“Topped Chef” by Lucy Burdette
Most of us love those television food shows. I know I do. But “Topped Chef” puts a fatal spin on lime cupcakes, shrimp and grits, chefs, judges, and the idea of a reality show and its winner when a judge—Sam Rizzoli—is murdered and the other critics begin to worry about their safety.
Hayley Snow works for
’s Key Zest—a magazine of which Hayley is a food critic. She is
assigned to be one of the judges for “Topped Chef” and it could end up being
her last assignment. Choosing the right dish, eliminating cooks from the show,
and commentating on film what she likes and doesn’t like are the easy duties of
this competition for Hayley. The hard parts for her are staying alive and
trying to find out who murdered Rizzoli, while balancing a sort-of relationship
with one of the detectives investigating Rizzoli’s murder. Key West
A delightful read filled with yummy recipes at the end with tangy suspects sprinkled throughout.