Friday, July 6, 2012

Is There Ever a Bad Time in Key West?

By Hayley Snow from the Key West food critic mysteries by Lucy Burdette

Since my writer has disappeared for the summer months to somewhere cooler, I’ve been pressed into carrying the flag down here in Key West. (Okay she claims she’s writing like mad on the third food critic mystery, which we like to call FATAL RESERVATIONS, but if you take a look at her Facebook timeline, you’d have your doubts too. Not to mention that this is the third month in a row she’s asked me to find a character to write her post on this blog. Who does she think I can round up, Detective Nate Bransford? We’re having enough trouble as it is without me asking him a whopping favor…though on the other hand, it might be interesting to hear what he has to say. Scratch that...I'll write it myself.)

 Anyway, Lucy says she’s trying to come up for more ideas for my series, just in case the publisher wants them. And she’s not sure summer time is a good time to set a book in Key West. Obviously, she’s never been to the Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest sponsored by Sloppy Joe’s bar. Here’s a story about a fellow who actually entered. Just imagine if the killer is a white guy with white hair and beard and the murder happens when all these dudes are in town?

How would you ever find him? These fake Hemingways actually run through the streets of Key West with phony bovines. If that's not enough to sell you, here’s a crazy story about a lawyer who wanted to postpone a murder trial so he could participate in the Hemingway contest. Believe me, there’s plenty of material for another book!

Besides all that, it's hurricane season...just imagine the complications... I'm off to write things up.

(Before I go,  she'd be embarrassed if she knew I was telling you this but who else is going to do it? Anyway, you might not realize it but you readers can help make sure these next books get written by ordering the first book AN APPETITE FOR MURDER or putting in a preorder for the September book, DEATH IN FOUR COURSES.)

Now, I'm going back to work…

Sometimes, to be honest, I think if Lucy would spend a little less time on Pinterest, and Facebook, and Twitter, and more time listening to me, Hayley Snow, the ideas would come a little faster!

Which reminds me, she's also worried that we don't have enough fans on our Facebook page. So if you get a chance to pop over and like us, we could get back to work. 

Lucy Burdette is the author of the Key West food critic mysteries, including AN APPETITE FOR MURDER. DEATH IN FOUR COURSES will be out in September and can be pre-ordered now!


  1. I can't tell if all of those Ernests are dancing or telling fish stories. I look forward to hearing about the lookalike contest from you!

  2. thanks Willow! they look a little like they're doing the moves to YMCA, don't they? xo Hayley

  3. Love the idea of a Hemingway look-alike contest! Write on!

  4. We totally have the same problem, Hayley... my author *claims* to be stressed out writing another mystery series, but there she is, on Facebook, piddling around when she ought to be writing!! Really!

  5. Hayley, you are too cute. And the pictures of the dancing Ernests is hysterical!! I bet they all play Santa at Christmas, right? How about writing a story set in December where all the Ernests are Santas looking for a bar? (Okay, back to writing...)

    ~Daryl aka Avery

  6. I can just picture the phony Ernest running around Key West committing murder.

  7. Dru, you nailed it! They would have to split some very fine hairs in questioning possible witnesses. "That's all I can say, detective. He looked like Ernest Hemingway. Or Santa.":)

    Keep those ideas coming ladies!