Monday, August 22, 2016

Killer Takeout by Lucy Burdette

Title: Kille Takeout (Key West Food Critic Mystery #7)
Author: Lucy Burdette
Genre: Adult, Cozy Mystery
Length: 304 pages
Publisher: NAL
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Source: Contest
Rating: 4
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

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. . .

Every year, Key West’s weeklong Mardi Gras–style festival has tourists and locals alike lining up for costumed revelry and delicious eats. Key Zest magazine has assigned Hayley to write a piece on the fest’s grab-and-go food, so she’s planning on hitting up the mobile eateries while checking out the party preparations.

Hayley’s office mate, Danielle, recently elected Queen of Fantasy Fest, is also buzzing between festivities and fundraisers.  But when a former royal rival gets taken out, Hayley needs to put down her party hat and her pen and figure out who served up a side of murder—before Danielle gets crowned a killer. . .

Cozy mysteries are always a lot of fun - and for some reason when you throw food into the mix they're even better. I loved the mystery in this one. It was full of twists and turns, false leads, and sudden epiphanies. The setting was incredibly fun and dynamic, with Fantasy Fest (think Mardi Gras) flooding the area with revelers and muddying the waters of the investigation, there was just so much going on.

The Queen of Fantasy Fest may have killed the runner-up, but things are crazier than normal this year. Hayley isn't on the case, but she can't help but ask around when her friend Danielle becomes the prime suspect in the murder. But in true cozy fashion, she manages to think outside the box and head down an unexpected trail.

Once or twice it took a turn that was just a tad too far out there for me. It pushed my ability to suspend belief, but this was full of great characters and a great mystery.

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