Explore Key West in This Fun, New “Foodie” Mystery

Category: Travel

February 19, 2014 — Thought about visiting Key West as a possible retirement spot? With this winter’s weather in the northern part of the U.S. it might not be such a bad idea! You can get a good feel for what the southern-most town in the continental U.S. is like from the newest mystery from Lucy Burdette, “Murder with Ganache”. For the record, Lucy Burdette is the pen name of the wife of Topretirements.com founder, John Brady.

Here is the publisher’s publicity release on this fun new book
Lucy Burdette’s fourth Key West food critic mystery, MURDER WITH GANACHE (NAL/Obsidian,) features the spring break party scene, a beach wedding gone awry, and a dangerous case of missing teenagers. As in her other books, Burdette populates her fictional story with real life characters and Key West locations. Readers will recognize places like the Hemingway House, Paseo restaurant, Project Lighthouse, Salute, the Casa Marina, and a clue discovered on the Courthouse Deli bench’s Facebook page. Murder_With_Ganache

“People enjoy reading about places they’ve been and food they’ve eaten,” Burdette explains. “Plus, I had fun weaving in my experience in the Citizens’ Police Academy last spring. Details of the main character’s ride-along with a police officer and experience with a SWAT team rescue came from those sessions.”

The Key West mystery series stars Hayley Snow, a food critic who lives on a houseboat at Tarpon Pier. In MURDER WITH GANACHE, her extended family is descending on the island like a category 3 hurricane for her best friend’s wedding. When her stepbrother disappears into the spring break party scene, she must put the baking of cupcakes and other wedding chores on hold in order to search for the missing teen. Says Burdette: “The book features Hemingway cats, and cupcakes, and wedding drama, but in the end it’s about finding and embracing family in whatever form they come

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About the Author
Lucy Burdette is the pen name for Roberta Isleib, who is a resident of Key West. This is Isleib/Burdette’s twelfth published mystery. Her books and stories have been short-listed for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She is a past president of Sisters in Crime.

Posted by Admin on February 18th, 2014


  1. I will def buy this book! It sounds like a fun read. My husband and I have been to Key West several time on vacation, weddings and to visit friends who live there. We love it there and have eaten (and partaken in libations)in many of the great and “funky” places the little Isle has to offer. Thanks for the heads up on this book!:cool:

    by sunlovingal — February 19, 2014

  2. @Admin: Also,congratulations to your wonderful talented wife!

    by sunlovingal — February 19, 2014

  3. I loved the first book and just bought the next two in the series. After finishing the first one, I immediately went to Expedia to check out airfares. Key West is awesome!

    by Carol — February 19, 2014

  4. Very cool, and congrats!

    by Jan Cullinane — February 20, 2014

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