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Friday, August 14, 2020

The Key Lime Crime (Key West Food Critic Mystery #10) by Lucy Burdette


The Key Lime Crime

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 11th 2020 by Crooked Lane Books



Goodreads synopsis: 
National bestselling author Lucy Burdette's tenth Key West Food Critic mystery is piping hot with pie-enthusiasts and murder suspects.

When a fierce rivalry between key lime pie bakers leads to a pastry chef's murder, food critic Hayley Snow is fit to be pied.

During the week between Christmas and New Year's, the year-round population of Key West, Florida, faces a tsunami of tourists and snowbirds. It doesn't help that outrageously wealthy key lime pie aficionado David Sloan has persuaded the city to host his pie-baking contest. Every pie purveyor on the island is out to win the coveted Key Lime Key to the City and Key Zest food critic Hayley Snow is on the scene to report it.

Meanwhile, Hayley's home life is turning more tart than sweet. Hayley's new hubby, police detective Nathan Bransford, announces that her intimidating mother-in-law is bearing down on the island for a surprise visit. Hayley offers to escort Nathan's crusty mom on the iconic Conch Train Tour of the island's holiday lights, but it becomes a recipe for disaster when they find a corpse among the glittering palm trees and fantastic flamingos. The victim--Au Citron Vert's controversial new pastry chef--was a frontrunner in Sloan's contest.

It's bad enough that Hayley's too-curious mother-in-law is cooking up trouble. Now, the murderer is out to take a slice out of Hayley. Can she handle the heat of a killer's kitchen?

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4.5 stars

This is the tenth book in the Key West Food Critics series by Lucy Burdette.

This book almost felt like book one in a series. I have read book 9 in this series but this one felt so fresh. Having Nathan’s mother make her appearance here put a great ingredient into the Key West character base. She is what this series needed. Loved her so much! I did miss having Nathan in the mix. I felt like he wasn’t in the story enough though. 

The whodunit was original and characters well crafted. I was sucked in from the very beginning. Loved this book so much. Looking forward to reading other books in this series to get more background on everyone.

If you like cozy mysteries, you won’t be disappointed in this series. Take a deep dive into this fantastic series!


I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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