Home of the Braised (White House Chef Mystery Series #7)

Home of the Braised (White House Chef Mystery Series #7)

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by Julie Hyzy

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With the pressure of an upcoming state dinner that could make or break the president’s foreign policy, White House executive chef Olivia Paras has precious little time to focus on her wedding plans—or to catch a murderer…
Tensions are running high as the White House staff adjusts to a new chief usher and prepares for a

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With the pressure of an upcoming state dinner that could make or break the president’s foreign policy, White House executive chef Olivia Paras has precious little time to focus on her wedding plans—or to catch a murderer…
Tensions are running high as the White House staff adjusts to a new chief usher and prepares for a high-stakes state dinner, where everything must be perfect. But as the date for the event approaches, things go disastrously wrong when the secretary of defense is found dead in his home, seemingly killed during a break-in.
At the same time Olivia’s fiancé, Gav, is looking into the mysterious murder of an old friend. Is there a connection? Despite an increase in security following the secretary’s death, Ollie learns the president is in imminent danger at the dinner and must do everything in her power to get to him—before it’s too late…

Includes Recipes for a complete presidential menu!

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Publishers Weekly
In Hyzy’s action-packed seventh White House chef mystery (after 2012’s Fonduing Fathers), White House executive chef Olivia “Ollie” Paras prepares a dinner for President Parker Hyden, staff, and guests—representatives of Durasi, a nation with which the U.S. is in delicate peace negotiations. Talk is circulating that the U.S.-hired mercenaries working in Durasi are about to be recalled and the lucrative contract of their company, Kalto, terminated. Later, Ollie and her fiancé, Secret Service agent Leonard “Gav” Gavin, dash out to meet with Evan Bonder, one of Gav’s friends, who they hope will officiate at their wedding, but instead they find Evan among the victims at a horrific crime scene at his mission workplace, a homeless shelter. Meanwhile, Ollie wrestles with staffing conflicts and provides cooking lessons to the president’s son, Josh, who plays a major role in trying to stop a plot to undermine the peace talks. With grace and aplomb, Ollie juggles her job and sleuthing, receiving a very pleasant surprise of her own at the satisfying conclusion. Agent: Paige Wheeler, Folio Literary Management. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
Praise for the New York Times Bestselling White House Chef Mysteries
“[A] unique setting, strong characters, sharp conflict, and snappy plotting…Hyzy’s research into the backstage kitchen secrets of the White House gives this series a special savor that will make you hungry for more.”—Susan Wittig Albert, national bestselling author of The Darling Dahlias and the Texas Star

“[A] clever plot and fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpses of life in the White House.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
“[A] compulsively readable whodunit.”—Publishers Weekly

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Penguin Publishing Group
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White House Chef Mystery Series, #7
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4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Praise for the New York Times Bestselling White House Chef Mysteries
“[A] unique setting, strong characters, sharp conflict, and snappy plotting…Hyzy’s research into the backstage kitchen secrets of the White House gives this series a special savor that will make you hungry for more.”—Susan Wittig Albert, national bestselling author of The Darling Dahlias and the Texas Star

“[A] clever plot and fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpses of life in the White House.”Richmond Times-Dispatch
“[A] compulsively readable whodunit.”—Publishers Weekly

