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Why Cats Are Always a Part of Lucy Burdette’s Mystery Books


Written by Lucy Burdette

I’ve had very few cat-less times in my life, and those periods when there wasn’t a furry friend to greet me at the door felt lonely and sad. My characters in the Key West mystery series, Hayley Snow and Miss Gloria, feel the same way. In book ten, The Key Lime Crime, a new tiger cat T-Bone takes a starring role. But since my series is focused on food and murder, cats can’t always be in the limelight.Continue Reading

The Cats of the Key West Mysteries by Lucy Burdette


Written by Lucy Burdette
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After writing eight installments of the Key West food critic mystery series (the eighth, Death on the Menu, was out yesterday), I’ve developed so many characters that it’s almost hard to keep track of them. “Oh wait,” I’ll say to myself, “what the heck is Lorenzo or Miss Gloria or Officer Steve Torrence doing when all this is happening?” The one thing I never forget to include is the cats. In my real life, I begged for my first cat for my thirteenth birthday, and I haven’t been without one since. So my series wouldn’t feel right without them either.Continue Reading

Review: Murder with Ganache by Lucy Burdette


Cats, Key West, and mouth-watering food: I can’t think of a better way to escape the winter doldrums. Murder with Ganache, the fourth 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:

Hayley Snow, the food critic for Key Zest magazine, has her plate heaped high with restaurant reviews, doughnut and sticky bun tastings, and an article on the Hemingway cats. But this week she’s also in charge of her best friend’s wedding. And then someone adds a side of murder…Continue Reading

How Two Cats from Key West Became Literary Scottish Cats


Written by Lucy Burdette
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If you have read any of the ten previous Key West food critic mysteries, you know that right from the beginning, there have always been cats. In the previous book, The Key Lime Crime, T-bone the ginger cat whom I rescued from Key West SPCA made his debut. He was very proud to be featured on that cover – and annoyed that he didn’t make it onto the new book. (And he also believes that he rescued me, not the other way around.) I tried to explain that the characters in Scone of Contention were traveling to Scotland and couldn’t reasonably be expected to take their cats along. And I promised he would have a cameo on Facetime when Hayley called home to Key West. He only glared.Continue Reading

Mews and Nips: Tales of New York City’s Historic Cats

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The nineteenth century was a rough time to be a stray cat in New York City, but a few lucky ones were rescued. In The Cat Men of Gotham: Tales of Feline Friendships in New York, Peggy Gavan tells stories of firefighters, cops, athletes and politicians and the cats they welcomed into her hearts and homes. From Jerry Fox, a cat who patrolled Brooklyn and was credited with preventing crimes and alerting people to a fire, to Homicide, a cat who became the chief mouser at lower Manhattan’s police headquarters in 1934, to Bambino, who took up residence in Mark Twain’s New York home in 1904, these stories are sure to delight cat lovers. For a preview of the book, visit the New York Post.

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap:Continue Reading