Monday, January 2, 2012
Only in Key West by Lucy Burdette
I'm lucky enough to be starting off 2012 with a new book: AN APPETITE FOR MURDER, the first in the Key West food critic mystery series.
So many people have asked me "why Key West?" that I thought it would be fun to have a pop quiz about the island. This should give you a good idea about why this island is the perfect setting for a quirky mystery! I will list the answers at the bottom, but no cheating--don't look until you've answered! And then tell us how many you got right--all comments will be entered into a random drawing for a copy of APPETITE. Good luck!
1. The local residents on Key West are called:
a. Islanders b. Parrotheads c. Corals D. Conchs
2. What's the name of the major east-west thoroughfare, known for its shops and bars?
a. Duval St.
b. Whitehead St.
c. Simonton St.
d. Hemingway Blvd.
3. How many miles from Cuba is Key West?
4. Name a famous current or former writer who calls/called Key West home:
a. Ernest Hemingway
b. Judy Blume
c. Meg Cabot
d. Annie Dillard
e. Tennessee Williams
f. all of the above
5. What's the biggest holiday celebration on the island?
a. New Year's Eve when a red high heeled shoe drops from the top of Bourbon Street Pub and a conch shell slides down the top of Sloppy Joe's bar
b. Fantasyfest, a nine-day adult Halloween celebration culminating in coronation of a king and queen at the Royal Coronation Ball
c. The Conch Republic Independence Celebration commemorating the city's attempt to secede from the United Staes on April 23, 1982 in response to US Border Patrol roadblocks
d. the nightly Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square
6. A dog up for adoption at the pound in Key West might be assessed for:
a. his reaction to iguanas
b. his relationship to roosters
c. a fondness for polydactyl cats
d. willingness to wear a costume in the Fantasy Fest parade
e. all of the above
7. If you were going to poison someone in a murder mystery set in Key West, you might use this as a vehicle:
a. conch chowder
b. key lime pie
d. conch fritters
You can buy the book at any bookstore or here: http://lucyburdette.com/buy-the-books/ And please follow Lucy on Twitter or join her on Facebook. And she blogs weekly with the fabulous crime fiction writers at Jungle Red Writers.
Answers: 1. d--Conchs! 2. a--Duval Street of course! 3. c--90 miles to Cuba! 4. f--all of the above--the island is crawling with artists and writers! 5. trick question--how could you possibly choose? 6. e--only in Key West! 7. I could tell you, but it would spoil the story in AN APPETITE FOR MURDER!
"What fun! Lucy Burdette writes evocatively about Key West and food -- a winning combination. I can't wait for the next entry in this charming series." Diane Mott Davidson