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White House executive chef Ollie Paras has to put her own interests on the back burner when a kindly electrician is electrocuted to death, and the First Lady’s nephew dies in an apparent suicide less than 24 hours after cleaning shrimp with Ollie. Ollie suspects something fishy is going on. She’ll have to watch her back—and find a killer unlikely to be pardoned....

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ISBN : 9780425224991
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Number of Pages : 328 Pages
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Hail to the Chef Reviews

  • Ranjini
    2018-11-18 08:01

    Olivia Paras, aka Ollie, has finally gotten the promotion she was vying for. From Assistant Chef, she’s now the Executive Chef of the White House.In this second book, Ollie is settling in her new role. It’s Christmas time in and the entire White House is preparing for the holidays. But things can never be calm at the White House, can it?While in a meeting with the First Lady, Mrs. Campbell, and her nephew, Sean Baxter, an incendiary device is found on the property.  Ollie is forced into a safety bunker with both of them, and the ever-curious Ollie can’t help but overhear a discussion between them. The discussion revolves around Zendy Industries, of which Mrs Campbell is a part owner. The other parties are interested in selling and changing the original vision of the company but neither is she interested, nor does Sean encourage her to do so.The trio are eventually released, since it was a prank scare; and Ollie goes about planning the meticulous menus of the various events planned. The prank beefs up the already tight security at the White House, and now all staff are forced to attend security training. Unfortunately, while checking up on a power fault, the White House chief electrician, Gene, is electrocuted and dies. Ollie tries to find out the cause, but she doesn’t get any support or help from the other electricians. Before things can settle down, Sean Baxter is found dead; having apparently committed suicide.As Ollie inadvertently gets drawn into the Zendy scam, she becomes Mrs Campbell’s support throughout her grief. Between juggling her duties in the kitchen, and trying to unveil the truth behind the Zendy scam; Ollie continues to find herself in risky situations. What will happen to Zendy Industries?Will Ollie be able to solve the mystery of Sean and Gene’s death?Amidst all this, will she be able to successfully deliver the mega-lunch, replete with the awesome gingerbread rendering of the White House?I’m addicted to this series. Fast-paced and breezy; in addition to the thrilling storyline, the White House’s preparation for the holidays was very interesting.If you haven’t read one of this series yet, pick it up now!You won’t regret it.

  • Connie N.
    2018-11-17 03:49

    So far I've very much enjoyed this cozy mystery series. Ollie is a pleasing character, with interest in her surroundings, a discerning eye to notice the details, and excellent skills in the kitchen to make her an executive chef at the White House. It's interesting to get behind the scenes a little, seeing how the president's family lives as well as how the Secret Service operates. The meals prepared and the events hosted are fascinating to read about and imagine (with delicious-sounding recipes included at the back of the book). I would rate this 4.5 stars, but because I liked the story and the believableness of Ollie's "investigations" and her involvement in the crimes, I'm rounding it up to a 5-star read. Even other characters in the book commented on Ollie's always being involved in some sort of crime scene, and this was explained to my satisfaction, making the story seem even more believable. I will definitely be reading more in this series.

  • Joshua Anderson
    2018-12-11 05:51

    I've been enjoying this series so far. The protagonist, Ollie Paras, is likable, competent, and most importantly, relatable despite her position as a chef working for the First Family. The culprit struck me as somewhat obvious this time around, but the pace and tension was well-handled and it was an enjoyable read overall.

  • Linda
    2018-12-02 02:44

    A good, exciting book from start to finish! It made me want to go see the White House all decorated for Christmas. I think I was suspicious of several characters before Ollie was but not the brains behind everything. Lots of good sounding recipes at the end.

  • Rebecca
    2018-12-14 03:11

    Local Author. I was motivated by the chance to meet the author at the book store around the corner from my house--the store specializes in mystery and history which aren't my usual suspects but I like to support the local small stuff when I it makes sense. It was enjoyable, though pretty light. Airplane book for sure. I pretty much figured out the entire "mystery" but I am not sure if that is because of the writing or because I always figure out where the plot is going before it gets there. The curse of reading far too many books. What I absolutely loved about the book: Intelligent, successful woman character not drawn at all sentimental--no distracting pointless love story! Not too much explaining away of the mystery---she knew when it was obvious what was going on and just let it happen. The setting is refreshing and fun=Whitehouse Kitchen! I think food as a substantial part of any book will always get me. (because I am a food whore) I look forward to trying the recipes in the back---blue cheese sticks sound amazing! All in all, fun time.