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Home of the Braised 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is a wonderful read and leaves you sitting on the edge of your seat with the twist and turns!
chefdt More than 1 year ago
ome Of The Braised is the 7th book in the A White House Chef Mystery series. Home of the Braised gives the reader a helping of cozy mystery, a generous portion of thriller and a pinch of romance to satisfy their reading appetite. Things are really cooking in the White House kitchen these days. Chef Ollie and Gav, have gotten engaged and the country of Durasi has agreed to a peace settlement and a state dinner is being planned to honor it. And as if that isn't enough, thing continue to boil over with the First Families personal chef, Virgil, putting Ollie's staff on edge. Ollie and Gav plan to have a private civil ceremony, but when applying for their marriage license they find that there is going to be a two month wait. Then Gav hears from a former agent, Evan, who has left the service to form a ministry to help the homeless and needs to talk to Gav. Gav thinks this may be the answer to their wedding dilemma. When Ollie and Gav arrive at his storefront church, things don't seem right. Soon they Evan and four others dead and a terrible chemical odor coming from the room. As they are hurrying to leave they are met by men in haz-mat clothing and are rushed to a waiting van and interrogated. Ollie soon learns that the men in the haz-mat suits are Secret Service agents. The first questions they have are: who were the other men with Evan and how did the Agents know to come dressed for a hazardous condition. As the investigation unfolds, Ollie has a couple close calls and it appears that the President's life is could also be danger. Josh is back and helping in the kitchen once again and is quickly becoming an accomplished prep chef. Of course the kitchen wouldn't run as well if it wasn't for Cyan and Bucky. Plus the fact that they are always there for Ollie to keep her focused. For those that read this wonderful series, you won't be disappointed and if you are new to the series, pick up the first, State of the Onion and begin to enjoy the exciting life of Chef Ollie Paras. Definitely looking forward to the next book
addictedPW More than 1 year ago
Julie Hyzy's Olivia Paras has really done it all this time. While preparing for an all important State Dinner, she along with her fiancé Gav uncover a plot to disrupt a potential threat to National Security. Her attention to detail brings her dangerously close to her own peril but in the end she comes out victorious.Also we find that that her personal life takes a turn for the best. All together a great read, the only problem is that we have to wait for the next installment in the life of Olivia Paras, White House Chef.
jingleJE More than 1 year ago
I love this series!! The White House Chef mysteries are really fun to read! I like the author's writing style and the fun tidbits of White House info. So far I haven't figured out who did it until the end!
CheliD More than 1 year ago
Ollie and Gav have finally decided to get marry but in the meantime Ollie is also in the midst of planning a major State Dinner for representatives from a nation that the US has been at odds with for 50 years. Trouble seems to gravitate toward Ollie and throughout she is trying to avoid international or political problems. But Ollie being Ollie, she finds the problems that are reverberating and saves the day!
SrJean More than 1 year ago
I love Julie's White House Chef series. The mysteries are intriguing and she builds suspense well, but what I really enjoy are the characters. Personally, I wouldn't want that much adventure in my life, but I'm happy Ollie keeps on trucking. She is a real spitfire.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book as I did all the others. I would suggest starting with the first book and working your way through the series, though! You don't need to, but it will be more enjoyable as I just know you'll want to read more than just one of the stories in this clever series.
judiOH More than 1 year ago
this series is an A1 series. life in the kitchen of the white house is the basis of this series, and the head chef is the sleuth. olivia, (ollie to her friends), seems to find trouble, or maybe it's the other way around. at any rate the story is very intriguing and the romance, yes there is romance, is enjoying to watch. characters come alive, you feel emersed in the story. totally enjoyable and totally mysterious.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Author Julie Hyzy once again thrills readers with behind the scenes White House drama, in her latest book in the White House Chef series, Home of the Braised. Readers are treated to plenty of foreign policy, as well as, kitchen politics in this novel. Fans of series will also enjoy more about White House Chef, Ollie's personal life, as she attempts to marry Secret Service agent Gav. With plenty of dead bodies and a State Dinner in the offing, readers will find plenty to keep them interested. A great addition to the series.  What I liked: Julie Hyzy's White House Chef series is a well written series that takes the reader behind the scenes at the White House. One of my favorite parts of the series is all the tidbits and information that Hyzy gives readers about how the White House kitchens take care of not only the president but any dinners and special guests that may be present. Hyzy lets the reader in on how much food it takes to cater a State Dinner, what kind of things are served and how the president's personal chef adds to the mix. I love all that behind the scenes stuff, very interesting. Another thing that is interesting about this series is the kitchen politics that take place. The president's personal chef Virgil is the bane of Ollie's existence. In this addition of the series, Home of the Braised, Virgil is thwarting Ollie's plans for one of the biggest State Dinner's to come along in a long while. Take a possible hostile country in residence and Ollie's impending wedding on the rocks, and add in a few murders and it's a recipe for a great cozy mystery. Hyzy really makes the relationship between Virgil and Ollie seem just as important as the whodunit. The mystery aspects of this novel were very well written. Hyzy always has a knack for straddling the fence between a cozy mystery and a full blown mainstream thriller. Her plots are complicated and not easy to figure out, there is plenty of drama, but there is still a lightness about the story that lends itself toward the cozy genre. In Home of the Braised there were a lot of bodies hitting the floor, with five dead, Ollie has her hands full trying to figure out how all of this ties into a plot that may put the president's life in danger. The suspects aren't you're average killers and there is certainly more to why Gav's friend and others meeting at the church were murdered. I didn't figure this one out until the bitter end. A very good mystery! What I didn't like:  There wasn't much I didn't like about this one. The conspiracy plot was a little out there, but not so much that I didn't buy it. There are certainly some bumbling culprits out there and it's plausible that they could think up something like this.   Bottom Line: This is a great book! You can't go wrong if you are looking for a mystery that isn't your average fare for cozies. It has some bite and though some of the plot was a little convoluted, it still held my interest. I didn't figure it out right away and that was a plus. Ollie's personal relationships with Virgil, Gav and the other members of her staff like Bucky, add a lot to the plot and the behind the scenes White House drama is fun and interesting. A great addition to this series!
