Sunday, June 19, 2022

Spotlight on Lucy Burdette #spotlightsunday #giveaway


 LUCY BURDETTE: Happy Father’s Day everyone! I will always be grateful for my sweet dad, and miss him every day.

 I’ve been looking forward to my day in the spotlight at our Kitchen—I’ve loved reading the backstories of my fellow writing cooks! Don't forget to scroll all the way to the bottom of the post and leave a comment about which books got you started reading mysteries to be entered in a drawing for your choice of the Key West mysteries, one through eleven!

Like my friends here and probably lots of you, I’ve always, always loved to read. We didn’t have a bookstore nearby when I was a kid (nor a lot of money to spend on books), but we had a wonderful library in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. Every weekend, Mom would take us kids to the library and we’d come home with stacks of books, including many mysteries. After school, my older sister (and best pal in the world to this day) would dash to our room to read. Both of my parents loved to read too—I consider that the greatest gift they could have given me.



On the other hand, it never occurred to me to become a writer. In eighth grade, I wrote my first short story featuring a jilted teenager. She runs to the top of a lighthouse to nurse her heartbreak, and finds Micky Dolenz, who consoles her with a kiss. (Hey, hey, we’re the Monkees…remember?) The story was rock-bottom awful and I can’t blame anyone for failing to encourage me…


I went on to become a clinical psychologist, and had a private practice for a number of years. I remember the moment when I first imagined writing. I was obsessed with learning to play golf, because the man I’d fallen for was a golfer (and is now my husband of 30 years.) We’d spent the day in New York City with family and friends. On the train back to Connecticut, I was talking to a dear friend about how difficult it was to get freelance articles related to the psychology of golf published. She asked the question “why not write a mystery?” The light switch was tripped!



My first book featured neurotic wannabe professional golfer and amateur detective Cassie Burdette. It was called Final Round and it took place at a men’s golf tournament where she was caddying for curmudgeonly but handsome Mike Callahan. That book did not sell, but it did sell the series. My new editor wanted the character to be a golfer, not a caddy, so I wrote it that way. There were five books in the series and I had so much fun researching and writing them. 



My next series featured clinical psychologist Rebecca Butterman, who was also a good home cook. (Those are available as ebooks.) Finally, in 2012, I sold the first of my Key West food critic mystery series, AN APPETITE FOR MURDER. As we now live in quirky Key West half the year, and as I love to eat and talk about food, this series suits me perfectly. The twelfth book,  A DISH TO DIE FOR, will be published in August. A long-running series with characters who grow and change suits my psychology background too!


Tbone's first morning with us

Oh and ps, I asked my Facebook friends what you might most like to hear about—they voted overwhelmingly for my pets! Here are T-bone and Lottie—my trusty furry companions. 
Lottie was 'helping'


One last tidbit before I go: The editor of the Key West mysteries asked me to change my name, so I took on my grandmother’s name, Lucy (Lucille) Burdette. She was a painter who died too young—I hope she is enjoying this continuation of her legacy!



Thanks so much for sharing my day! xoxo Lucy


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73 comments:

  1. One of the first series I started reading was the one by Cleo Coyle. lindaherold999@gmail.com

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  2. I don't remember I read so many different books. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

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  3. It was Ellery Adams Book Retreat series that got me into reading mysteries.
    Kitten143 (at) Verizon (dot) net

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  4. Nancy Drew
    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  5. I've read every book you've written, Lucy - thanks for showing us the journey! I read my mother's volume of Sherlock Holmes stories at an early age, and also Poe, Nancy Drew, and the Bobsey Twins. Hooked!

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  6. I won a giveaway on FB -one of my first ever— during the beginning of the pandemic. It got me started reading mysteries and entering giveaways. One of the first books I read was your Key Lime Mystery book.

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    1. wonderful! The pandemic shaped a lot of our reading I bet...

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  7. Catherine SimmonsJune 19, 2022 at 7:58 AM

    I started reading them as a young person, Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys. Then Agatha Christie and Ngaio Marsh. Thank you for the chance to win. Simmons dot Catherine dot e at gmail dot com.

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    1. Me too Catherine--the Hardy boys belonged to my brother, but we read them anyway!

