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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