Interview with Janet Keeler
Lucy Burdette uses her love of food and cues from well-known food critics to draw inspiration for her series’ lead character, Hayley Snow.
Author Lucy Burdette splits her time between Connecticut and Florida, specifically Key West. America’s southernmost city is the location of her food critic mystery series, in which protagonist Hayley Snow reviews restaurants and solves crimes. Dinner with a side of deadly? The ninth book in the series, A Deadly Feast was published in 2019 and takes place around Thanksgiving and in locations that visitors to Key West will recognize. That’s part of the charm of Burdette’s books, which take readers down Duval Street, through the Truman Annex and the Harry S. Truman Little House and watching sunset at Mallory Square.
Like all books in the series, there are recipes included. In this book, lobster macaroni and cheese, a smoked fish spread and a key lime pie in a cup might just find their way to a reader’s Thanksgiving table.
Burdette, who is a licensed clinical psychologist when she’s not plotting her mystery novels, says she’s had a good time coming up with the clever titles of the books (“Topped Chef,” “Murder with Ganache” and “Killer Takeout,” among others) and figuring out where to stash bodies in Key West.
To read more about the author and the Key West food critic mystery series, go to lucyburdette.com.
“Just reading for pleasure, mysteries and non-mysteries, you find out that some authors talk about food and it’s part of their stories and others’ the characters might as well not be eating,”
– Lucy Burdette, author