Book Review: Murder With Ganache by Lucy Burdette
The one good thing about the Key West Food Critic Mysteries is author Lucy Burdette has kept everything consistent. Previous characters are briefly mentioned in an effort to keep everything fresh in your mind (especially when there's a year between installments) so in this installment, it's time for Connie and Ray's wedding.
It's spring break (a first for a crimozy!) and I thought for sure this would have added a lot more punch to the story. In a way, it does, since Hayley Snow's step brother turns up missing less than twenty four hours after arriving in Key West. I think this is where Burdette lost a great idea for the book.
With the upcoming wedding, Hayley's divorced parents have flown down for the festivities (he with his wife and step son) and she with her boyfriend. Everyone gets along great and bored teen Rory goes exploring. He doesn't come back.
However, thanks to social media, a recent picture of him shows up on his Facebook page and the search for him begins. The adults learn of a missing jet ski and also the murder of a runaway and all signs are pointing to Rory.
This is about all I can talk about. While this installment is by far the best in the series, I think Burdette should have also focused on the spring break antics. To me, it just felt to sanitized to have a story set during spring break and nothing "really crazy" was going on. I think the search for Rory should have been a lot longer and harder on the characters.
With the wedding as a sub-plot, I don't think a lot of time was spent on this storyline. While there was tension, I didn't think there was a lot of it.
Following the story (as with the previous installments) recipes follow.