**ABOUT THE BOOK:**

*Hayley Snow loves her job as the food critic for Key Zest magazine, tasting the offerings from Key West’s most innovative restaurants. She’d rate her life four stars, until she’s forced into the spotlight...and another murder investigation.***Hoping for some good publicity, Hayley’s boss signs her up to help judge the Key West Topped Chef contest. Stakes are high as the winner could be the next cooking-show superstar. Hayley shows up for the filming nervous but excited, until she sees who’s on the judging panel with her: Sam Rizzoli, big shot businessman—and owner of the restaurant she just panned in her first negative review.**

**When Rizzoli turns up dead, the police assume his killer is one of his business rivals. But Hayley wonders whether someone is taking the contest a little too seriously. With the police following the wrong recipe, it’s up to Hayley to find the killer before she’s eliminated from the show...permanently.**

**AN EXCERPT FROM***TOPPED CHEF*:

*Chapter One*

*“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”*

*“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”*

*“I say, ‘I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?’ ” said Piglet.*

Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.

— A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.

— A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

*Evinrude woke me from a sound sleep, first with his rumbling purr and then with a gentle but persistent tapping of paw to cheek. I blinked my eyes open—the bedside clock read six fifteen. I hissed softly at his gray-striped face. “I love you dearly, but you’re a monster,” I told him as I rolled out of bed. “Spoiled rotten cat flesh.”*

*Tail hoisted high, he trotted out of the room ahead of me, meowing loudly. Miss Gloria’s lithe black cat, Sparky, intercepted him before he reached the food bowls lined up in the corner of the tiny galley of our houseboat. He sprang onto Evinrude’s back and wrestled him to the floor. While they boxed and nipped at each other, I poured a ration of kibbles into each bowl, refreshed their water, and then staggered onto the deck to check out the morning.***To finish reading this excerpt, visit the author's website HERE.**

**ABOUT THE AUTHOR:**

**Pseudonym for Roberta Isleib.**

**Lucy Burdette is the author of the**

*Key West Food Critic Mystery*series, launching in January 2012 with*AN APPETITE FOR MURDER*.**Lucy’s alter-ego, clinical psychologist Roberta Isleib, has published eight mysteries including the**

*Golf Lover’s Mystery*series and the*Advice Column Mystery*series for Berkley Prime Crime. Her books and stories have been short-listed for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She’s a member of Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime, and a past-president of Sisters in Crime.**OTHER BOOKS BY LUCY BURDETTE:**

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«Oldest ‹Older 1 – 200 of 207 Newer› Newest»This sounds like a really good cozy mystery. I would like to see who did it and find out more about the cooking show.

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I found this recipe for cough syrup listed under roach poison and cough syrup...strange title: The best cough syrup for a hacking cough is one teaspoon each of gin, lemon juice, and honey.

Now, too bad I don't drink and have no gin because I have a horrible cough and need it.

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This is a parody of Top Chef, one of my favorite cooking shows. I will be looking for ways that the Topped Chef Competition compares to Top. This ine is most read for me!!!

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