Murder With Ganache“Family is just accident…. They don’t mean to get on your nerves. They don’t even mean to be your family, they just are.” ~Marsha Norman

You know what they say about family, you can’t live with ’em but you can’t live without ’em. Or wait a minute, did that quote have to do with women? Either way, it’s all too true.

I wouldn’t trade any member of my family for any amount of money, but on the other hand, having them all visit at once, all crammed onto my little Key West island? I may need a couple of weeks on my friend Eric’s psychotherapy couch when this is over.

But it’s all going to be worth it, because my best friend Connie is getting married to her adorable boyfriend Ray. We’ve got the most amazing spot reserved on the beach at Fort Zachary Taylor Park for the ceremony. And Jennifer at Small Chef is catering a Hemingway-style dinner. I know, we thought it sounded hokey too, until we read the small print–the coconut shrimp, the crabmeat-encrusted grouper, the white cake with chocolate ganache frosting…my mouth is already watering. And I’m also making two hundred lime cupcakes, because I’m the maid of honor and that’s what Connie wanted.

And as my mother points out, when a girl is getting married but neither of her parents are there to witness the big occasion, there’s bound to be some underlying sadness. So that’s what I’ll try to keep in mind when everyone piles into the Casa Marina Hotel, picking at old family scabs as though they were itching like the dickens. And I do mean everyone. Mom, mom’s boyfriend Sam, my stepmother Allison, Dad, and even my 15 year old stepbrother Rory. And did I mention it’s spring break? Spring break in Key West is just hormone-driven, beer-fueled madness.

Just keep the positive thoughts coming, okay? I think I’m going to need them!

You can read more about Hayley in Murder With Ganache, the fourth book in the “Key West Food Critic” mystery series, published by Obsidian. The first book in the series is An Appetite For Murder. Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

In MURDER WITH GANACHE by Lucy Burdette, Hayley Snow’s extended family is descending on Key West like a category 3 hurricane for her best friend’s wedding. When her stepbrother disappears into the spring break party scene, she must put the baking of cupcakes and other wedding chores on hold in order to search for her brother. The book features Hemingway cats, and cupcakes, and wedding drama–and a murder mystery of course. But in the end it’s about finding and embracing family in whatever form they come.

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Meet the author
Lucy Burdette aka Roberta Isleib is a clinical psychologist and the author of twelve mysteries, including MURDER WITH GANACHE. Her books and stories have been short-listed for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards.

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