Thursday, March 8, 2012

Book Review: Hail to the Chef

By Julie Hyzy
Publish Date: December 2008
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: #2
Personal Rating: 4 stars

Summary from GoodReads:
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.

Notes from another reviewer: Ollie once again gets caught up in drama at the white house. Beginning with a bomb scare. She is upset that danger seems to follow her but Special Agent Gavin insists she is one of the rare individuals who notice things others don't Blessing or curse she is not sure. But she is sure something is once again going on at the white house that makes no sense. I love these books.

My Review:
I borrowed this book from the Library. This book was fun because it was set around Christmas time. Their focus was involving the kids in the White House. This included the kids getting to send in gingerbread men cookies to go with the display. But what will some of the entries mean? Being that the gingerbread house was made by the baker, we learned a lot more about his character. I really liked him and thought he was fun.

Up to this point, we have learned that Ollie has great neighbors, but in his book you really get to know them. It is a tight knit little community in this apartment building. Her neighbors are very genuine and will help her out any time.
I kept getting irritated with the helpers to the electrician who was killed. Did they not feel Ollie’s urgency? Have you ever screamed at the characters in a book you’ve been reading?
Verdict: 4 stars. I really liked this book. Another great book in this series.

Recommendation: If you like bombs, gingerbread cookies and houses, or apartment living, this book is for you.