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An Appetite for Murder: 06/04/21
An Appetite for Murder by Lucy Burdette is the start of Key West Food Critic mystery series. Hayley Snow is busting her butt to get the food critic position at Key Zest, a Key West style magazine. There are just a couple problems. First, it's owned by her ex boyfriend's current boyfriend. Second, she's just been murdered and the police think Hayley did it.
Like the more recent A Side of Murder by Amy Pershing (2021), An Appetite for Murder has a strong sense of place. Here the place is Key West and the other keys all the way back to the mainland at Miami. It's a landscape where the Atlantic and the Gulf meet. It's houseboats, condominiums, and long treacherous roads.
Also like Pershing's mystery, Burdette expands the landscape with an extra key, presumably near Sunset Key. It's called Easter Island and was a source of distraction as I kept picturing the island off the coast of mainland Chile.
The second book in the series is Death in Four Courses (2012).