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Death on the Menu
Key West Food Critic #8
BY Lucy Burdette

Crooked Lane
August 7, 2018/ ISBN 978-1-68331-746-3

Reviewed by Laura Hinds

Hayley Snow is a food critic for Key Zest magazine. There is an important three-day conference to be held in Key West and Hayley’s mother has been awarded the catering job for the prestigious event. The catering business is rather new, and naturally, Hayley agrees to help her mother.

The Havana/Key West conference is underway at the Harry S. Truman Little White House. There have been rumors that Raul Castro and Jimmy Buffett might attend! There is also a surprise appearance by former President Barack Obama. The police presence is strong, but that doesn’t stop crime in its tracks!

Detective Nathan Bransford is with the KWPD and he’s warned Haley that she and her mother should stay away from the conference since there are likely to be protests that might turn violent. While that is something to be expected, no one expected Hemingway’s Nobel Prize gold medal for “The Old Man and the Sea” would be stolen and that the prime suspect, a busboy named Gabriel, would be promptly disposed of by a ruthless murderer.

As well as an interesting murder mystery, there is an element of timeliness about Cuba/USA relations and also about immigration. There are also some history lessons in the story. Although my hackles were raised initially as I feared the book might swerve and become preachy, I am happy to say that the author did not engage in overt political correctness or virtue signaling and I was able to enjoy the story with the focus on the characters and on the crimes.

One could easily enjoy this book during a day at the beach and then head home to try out one of the delicious recipes included. I love black bean soup and will try that recipe soon, and I’m intrigued by the baked bananas with a Cuban flair as well!

Reviews of other titles in this series

An Appetite for Murder#1
Death In Four Courses #2
Topped Chef #3
Murder with Ganache #4
Death on the Menu #8

Reviewers Note: Author also writes as Roberta Isleib

Reviewed 2018