Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Buffalo West Wing - 4th in the White House Chef Mystery series
Author: Julie Hyzy
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: January 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Washington DC
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Julie's Website/Blog: www.juliehyzy.com
This is the fourth book in the White House Chef Mystery Series but, it's the first for me. So, bear with me and I'll attempt to cover all the bases.
Olivia Paras is the first female White House Chef and is really focused on taking care of the First Family’s culinary needs but, always seems to get involved in skullduggery of some kind. In this book, there is a new first family moving into the White House and Olivia and her staff have to get used to some new appetites and favorites of a new group of people. On, inauguration day while preparing food for a special treat for the first children, a box of chicken wings shows up in the kitchen with a card stating that they are for the children of the new president. No one knows where they came from and there is a rule in the kitchen that if no one knows where they originated from then they cannot be served to the first family. Unfortunately, the children see them and want them but Olivia does not relent and that gets her into trouble with the First Lady who decides to bring in their former chef to take over the cooking for the First Family.
It turns out that Olivia was perfectly within her rights not to give them to the children and puts them away to give to the Secret Service. The wings turn up missing and it is found that they were given to some of the White House staff as a treat. It turns out that the wings were poisoned and most of the staff that ate them had to be taken to a hospital. Olivia realizes that they were meant for the President's children and she needs to keep them out of harm's way. This will not be easy as the First Lady is giving her the silent treatment.
This book is very entertaining and I couldn't put it down. The characters in the White House kitchen are really fun and the plot is very well thought out and will appeal to readers of traditional mysteries as well as cozies. So, enjoy and I'll talk to you soon.
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