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Lucy Burdette Has A Recipe For Murder

Roberta Isleib, make that Lucy Burdette, (a pseudonym for her latest series of books) is a murder mystery author from Madison, Connecticut who didn’t start writing books until she was 50. I found this to be hugely empowering for anyone who has put off writing a book, that has been swirling around in your head, that it’s never too late to find success in a new area. This author has quickly served up many books and her latest series as you will see is quite yummy. Part of the fun of all of being an author is the “travel research” you end up doing and the places you find yourself to do that.

Roberta/Lucy often writes under the watchful eyes of  her dog “Tonka,” her Australian Shepherd. Dealing with murder and all that’s probably a good idea. There is “Yoda” too, the cat, there for back up in case it’s needed.

Isleib’s first entree into this new world from her life as a clinical psychologist, was because of golf. Why? Well her boyfriend at the time, John, now her husband, was an avid golfer. She took up the game for the sake of the relationship. She first decided to write and submit articles about golf and psychology.

The articles didn’t exactly make a home run so she decided to write about golf in a book and combine it with mystery and murder. That took off. they got published and she became a bonafide murder mystery author. Who knew that was going to happen? Ah, the twists and turns in one’s life.

Along with her new life she through herself deeply into this world to learn all she could. She became a member of Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime, and a past-president of Sisters in Crime. And..lets not leave out the Jungle Red Writers, “a group of smart and sassy crime fiction writers who dish on writing and life.”

So that’s all good, now what to do next? Well, she was a psychologist after all, why not use that profession for the central character in books. That worked and two more books got published. Fast forward now comes the full course.

A new deal for three books features a character by the name of Hayley Snow, she’s a food critic writing for the “Key Zest” which of course is located in Key West, Florida. Hayley is a foodie sleuth who gets involved in crime solving. Recipes are included in Lucy’s books too which I think is a fabulous idea. Her agent told her with this fresh start it was time for a new author name. Isleib’s choice was Lucy Burdette who was her maternal Grandmother, who was an artist, a painter. One of her Grandmother’s paintings hangs in her home. Oddly enough it’s of boats on the water, maybe not Key West, but close enough. You’ll see her Grandmother’s signature on the painting on the lower left hand corner, very sweet.

So the first in this series, “An Appetite For Murder” hits the shelves or your Kindle or however you read books these days in January. Right behind it will be “Death In Four Courses” and the third is underway, all under those watchful eyes of “Tonka” and “Yoda” with some trips to Key West for that all important research thrown in.

I’d say this is a pretty nice new life that “Lucy” has carved out for herself, later in life.


  1. Martha Isleib
    Posted December 7, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    Sounds great, Lucy! Can’t wait to read the Lucy Burdette series!

  2. Pj Schott
    Posted December 7, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    Can’t wait for “A Recipe for Murder.”

  3. Posted December 7, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    I cannot believe that I am the next door neighbor of such “distinguished” pets -and oh yes, Lucy herself!! Please let me know when Lucy arrives!

    • Linda Lynker
      Posted December 8, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

      So glad that you have another series coming out — been waiting for more and I’m sure I’ll enjoy all of them. Now you just have to take “Tonka” and “Yoda” on the road!

  4. Posted December 9, 2011 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    As a “Foodie”, I can’t wait to read this series. I loved the previous one and I hate golf, so this will be a real treat. Nice to know CT is good breeding ground for late-start authors. :~))