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
A new Chief Usher and a very important State Dinner has Ollie, Cyan and Bucky hopping and Virgil being his usual unhelpful self. Gav is slowly recovering from the last foray with Ollie. But it is hard to keep a good man down. He wants to get married as soon as possible. With the courts being booked with civil ceremonies for weeks he hopes an old agent friend, Evan, can help them out. When Ollie and Gav arrive to meet with him they find him and four other people dead. Gav is determined to find out why his friend was killed but then the Secretary of Defense is murdered and Gav and Ollie start to connect the dots as do the Secret Service and all the other alphabet agencies. Security is increased but will it be enough? Can they figure out the real target and stop the killer in time? Dollycas’s Thoughts After I finish a Julie Hyzy book I always think this is the best one yet and then she goes on to top herself with the next story. This one was just plain AWESOME!! Chasing Ollie around The White House and Washington I was even out of breathe. She really doesn’t want to be in the middle of all the investigations and tribulations but she just naturally ends up there. They should just make her an honorary member of the Secret Service. Thankfully Bucky and Cyan can keep that kitchen going because she is not only busy tracking down criminals but dealing with internal politics over her kitchen staff, all while trying to plan even a small wedding. She also has fun tutoring the President’s son Josh as he would like to be a chef someday himself. Ollie even lets him assist in the preparations for the big state dinner, even if he means 2 Secret Service agents taking up space in the already too small kitchen space. So much happens in this story. There is drama, dead bodies, food, intrigue, humor, foot chases, corruption, more food, secrets, politics, twists, turns, even more food and something very special. I didn’t know I could turn pages or read as fast as I did. I had chills, I laughed and I can’t believe I even shed a few tears. You just can’t go wrong with a book by Julie Hyzy. If she is a new author to you start at the beginning with State of the Onion, you will love each and every one. If you are already a fan, run, don’t walk, and get your copy today!! I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment. Julie, write faster :)
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
Ollie and Gav have finally applied for a marriage license but unfortunately they may have to wait at least six weeks before someone is available to perform the wedding ceremony. And then when Gav gets a call from his old friend, Evan, he realizes that his friend could perform the ceremony. But when Ollie and Gav get there, they find Evan and four other individuals dead, and before they can even look around, six agents in gas masks whisk them away. After questioning, Ollie is forbidden to discuss this with anyone, but her only concern is for Gav, since he was separated from her and she has not heard from him since. In the meantime, she has to concentrate on the preparations for an important state dinner held to help further strained peace negotiations between the United States and the nation of Durasi. And if this wasn't enough drama in her life, she also is trying to develop a more cohesive kitchen team, disjointed with the negative antics of Virgil, who specially prepares the meals for the President's family. I love this series and while it would seem to be unrealistic that the White House Chef could get involved in this much intrigue over the course of the series, the author manages to pull it off and leave the reader wanting more. I love that Ollie's love life is finally settling down (I was not that fond of her former boyfriend) with Gav and that he appreciates her ideas and trusts her instincts. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
have followed series, its a good escape read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Or does the first family seem a real one. Too many tv food programs with personal chefs hotel chefs and five star reastaurant kitchens this one is not right there is also the question of where the other kitchen is for the large daily staff and office workers. wine stewart and bar which isnt shown on those programs about dining at white house. I understand white house kitchen is not too good and cramped
PumpkinKV More than 1 year ago
I have read all the White House Chef books and the last chapter was the best.  All I can say is About Time Ollie and Gav.
AndyVM More than 1 year ago
Loved book!!!! Great series. Wish a new book in the series would come out more than once a year!
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
This series just gets better and better with every book!  In this seventh book in the White House Chef series, Ollie, gets herself involved in a national security plot during an important Presidential dinner with a high profile enemy country.  She also continues to be the chosen teacher for the President's young son, who enjoys cooking and plans to help in the preparations for this special dinner.  While all of this is going on, Ollie and her new fiancé, Secret Service Agent,  Gav, are looking for someone to marry them on short notice.  Of course, all this is rounded out by inter kitchen personality clashes.  Julie Hayz writes spectacular cozies, but the mysteries tend to be more involved and dramatic than in your average feel good cozy.  She manages to develop intricate plots within a continuing storyline that deals with national security in the White House, plus all the challenging inner workings of the White House kitchens and a little romance for extra spice.  Receipts used for the State Dinner are also included for tasting.  Interesting characters within the White House setting make this one of my favorite series!  
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I absolutely loved this book as all the others in this series... Highly recomend.....