  • Sue Ross
    2018-12-02 08:45

    Having been a fan of the tv show 24, Hail to the Chef has had me on pins and needles ever since the first “accident” happened. The further into the book I got, the more suspicious I became of almost every one involved. This offering from Julie Hyzy gives us insight to the preparation of the White House during the holiday season and how busy all those who work there are. It also shows what deceit there can be when money and a desire to become more powerful there can be, even between life long friends. The further into the book I got, the tighter my nerves got and by the end, if my coffee cup had been Styrofoam, I would have been wearing my coffee. This book was heart pounding almost from the beginning to the very end. I’m sure glad we have those brave men and women protecting the White House and those who reside and work there and all those who protect us and our freedom daily. Thanks Julie for another great read. I’m looking forward, as soon as my nerves settle down, to reading the next one in the series.

  • Book Concierge
    2018-11-16 09:56

    The second in a series of cozy mysteries featuring White House Executive Chef Ollie Paras begins at Thanksgiving and takes the reader through preparations to decorate the White House for Christmas. But the discovery of a fake bomb hidden in the building complex puts everyone on edge. Clearly it was planted by an insider, for who else would have access? Was this someone’s idea of a practical joke? Or is someone seriously trying to harm the President?This was fairly entertaining, but I guess what was going on FAR ahead of Ollie, and even, apparently, the Secret Service Agent in Charge! I didn’t even have the benefit of an intense one-on-one hours-long training session with said AiC, the way Ollie did, to get the message. Yet time and again Ollie ignored the warning signs that I felt were as obvious as the largest Las Vegas neon sign. Oh well … all’s well that ends well. It’s a cozy mystery and I read this genre for the escape from reality. And this certainly fills that bill.

  • Christina (AKA Babbling)
    2018-12-06 03:49

    In the second book, Ollie and the White House staff are preparing for the holiday season and the First Lady is playing matchmaker. The President’s single, good-looking nephew, Sam Sean Baxter, is visiting and Mrs. Campbell asks Ollie to convince Sam Sean to spend Thanksgiving at the White House. The First Lady is unaware of Ollie’s relationship with Secret Service Agent Tom MacKenzie, who is on the President’s security detail. Ollie is gratified to know that Mrs. Campbell thinks so highly of her, but she’s stumped on how to diplomatically tell the First Lady she’s not interested in Sam Sean and keep her relationship with Tom private.To read the rest of my review, please visit Christina BabblesUpdated: 19 October 2013

  • Shannon
    2018-12-04 03:02

    This was a good follow-up to Hyzy's first book in the series, State of the Onion. Hyzy brings such life and realism to the characters and really gives you a sense of the White House and it's First family, the Campbell's. Just when you think nothing more can go wrong, it sure does and Ollie is always right smack dab in the middle. I would definately recommend this book to anyone who likes a good murder mystery or who wants an inside look in the White House. I would recommend reading the first book of the series, State of the Onion, prior to reading this, just so you can fully understand what Ollie is going through, but if you do not, it won't entirely throw off your understanding of this one.

  • Matthew Galloway
    2018-11-17 06:56

    I felt pretty much the same way about this book as I did about the first. I did like this one a little better -- in large part because Tom was hardly present and when he was, he actually seemed to respect her more. Additionally, the lesser antagonist weren't so over the top this time, so I never had to wonder why they hadn't been kicked out of the White House yet. One is still around (weirdly) but at least the folks in charge seem to have realized he shouldn't be given free reign to meddle. In many ways, the actual mystery felt less like a follow the clues and solve it type, and more a just hang on for the ride one with some extremely suspicious characters. I still enjoy the writing and characters enough to head on to the next book soon.

  • Deb
    2018-11-21 08:02

    This is a great premise: the executive chef at the White House is a youngish (and vertically challenged) woman. All of the arcana about the White House is fun the murderers do not telegraph their guilt too early in the action. The usual assortment of eccentric characters surround our heroine. there is also a stoic Secret Service boyfriend, but their relationship is clearly doomed by their opposing purposes.

  • Kate
    2018-11-18 08:48

    A nice, quick, light series.I have liked (3 stars) each book in this series (at the time of this review, I have read four) but I have really liked (4 stars) the series as a whole. I think I am saying that this book is much like cooking in that the sum is often greater than the parts, or something like that.

