Author: Lucy Burdett
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Penguin Group
Description: Hayley Snow looks forward to reviewing For Goodness Sake, a new floating restaurant that promises a fresh take on Japanese delicacies like flambéed grouper with locally sourced seaweed. But nearby land-based restaurateurs would rather see their buoyant competition sink.
Sent to a City Commission meeting to cover the controversy, Hayley witnesses another uproar. The quirky performers of the daily Sunset Celebration are struggling to hold onto their performance space. The fight for Mallory Square has renewed old rivalries between Hayley’s Tarot-card reading friend Lorenzo and a flaming-fork-juggling nemesis, Bart Frontgate—but things take a deadly turn when Bart is found murdered.
If Lorenzo could read his own cards, he might draw The Hanged Man. He can only hope that Hayley draws Justice as she tries to clear him of murder…
I won an advanced copy of Fatal Reservations in exchange for an honest review. I have been a fan of the Key West Food Critic Mysteries since the first book and the latest installment does not disappoint. I like that the books are set in Key West and have an island theme that is paired so well with the food theme. Lucy Burdette has written such wonderful quirky characters who feel like they have become old friends over the course of the series. In this installment we find Hayley along with the rest of her friends trying to prove here friend Lorenzo innocent of the murder of his nemesis. The question is can she believe him when his story keeps changing? I enjoyed returning to the island to visit with Hayley and her friends (especially Miss Gloria) and who knows, maybe one day I will get around to trying a recipe or two from these books.