Monday, April 4, 2016

Review - Killer Takeout


KILLER TAKEOUT by Lucy Burdette
The Seventh Key West Food Critic Mystery

Temperatures soar in Key West as the town celebrates Fantasy Fest. The Royal Court has been chosen, but one runner up does not take losing lightly and picks a fight with the Queen, Hayley's co-worker Danielle. As Haley Snow works on covering the event for Key Zest Magazine she samples numerous takeout foods and partakes of the the many activities found on the island. Adding to the activities, Hayley's mom and fiance are in town to get married. But with a hurricane brewing, tempers flaring, and Danielle a prime suspect in the suspicious death of her rival, Haley's got more on her plate than a mango hot dog!

Burdette has crafted a fine mystery in this seventh installment of the Key West Food Critic Mystery series. Her use of atmosphere drives both the plot and the characters. Hayley Snow has really grown since her first appearance.She's toughened up. While she loves her family, island family as well as blood, and enjoys their company, she's evolving into an independent woman who doesn't need a man to be happy. She's able to stand up and speak out for herself. Her confidence has grown without sacrificing her caring wholesome self.

KILLER TAKEOUT captures the atmosphere of a town on edge, a party town a step away from going too far. The weather turns up the heat creating tension, desires, and bringing out the competitiveness in its populace. As Hayley looks into the suspicious death she continues her work as a food critic providing us with mouthwatering food descriptions. We can almost taste the food, see the sights, and feel the humidity, thankfully safe in our cool homes without a murderer on the loose! In KILLER TAKEOUT Burdette skillfully combines atmosphere and characterization, with a thoughtfully plotted mystery to create a winning book!

Recipes included.

FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book in the hopes I would review it.

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