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Hail to the Chef by Julie Hyzy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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.