Review: An Appetite for Murder by Lucy Burdette

January 5, 2012 Cozy Mystery, Penguin, Signet 12

  • Paperback:320 pages
  • Publisher:Signet; Original edition (January 3, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0451235517
  • Source: Author

Haley followed her “soul mate” and moved to Key West.  Unfortunately, when she catches him in bed with another woman, the relationship ends abruptly. Haley’s a strong, independent young woman and vows to make a life for herself in Key West.  She’s always been a foodie and decides to apply for a food critic job for a new Key West style magazine.  When she learns that her potential new boss, Kristen Faulkner, is the very woman who stole her “soul mate”, she doesn’t think things can get worse. Unfortunately, they do.

Kristen is murdered, killed by a poisoned Key Lime pie, the very pie Haley writes an article about shortly after Kristen’s death.  Due to her relationship with Kristen, the police name her the number one suspect in her murder. To save her reputation, and, frankly, any attempts to be a food critic, Haley must find out the identity of the real killer.

An Appetite for Murder is the first book in Burdette’s Key West food critic mystery series and it is a true delight! Not only does she cause your mouth to water with all the talk of food, but she really captures the essence of Key West as well; the culture, the people, the food, comes to life on the pages.  The setting is absolutely perfect, particularly for those of us up North suffering from frigid temperatures this time of year! 

Haley’s character is completely likeable; while she is a food critic she’s not snooty at all, she’s actually quite fond of tasting and critiquing food from local fast food restaurants.  The secondary characters are quite rich as well; I look forward to reading about them more in subsequent books. Finally, you can’t have a foodie book without recipes! Recipes for a few of the dishes Haley makes throughout the course of the book are included as well.

Bottom line: if you are a fan of cozy mysteries this is a series you can’t afford to miss out one! Highly recommended!

12 Responses to “Review: An Appetite for Murder by Lucy Burdette”

  1. Patti Smith
    Twitter: PattiRSmith

    Yay! Another good series with richly developed characters and a fun plot 🙂 I’m adding this one to my WishList 🙂

  2. Teresa
    Twitter: teresasreading

    Ooh sounds like a great cozy. I’ll have to add it to my list for the cozy challenge.

  3. Jean Lewis

    You made this sound so good I bought it on my Nook. I love reading anything about Key West. It is really cute and well written. Thanks.

  4. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads

    As I mentioned on Twitter — I know this is a series for me. I love the idea of food critic.

  5. TheBookGirl

    Oh yay! a good foodie cozy mystery (my favorite type of cozy). And, it’s the first in the series so I don’t have to play catch up. Thanks for reviewing this one 🙂

  6. Margot
    Twitter: joyfullyretired

    There are lots of things to like here: first in a series, a smart main character, mystery, and talk of food. I’m in.

  7. Christine
    Twitter: ChristineA

    Sounds like a great book! I could use a little Key West warmth in my days right about now!