Cozy Wednesday With Author Lucy Burdette (Giveaway too!)

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I saw the cover of Lucy’s An Appetite For Murder: A Key West Food Critic Mystery and knew I was going to love it. The idea of escaping to Key West during a cold Wisconsin winter sounded like a grand idea. Plus the cat on the cover resembles my Sherlock 🙂

I was so excited that Lucy agreed to be a guest here. I had read her other series and enjoyed them so much. I am so happy she is back with a new series and here today to tell us a little bit about it.

Hi Lucy!

Many thanks to Lori for inviting me to talk about my brand new Key West food critic mystery, An Appetite For Murder, written by Lucy Burdette (formerly known as Roberta Isleib.) I’m truly thrilled to be joining the ranks of other culinary mystery writers, including the renowned Diane Mott Davidson. (I have to brag a little–her blurb is on the front cover of my new book!) So I thought it would be fun to talk a little about food, glorious food, as they sang in Oliver!

This is the launch of my third mystery series, but the first one focused on food. (Although any readers of the advice column mysteries will remember that the main character, Dr. Rebecca Butterman, was an excellent cook.) It’s such a pleasure to write about things I love–and food is certainly one of them. I love to eat, to read about new recipes, to cook, to eat out in restaurants, to read about food in both memoirs and fiction. This series has given me license to do all that with a vengeance! My husband likes to tease that “Isleib” means “is stomach” in German. His other fictionalized translation for my family name is “large lunch followed by a restful nap.” No telling what he’ll make up for Burdette…

Anyway, I don’t think I’d like to be a food critic in real life–when I go out to eat, I like to choose what I feel like eating, not what I think other folks want to hear about. And there are places where I’d draw lines that my character Hayley Snow, cannot. For instance, tentacles. Raw fish and meat. Slimy things. Like that:). That said, all the restaurants in the book really exist in Key West and I’ve had wonderful meals in each of them. The only fictionalized establishment is the one Hayley visits in Miami Beach. I suppose if she’s going to start writing bad reviews or if someone is actually poisoned in a future book in a restaurant, I’ll have to do more inventing.

One of the first readers of An Appetite For Murder commented on the way I have chosen to lead off each of the chapters with a quote about food, chefs, or eating. Finding the quotes was so, so much fun. I started with more standard citations that would be familiar to many people, for example Miss Piggy’s famous “don’t eat more than you can lift.” But then the more I read, the more possibilities I found so I could tailor the quote to fit the action and the characters in each chapter–foreshadow what’s to come in many cases. And I came across gems like this one from Dwight Garner: “It is possible to imagine him having a small meal of minor critics for breakfast, as if they were kippers…

I so hope you all enjoy An Appetite For Murder –would love to hear your feedback!

You can read more about the book and the series on my website:, or Facebook And I’m always happy to see my writing and reading friends on twitter!


Thank you so much for being here today. Don’t you just love Miss Piggy!!!

An Appetite For Murder: A Key West Food Critic Mystery
Published by New American Library
A Division of The Penguin Group
A Brand New Series
A Key West Food Critic Mystery

Available Now

Haley Snow leaves New Jersey to follow the man of her dreams to Key West, Florida. Things don’t go as planned when Hayley learns she’s not the only woman in his life. She is determined to stay in Key West and since her entire life has revolved around food, cooking it, eating it, and writing about it, she decides to apply to be the food critic for a brand new magazine. Sounds good until Hayley learns her new boss would be the other woman in her ex-boyfriend’s life. Things get crazy when the police show up at her door to question her about a murder. The other woman is dead and Haley’s career as a food critic could be over before it has even begun.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
Key West – Paradise – The perfect setting!! for mystery and mayhem!!!

Lucy Burdette weaves us through the streets of this small island, a popular tourist spot, and a place loved by both Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams. Key West’s culinary influences and offerings are as diverse as its population. Hayley has a variety of eateries to critique.