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  8. Nancy Drew is absolutely the one who started me down the path of mysteries. I think I was in 5 the grade and I now prefer cozy mysteries over all other genres. With the craziness of the past few years an escape at least once a day has kept me sane. Thanks for being a part of that!

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    1. You're welcome and thanks for reading. Cozy mysteries are definitely an escape from madness...despite the murders!

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  9. I started reading Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy books as a kid.

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  10. So long ago...I believe it was Nancy Drew. Thank you for the giveaway!

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    1. Donna Land Dobbs So long ago....I believe it was Nancy Drew. Thank you for the giveaway!!

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  11. Thank you for all you do to entertain us, Lucy! For me, Agatha Christie definitely was the culprit who hooked me line and sinker into the cozy mystery book world when I was a pre-teen (ancient history). I was also captivated by Patricia Wentworth's Miss Silver series...my list seems to have been growing by the hour since those days, so now my TBR list is long enough to keep me enthusiastically reading until I am 154 :-) Luis at ole dot travel

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  12. Lilian Jackson Braun The Cat Who series

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    1. A favorite! I used to save them up for times when I needed comfort and distraction.

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  13. Elaine Viets was the Post-Dispatch columnist that my mother and I most enjoyed reading. She moved away, and eventually her column ceased as well. When I heard of her mysteries, I got one and was hooked. Through her blog posts on The Lipstick Chronicles, I found many more great authors, and from there, still more. I admire the way authors raise one another up, and as a reader, I appreciate the "introductions." <3

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    1. (not anonymous now) Elaine Viets was the Post-Dispatch columnist that my mother and I most enjoyed reading. She moved away, and eventually her column ceased as well. When I heard of her mysteries, I got one and was hooked. Through her blog posts on The Lipstick Chronicles, I found many more great authors, and from there, still more. I admire the way authors raise one another up, and as a reader, I appreciate the "introductions." <3

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    2. I love that story Mary! You are a loyal fan:)

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  14. I became a mystery reader at a young age. The series that got me started was the Bobbsey Twins - Nan and Bert and Flossie and Freddie were the detectives. I remember Christmases when my favorite present was a tall stack of Bobbsey Twin books! I moved on to Cherry Ames, Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and so on. Mysteries are still my favorite genre.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Nothing better than a stack of books under the tree:)

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    2. Loved the Bobbsey Twins and the Happy Hollisters!

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  15. In grade school my best friend's aunt loaned her the Nancy Drew books and she was kind enough to share them with me. We both loved them. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

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  16. Nancy Drew and Perry Mason got me started. I think I was somewhere around 9 when I started reading Perry Mason at that time the library wouldn’t let me check them out because they weren’t childrens books. Do I told the librarian, who was my grandmother’s friend, that they were for Grammy. And out the door I went!

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  17. Nancy Drew books when I was in elementary school! I adored her books! Majority of the books I read now are cozy mysteries!

    Thanks so much for the chance! Love your books!

    jarjm1980(@)hotmail(dot)com

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  18. So great to learn all of your backstory, Lucy--and about the woman who gave you your pen name! She looks like a terrific gal!

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    1. I was only 6 when she died:(. I'm surprised you're not clamoring to read my Mickey Dolenz story!

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  19. My first was the Murder She Wrote series when I was around 8. I had liked the show so I started getting the new books for Christmas/birthday gifts from my parents. Then in middle school I found Joanne Fluke's series at the library (there were only 4 books at that time). I've been reading both series and many many more since.
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. You started early Alicia! Are you reading the new MSW books written by our friend Terri Farley Moran?

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  20. I started reading Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct series

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    1. Forgot my email sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  21. What a great story. I started in cozy mysteries with Joanne Fluke books. Now I'm hooked. Have a wonderful summer. 😊
    Denise
    dlc1228@gmail.com

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  22. I don't remember if Nancy Drew or Trixie Belden came first, but they got me hooked. I think The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries was the first "adult" mystery series that I read. cindystamps(at)juno(dot)com

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  23. Nancy Drew began the mystery reading and then Agatha Christie. I enjoyed your interesting post. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. It was Nancy Drew for me, maybe because the books were blue and I'm a sucker for almost anything blue. I never liked the word "roadster" though and I couldn't imagine not having a mother. I've read all of your books to. Loved the Archie McNally series too.
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    1. So interesting that you reacted to roadster, but you were a thoughtful kid imagining not having a mother.

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