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Murder with Ganache (Key West Food Critic Mystery #4)

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Hayley Snow, the food critic for Key Zest magazine, has her plate heaped high with restaurant reviews, doughnut and sticky bun tastings, and an article on the Hemingway cats. But this week she’s also in charge of her best friend’s wedding. And then someone adds a side of murder…

For better or worse, Hayley has agreed to bake over 200 cupcakes for her friend Connie’s weddin
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by NAL
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Feb 07, 2014 Yvonne rated it really liked it
Food critic, Hayley Snow is back in the 4th book of the “Key West Food Critic Mystery” series. Her best friend, Connie, is about to be married and Hayley promises to bake over two hundred cupcakes. Unfortunately, her boss has given her several projects that need completion, as well. To make matters worse, her two sets of parents are in town for the wedding and things are getting crazier by the moment.

When her troubled teenage step-brother, Rory, vanishes, Hayley is on the scene to find him. Afte
Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014
Connie and Ray are getting married. Connie’s family is Hayley’s family since her mom passed away and she hasn’t seen her father in years. So Hayley’s parents and their significant others have arrived in Key West for the wedding and brought all the family drama with them. That includes Hayley’s teenage stepbrother Rory. The last thing a teenage boy want to do is attend a bridal shower or go sightseeing with his mother and stepfather. He convinces his mother to let him go off my himself for just a ...more
There was nothing better to lift my spirits than a trip to Key West Florida on another adventure with Key West food critic writer, Hayley and her friends and family. In what was supposed to be a joyous occasion with Hayley's best friend, Connie marrying her one true love Ray and with Hayley preparing to make two hundred scrumptious Lime Cupcakes with Lime Cream Cheese Frosting. Hayley's family also flies out to vacation and to celebrate the only glitch is Rory, Hayley's teenage step brother who ...more
Jack Getze
Jan 26, 2014 Jack Getze rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All mystery readers
Key West food critic Hayley Snow feasts on a buffet of trouble in this fourth installment of the series -- busted cupcakes, visiting troublemakers (mostly family), unruly animals (also mostly family), murder, plus a bride and groom who fall off the wedding cake. This time, there is simply NO WAY our polite and caring heroine will manage all of these family, pet and dessert problems, let alone solve the murder and maintain her sanity. Can she?

I don't read a lot of cozies. I usually like blood, s
Hayley Snow, a food critic for a Key West newspaper
has a very full plate. She needs to write reviews on two
Key West restaurants. Plus write a piece on The
Hemington House cats. Then she needs to taste test
and review breakfast pastries such as Key West chocolate
pastries topped with Ganache and sticky buns.
Hayley is helping plan her best friend, Connie Arp with
her wedding plans. Complicating matters Hayley’s mother
and her man friend are arriving plus Hayley’s father and
her stepmother bringin
Debbie Lester
Feb 07, 2014 Debbie Lester rated it it was amazing
Lucy Burdette is back with her fourth book in the Key West Food Critic series, Murder with Ganache. What does a beach wedding, a stolen Jet Ski and a missing set of teenagers have in common? A really good whodunit! Burdette's passion for Key West is evident on every page as she describes not only the sites and sounds but the people and their exotic culture. Murder by chain is afoot and Hayley's step brother may be right in the middle of it. Readers who love this series are in for a real treat ...more
Feb 04, 2014 Fred rated it really liked it
Murder With Ganache is the fourth book in A Key West Food Critic Mystery series.

Another fine addition to this fun series.

Hayley Snow is busy baking wedding cupcakes for her best friend Connie and trying to work in an interview out at the Hemmingway home for Key Zest, the magazine she is also food critic for. Add to this, her father and stepmom and her mother and her boyfriend are also coming for Connie's wedding. Everyone get ready for the Jack and Jill shower and after a while, Rory, Hayley's s
Oct 19, 2014 Ronna rated it it was amazing
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It's spring time in Key West, Florida. So what sounds like the most fun? Vacation for the young crowd on break, or maybe a lovely wedding on the point with a beautiful sunset reception, or perhaps a family gathering of all the different new couples with divorced parents and food tasting. Well in this book, Lucy Burdette has brought all these things together in her fourth Key West Food Critic Mystery book, and the results is a world-win of adventure.

Amongst everything else, food critic and writer
Hayley Snow is the food critic for a magazine in Key West. As the story opens she's busy with plans for her best friend, Connie's wedding. Hayley is the maid of honor.

