Tuesday, September 6, 2011
AN APPETITE FOR MURDER
AN APPETITE FOR MURDER by Lucy Burdette
FROM HAYLEY SNOW: Since this is my first day posting on this wonderful blog, I wanted to write something special. But my author Lucy resisted--apparently Hurricane Irene has knocked out the power for six days and counting. So here's a little taste of our new book, which is coming in January! More soon! Love, Hayley
Lots of people think they’d love to eat for a living. Me? I’d kill for it.
Which makes sense, coming from my family. FTD told my mother to say it with flowers, but she said it with food. Lost a pet? Your job? Your mind? Life always felt better with a serving of Mom’s braised short ribs or red velvet cake in your belly. In my family, we ate when happy or sad but especially, we ate when we were worried.
The brand new Key Zest magazine in Key West, Florida announced a month ago that they were hiring a food critic for their style section. Since my idea of heaven was eating at restaurants and talking about food, I’d do whatever it took to land the job. Whatever. But three review samples and a paragraph on my proposed style as their new food critic were due on Monday. Six days and counting. So far I had produced nothing. The big goose egg. Call me Hayley Catherine “Procrastination” Snow.
To be fair to me, some of the blockage could be traced to the fact that Kristen Faulkner—my ex’s new girlfriend and the woman whose cream sauce I’d most like to curdle—happened to be the co-owner of Key Zest. What if she judged the restaurants I chose impossibly lowbrow? What if she deleted my application packet the minute it hit her inbox? Or worst of all, what if I landed the job and had to rub shoulders with her every day?
Roberta Isleib AKA Lucy Burdette