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Welcome to the official website of
mystery writer Roberta Isleib
AKA Lucy Burdette!

The seventh Key West Food Critic mystery, KILLER TAKEOUT, coming April 5! Killer Takeout

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It’s Fantasy Fest at Key West, and food critic Hayley Snow is ready to celebrate. But a killer seems intent on crashing the party. . .

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The fifth Key West Food Critic mystery, DEATH WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS, is available wherever books are sold, including Death with all the Trimmings

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Independent bookstore near you or wherever books are sold!

"DEATH WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS is just sheer fun. The twists and turns keep the reader guessing until the very end as Lucy Burdette serves up a spectacular mystery."
Fresh Fiction

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MURDER WITH GANACHE, fourth in the Key West mystery series, is on bookshelves now. You can order it here: Murder with Ganache

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Independent bookstore near you or wherever books are sold!

Also, check out Roberta/Lucy's Pinterest board, Key West the Character or read her story about the Key West Dachshund Parade or have a piece of decadent caramel cake!

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TOPPED CHEF, the third book in the Key West series. Topped Chef
"Burdette fills "Topped Chef" with a fine plot, a delightful heroine, a wealth of food -- and all the charm and craziness of Key West. You'll wish you could read it while sipping a mojito on the porch of a conch cottage in mainland America's southernmost community." --Jay Strafford @ Richmond Times Dispatch
What’s most fun with this loony crew is Ms. Burdette’s perfect-pitch parody of food talk as made familiar on “Chopped” and other popular food programs where judges and competitors try to top each in their descriptions of preparations, styles, successes and failures.
Sweet and savory, “Topped Chef” captures Key West’s sensory enchantment, and Ms. Burdette’s bubbly protagonist is once again the main ingredient in a sure-fire recipe. --Phil Jason @ Florida Weekly

You can buy the books in bookstores or online.

asking for murder
preaching to the corpse

deadly advice

"A really plummy mystery, flawlessly plotted, that I especially loved because the heroine is an advice columnist ­ and a good one!"
- Margo Howard, author of the syndicated column "Dear Margo"
"A harrowing psychological suspense tale meticulously told.  A winner ... I hope we see much more of Dr. Rebecca Butterman."
- C.J. Box, author of FREE FIRE and BLUE HEAVEN

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Fatal Reservations
Fatal Reservations
The sixth Key West mystery, FATAL RESERVATIONS, is available now order it here.