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A Deadly Feast
Key West Food Critic Mystery #9
BY Lucy Burdette

Crooked Lane
May 7, 2019/ ISBN 978-1-68331-969-6
Mystery /Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds 

Key West food critic Hayley Snow is almost ready for Thanksgiving with her family and her wedding to Nathan Bransford shortly thereafter.

Hayley’s friend, Analise Smith, is deeply distressed when she calls Hayley to beg for help. Analise runs a seafood tasting tour, and one of the guests has collapsed and died. If the police stop the tour, Analise will lose her business and, given Hayley’s success rate of solving crimes in the past, Haley is the only one she can turn to for help.

I’ve gone back and forth in my opinion of this series over the years. This is one of the better books, and I do see character maturation and a closely crafted plot. If you have read others in the series, you’ll want to read this one; but if you haven’t I’d suggest that you backtrack and read at least some of the earlier books. That continuity will help you understand relationships and why people react as they do.

The book includes several pages of recipes that sound delicious. I was particularly taken with the butternut squash with leeks and fried sage as a no-meat main dish. Vegetarians will, however, want to adjust it. The ingredients list includes chicken broth which is a no-no for a true vegetarian.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Appetite for Murder
Death in Four Courses
Topped Chef
Murder with Ganache
Death on the Menu

Reviewers Notes: Author also writes as Roberta Isleib

Reviewed 2019