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An Appetite for Murder (Key West Food Critic Mystery #1)

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Hayley Snow's life always revolved around food. But when she applies to be a food critic for a Key West style magazine, she discovers that her new boss would be Kristen Faulkner-the woman Hayley caught in bed with her boyfriend! Hayley thinks things are as bad as they can get-until the police pull her in as a suspect in Kristen's murder. Kristen was killed by a poisoned ke ...more
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Published January 1st 2012 by New American Library
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What a great lot of fun this book was! I used to be torn about my love for both the cozy mystery and the more intense, complex mystery and rating them. Then, I realized that books have to be rated on their own merits and not a comparison basis to all other books. And, as if Lucy Burdette were reading my mind, the first words of her delightful novel, a quote at the beginning of chapter one, simplified all my thoughts and past vacillations. "A hot dog or a truffle. Good is good." (James Beard) It ...more
I picked this up browsing in the store and sat down to check it out. I had decided on buying it 4 chapters in. I felt very genuinely for the heroine, Hayley. And while I enjoyed the writing style (it was fined groomed by the author or an editor) about half way in I started getting bored. Too many details about things I was uninterested in, then as the last quarter went through the heroine lost her mind. She alienated all the friends and screwed things up royally. It was so difficult to read abou ...more
Hayley 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 poli ...more
Paulette Alden
I loved Lucy Burdette's An Appetite for Murder. Its ingredients are among my favorite things--Key West, food, cats and a book that sets its terms and meets them perfectly. Burdette knows exactly what she's about in this genre. She creates an appealing, somewhat ditzy (but not too) protagonist in Haley Snow, whose life, despite getting stirred up by an accusation of murder, seems believable, sympathetic, and multi-dimensional. She's young, trying to make her way, a good soul and a spunky spirit. ...more
Judy Alter
Lucy Burdette's debut novel in the Key West series gives us a delightful picture of Key West and its food, alongside a puzzling murder and the protagonist who is accused of the killing. Burdette obviously knows Key West well, including its geography and its food,though here she mostly avoids high-end places and gives us what everyday folk eat. She is also frank about tourists, the homeless, and the privileged--Key West is a multilayered society.
Hayley Snow follows Chad Lutz there--a case of shee
This is the first in a series that takes place in Key West. Beautiful tropical setting and one would expect that there would be more details about that Oceanside vibe. Our main character does live on a boat with her girlfriend at a marina where Haley had to move after being dumped by her boyfriend shortly after arriving in Key West from New Jersey. Haley is hoping to get her dream job as a food critic at a new magazine that is called Key Zest. Unfortunate for Haley, the co-owner of said publica ...more
❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
Great setting, interesting plot with nice twist. But the characters all needed work, in my opinion. The main character, Hayley, was portrayed as such a ditz, and so dysfunctional it was off-putting to me, although the scenes with her involving food showed her in a much more competent light. Her friends were portrayed as a bit insincere, though the author did a divine job portraying the ex as an ass. The detective never shows Hayley an ounce of kindness throughout the book, but at the end we're t ...more
Another great series by Roberta Isleib who is writing this series under the name Lucy Burdette. Haley Snow is a very appealing main character in this series. The series takes place in Key West which adds interest to this book. I didn't have the plot figured out in the first 50 pages which is typical for me when I read cozies. I'll be ready and waiting for the next book in this new series.
Since cozy mysteries are my books of choice, this one would seem to be just another in a long line of light, enjoyable summer reading. However, An Appetite for Murder, the first of a new series set in Key West by Lucy Burdette is exceptional in that it is just a bit better than most of the others I've read recently. Highly recommended.
Connie N.
This is the very cute beginning to a cozy mystery series. The main character, Hayley, is pretty flighty in many ways, living a loosey-goosey lifestyle (and by that I mean that she's bumming a room from a friend, borrows another friend's car, and seems to need a lot of personal handholding--actually she's pretty high maintenance), but she's talented in cooking, eating, and food reviewing. Only a few months ago she moved from NJ to Key West to live with her boyfriend, and though some reference is ...more
Sometimes the cards just don't seem to be in your favor. Hayley Snow moved from her New Jersey home to live in Key West, Florida with her new boyfriend. This was a great fit for Hayley who loves all things food and is applying to be a food critic in the new local magazine. Then misfortune hits like a poisoned pie in the face, when she returns home one day to find almost all her possessions in the hallway and the editor of the magazine, Kristen, in bed with Hayley's new boyfriend. You might think ...more
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Hayley Snow loves food. Her dream is to be a successful food critic. She follows her boyfriend, Chad, from her hometown New Jersey to Key West, Florida. The move isn’t exactly a lucky one for Hayley. It’s not long before Chad dumps her and she’s left to build a new life for herself in Key West.

First thing to do is find a place to live, which she does. She moves in with her friend, Connie, on her houseboat. Then, a food critic position becomes available at the local newspaper, Key Zest. Hayley is
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
I enjoyed this debut novel set in Key West, Florida. The story centers around a food critic to be, Hayley Snow. Hayley moved impulsively down to Florida from New Jersey to follow her lover. The romance failed but a new one was struck up with Key West. Hayley loves her new home town and loves food with equal passion.

The problem comes when her ex-lover's girlfriend is murdered and Hayley is the number one prospect in the eyes of the KWPD.

