Written by: Julie Hyzy
Published by: Berkley Publishing Group/Penguin January 2008
Source: Purchased for Nook
Olivia Paras is the assistant chef for The White House, a prized and honored position. It’s a job she’s proud of and now that Henry, the Executive Chef is retiring, she’s thrilled to be in line for his job. One obstacle could be celebrity TV chef Laurel Anne Braun, also in the running for the job. The first lady, Mrs. Campbell would have final say.
Olivia also seems to have put herself in the middle of an international murder for hire plot. Trying to help way lay a suspect who is running amok on the White House lawn, she is told a secret, and then she can’t seem to get herself out of this mess.
I liked Olivia right from the start. This is book one in this series, and liking the main character is key to continuing. She is spunky and adventurous. Olivia is also dating a White House security agent…and their involvement can complicate matters. Beyond the intrigue there is much food discussion and procedures for meal planning for State dinners and less formal meals for the First Family. Recipes for some foods are included…bonus!
This is my very first book in a genre knows as Cozy Mystery. I had seen other bloggers talk about this type of book, and I really didn’t know anything about them. By definition these books are lighter, more character driven the sleuth is not an investigator or police officer. Sex and any type of graphic murder are also not a major factor. While researching there are a ton of these books, from lighter to more intense.
I enjoyed this book, I’d give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars, it was quick, enjoyable and I do plan on reading more!!
This is book 1 of Reading My Own Books….one I wanted to finish…and more to come!!