  • Cheryl Turoczy hart
    2018-11-28 06:48

    I enjoy this series of books although the premise of the Executive Chef of the White House being at the center of so much intrigue is a little silly. They are well researched, I understand, and the "insider" view of the workings of the White House and the preparations for all of the amazing meals served there make for an interesting read.

  • Patty
    2018-11-29 04:48

    What fun, this second book is even better than the first! Ollie, top chef at the White House is in fine form, as is her supporting cast. The details of life in the White House are fun to read about, the mystery is compelling and the whole thing gels together very well. I'll be looking forward to the next entry in this fun series.

  • Dawn
    2018-12-01 04:04

    A good second book, a little slower pace than the first but non the less good. A solid 3.5 read but rounding up rather than rounding down. The characters are great. The author does a good job telling these stories. Looking forward to the next book.

  • Dawn Michelle
    2018-12-12 08:55

    One thing reading cozies has taught me: NEVER, EVER, second-guess yourself. Chances are, if you think you know who the murderer IS, that is who it is. Especially if you have been reading Mysteries and Cozies for as long as I have.This is Ollie's first go-round as the Executive Chef and it is Christmas time. A very busy time for us mere mortals and an extremely, amazingly busy time for the White House and its staff. Especially the kitchen staff. Add a bomb-scare right in the middle of a big meal prep and everyone gets thrown behind. Add new vigilance and bomb training and its a recipe for disaster. Thankfully, Ollie keeps her head about her and manages to pull off what she needs to do, in spite of the time crunch. Until someone dies. And another bomb is found. And then it become a game of cat and mouse and red herrings until the very end of the book. As I was much more comfortable with the characters in this book than I was in the first book, I had no problem acclimating at once to everyone there. I really love Ollie as a MC and she is both smart AND sassy, but also knows her place and when to hold her tongue. People instinctively trust her and that helps her so much throughout this story. A very good read; I am so looking forward to the next one and it will NOT be over a year before I dive back into White House Land again.

  • Katie Fitzgerald
    2018-11-20 05:48

    I enjoyed this second White House Chef Mystery, which is set around the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. The setting is what really draws me to these books, more than the recipes, and this story was full of descriptions of different rooms in the White House (including the bunker) and of Christmas events and traditions. I was surprised by how little we saw of Tom in this book, but I was pleased to be able to focus on more mystery than romance this time around. It's nice when a cozy mystery isn't entirely consumed with kissing and such. I also loved the new supporting characters introduced in this book, including the ornery White House electrician and an assistant chef with limited English . It took a lot of hunting to find this book, but it was worth the effort!

  • Amy
    2018-11-28 11:07

    Another excellent book in the White House chef series. I just love the way that this other weeds are stories. And the characters are wonderful. There were times that I thought I had it figured out and maybe had part of it right but there is always another little twist. I highly recommend the series and the author to anyone who is looking for a nice clean yet adventurous read.

  • Nancy Holte
    2018-11-25 04:02

    Funny, romantic, and a mystery.

  • Kim Hawkins
    2018-11-23 05:51

    Had me to the last page Another great one in this series - I enjoyed hearing about the holiday preparations for the White House, but the mystery was really good too.

  • brigitte raicher
    2018-11-27 09:56

    Didn't like the endFirst I thought about giving the book 5 stars because it was fun reading. But when I was thinking about the book, especially the "why" and "how", I started to feel disappointed (can't go into more detail without giving something away). Still a good read for my daily commute...

