As the new food critic for Key Zest magazine, Hayley Snow went from being a culinary groupie to one of Florida's cutting-edge tastemakers. But as always, when life serves Haley a dream come true, it comes paired with a most exquisite murder.... The annual Key West literary conference is drawing the biggest names in food writing from all over the country, and Haley is there to catch a few fresh morsels of insider gossip. Superstar restaurant critic Jonah Barrows has already ruffled a few foodie feathers with his recent tell-all memoir, and as keynote speaker, he promises more of the same jaw-dropping honesty. But when Hayley discovers Jonah's body in a nearby dipping pool, the cocktail-hour buzz takes a sour turn, and Hayley finds herself at the center of attentionespecially with the police. Now it's up to her to catch the killer before she comes to her own bitter finish.
Near the start of Burdette's yummy sequel to An Appetite for Murder, Key West, Fla., food critic Hayley Snow brings her mother, down from New Jersey for a visit, to a weekend food-writing conference she's covering for the style magazine Key Zest. At the opening ceremony, the keynote speaker, culinary wunderkind Jonah Barrows, denounces "the bizarre and the inedible" (e.g., "musk ox sprinkled with elderberries and served on twigs") and vows to follow a policy of "utter transparency" in restaurant reviewing. This sort of honesty doesn't go down so well with at least one of the conference participants, as shortly thereafter Hayley notices Jonah's body floating beneath the water lilies of an ornamental pool. Outspoken Mom provides tart commentary as Hayley once again turns sleuth. Anyone who's ever overpaid for a pretentious restaurant meal will relish this witty cozy. Agent: Paige Wheeler, Folio Literary Management. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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September 04, 2012
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