Friday 24 May 2019

A Deadly Feast (Key West Food Critic Mystery #9) by Lucy Burdette

A Deadly Feast (Key West Food Critic Mystery #9)
National bestselling author Lucy Burdette’s intrepid food critic Hayley Snow must sniff out a killer in the ninth Key West Food Critic mystery.

Key West food critic Hayley Snow scents-es something fishy when a customer falls stone-crab cold dead on a seafood tasting tour.

Thanksgiving is nearly here, and Key West food critic Hayley Snow has just one more assignment to put to bed for Key Zestmagazine before she gets to celebrate with her family and her police officer fiancé, Nathan Bransford. Then, just days later, wedding bells will ring—if death doesn’t toll first.

The sweet potatoes and stuffing will have to wait when Hayley picks up a distraught phone call from her friend, Analise Smith. On the last stop of a seafood tasting tour run by Analise, one of the customers collapsed—dead. With the police on the verge of shutting down the tour—and ruining Analise’s business—Hayley can hardly refuse her friend’s entreaties to investigate.

As if wedding jitters and family strife weren’t enough for Hayley to worry about, there’s crusty pastry chef Martha Hubbard, whose key lime pie may have been the murder weapon—but did she poison her own pie or was she framed? As the hours to Turkey Day tick away, the pressure cooker is on for Hayley to serve up the culprit on a silver platter in A Deadly Feast, national bestselling author Lucy Burdette’s taste-tempting ninth Key West Food Critic mystery.  (Summary via Goodreads)

The Key West Food Critic Mystery series by Lucy Burdette is a great series to get lost in !!  You have the main character, Hayley, living on a houseboat with an 80 year old firecracker, Miss Gloria and 2 cats.  Hayley is engaged to a police detective, Nathan, who in A Deadly Feast, the ninth book in this series, becomes Hayley's husband !!  Hayley writes articles about food for a local magazine called the Key Zest and she has a deep love for food !!!  Luckily for the reader, there are recipes for the delicious food mentioned throughout the books at the end of each book !!  Oh and Hayley zips around Key West on a scooter !!!

In A Deadly Feast while Hayley is finalizing things for her wedding (which is the day after Thanksgiving), she is also trying to find out why a woman got sick and then died while they were on a seafood tasting tour given by her friend Analise.  Hayley doesn't want to ask questions, let alone investigate but when she sees how distraught Analise is, she can't help but help.

Hayley is also finding out how things are going to be once she marries Nathan when he is on assignment that he cannot discuss.  However when he does not show up for Thanksgiving dinner at Hayley's mom and doesn't answer any calls or texts, Hayley knows that something is not right and takes off on her scooter to find her soon to be husband !!

I love this series and love getting to know Hayley and her family and friends and seeing them grow and now that they are married (yes that does happen but not as smoothly as they wanted but as a reader of this series, you know that it was done as expected considering the two involved....) I cannot wait to see what happens next for the group.  We know that eventually the newlyweds will move into the houseboat next to Miss Gloria once it is renovated so our over active minds can just imagine the trouble that can occur there !!  But I'm sure we don't have to work to hard on that....we just have to wait for the next installment in this series to see what Burdette has in store for us all......

Review by Missi S.

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