Last Updated on: February 16, 2014 by Ingrid King
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…
Hayley lives on a houseboat with her very cool cat Evinrude, who, while not central to the plot, occasionally makes an appearance in the story. Haley is also on assignment for Key Zest magazine to write a story about the Hemingway cats, and the surprising conclusion of the book takes place at the Hemingway house, which gives the reader a chance to meet some of the famous felines.
I thoroughly enjoyed this fast-paced, fun mystery, the tropical setting, and 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. If you can’t afford to go away for spring break, this book is the second-best thing.
I received a copy of this book from the author. Receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.