Since Connie has been a family friend, Hayley's entire family is coming to the wedding, including her moody step-brother, Rory.

At the rehearsal dinner, Rory asks that he be allowed to visit Key West by himself. Hayley convinces Rory's mother to let him go. However, he doesn't return home and Hayley spends the later night searching
Jan 31, 2014 Katherine rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I enjoyed this delicious book very much. This is the first of the series that I've read (I won a copy from the author); I'll definitely read the rest.

Hayley Snow and her wacky relatives are the characters that drive this book. They've shown up for a wedding that is definitely (and maybe permanently) cancelled. Hayley has to try keeping them entertained on Key West during spring break. There is tension between Hayley's mother and her stepmother to be managed. Hayley's boss keeps piling on additi
S.W. Hubbard
Feb 18, 2014 S.W. Hubbard rated it it was amazing
At this time of year, those of us buried in snow are longing to get away. What better escape than a trip with a totally different type of snow--Haley Snow, protagonist of the charming Key West Food Critic mysteries. In this latest outing, Haley is trying to do her duty as main of honor at her best friend's wedding, while also managing family drama with her visiting relatives. When her step-brother, Rory, disappears, Haley is drawn into the sinister underworld of runaway teens which lies just ...more
Chi Dubinski
Jan 30, 2014 Chi Dubinski rated it it was amazing
Key West restaurant critic and magazine feature writer Hayley Snow has a lot on her plate. Her boss doesn’t like her story ideas, she promised to bake two hundred cupcakes for her best friend’s wedding, and her divorced parents have arrived in town, still sniping at each other after all these years. When Hayley’s cats tangle with the neighbor’s new Schnauzer, the cupcakes are the casualties. That’s a minor problem—on his first night in town, Hayley’s fifteen year old stepbrother goes missing.
Deb W
Aug 05, 2016 Deb W rated it really liked it
Lucy Burdette, aka Roberta Isleib, is a solid writer with a soft heart that packs a punch. Her characters are more on the real side than many cozy mysteries provide, and there's enough spice and sizzle to keep the plot moving along from the appetizers straight through the entrees and finish off nicely with the perfect dessert. I haven't tried her recipes because I am convinced I gain pounds enough just reading them.

If you haven't followed Hayley Snow on her scooter through the streets of Key Wes
Jan 23, 2014 Hallie rated it it was amazing
This series is fun and smart, especially psychologically smart. This time Hayley is helping put on her friend Connie's wedding (yummy key lime cupcakes) and there's plenty of family drama (her divorced parents arrive with new significant others) even before her stepbrother disappears. It's the perfect antidote for winter. Perfect for fans of Diane Mott Davidson. (I was thrilled to get an early copy of this.)
Elizabeth Dodd
Feb 04, 2014 Elizabeth Dodd rated it it was amazing
A cozy mystery with a familial twist. Add a sprinkling of food and you have a delightful read.
The main character is dealing with a friend's wedding and the arrival of a less-than-comfy assortment of family members. In particular, her teen-aged, angst ridden step brother.
The brother disappears, the wedding is off (or is it?), and the search for answers is on.
"Visit" Key West by reading this book and have a good time.
Wedding bells, murder, treasures, family troubles and more. This was such a good book. It was great to meet more of Hayley's family and it looks like there are two possible romantic interests for her. I had an inkling who was involved with the murder but didn't know for sure until the end when it came out. Looking forward to reading the next book!
Jan 07, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I enjoyed this book a good bit. The story was interesting for the most part and it wasn't slow paced. The mystery elements were well written. I'd recommend this book. Note: I received a copy through first-reads but that doesn't affect my review or opinions of the book.
Kathy Warren
This read was a bit messy. Too much going on with the main character. Was really dragging towards the end.
Oct 12, 2016 Mary rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Key West, food, recipes, & murder!
The Baking Bookworm
Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to author Lucy Burdette for providing me with a paperback copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

My Review: This is a cozy mystery with some good twists, a warmth in the relationships that you can connect with and delicious descriptions of food (with recipes at the end of the book t'boot). Yup, this book (and series) has it all for the cozy mystery buff.

