Buffalo West Wing (White House Chef Mystery Series #4) [NOOK Book]

Overview

With a new First Family, White House executive chef Olivia Paras can't afford to make any mistakes. But when a box of take-out chicken mysteriously shows up for the First Kids, she soon finds herself in a "no-wing" situation. After Olivia refuses to serve the chicken, the First Lady gives her the cold shoulder. But when it turns out to be ...
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Buffalo West Wing (White House Chef Mystery Series #4)

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Overview

With a new First Family, White House executive chef Olivia Paras can't afford to make any mistakes. But when a box of take-out chicken mysteriously shows up for the First Kids, she soon finds herself in a "no-wing" situation. After Olivia refuses to serve the chicken, the First Lady gives her the cold shoulder. But when it turns out to be poisoned poultry, Olivia realizes the kids are true targets.


Winner of the 2012 Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Hyzy's diverting if preposterous fourth White House Chef mystery (after 2010's Eggsecutive Orders), nothing goes well for Olivia "Ollie" Paras, the White House's first female executive chef, on the arrival of the newly inaugurated U.S. president, Parker Hyden, and his family. First, Ollie stops a box of take-out chicken wings of unknown origin from reaching the Hyden children, 13-year-old Abby and nine-year-old Josh, much to the new First Lady's annoyance. The five White House staff members who eat the chicken wings, however, wind up violently ill in the hospital, where terrorists later take them hostage. To add to Ollie's woes, the Hydens' egotistical personal chef expects to be the boss in the kitchen. Ollie befriends Josh, and their developing bond, reinforced during a kidnapping incident, is one of this cozy's highlights. Recipes include a kid-friendly chicken meal. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101476703
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/4/2011
  • Series: White House Chef Mystery Series , #4
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 31,943
  • File size: 500 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Breezeflash

    *comes in her white fur glowing ice blue eyes gleaming* hello

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

    Nice "Escapist" Reading

    I have enjoyed all the books in this series. They make for great reading when you're looking for a likeable main character, a good little mystery, and a story that's not too intense. Would be a super "beach read."

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

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    Top notch addition to a winning series

    This has to be one of the best cozy series out there. Once again, Julie delivers an interesting story with an ending that won't let you stop reading. I wish the book never ended! Looking forward to the next installment. It can't come soon enough for me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

    Perfection! A must read.

    Note: This review originally appeared in The Season E-Zine's January mystery section. Buffalo West Wing is the fourth in Julie Hyzy's White House Chef Mystery series, and it's one of the best books I've read this year. Hyzy's latest is everything you hope for when you crack the cover of a novel: the plot is intricate, the mystery is clever, the dialogue is witty and natural, and the prose is a joy to read. And if you like your books to hurtle along like a rollercoaster at top speed, boy howdy, are you in for a treat. Buffalo West Wing starts with a bang. It then grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. I became so quickly and so thoroughly invested in this story that I found it practically impossible to put down. (Note: Do not try to mop your floors while reading a book; I can tell you from experience, it won't end well.) By setting this series in the White House, Hyzy has essentially guaranteed that the stakes will always be high, but with Buffalo West Wing, the stakes start out high and then get astronomical. You start out worried that Ollie will lose her job, but you quickly end up worried that Ollie will lose her life. In my opinion, a big part of what makes Hyzy's books so compelling is her pitch-perfect character development. Hyzy's created a first-rate heroine in Ollie; ambitious and talented yet thoughtful and caring, you'll find yourself rooting for her from page one. The First Family's personal chef, Virgil Ballantine, is the perfect arch-rival; arrogant, self-centered, and slimy, he's a villain you'll love to hate. And the book's minor players are no slouch, either; from assistant chefs Cyan and Bucky to First Kids Abigail and Josh to Ollie's awful date Reggie, each character has his or her own distinct personality; there are no cardboard cutouts to be found here. Hyzy also does a marvelous job developing the relationships between her characters. I especially loved Ollie's scenes with ex-lover (and Secret Service Presidential Protective Division Head) Tom MacKenzie and potential love interest Special Agent in Charge Leonard "Gav" Gavin; most authors use romance to create drama and conflict, and Hyzy's no exception, but what makes Hyzy stand out from the pack is her ability to successfully convey the complex emotions that come with falling in and out of love. In sum, I can't praise this book highly enough. It's tense and twisty and fabulous. Start your New Year right and go out and buy it ASAP; you'll be happy you did.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2014

