Hooray, you’ve found your way to the home of the Key West food critic mysteries, cozy mysteries written by Lucy Burdette! Lucy is the pen name for clinical psychologist Roberta Isleib, author of the golf lovers mystery series and the advice column mysteries–and they are both me.

You can also find me, Lucy, every Thursday talking food with the fun-loving crowd of culinary cozy mystery writers at Mystery Lovers Kitchen, and almost every day, talking everything else with the crime fiction writers of Jungle Red Writers. And I spend more time than I should on Facebook and Twitter–come join me. And I do love Pinterest:). My board called “Key West–the character” will give you tons of insight into how the island plays into the books.

Killer Takeout Cover SmallThe seventh Key West mystery, KILLER TAKEOUT, will be published on April 5–zombies, hurricanes, weddings, murders–you’ll find lots of excitement and Key West details. Lots of ways to order it here



FATAL RESERVATIONS, book six in the food critic series hit bookshelves on July 7. You can order it now!



Book five in the series, DEATH WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS, was out on December 2. You can order it here.


Here’s what the Booklist review had to say: Burdette infuses the mystery with Key West spirit and holiday fun along with delicious food references and recipes. This strong series continues a unique blend of island mayhem and sparkling characters surrounding a layered mystery.

So grab your copy, then settle in with a snack (you’ll need one!) and follow Hayley Snow’s adventures in the tropical paradise of Key West. You’ll find the “buy the books” link at the top of the page, but basically they are available wherever books are sold.

And please, drop me a line–I love to hear from readers–and I’m grateful for your support!

The fourth Key West mystery, MURDER WITH GANACHE was launched in February 2014.










Posted on October 18, 2016 - by

Shrinks in Books and Movies

Recently I read a book of essays called “true confessions from both sides of the therapy couch”–and this got me thinking about how I started in this writing business to begin with. And part of it was my dismay at the way shrinks have been portrayed in books and movies. Often we were shown as […]

Posted on September 15, 2016 - by

New England Crime Bake, Version 2016

Can’t wait to join in the fun with mystery writers and readers at the New England Crime Bake in Dedham MA, November 11-13! Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Tell a friend

French Vegetable Soup with Pistou #recipe

This recipe is based on one from the fabulous David Lebovitz‘s newsletter. If you like reading about Paris and French food, I recommend you subscribe. He was a chef at Alice Water’s restaurant Chez Panisse in Berkeley, but many years ago moved to Paris and is excellent at translating French ways to Americans. Lucy with […]

Grilled Shrimp and Peaches for a Crowd

LUCY BURDETTE: I know I’ve mentioned my supper club on this blog here in the past–we are six couples who try to get together 3 to 5 times a year for dinner and chatter. The hostess (and host) are responsible for the main course and the table setting, and each of the other couples brings […]

Blueberry Zucchini Bread #recipe

  John has batting practice   We’ve had a zucchini extravaganza in our garden this summer. As my friend Gina says, tis the season where people lock their garage doors and car doors to prevent gardeners from leaving baseball bat-sized zukes on the premises… But in case this happens to you, here’s a yummy recipe […]

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