I'm not one to just jump into the middle of a series of books. I hate that not knowing feeling about c
Review originally posted: Traveling With T

This book was sent to Traveling With T in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Murder With Ganache

Hayley Snow, food critic, maid of honor for her BFF’s Connie upcoming wedding, cupcake maker and referee for her family’s tiffs with one another, has her hands full. Trying to juggle all that is giving Hayley fits and that is before her stepbrother, Rory, turns up missing. Rory left that night to walk Duvall Street a bit and when he never returns, Hayley is
May 22, 2014 rated it liked it
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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Daniele

Haley has a lot of work to do before her best friend Connie gets married at the end of the week…hundreds of cupcakes to bake for the wedding, food articles to write and restaurants to critique for her job, and entertaining her blended family. Her parents, mother’s new boyfriend, step-mother, and sullen teenage step-brother descend on Key West for the week. She hasn’t been around her step-brother, Roby, much in recent y
Nov 02, 2014 Katreader rated it really liked it
Murder with Ganache by Lucy Burdette
The Fourth Key West Food Critic Mystery

Murder with Ganache, the fourth in the Key West Food Critic Mystery series by Lucy Burdette, finds Hayley making cupcakes for her friend Connie's wedding. The cupcakes meet an untimely end thanks to Evinrude, Sparky, and their new neighbor, Schnootie, and unfortunately, their destruction marks the beginning of a series of unpleasant events. Hayley's family, who happen to be Connie's surrogate family, arrive bringing a las
Mar 04, 2014 Kathy rated it it was amazing
This especially bad winter has been the perfect time to catch up reading Lucy Burdette's Key West Food Critic Mystery series. Each book is like taking a vacation to my favorite tropical spot for relaxation and fun. Burdette captures the essence of Key West perfectly, while taking readers on a delicious journey of culinary offerings on the island But, she doesn't shy away from exposing some of the less savory aspects of the island life. It's a feel good read anchored in reality. In Murder with ...more
May 04, 2014 Sue rated it liked it
Beware - spoilers ahead! I spent this week doing a marathon read of this series. Apparently the synopsis for one of the later books intrigued me, and I like to read the series in order, so went back to the beginning As a whole, the books are good. The plots are interesting. The suspects plentiful. The accused look guilty. The real murderer isn't easily detected. There is a cast of secondary characters that color the books nicely. And I enjoyed them until book three. Book four (this one) made it ...more
Feb 16, 2014 Lesa rated it really liked it
Lucy Burdette's amateur sleuth Hayley Snow has always seemed overwhelmed by her life. And, nothing could be worse than what she faces in Murder with Ganache, but she handles all the turmoil with panache.

Hayley's problems begin when she's baking cupcakes for her best friend's wedding, and her cats tear across the cupcakes as they escape from the neighbor's dog. She's trying to balance her maid of honor duties, including baking two hundred cupcakes with her food critic job at Key Zest magazine. T
Carl Brookins
Feb 28, 2015 Carl Brookins rated it really liked it

Haley Snow is the multi-tasking, scooter-ing food critic for a Key West periodical called Key Zest. Besides her job, checking out restaurant fare on the island at the foot of the nation, she dodges killers, manages to avoid calamity among her divorced parents, and tries to manage her best friend’s impending wedding.

In addition to all that she has to ride herd on her own potentially emotional entanglements with her boss at the magazine while dodging a vengeful investor. Readers get a good look at
Feb 22, 2014 Edel rated it it was amazing
I really love this series ...and this book, book 4 was really really awesome!
The setting of this series (Key West) is one of the reasons I first got interested in the series. I adore an awesome setting and going by Lucy's description it is as gorgeous as I picture it.
I love how in this book the main character Hayley is trying to do her own job as well as juggle family and friendships and cooking, and she does it so well! My mouth was watering as I read and there is also delicious recipes includ
Mar 10, 2014 Shirley rated it it was amazing

Ruined delicious lime cupcakes turn out to be the least of Hayley's problems when family comes to Key West for the wedding of her best friend Connie. On the night of their arrival, Rory, Hayley's step-brother, disappears and is found unconscious on the deck of a dilapidated sailboat. Later, the girl he was photographed with the first evening in Key West is found strangled in the water. Is Rory guilty of her murder or are they both victims? Determined to find the truth behind the mystery, Hayley
Maryanne Bowes
Feb 15, 2014 Maryanne Bowes rated it it was amazing
Murder with Ganache is the fourth book in the Key West Food Critic Mystery series. Each one has been a treat and each one is better than the last. Haley Snow is a northern transplant to Key West, having followed a bad boy. Happily rid of him she has settled into Key West life as the food critic. The pleasure for the reader is the way the author has drawn us into her life as we feast on descriptions of dishes from restaurants in Key West (hint: these are real places so take note for your trips to ...more
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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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