Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Spend the day with Lucy Burdette

Lets welcome Lucy Burdette, the author of Death In Four Courses just released on Sept. 4th.

Got your coffee or tea? Well go on and join us!
Good Morning Lucy, So excited to have you here with us this morning!

Tell us a little about yourself.

Well, that's a big question! I'm a psychologist, writer, fanatic reader, foodie, animal-lover, family woman...and I'm sure there are more adjectives I'm not remembering. Writing as Lucy Burdette, I'm thrilled to be celebrating the publication of my tenth mystery, DEATH IN FOUR COURSES (9/4)!

What was your inspiration for this series?

My husband and I have been lucky enough to spend some winters in Key West, FL. What a fascinating town, chock full of interesting characters, gorgeous scenery, great food, and astonishing contrasts. It makes a perfect setting for a mystery series. For DEATH IN FOUR COURSES, the second book in Hayley Snow's food critic series, I was lucky enough to attend the Key West Literary Seminar's session on food writing a couple of years ago. So the book is set at a fictional food writing conference--all hell breaks loose when Hayley finds the keynote speaker floating face down in a dipping pool.

What are you working on next for this series?

I am almost finished with the third book in the series, called TOPPED CHEF. It features a reality TV cooking show for which Hayley fills in as a judge.

How did your Heroine come about in this series?

I've written two other mystery series as Roberta Isleib, the golf lovers mysteries starring Cassie Burdette, and the advice column mysteries, featuring psychologist Rebecca Butterman. Both of those characters were more serious and driven. Hayley is young and enthusiastic and a little bit lost. But once she falls in love with Key West, she'll do anything it takes to stay on the island. Although I shared the love of psychology with Dr. Butterman, and the golf with Cassie Burdette, it's an awful lot of fun to write about Hayley--and food! And it's already been fun to see her grow...

What book has most influenced your life and why?(if you can share the why?)

Oh that's a hard one. What comes to mind first is GONE WITH THE WIND. I can remember bringing it to class and hiding it in a textbook because I couldn't WAIT to see what happened. I loved the characters so much--I hope I can replicate in some small way in my books the kind of connection that Margaret Mitchell was able to make with her readers.

Meet the Author

Clinical psychologist Roberta Isleib, AKA Lucy Burdette, has had eight previous mysteries published. Her books and stories have been short-listed for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. Her story “The Itinerary,” under the Roberta Isleib name, was selected for inclusion in The Rich and the Dead, an MWA anthology edited by Nelson DeMille. She is a past president of Sisters in Crime. 

Stop by and leave a message for Lucy everyone! She is an amazing author, come get to know her here!

Thank you so much Lucy for stopping by to chat with us. I am so looking forward to this book and many more to come!


  1. thank you so much for inviting me Shelley! It's truly an honor to visit with readers. I hope you all enjoy Hayley's adventures! Love, Lucy (and Roberta too)

    1. It is a pleasure to have you here today.This is such a wonderful series! If you all havent read it,you are missing out!!


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