Last Updated on: September 3, 2022 by Crystal Uys
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I love Lucy Burdette’s Key West Food Critic mystery series. After all, what’s not to love! With cats, a tropical setting, and mouth-watering food (with some recipes included), this series has all the ingredients for purrfect escapist reading. And who doesn’t need to escape from reality these days! A Dish to Die For is the 12th book in the series.
From the publisher:
Peace and quiet are hard to find in bustling Key West, so Hayley Snow, food critic for Key Zest magazine, is taking the afternoon off for a tranquil lunch with a friend outside of town. As they are enjoying the wild beach and the lunch, she realizes that her husband Nathan’s dog, Ziggy, has disappeared. She follows his barking, to find him furiously digging at a shallow grave with a man’s body in it. Davis Jager, a local birdwatcher, identifies him as GG Garcia, a rabble-rousing Key West local and developer. Garcia was famous for over-development on the fragile Keys, womanizing, and refusing to follow city rules—so it’s no wonder he had a few enemies.
When Davis is attacked in the parking lot of a local restaurant after talking to Hayley and her dear friend, the octogenarian Miss Gloria, Hayley is slowly but surely drawn into the case. Hayley’s mother, Janet, has been hired to cater GG’s memorial service reception at the local Woman’s Club, using recipes from their vintage Key West cookbook—and Hayley and Miss Gloria sign on to work with her, hoping to cook up some clues by observing the mourners.
But the real clues appear when Hayley begins to study the old cookbook, as whispers of old secrets come to life, dragging the past into the present—with murderous results.
I love this series more with every installment. It was so much fun to visit beautiful Key West again and reconnect with Lucy and all her friends.
The vivid descriptions of the tropical island setting make you feel like you are there. I visited Key West once in the 1980’s and fell in love with the island, but haven’t been back since then. Every time I read a book in this series, I want to go back for another visit.
A Dish to Die For can be read as a stand alone, but why not treat yourself to the whole series? The setting, the fast moving plot, the guilt-free pleasure of reading about amazing food, and, of course, the cats, make this one of my favorite mystery series.
A Dish to Die For is available from Amazon.
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Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.