Cats, the tropical setting of Key West during the holiday season, and mouth-watering food make for a great escape from the cold and damp November weather and might even put you in the holiday spirit. Death With All the Trimmings, the fifth in Lucy Burdette’s Key West Food Critic mystery series, is not technically a cat mystery, but there are enough cats in the book to keep cat lovers happy.
From the publisher:
It may be Christmastime, but thoughts of peace on earth, good will toward men, don’t seem to extend to the restaurant biz. Hayley has been assigned to interview Edel Waugh, chef/owner of Key West’s hottest new restaurant. But off the record, Edel reveals someone’s sabotaging her kitchen and asks Hayley to investigate.
Things heat up fast when the restaurant is set on fire—and a body is discovered in the charred wreckage. Is someone out to destroy the chef’s business—or actually kill her? Amid holiday festivities like the lighted boat parade and visiting relatives who stir up mixed emotions, Hayley needs to smoke out an arsonist and a killer who may turn up the heat on her next…
Hayley lives on a houseboat with two cats, who, while not central to the plot, occasionally make appearances in the story.
I thoroughly enjoyed this fast-paced, fun mystery. I’ve never experienced the holidays in a tropical setting, and loved the vivid descriptions of Key West decked out for the season. I also savored (pun intended!) the completely calorie-free guilty pleasure of reading about some amazing food (recipes are included in the back of the book) and, of course, the cats added to my reading pleasure.
If you enjoy cozy mysteries with cats, this book makes a great read for the holiday season.
I received an advance review copy of this book from the publisher. Receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.