  • Aurian Booklover
    2018-11-20 10:51

    Ollie is the new executive chef in the White House, and she and her team are very busy with the preparations for Christmas and some other important events. But after a bomb scare, they all need to be trained in safety, recognizing bombs and what to do when they find something suspect. They really have no time for this, but Special Agent Gavin is relentless, no excuses, they all have to take the training. And somehow, he does not like Ollie very much and tries to make an example of her in class. But Ollie is used to being picked on because of her small size, and she gives as good as she gets, earning his grudging respect. But disasters keep happening. The First Lady tries to matchmake between Ollie and her beloved nephew Sean, not knowing that Ollie is already seeing one of the Secret Service Agents protecting her husband. Sean is around a lot lately, the First Ladies’ father has recently died, and she has inherited his shares in an important company from him. Her new partners, and childhood friends, want her to sell. Their four fathers founded the company, which does a lot of good for charity, and they want to sell it fast, or else they will have to wait 10 years before they are allowed to sell it again. Sean is lady Campbell’s financial advisor, and he really does not want her to sell. But her friends are pressuring her. One of them is in financial troubles for alleged criminal activities, the other is a Senator, who is after her husband’s job, and the third has her own reasons for siding with the men. A very experienced electrician gets electrocuted in the White House, with Ollie finding him. They were friends and she is really bothered by this. He knew the wiring inside out, he would not have made a mistake like that. And so she asks for advice from one of the other tenants in her building, a very experienced and licensed electrician himself, who comes up with a theory of what might have happened. But the other electricians working in the White House are brushing her off, totally not interested in her theory or looking into the matter. The man was careless, end of the discussion. And then Sean is found dead in his apartment, while the First Lady is waiting for him for an important lunch meeting with her friends. Suicide the police think. But neither Ollie nor the First Lady wants to believe that. Sean was happy, and optimistic about asking Ollie on a date or something, he never would kill himself. And when Ollie finds something Sean left behind on her computer in the kitchen, she is sure of it. And so she asks Gavin to look into things. Gavin thinks Ollie is some kind of catalyst, things happen around her, and she is observant to see things other people miss. Which is why she is the one to find the bomb in her storage space …Ollie wants to help the First Lady, and protect her from the undue pressure put upon her by her former friends to sell, she has a lot of meals to prepare, and getting mugged and almost abducted on her way home is something she really has no time for. I recently read the first book in the White House Chef series, and enjoyed it, but this one is better in my opinion. Of course I already knew some of the main secondary characters, and it is always nice to catch up with them. There is not much, or rather, any, development in Ollie’s private life, so I think you can read these books out of order without feeling lost. The book is full of action, lots of things happen, and lots of clues are left for the reader to find. I did suspect some of the things beforehand, but I was still amazed at some of the plot. This is a great mystery and I will certainly read the rest of the series soon. I like how Ollie handles things. Some on her staff are not happy that she is the new executive chef, but she learns how to deal with them, and get them to do what she wants, and how she wants it done. The pastry described sounds absolutely delicious (there are recipes in the back for a full presidential meal!). She also deals well with the safety lessons, and their instructor after some initial strubbling. I do hope her relationship develops a bit more in the next book though; I want to know a bit more about her background, meet some friends. Of course she does work extremely hard and long days; there is not much time for a private life, but still.As said before, there is a lot of patriotism in this book, which is to be expected for a story taking place in the White House, but for me as a non-American, it is a bit much.9 stars.© 2013 Reviews by Aurian

  • Anita Drake
    2018-11-19 05:47

    Cozy mystery

  • Julie H.
    2018-11-23 04:06

    Hail to the Chef, the second entry in Julie Hyzy's White House Chef mystery series, is even better than its predecessor. The book opens with a bomb scare, and things just keep going from there. The gist of the plot is that it's the holiday season kickoff at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with all the preparations, security concerns, scheduling (and rescheduling) demands that come with it--as well as the political and other backstabbing that seem endemic to that city. The action begins as a well-loved White House electrician is accidentally electrocuted in the course of attempting to address a recurring problem in public rooms. In short order we realize that his death may/may not have been accidental--however, none of the remaining electricians seems willing to hear Ollie's concerns. In addition, First Lady Elaine Campbell is mourning the recent death of her father and trying to determine what course to pursue regarding the potential sale of a philanthropic business venture in which she is now a partner as a result of his passing. Her co-owners are keen to sell the business so as to reap the financial gains. Their motives differ, but collectively they bode ill for Mrs. Campbell, her nephew/financial advisor, and for anyone in regular contact with them. Executive Chef and protagonist Ollie Paras doesn't have her usual sounding board, boyfriend and Secret Service team member Tom as he is elsewhere with the presidential detail. (I was actually kind of glad that his input was minimized as he seemed to pooh-pooh Ollie's otherwise sound instincts in matters of human nature and White House security. Plus, she got to show her mettle here in a way that had been largely implied in her previous outing.) Enter an uber-vigilant Special-Agent-in-Charge Leonard Gavin, who requires that all department heads and staff attend rigorous security training classes--some of which are even held on Thanksgiving day itself. The usual suspects of PITA cultural sensitivity director Peter Everett Seargeant III, moody assistant chef Bucky, helpful assistant chef Cyan, seasonal kitchen and waitstaff employees, assorted Secret Service agents, and select neighbors at Ollie's Arlington, VA, condo contribute to a mix that hits a good balance between DC-based politics and the assorted logistics of a commuter's life. (If I may be permitted to quibble, however, having been one of those same commuters myself, it would make better financial sense if Ollie had a monthly pass--vs. the pay-as-you-go METRO farecards she appears to be using given the description of how she enters the subway system. This is by no means a big deal, but something that native Washingtonians will notice.) Once again, the series provides just enough White House history and tradition to make it interesting without being a textbook and there are a number of yummy recipes provided in an Afterword.

