, Hayley and Miss Gloria retreat to their boat frequently, often joined by family and friends.

FullSizeRenderWe all hope you’ll enjoy your seventh visit to Key West and even imagine yourself as one of the neighbors…

About This Author

Lucy Burdette (aka Roberta Isleib) is the author of 15 mysteries, including KILLER TAKEOUT, the latest in the Key West series featuring food critic Hayley Snow. Her books and stories have been short-listed for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She’s a past president of Sisters in Crime.

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killer takeout
Killer Takeout (Key West Food Critic)
7th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Florida
An Obsidian Mystery (April 5, 2016)
Published by New American Library
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451474834
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It’s Fantasy Fest at Key West, and food critic Hayley Snow is ready to celebrate. But a killer seems intent on crashing the party. . .

Every year, Key West’s weeklong Mardi Gras–style festival has tourists and locals alike lining up for costumed revelry and delicious eats. Key Zest magazine has assigned Hayley to write a piece on the fest’s grab-and-go food, so she’s planning on hitting up the mobile eateries while checking out the party preparations.

Hayley’s office mate, Danielle, recently elected Queen of Fantasy Fest, is also buzzing between festivities and fundraisers.  But when a former royal rival gets taken out, Hayley needs to put down her party hat and her pen and figure out who served up a side of murder—before Danielle gets crowned a killer. . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Zombies, a hurricane, and murder! OH MY!! This story is “KILLER”!!!

Never a dull moment in Key West, but Halloween seems extra special. The week plus long event, Fantasy Fest, includes great food and drink, several events each day and costumes that are fun, scary, and some downright risqué.  Hayley Snow is right in the middle of it all. She is reviewing places that serve takeout for Key Zest. Everything from food trucks to restaurants. She is also covering and participating in several events.

Her coworker Danielle was elected Queen of Fantasy Fest after weeks of fundraising but she seems to have made an enemy. Another contestant is not taking her loss well and making Danielle miserable.

Hayley dons makeup to zombify herself and takes part in the Zombie Bicycle Ride. Alcohol, costume restraints, or lack of balance has zombies tumbling everywhere. One right by Hayley so she stops to help. It takes awhile but she realizes it is the woman that has been bullying Danielle. When she dies police think there may have been foul play and Danielle is their main suspect. Hayley quickly starts her own investigation.

Oh and in addition to that and work, her mother has arrived in Key West with her fiancé for their wedding, and Hurricane Margaret is brewing and Key West is in it’s path.

Lucy Burdette has filled these pages full. What a fantastic story!

All our favorite characters are back and Key West is full of tourists too. I absolutely love Miss Gloria. She is over 80 and Hayley has a hard time keeping up with her.  Hayley and Bransford’s romance has some bumps and there is some trouble at Key Zest, I really enjoyed all the dialogue. The characters continue to grow and even after 7 stories they are fresh and interesting. I would love to be friends with all of them.

The subplots entwine so comfortably with the main plot. Don’t interpret that to mean there is not excitement because there is plenty of that. I couldn’t believe how quickly I flew through this book. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. It was after midnight and I kept telling myself just one more chapter, just one more chapter, and soon I was to the recipes.

Don’t miss this one! Pack your virtual bags and head to Key West and enjoy!! Be sure to send me a postcard (comment) telling me all about your trip!!

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Thanks to the people at Penguin I have 2 copies to give away!
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  33 Responses to “Cozy Wednesday with Lucy Burdette – Author of Killer Takeout – #Giveaway too!”

  1. I like the character’s profession.

  2. How can you go wrong with Zombies and Key West, it sounds like a great fun read. Thanks for the chance to win.

  3. Thanks for including Lucy Burdette on your blog. It was fun to see houseboat row and placing it where Hayley resides. The thought of Zombies in Key West is even more interesting and has perked my desire to read this book. robeader53@yahoo.com

  4. This cozy sounds captivating and unique. Thanks.

  5. This sounds like such a FUN series! I recently bought An Appetite for Murder and am anxious to dive into this series. Killer Takeout definitely sounds like a winner!!

  6. I love this series, but haven’t read this one yet. Excited to!

  7. This book is definitely on my TBR list. It must be great fun to live on a houseboat in Key West.

  8. Love the houseboats. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  9. Sounds like a great cozy mystery.

  10. It sounds like fun to live on a houseboat. You’d have to live small, which sounds good to me. And, you’d have fewer neighbors, too. I’d love to read this book. It sounds terrific.

  11. I loved this book, and you’re right, the series keeps getting better and better!! I highly recommend it!

  12. I’m a little behind in this series and have to catch up. What I’ve read so far has been fun. Zombies in Key West sounds like this one is going to be a blast. Thanks for the chance to win.

  13. Love a good mystery.

  14. I am a fan! Thanks for the opportunity to continue my reading journey with Lucy.

  15. I can’t believe I missed this series! Now I know what’s on the top of my list for the bookstore trip on Friday! Thanks for spotlighting this new book. I’m looking forward to diving in!

  16. Sounds great I would love to read it 🙂

  17. Love this little ditty… I really think I’did adore living on a houseboat!
    Kelly Braun

  18. I just started the first book- I am so enjoying reading about my favorite place in the world Key West!!!!!

  19. This book sounds great. I have always wanted to live on a house boat. They look so nice.

  20. Yes, I’m ready to head to Key West and try out a houseboat! Thanks!

  21. Thank you Lori for the intro & review of this newest addition to this series!

  22. I love the Key West food mysteries, and am looking forward to reading Killer Takeout!


  24. This is an amazing series and I can’t wait to read “Killer Takeout”. Visiting Key West sounds really good right now.

  25. Looks like a fantastic read. Do hope to read sooner rather than later.

  26. My fingers are crossed for this i am so excited and have went to several places to try to win and so far not but have been going to food tricks for awhile when i lived in the bay area and they were so good . I am crossing my fingers as much as i can and then hubby is crossing his and his toes and we wuill get the girls to cross they paws.

  27. These stories are just the type I love to read..thanks for the chance to win a signed copy and start reading a new author.

  28. No need to enter me in the drawing, Lucy is an auto-buy for me! I really enjoyed this blog, and the pictures of the houseboats are terrific. I didn’t know “houseboat row” really existed. What a magical, wonderful place. Great blog, Lori Lucy, happy to see another installment in this fun series.

  29. This sounds really good! Added to my ever growing TBR list.

  30. I love the pictures and I loved the book!

  31. I love The Key West series. Lucy Burdette never disappoints me. Can’t wait to read it

  32. Sounds like a great read, and the cover art is adorable.

  33. Sounds like a Awesome read 🙂 Thank you for a chance to win 💟👍

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