    Frankie

    "Have you heard her song DollHouse?" Frank asked.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    Ronnie

    Blinks

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    Great story line.

    I love all of Julie Hyzy's books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    This is an entertaining series

    I enjoy the White House Chef mystery series. The writing and the characters are entertaining. I like to cook and enjoy the descriptions of kitchen activity. These books are a treat to read.

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  • Posted August 5, 2013

    After I finished the third book in the White House chef series I

    After I finished the third book in the White House chef series I wrote that it was the best in the series so far, and it was, Until number 4 came along. In Buffalo West Wing a new family has moved into the White House and that has brought many changes and new challenges Will Ollie get into trouble in this one? Ah you will have to read this great book to find out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Hunger games players

    Go away! This space is for book reviews. You are annoying and I am trying to find a way to get B&N to block and ban you from doing this. If other readers find you as annoying as I do I hope they will also let their voices be heard. B&N have a customer service line. They can be reached at 800-962-6177. I encourage you to call them.

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  • Posted April 8, 2013

    This cute, and informative cozy about the first female Executive

    This cute, and informative cozy about the first female Executive White House Chef, Ollie Paraz continues with the fourth book in the series.  Ollie has enjoyed four years as Chef to President Campbell's family, but the election has come, and now she will be welcoming a new President's family into the White House.  This time, the young President comes with two young children, Abigail and Josh.




    In all the changes and preparations for the new family, a box of chicken wings show up in the kitchen, with a note that says they're for Abigail and Josh.  Security policy requires that anything coming from outside the White House must be checked , including who they came from.  In all the confusion, the wings made it down to the laundry ladies' room, where they promptly made everyone sick.  The result was a hostage situation, with terrorists, in the hospital.  




    Realizing that it was supposed to be the President's children who were supposed to have been targeted, Security procedures immediately go into affect.  Along with all this, an ego-centric new chef arrives at the White House, chosen by the new President's wife,  to be the family's personal chef.  He steps on everyone's toes, adding to Ollie's already mounting problems , as she tries to prepare the White House's first huge State Dinner.




    The characters are well drawn out, and the thrills soon find their way into the White House and their kitchen.  A fun and exciting story that also includes real procedures for the White House, and a number of wonderful recipes!! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Dusty

    The male tributes from district 2 ran in. "Well. Well. Well. Looks like ive found some..........allys. i have generous sponsots and enough food to feed a whole city. I alo have great wepons. Allys anyone?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Charlie

    Im pissed at ken he said im dead but i dodged it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    Cloud and chaoa

    Walk in

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Kato

    What?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    Morg

    Shutup kato ur the first i kill

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    Carolina

    I have an allignment of some sort with someone named Hannah, and i asked cloud and chaos if we could be allies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    HUNGER GAMES RULEBOOK Here are the rules.....................

    HUNGER GAMES RULEBOOK



    Here are the rules........................ (RULE #1): NO IMPOSTERING! If you imposter someone, then I will just kick you out of the games and probally report you. (RULE #2): NO BULLYING, OR HARASSMENT. (RULE #3) If someone gets killed, I will still get the final say if he or she got killed or not. But they can't post untill then. (RULE #4) NO REBELING. You cant break out of the arena, and this isn't a rebel RP.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    Courtney

    Yeah. I have a twin?(????)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    Haley

    Brb

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