Monday, March 15, 2021

Death in Four Courses

 This is the 2nd book in the Key West Food Critic series by Lucy Burdette.  It's a great recipe for a wonderful cozy mystery.  Take a dash of FL sunshine, the spice of Key West characters and history and a large portion of food writers and you have the recipe for an intriguing mystery.  Hayley Snow has her mother in town for the Food and Literary seminar being held in her new hometown of Key West.  The keynote speaker, Jonah, decided to stir the pot with his fellow authors and threaten to tell the truth about many of their pasts and to bring more honesty to the food writers' sphere.   Apparently someone took issue with this new found need to come clean and forthright.  

Hayley had the misfortune of becoming involved in his death when she stumbled upon him.    Her mother's curiosity is as piqued as her own and the two find themselves looking into the mystery.  Another death, a friend acting strangely, and a disappearance all round out this cozy mystery.  The mystery is well written and the resolution quite a surprise.

The development of Hayley's relationships and her history is well done.  It is easy to feel a part of her social circle and to feel her frustrations and love for family and friends.  This aspect of the book establishes a connection that has the reader cheering for Hayley and wanting to read more about her life in tropical Key West.  Fortunately there is more to the series to achieve just that.

Death in Four CoursesDeath in Four Courses by Lucy Burdette
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Foodie lover mystery

Burdette captures the charm of Key West and reveals the behind the scenes machinations of a food writers convention as told by Hayley Snow. This second book besides having to deaths to solve, reveals a lot about Hayley and develops her as a character. We see a glimpse of her relationships with her mother and love interest both the good and bad. The mystery definitely was not an obvious solution but was plausible and believable. I look forward to reading more in the series

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Challenge Prompts

The Challenge Prompts I will use this for are:  

  1. Finishing the Series   #FinishingTheSeries2021  book 2 in Key West Food Critic series 
  2. Mount TBR   #MountTBR2021  Book #4
  3. Back List Reader  #Backlistreader  Book #37
  4. Calendar of Crime  #CalendarOfCrime2021   
  5. Cozy Mysteries   #9 item of clothing on cover
  6. Cruisin thru Cozies  free choice 8
  7. Cloak & Dagger  #CloakDaggerChal  Book #26
  8. Craving for Cozies  Book #22
  9. Around the Year in 52 Books #19. 3 books related to "Past, Present, Future" - Book 2
  10. Magic in the Books Book 2 #7 A book with clothing on the cover
  11. Pick your Poison #11-2 A book with an insect on the cover
  12. Medical Examiner Challenge  2 Toe Tags
  13. Beachcomber Challenge  
    • Crime Scenes 
      • Row 2
        • Lake or ocean
        • Alley or mews
        • Lawn
        • Basement
        • Attic
      • Row 3
        • Bar, store, restaurant
        • Cliff, roof, high place
      • Row 5
        • Garden, park, gazebo
    • Weapons
      • Row 3
        • Drowning
      • Row 4
        • Push or fall
    • Detectives- Hayley
    • Victims- Jonah/
  14. Six Shooter Challenge  Target # 8  Shot #2
  15. 52 books in 52 weeks  #10 number in title

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