The descriptions of foods, life, colors (such as Lorenzo, t
Normally when I read cozy mysteries, if the characters are well written and I enjoy them, I will stay with the series even if the mystery is on the weak side. In the case of this book, the mystery was very well written, but I didn't love the characters as much. While the book was enjoyable, I found the heroine to be on the annoying side and her sidekick characters not to be very interesting, except Jerry the homeless guy. Because I enjoyed the setting, and her career choice as a food critic and ...more
Daniel Cornwall
I found this book as a result of Twitter. As a librarian and author of the Writer's Guide to Government Information, I sometimes get authors following me.

I don't always follow back, but @LucyBurdette's profile said she was an author of a series based on a food critic living in Key West Florida. I think Key West is beautiful. I also appreciate food and mysteries, so I followed her back and asked what the first book in her series was. I didn't realize till later that she is also one of the people
I read an article on Culture Map by a local food critic describing some her favorite Culinary Mysteries and AN APPETITE FOR MURDER was on the list. I hardly ever pass up a recommendation on a new cozy mystery, especially if it is about food. That's how I discovered AN APPETITE FOR MURDER, the first book in the Key West Food Critic Mystery series.

Jersey girl and food lover, Hayley Snow, has followed her boyfriend to lovely Key West. Hayley is a girl of many passions, her boyfriend, her family, an
Michele Dorsey
Glad I saved this fast moving read for vacation. It is so filled with delicious details about food and the charm of Key West, I would have had a "wicked" jealous hissy fit if I read it in chilly Boston and not on a tropical island. Loved the characters and the story. Happy there is another in the series and a third coming out in May. I just need more vacations to read them during.
Mark Baker
Hayley is trying to get a job at the new magazine in Key West as a food critic. This is despite the fact that she found the magazine's owner in bed with Hayley's boyfriend. But when the owner is killed, Hayley finds herself the chief suspect in the murder.

Since I liked the most recent one when I read it a couple months ago, I thought I'd go back and start at the beginning. Hayley seems to have more flaws here than in the later book, although I still loved her. The story was a little slow to get
If you're tired of this Polar Vortex winter weather, get warmed up with Lucy Burdette's Key West Food Critic Mystery cozy series. Hayley Snow is new to the Florida Keys and got burned by her boyfriend Chad. In attempts to land a posh food critic job for the local newspaper, she confronts her ex-boyfriend's latest squeeze. From there, she gets embroiled into a mess, when the people suspect her of killing her. In hopes of clearing her name, she does everything in her power to find out who wanted K ...more
Fun read for cozy fans! Had all the right ingredients-quirky characters, great food and interesting local flavor. I was so intrigued by the Key West flavor I actually did an online map search for all the places Haley goes.
Tracy Weber
Fun series that always makes me feel like I'm sunning myself in Key West, right along with the protagonist. I read the series out of order, so it was nice to see how it all began. Love this series!

Wonderful setting, great pacing, and a cast of interesting and appealing characters. All things considered, a delicious mystery. Can't wait for the next book in the series.
Becky Rippel
A book with a cat named Evinrude can't be all bad!! Haley Snow follows a new love to Key West, but when she finds him in bed with another woman barely three months later, she has to regroup. That's why she is now living on a friend's houseboat with said friend and a cat named Evinrude.

Haley is also trying to win the position of food critic for the newly launched 'Key Zest,' which unfortunately is co-owned by Chad's new love, Kristen Faulkner. When Kristen is murdered, Haley is the prime suspect,
This is the first in a culinary mystery series set in Key West FL. I love palm trees and "light" mysteries (without a lot of blood and guts) so I thought I'd give this series a try.

This is the story of a somewhat bumbling young woman who is a food critic and finds herself in some interesting and perilous situations as she tries to figure out who actually committed a murder of which she is accused. She has a cat that she loves (named Evinrude - like the boat motor) and an ex that she no longer lo
Fantastic book. It was thrilling, side splitingly funny, everything you want in a light hearted mystery.
Pamela Richard
I loved this first book in this series. I will be reading the others.
Hayley Snow a transplant to Key West from Jersey. She is a freelance writer that was jilted by her boyfriend. Not wanting to move home she shares a boat with her friend Connie. r days there became cluttered with finding a job and then a murder. She is the main suspect. She takes it on herself to find the right murderer. With the help of a homeless man and her ex boyfriend's secretary, she is able to figure out and solve the case. Lots of different chatacters in this book and a quick read. Look f ...more
Hayley Stone has moved to Key West to be close to her boyfriend. After she catches him in bed with Kristen Faulkner, he kicks her out and she moves to a friend's houseboat. When Kristen is poisoned via key lime pie, Kristen is the chief suspect. The police don't have any others in view so she has to clear her own name with a little help from her friends. This was a fast moving, fun book. The characters were well written and I liked the whole story line. I will definitely read more of this series ...more
** This book review, as well as hundreds more, can also be found on my blog, The Baking Bookworm ( **

Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to author Lucy Burdette for providing me with a complimentary paperback copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

My Review: I currently work as a Library Assistant at my local library (and I truly adore my job) but one of my dream jobs is to be a food critic (as well as to own a book store/coffee house -- this girl is full
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Lucy Burdette is the author of the Key West food critic mysteries. As Roberta Isleib, she has also written the golf lovers mystery series and the advice column mysteries. Her books and stories have been nominated for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards.
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