  • Melissa
    2018-11-25 06:01

    I didn't like this book as much as the first one. It wasn't bad, but it just wasn't as well done. Although it isn't necessary to read the first one before this one, you want be left too far in the dark. But hey, its a foodie mystery and at least those are usually entertaining.Ollie, now executive chef at the White House, is preparing for the holidays and the rush and madness that accompanies it. She has several events to take care of and she and her staff are in overtime trying to get everything done. So when a bomb threat adds even more training and problems to the table, its hard for her to keep up. Especially when trouble just seems to fall into her lap. Trying to solve the mystery on her own and keep her friends and staff safe, Ollie may have bitten off a little more than she can chew this time though.I like Ollie. I find her character to be a bit unbelievable at times but she's charming. She's not overly prideful and truly enjoys food which is good when the mystery centers around a White House chef. Her kitchen staff is always pretty unique as well and they have quirks all their own. Bucky, the cantankerous chef, especially is amusing to me. Cyan, another chef, didn't get very much time in this book though and I was a little disappointed in that. There are actually a lot of characters in this one because of the First Lady, the President, their friends, other staff, etc. and it can get confusing once in awhile. But that probably mirrors reality as I'm sure there is a lot going on at the White House. The bad guys, well they were somewhat easy to guess but were sneaky enough in their own way.Because the mystery was somewhat easy to solve I was a little disappointed. Hyzy tries to throw you off but really, its easy to pinpoint at least some of whats going on very early in the book. There were some food descriptions this time, but not as much as in the first book and I found myself missing that. I just love when they talk about food, but at least they threw in some recipes at the end. There's even a few I may attempt because they sound so good. Its a quick read and as a cozy mystery it rates ok. Since it involves the holidays winter is a good time of year to read it and all that was really missing was a warm fire in the fireplace.I definitely look forward to the next one in the series. Maybe it'll even be as good as the first.Hail to the ChefCopyright 2008328 pagesReview by M. Reynard 2012 More of my reviews can be found at www.ifithaswords.blogspot.com

  • Drebbles
    2018-12-15 04:51

    With Thanksgiving fast approaching, and the upcoming holiday season on its heels, White House executive chef Ollie Paras has plenty on her plate. She has meals to plan and prepare, a gingerbread competition to worry about, safety classes to take. The last thing she needs is to be distracted but two deaths affecting the White House make her think about things besides food. She is still mourning the death of a White House electrician when someone close to the first lady is found dead - a suspected suicide. The first lady doesn't believe it was suicide and neither does Ollie. Soon Ollie discovers there is more cooking in the White House than food.It took me a while to get into “Hail to the Chef” and I almost put it aside at one point, but I'm glad I stuck with it because once I got used to the characters and setting I really enjoyed the book. Author Julie Hyzy has created a unique character in Ollie and makes the most of the White House setting. I loved the behind the scenes glimpses of the White House kitchen as the staff prepares for the holidays - especially the gingerbread competition. Hyzy does a good job of giving each worker in the kitchen a fully developed personality so much so that you have to wonder how Olly can put up with Bucky! Hyzy also does a good job of showing how the fear of terrorism affects everyone working in the White House and how they deal with alleged threats. I do wish that the characters of the first lady and Ollie’s boyfriend Tom (who was barely in the book) had been developed a bit more. The mystery itself is nicely plotted if a bit unbelievable. Also included in the back of the book are several recipes from “Ollie”.It took me a while to get into “Hail to the Chef” but once I did I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading more books in the series.

