Cats, a tropical setting, mouth-watering food (with some recipes included), and did I mention cats? Lucy Burdette’s Key West Food Critic mystery series has all the ingredients for fun summer reading, especially this time of year, when I’m pretty sick of cold weather.

The latest installment, Killer Takeout, takes place during Key West’s weeklong Mardi Gras–style festival.

From the publisher:

Key Zest magazine has assigned protagonist Hayley to write a piece on the fest’s grab-and-go food, so she’s planning on hitting up the mobile eateries while checking out the party preparations. Hayley’s office mate, Danielle, recently elected Queen of Fantasy Fest, is also buzzing between festivities and fundraisers. But when her former royal rival gets taken out, Hayley needs to put down her party hat and her pen and figure out who served up a side of murder—before Danielle gets crowned a killer…

Like all of the books in this series, Killer Takeout offers plenty of local color. I’ve only been to Key West once, in the 1980’s, and every time I read one of these books, I want to hop on the next plane to Miami, rent a car, and make that beautiful drive down to the keys. The cats in the book, including Haley’s cats Evinrude and Sparky, are not central to the mystery, but they make frequent appearances.

The story is fast paced, filled with immensely likeable and quirky characters, and a looming hurricane adds additional suspense.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The setting, the cats, and the guilt-free pleasure of reading about amazing food make this one of my favorite mystery series.

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FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. Receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. This giveaway is sponsored by Lucy Burdette.

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17 Comments on Review and Giveaway: Killer Takeout by Lucy Burdette

  1. I had a cat years ago named Pooh. That cat could have had volumes written about him — he was all-out psycho, but I loved him. He lived to be 21.

  2. I have been just dying to want to read this in print. I over the years have visited alot of food trucks in the bay area and they were always so good and so cheap. This one I would love to read and review. I would love to see a cat that just has an atttitude mine his name is taco and is just so good orange and white loves to play games.

  3. I’d love to have my Malachi Cat in a book—he’s more dog than cat and raised 2 beagle puppies who still think he’s their mama.

  4. I would love to have my old cat Din ub a book. He was such a character. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. My cat, Poseidon would love to be featured in any book that featured food ! He is a big, ginger cat with huge Amber eyes that are hard to resist and he loves his food !!!

  6. I would love to read your book,i love cats. I used to have a cat his name was Rambo he was my best friend until he die a couple years ago i still miss him.

  7. I would love to see my cat Kiki immortalized in a book. She died in my arms early on New Years day. She was a very vocal cat & would carry on conversations with me. I miss her so

  8. I would love to see my cat Max immortalized in one of Lucy Burdette’s mysteries! He was the sweetest, most loving cat I have ever had. Sadly, after a long battle with kidney disease, he passed away two weeks before Christmas at the age of eight. I miss him.

  9. If it has cats in it, I’m all over it! Would love to win this book. Based on other people’s comments, I’d love to see my Pistol, aka Pissy in a mystery novel. She had a major attitude, hence the nickname. No one messed with her!

  10. I would love to see my grand kitty Rain in a book. She is an amazing cat, sweet and smart with just a hint of mischief.

  11. I would love my mom’s cat Peekabo to be in a book. Just to see her immortalized in print would be so amazing.

  12. I want to see my cat, Saphira in a mystery book. She’s smart and she would have fun helping to solve a mystery.

  13. I would love to see Miss Waikiki in a book. My cat Kapono made an appearance in a Christmas romance book a couple years ago. I entered the author’s contest and she ended up writing him as the mascot of a sight seeing boat called Pono’s Palace. She even went on to describe him perfectly down to his personality, breed and color (from the info I provided her). It was a lot of fun to have him in the book.

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