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mystery writer Roberta Isleib
AKA Lucy Burdette!

The fifth Key West Food Critic mystery, DEATH WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS, was released on December 2. You can buy it wherever books are sold, including Death with all the Trimmings

Barnes and Noble
Independent bookstore near you or wherever books are sold!

And here are some early reports!
"Burdette infuses the mystery with Key West spirit and holiday fun along with delicious food references and recipes. This strong series continues a unique blend of island mayhem and sparkling characters surrounding a layered mystery."
— Booklist December 2014
"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
"A contemporary comedy of manners sprinkled with gastronomical glitter, delectable danger and good will, Death with All the Trimmings is delightful."
—Phil Jason, Florida Weekly
"Burdette successfully blends murder with menus, furthers Hayley’s development and paints a loving portrait of Key West’s wackiness, including the town’s annual Dachshund Parade and the appearance of a Chihuahua flash mob. Her mix of food, felonies and fun is a tasty seasonal treat."
—Jay Strafford, The Richmond Times Dispatch

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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

Barnes and Noble
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

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Death in Four CoursesDEATH IN FOUR COURSES, the second Key West food critic mystery, hit bookshelves on September 4. We were thrilled to have a stellar review from Publisher's 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, will be on bookshelves July 7. But you can pre-order it now.