Interview with Key West food critic Hayley Snow (from A Deadly Feast by Lucy Burdette)



National bestselling author Lucy Burdette’s intrepid food critic Hayley Snow must sniff out a killer in the ninth Key West Food Critic mystery.

Key West food critic Hayley Snow scents-es something fishy when a customer falls stone-crab cold dead on a seafood tasting tour.

Thanksgiving is nearly here, and Key West food critic Hayley Snow has just one more assignment to put to bed for Key Zest magazine before she gets to celebrate with her family and her police officer fiancé, Nathan Bransford. Then, just days later, wedding bells will ring—if death doesn’t toll first.

The sweet potatoes and stuffing will have to wait when Hayley picks up a distraught phone call from her friend, Analise Smith. On the last stop of a seafood tasting tour run by Analise, one of the customers collapsed—dead. With the police on the verge of shutting down the tour—and ruining Analise’s business—Hayley can hardly refuse her friend’s entreaties to investigate.

As if wedding jitters and family strife weren’t enough for Hayley to worry about, there’s crusty pastry chef Martha Hubbard, whose key lime pie may have been the murder weapon—but did she poison her own pie or was she framed? As the hours to Turkey Day tick away, the pressure cooker is on for Hayley to serve up the culprit on a silver platter in A Deadly Feast, national bestselling author Lucy Burdette’s taste-tempting ninth Key West Food Critic mystery.

While Hayley is busy planning for her wedding, a friend’s business is threatened by the death of a customer. She can’t say no to helping out a friend, so the investigating begins.

A Deadly Feast is book #9 in the Key West Food Critic Mystery series, but the first one I’ve had the pleasure to read. I really liked Hayley and Analise, as well as the supporting characters and the setting. There was a lot going on between Hayley’s personal commitments and the murder investigation though, so if you haven’t started the series yet, I think this is one that might be more fun to read in order (or at least one or two earlier installments) to understand everyone better. It was still a fun mystery jumping in at this point though, and I will definitely be reading more of this series.

Now I am very excited to present to you an interview with Hayley Snow – the sleuth at the heart of A Deadly Feast!

1.  Food critic for a popular magazine sounds like an exciting job. How did you fall into that position?

Believe me, I did not fall into the food critic position at Key Zest – I fought for it! Some might say I was willing to kill for the job, but that’s going a little too far. I come from a foodie family, meaning my mother and grandmother adored food and cooking and care very deeply about the ingredients they were using. So it wasn’t a surprise when I took to that as well. And Key West is chockablock with wonderful restaurants and bakeries, which makes my job fun and easy.

2.  What’s your very favorite dish?

It sure is hard to pick one dish. I love Cuban food, including roast pork with black beans, and flan, and I love all kinds of fish, especially shrimp.  But if you’re making me choose, it would be something in the dessert family. A strawberry pie with a chocolate crust? Key lime parfait? Pecan pie bars?  Maybe a good old-fashioned yellow cake with mocha frosting the way my mother used to make for my dad to back when they were married.

3.  It seems like trouble follows you wherever you go! Do you ever think about relocating?

You know what my boyfriend police detective Nathan Bransford would say to that don’t you? It wouldn’t matter where I moved, trouble would follow. And what I would say back is that a, I can’t help that I notice things more than a lot of people do. And when I see something’s wrong I feel like I have to do something about it. And I’m very attached to my friends and family, So if someone’s in trouble, I would never turn him down. Nathan is going to have to get used to all that. And I suppose I will eventually learn not to do something silly…meaning dangerous.

4.  What can your fans expect to find you up to in the near future? 

Rumor has it that I am getting married soon LOL (A Deadly Feast, out from Crooked Lane books on May 7.) But it’s also Thanksgiving time, and my father and stepmother are arriving on the island for the festivities. And to tell you the truth, I’m freaking out a little bit  about “till death do us part.“ Not very many people seem to manage that, so it’s a little scary to take the plunge. And I know that Nathan is involved with something serious – he doesn’t tell me much, but I can read the tension in his jaw.  I am trying not to overthink any of this by continuing to do my work at Key Zest. This week I’ve been assigned to write an article about my friend Analise’s food tour. Only one of the people on the tour with me fell deeply ill and now they aren’t sure she’s going to make it…


About the Author

Clinical psychologist Lucy Burdette (aka Roberta Isleib) has published 16 mysteries, including the latest in the Key West food critic series, DEATH ON THE MENU (Crooked Lane Books, August 2018.) Her books and stories have been short-listed for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She’s a member of Mystery Writers of America and a past president of Sisters in Crime. She blogs at Jungle Red Writersand shares her love for food with the culinary writers at Mystery Lovers Kitchen She lives in Madison CT and Key West FL. Read more at

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