I have absolutely fallen for this character. I want to be this character. Even with the suspicion of being a murderer. She lives in a beautiful place, has wonderful friends and even lives on a boat. Her days are filled with eating yummy food, visits with chefs, a cat herder, a tarot card reader and did I mention she lives on a boat!

The mystery is divine, it is perfectly paced and the ending is a surprise. I have an appetite for much more from Lucy Burnette and the awesome life of Hayley Snow. This is very delicious debut of what will definitely be a delectable series.

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39 thoughts on “Cozy Wednesday With Author Lucy Burdette (Giveaway too!)

  1. I really enjoyed your advice column mysteries and look forward to ready your venture into the culinary cozy world. =)

  2. I read your advice column mystery series and really enjoyed it. I’ve been looking forward to reading An Appetite for Murder since I first saw the cover last year. I’m always looking for a new series to start and this one sounds perfect: food and mystery.

  3. Having been to Key west many time but hardly ever eaten there I will love to read about the resturants. I love mysteries with food!!

  4. I don’t think I could be a food critic either because I like to order what I want too. It sounds like a fun job though. The book sounds really interesting. Follow a man to Florida but he is already taken and she is your boss! Lots of drama. I wonder who killed her? Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. A new series! YAY! I love series! And a new to me author – gotta love it!

    I’ve never been to Key West – would love to read about it, and find out who the killer is!!

  6. Hi Lucy, You are a new author for me so I am looking forward to reading your books. I love cozy mysteries and have read many and they make me laugh and feel good. Congratulations on your latest book release and am adding you to my new author list. I don’t think I would be a good food critic since I seldom eat out but I do know what I don’t like. lol

  7. I’ve been a fan of this author for a VERRRRRY long time, and as a chef (yes I cook for private parties) I love asking people if they like the meals I’ve prepared. Heck, I have an adopted son who is a C.I.A. graduate baker.

    I would love to win a copy of “An Appetite for Murder” to add to my private library.

  8. Hi Lucy- I am a foodie and love to eat and read about it. Living in FL and reading about it is great too. Since this book is written near/in Key West. Do you plan to write about other cities in FL- say for a road trip or keeping it local in Key West? Congrats on the release. Adding your book to my TBR list. Oh- I would love to be a food critic- I will try anything once 🙂 I would have a hard time being a judge on Iron Chef- some of the secret ingredients. Anyways.

  9. Food- and mystery- in Key West. . .sounds awesome. I read a variety of books and would love to become a fan of a new-to-me author!

  10. This sounds like such a great food cozy series. I don’t particularily like to cook but enjoy all the food network shows and reading the food cozies. Have added your advice column books to my wish list.

  11. Love the cozies and these to combined in your book -food and mystery make me want to grab a snack and site down and read your book

  12. Lucy….I find it fun that you enjoy everything about food! Also…that all the Key West restaurants in the book really exist. Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. Lucy, it looks like a great story! I love discovering new mysteries! And I agree with Dollycas–disappearing into Key West even via book sounds great as a cold winter wind finally blew across Mn today!

  14. congrats & good luck to Lucy!!!!
    i can’t wait to read your book & from the get-go!!!!

    thank you for the giveaway!!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

  15. I enjoy cozy mysteries and I would love to read your book. You are a new author to me so I will be looking for your other books now.

  16. I never got to go to Key West when I lived in Florida, but I always wanted to. Nice setting for a story–definitely sounds like a good one to check out!

  17. I would never be a food critic because I would probably be shoot! I love Key West so I know I would love this book.


  18. Just reading this post makes me long for a balmy winter day in Key West with a pina colada reading a good book – perhaps An Appetite for Murder – ummmm 🙂 Thank you for sharing with us today and for the lovely giveaway opportunity.

  19. this looks awesome~ and i LOVE key west! best place ever!
    and i love food mysteries.. i think this will be a win win all around! i hope i win!

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