Review: Death with All The Trimmings by: Lucy Burdette

by - Thursday, December 04, 2014

Title: Death with All The Trimmings
Author: Lucy Burdette
Publisher: Obsidian
Series: Key West Food Critic #5
Pages: 320
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Source: Great Escapes Book Tour


The only snow in Key West this Christmas is Hayley Snow, food critic for Key Zest magazine, who is not getting time off for the holiday…or time off from murder.

It may be Christmastime, but thoughts of peace on earth, good will toward men, don’t seem to extend to the restaurant biz. Hayley has been assigned to interview Edel Waugh, chef/owner of Key West’s hottest new restaurant. But off the record, Edel reveals someone’s sabotaging her kitchen and asks Hayley to investigate.

Things heat up fast when the restaurant is set on fire—and a body is discovered in the charred wreckage. Is someone out to destroy the chef’s business—or actually kill her? Amid holiday festivities like the lighted boat parade and visiting relatives who stir up mixed emotions, Hayley needs to smoke out an arsonist and a killer who may turn up the heat on her next…

My Thoughts:

This book 5th book in the series that follows Hayley Snow a food critic.  In this book she is interviewing Edel Waugh the owner of the new restaurant Bistro on the Bight.  Edel has also asked Hayley to look into crazy things going on at the restaurant to find out what is going on.  Everything from food tampering to arson. 

Not long into that a body is discovered after the fire and Hayley is trying to nose around and find out what is going on.  Also the local magazine Key Zest is having all sorts of issues, and Hayley feels like the handwriting is on the wall that her time might be running out at the paper with investors looking into pursuing the magazine with Ava deeply involved in it.  With so much going on will Hayley be able to figure out who is behind all the funny business in town?

I loved this book, the writing style flowed smoothly and I love reading about Florida and the various characters Ms. Burdette creates.  They add all sorts of components to the story.  There were times I could really feel Hayley's emotions when it came to the magazine and all that entailed.

Such a great coming together of various tangles that I couldn't see who was the bad guy and why they were doing it?  It was such a great journey to find out who was behind the restaurants issues and the fire and murder.  Definitely a new fan of Hayley Snow!!

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