Snow, food critic for the Key West magazine Key Zest, has
to do something she has never done before - write her first
bad review for a restaurant called Just Off Duval. The restaurant
owner, Sam Rizzoli, pitches a fit in her editor's office.
Is her boss, Wally, annoyed? Not really, he just assigns Hayley
to be a judge for the Key West version of the Topped Chef
competition TV show.
who one of her fellow judges turns out to be ---- you got
it in one - Sam Rizzoli!! After the first day of filming,
which narrows down the number of contestants, Hayley is looking
forward to her first date with Detective Nate Bransford. This
is not to be as he is on the job and leaves Hayley sitting
alone in the restaurant. Nate is not pleased when Hayley brings
his dinner to the crime scene. The next day, Peter Shapiro,
the producer/director of Topped Chef informs the
judges that Sam Rizzoli has been murdered. He wants them to
continue the competition. With a murderer on the loose, will
the judges crown a winner, or get crowned themselves?
to ponder: Will Hayley find the killer before she gets flambéed?
Did one of the contestants want to win so badly, that they
would chop a judge? Could voting as a City Commissioner have
gotten Sam Rizzoli murdered? Will Hayley and Nate ever have
a first date?
was another great addition to the Key West Food Critic Mystery
series. It was a fun, fast read. I love to see what kind of
trouble Hayley will get herself into. There are some yummy
recipes included too. So if you like your mystery Key West
style, then you should be reading Topped Chef.
Reviews of other titles in this series
Appetite for Murder#1
In Four Courses #2
with Ganache #4
on the Menu #