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…
For better or worse, Hayley has agreed to bake over 200 cupcakes for her friend Connie’s wedding while still meeting her writing deadlines. The last thing she needs is family drama. But her parents come barreling down on the island like a category 3 hurricane and on their first night in town her stepbrother, Roby, disappears into the spring break party scene in Key West.
When Hayley hears that two teenagers have stolen a jet ski, she sets aside her oven mitts and goes in search of Rory. She finds him, barely conscious, but his female companion isn’t so lucky. Now Hayley has to let the cupcakes cool and assemble the sprinkles of clues to clear her stepbrother’s name—before someone else gets iced.
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It's spring time in Key West, Florida. So what sounds like the most fun? Vacation for the young crowd on break, or maybe a lovely wedding on the point with a beautiful sunset reception, or perhaps a family gathering of all the different new couples with divorced parents and food tasting. Well in this book, Lucy Burdette has brought all these things together in her fourth Key West Food Critic Mystery book, and the results is a world-win of adventure.
Amongst everything else, food critic and writer, Hayley Snow, is dealing with her surely 15 year old half brother who has gone off on a Jet Ski that is not his, and he's gotten into a real mess. At the same time, Hayley is a bride's maid for her best friend's wedding and has planned to make hundreds of cupcakes for the big day. But never forget that her day job is eating and critiquing foods from all of the local restaurants for her handsome boss at Key Zest Magazine.
I adore this series. Burdette's characters...
Hayley Snow, a food critic for a Key West newspaper has a very full plate. She needs to write reviews on two Key West restaurants. Plus write a piece on The Hemington House cats. Then she needs to taste test and review breakfast pastries such as Key West chocolate pastries topped with Ganache and sticky buns. Hayley is helping plan her best friend, Connie Arp with her wedding plans. Complicating matters Hayley’s mother and her man friend are arriving plus Hayley’s father and her stepmother bringing a teenage stepbrother who is very troublesome. Also, the groom‘s, Ray Hanson parents are expected to be entertain by Hayley. The night of the bridal shower, first, her stepbrother who is “bored” leaves to explore Duval Street by himself while the shower continues. Then to add more excitement Connie’s long lost father unexpectedly presents himself at the shower. Then...
I just finished "Murder with Ganache," and I loved it. You drew me in ... words I'm sure an author loves to read. I looked forward to picking it up again at the end of each day.
First, you picked a spectacular setting and created an insecure, feisty, determined, at times overwhelmed heroine. Definitely could relate. And you provided a well crafted plot, and I got to be part of it. I rode on the back of Hayley's scooter as she buzzed from Wally and work to the high-maintenance family at the Casa Marina and back to Miss Gloria and the houseboat. I advised her to say "no" once in a while to all the demands. (She didn't listen.) I inhaled not only the warm aromas coming from her oven, but also the mustiness and cat presence of Hemingway's home and the urine-soaked hallway of the abandoned building. I wanted to smack the back of Ray's head for not explaining to Connie why he booted her father out. And many, many times I wanted to smack the surly Rory...
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