  • Cooper
    2018-11-16 03:06

    This is the second in the series and what started off as a promising new read. This time, White House Executive Chef, Ollie Paras, and her staff are starting prep for the upcoming holiday season. The death of the First Lady's father has put the First Lady in the middle of a financial battle with the owners of a company she now has a 25% ownership in. And the death of the head White House electrician places Ollie squarely in the middle of the latest mystery.Ollie seems to have a knack in getting in the middle of trouble (JB Fletcher anyone???). People around her speak of her ability to see things others don't, hence allowing her to uncover diabolical plots. Really? Because in this mystery it was obvious almost from the beginning who the killer was, yet little miss detective fails to see any of it around her. I will say that overall it wasn't bad, just wasn't one of my favorite. The storyline with Special Agent in-charge Garvin gave me a chuckle as he tried to reign in Ollie's involvement in the mystery. Hope #3 in the series provides Ollie a better opportunity to reveal this observation skill she supposedly posses.As a holiday junky, one of my favorite TV shows is the HGTV 'White House Christmas'. Love seeing how Ms. Hyzy brings to life the holidays in the WH....and getting a little glimpse through Ollie's eyes was fun. It was an easy read and always love to read mysteries that involve food.One last little thought, why does Ollie keep Bucky on her staff? He's snide, disruptive, disrespectful...I'd have fired him the first day of me being name Executive Chef. Don't understand why he's still apart of her team. What's up with that Ollie???

  • Judy
    2018-12-15 06:08

    Second in the White House Chef Mysteries, finds newly appointed Executive Chef Olivia "Ollie" Paras about to embark on her first White House Holiday Season as the one in charge. Dinner parties are planned, receptions are on the books, small intimate family gatherings are also on the agenda. Everything must be perfect.Her small staff works well together, even if there is a bit of snarkiness from Bucky, her senior chef. She will enlist the help of some temporary chefs and a few additional members of the household staff. Everything seems to be going as planned until Ollie suddenly finds herself ushered off to the bunker with the First Lady and her nephew, Sean, by two black clad Secret Service agents. Further intrigues ensues as Ollie becomes privy to some internal happenings involving the First Lady and her nephew. After the all clear Ollie returns to the kitchen to continue to prepare for Thursday's small Thanksgiving dinner. As the preparations continue, chief electrician is killed in an accidental electrocution. Ollie finds herself involved in the why such an accident could happen to a skilled journeyman electrician. Then the First Lady's nephew is found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. All the drama continues as the Secret Service and Special Agents in Charge cover the White House looking for clues to the deaths. Ollie tries to continue under stressful circumstances, but with the help of a few friends and acquaintances, she still is suspicious of some strange happenings in the kitchen and the White House dining rooms.

  • Michelle Randall
    2018-11-26 06:00

    I discovered Julie Hyzy and the White House Chef Mystery Series not that long ago. I really like it.In this book, the second in the series, it is Thanksgiving and there are alot of things going on at the White House. Someone ends up dead, and it effects the staff and family in the White House.This was a little different in alot of respects, one is that the "boyfriend" of our lead character is not in this book at all. There is none of the relationship tensions that you normally see in a cozy, and that is really nice for a change.The First Lady's nephew "commits suicide" at the beginning of the book, which throughs everyone off, I mean when has that ever happened, and no one can believe it was a suicide, it doesn't fit or work. So of course Ollie is looking into things, and it's not that she is trying to find the killer or investigate, like alot of cozy mysteries, it's just that she questions what is going on and her mind needs answers, and when the ends don't match up right, she is not the type of person to just walk away and let it go. She tends to get in trouble with the Secret Service because she refuses to accept explanations that don't make sense.I love this series because she is just a normal person asking normal questions, and in that course she ends up in the middle of the investigation.

  • Amanda Atkins
    2018-11-18 07:44

    Ollie Paras, the newly appointed White House Executive Chef, is back in the kitchen. It’s the most stressful time of year for the White House staff, preparing for Thanksgiving and the quickly approaching launch of Christmas festivities in America’s Home. When a bomb is found in the White House, they call in a Special Secret Service team to investigate, and shortly after the chief electrician is found dead, apparently electrocuted. Did their experienced electrician really make a fatal error? And will whoever planted the first bomb try again? Ollie must put her acute observational senses to work and do what she can to thwart sinister plans to take down the White House.I loved the holiday setting of this mystery, and it had a lot going on to keep you reading. Bombs, electrocution, suspicious suicide, tangled business deals, Secret Service Agents. There was so much going on in this story, it was impossible to get bored and while you might think things could get muddled along the way, Hyzy did a great job of keeping it all straight and giving lots of little clues and twists along the way. The ending tied it up and while it may not have been tight enough for the ultra-realist readers, I think the average cozy reader will be wholly satisfied.The Real Mystery?How this story juggled so many crimes and suspects while still being totally easy to follow and satisfying!