GUEST BLOG: The Challenges of Writing Cozy Mysteries by Lucy Burdette Plus Giveaway!

You can probably guess that I love writing these books from the fact that book number eleven in the Key West Food Critic Mystery series is out this month. But more on that in a little bit…there are challenges to writing cozy mysteries too.

My main character Hayley Snow is an amateur sleuth who solves mysteries using her curiosity and her ability to observe things and understand the people around her. Even though she’s married to a Key West police officer, she gets no special assist from police tactics and training: no search warrants, no takedowns with guns or Tasers, no computer database to help sort out clues. The only real skills that Hayley brings to the series are her recipes! This time around in A Scone of Contention, Hayley and her hub are visiting Scotland for a long-delayed honeymoon. They’re staying with Nathan’s sister and brother-in-law, and their good friend Miss Gloria, plus Nathan’s mother are along for the ride. (I know, not much alone time, right?)

Scotland makes sleuthing even more complicated than usual. What business is it of Hayley’s to get involved in solving a local crime? To put it another way, what’s her stake in the story? And yikes, who would ever listen to her when she does discover an important clue? That brings us to my favorite part of writing these books, relationships. When I think about developing a victim and possible suspects, I think about who knows who and what secrets they are hiding. And what’s important to Hayley, and to her friends and her family. I can’t wait for you to discover the story along with me!

About The Book

A Key West Food Critic Mystery: Book 11
Publication Date: August 10, 2021

A murderer’s out to spoil Hayley’s honeymoon in national bestselling author Lucy Burdette’s eleventh Key West Food Critic Mystery.

Key Zest food critic Hayley Snow and her groom, police detective Nathan Bransford, chose Scotland for their long-delayed honeymoon, hoping to sightsee and enjoy some prize-winning scones. But their romantic duo swells to a crowd when they’re joined by Nathan’s family as well as octogenarian Miss Gloria.

Nathan’s sister Vera takes the women on a whirlwind tour of some of Scotland’s iconic mystic places as research for a looming book project. But the trip takes a deadly tartan turn when a dinner party guest falls ill and claims she was poisoned. And then the group watches in horror as a mysterious tourist tumbles to his death from the famous Falkirk Wheel, high above the Forth & Clyde canal.

Vera and her friends deny knowing the dead man, but after observing their reactions to the fall, Hayley is not convinced. With one person dead, a second possibly poisoned, and the tension among Vera’s friends as thick as farmhouse cheese, Hayley fears her long-awaited honeymoon might end with another murder.

Far away from home, surrounded by unfamiliar faces, eccentric characters, and a forbiddingly gorgeous setting, Hayley must call on all her savvy to keep a killer from striking again and then escaping Scot free.

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About The AuthorLucy Burdette (aka Roberta Isleib) is the author of 19 mysteries, including A Scone of Contention, the eleventh book in the Key West series featuring food critic Hayley Snow. The Key Lime Crime won the bronze medal for popular fiction in the Florida Book Awards. Lucy’s books and stories have also been short-listed for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She’s a past president of Sisters in Crime, and currently serving as president of the Friends of the Key West Library.


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Dayna is the owner of not only Novels Alive but of Day Agency, a full-service self-publishing agency for independent authors. She has been assisting independent authors to achieve their dreams of becoming published authors for over 15 years. From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling authors to the first-time author to every author in between. Dayna is a self-professed bibliophile. While dancing has always been her first love, reading came as a very, very close second, with gardening coming in as a close third. Dayna is also the divorced mom of four adult children and a very proud grandma. She is also a web designer, social media specialist, book blogger, and reviewer. She's a long-time Disney lover and a Utah Jazz, Utah Utes, and Dallas Cowboys fan. See Dayna's reviews here: Dayna's Reviews


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