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?
Burdette's toothsome 10th Key West Food Critic mystery (after 2019's A Deadly Feast) finds food critic Hayley Snow covering a key lime pie contest for Key Zest magazine. The island is full of revelers the week between Christmas and New Year's, which means that Hayley's new husband, cop Nathan Bransford, barely has time to sleep. It's the worst possible time for Nathan's mother, Helen Bransford, to visit, especially since Hayley is left to entertain her food-averse new mother-in-law on her own. Things take a deadly turn when Hayley and Helen discover one of the pastry chef contestants, Claudette Parker, lying dead on her front porch, dressed in a Santa outfit. Nathan cautions Hayley not to get involved, but Helen has her own reasons to investigate Claudette's murder, and turns out to have some pretty impressive sleuthing skills herself. Charming characters, an appealing setting, and mouthwatering bonus recipes make this a perfect choice for foodie cozy lovers.