Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Topped Chef by Lucy Burdette
Topped Chef: A Key West Food Critic Mystery by Lucy Burdette, Obsidian Mystery (a division of Penguin Group Publishers), $7.99 list price, mass market paperback.
Hayley Snow, food critic for Key Zest magazine, reluctantly agrees to be a judge for the Key West Topped Chef reality t.v. cooking contest. When she sees that Sam Rizzoli, owner of the restaurant she recently negatively reviewed for the magazine, is also a judge, she knows things won't go well. Rizzoli turns up dead and as the investigation of his murder progresses, the list of suspects grows when secrets from his life come to light. When another judge of the contest is injured, Hayley works to find the killer before she becomes a target as well. Adding to the stress of the contest and trying to find a killer, Hayley must also deal with being maid of honor for her friend Connie's upcoming wedding and the mixed signals she's getting from Detective Nathan Bransford.
This is the third book in the series featuring Hayley Snow and I enjoyed this one as well as the others. This cozy mystery is fun and light reading while maintaining enough suspense and likeable main characters to make it interesting.
The recipes that are included are also a plus, including Lime Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing, Go Anywhere Granola, and One-Bowl Chocolate Cake.