Lucy Burdette (Goodreads Author)
 4.33  ·  Rating details ·  46 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews

Perfect for fans of Joanne Fluke and Leslie Meier, national bestseller Lucy Burdette’s eighth Key West Food Critic mystery sees the return of fan-favorite food critic Hayley Snow, who must once again get to the bottom of a bitter murder.

When a killer strikes just before flan time, beloved food critic Hayley Snow is forced to sniff out the killer before someone else bites the dust.

Hayley Snow, fiery food critic for Key Zest magazine, has just landed a ticket to one of the most prestigious events in Key West: a high-brow three-day conference at the Harry Truman Little White House. Even though she’ll be working the event helping her mother’s fledgling catering business, there’s plenty of spicy gossip to go around. But just before her mother’s decadent flan is put to the test, Key West’s most prized possession, Hemingway’s Nobel prize gold medal for The Old Man and the Sea, is discovered stolen from its case.

Unsavory suspicions point to Gabriel, a family friend and one of the new busboys working the event, who mysteriously goes missing moments later. Anxious to clear his name, Gabriel’s family enlists Hayley to help find him, but right as they begin their search, his body is found stabbed to death in the storeroom.

Hayley has no shortage of suspects to interrogate and very little time before the killer adds another victim to the menu in national bestselling author Lucy Burdette’s delectable eighth Key West Food Critic mystery, Death on the Menu.

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In this 8th book in the series food critic Haley Snow is helping her mom with a catering gig at an important event.  The event is to bring together Key West and Cuba.  But when an important artifact goes missing and there is a murder on the first night of the event, the catering gig may be a bust.  Of course Nathan Haley’s hunky detective boyfriend warns her to stay away from the investigation.  But when the family of the deceased ask for help, Haley can’t resist.

This is the first book in this series I have read.  I think as a reader I should have read the books before it.  I felt like it would have helped me with getting to know the characters better, gave them more depth.  I especially would have loved to know the whole story behind how Haley came to be in Key West.

I enjoyed reading this cozy mystery.  It had a little bit of everything in it.  It had danger, mystery, love, friendship and family.  This book had tons of interesting and highly entertaining characters.  It was a steady paced read that will keep you guessing till the end.  The only thing I really did not like was the political aspect of the story.  I find that story line a tad boring and overkill.  But the book did have a lot of interesting history behind it to make up for it.  The ending was wonderful and I even cried a bit.  Yes I cried!  I am such a baby.

Overall this book was a great cozy read.  It includes some really good recipes in the back of the book, that I must try.  Yummy!!!  I would love to read more of these books and get to know Haley and the gang a bit more.  So if you like Jimmy Buffet and a good dose of who done it, then this book is for you.  Pick it up today.

*ARC provided by Cozy Mystery Review Crew

4 star

The Series



About Lucy Burdette

Lucy Burdette is the author of the national best-selling Key West food critic mysteries, a cozy, culinary mystery series starring food critic Hayley Snow. The 8th book in the series, DEATH ON THE MENU, will be published by Crooked Lane Books on August 7, 2018.

Lucy’s alter-ego Roberta Isleib has written the golf lover’s mystery series (SIX STROKES UNDER) and the advice column mysteries (DEADLY ADVICE.) Lucy (aka Roberta) is a clinical psychologist who loves using her background in her stories. She also loves to cook and to eat and to talk and write and read about food!

You can learn more about Lucy, Key West, and the food critic mysteries at her website, She also blogs with the wonderful crime fiction writers at Jungle Red Writers,, and shares recipes and stories with seven other cozy mystery writers at Mystery Lovers Kitchen, 

*Author info and picture credit to the author’s Amazon page.

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