Affairs of Steak (White House Chef Mystery Series #5)

Affairs of Steak (White House Chef Mystery Series #5)

by Julie Hyzy
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Affairs of Steak (White House Chef Mystery Series #5) by Julie Hyzy

White House chef Olivia Paras and her arch nemesis, White House Sensitivity Director Peter Everett Sargeant, must work together to solve the double murder of one of the First Lady's assistants and the Chief of Staff-before they become the next victims of a merciless assassin with a secret agenda.

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ISBN-13: 9781101553893
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Series: White House Chef Mystery Series , #5
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 43,345
File size: 541 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Julie Hyzy writes both the White House Chef Mysteries and the Manor House Mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime and has won the Anthony Award and the Barry Award for her work. A native Chicagoan, she thoroughly enjoys researching her books, especially when traveling to exciting new places is involved.

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Affairs of Steak 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
sharno22 More than 1 year ago
Fans of this series will not be disappointed. More is learned about Ollie's nemesis Peter Sargeant with the addition to the cast of Peter's nephew. There are several surprises in this book, including the ending. If you like intelligent, cozy mysteries, and are interested in learning about the White House, its staff, and protocols, this series is for you. This is truly one of my absolute favorite series. The only problem is waiting for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great read. Fun series continues with visit to existing characters. Ollie a great character with a busy and demanding job as White Hiouse chef . You never know what interesting people Ollie will come in contact with inside or outside The White House.
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
Ollie is back and teamed with the one person who grates her nerves, Sargeant, when their discovery leads to complications involving a wayward relative, a top official and national security. Ollie tries to stay out of it, but she’s dragged into this case when she herself becomes a pawn in someone’s game and she’ll have to quickly douse out the fire before she gets burned. What a great read. This well-written and action-filled drama kept me in suspense from the moment I picked up the book. The author did a great job in hiding the killer among the cast with a surprising twist in the caper. Like fine wine, this series gets better with age and I look forward to more adventures with Ollie and the gang in this charmingly appealing series.
SharonRedfern More than 1 year ago
Ollie Paras returns again as White house Chef in a new mystery from Julie Hyzy. At the request of the First Lady, Ollie has to work with prissy Sensitivity Director, Peter Sergeant, to arrange a birthday party for the Secretary of State. On their way to the venue, they are stopped by Peter’s ne’er do well relative, Milton, who is pushing Peter for a White House job. They also have a brush with a rude stranger. When the duo gets to the Lexington, they discover the bodies of two White House staffers in some kitchen equipment. Thus begins Ollie’s wild ride. Ollie tries not to get involved but the fates conspire against her. First the head usher, Ollie’s friend Paul, takes an indefinite leave which puts an inexperienced guy in his place. Then she somehow gets involved in a kidnapping of a family member of the Secretary of State. Finally, if working with Peter isn’t annoying enough, she gets saddled with Wyatt, a protocol aide who is a big blowhard know –it-all. Add to all of this the need to keep most of the situation a secret for security’s sake and the ongoing feud with the First Family’s private chef, the situation just keeps getting worse. Ollie’s personal life isn’t any calmer. Her romance with Secret Service Agent Tom is a fading memory and her new romance with SAC Gavin is seemingly going nowhere. Poor Ollie, it seems as though she has no peace in her life at work, at home, or in her love life. Ms. Hyzy does a great job of depicting the ins and outs of DC life and the way the White House hierarchy works. The situations that Ollie finds herself in aren’t so farfetched as to be unbelievable. The book is suspenseful from beginning to end with plot twists galore.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
The first lady is throwing a birthday party for the Secretary of State to show the world that while her husband, the President, and the Secretary are from different political parties they get along very well. The problem starts when Ollie, the White House Chef, and the thorn in her side, Peter Sargeant, the White House Sensitivity Director, are assigned to work together to find a venue outside of the White House to hold the party. After a rough day of visiting different places, neither one of them agreeing on anything, they finally arrive a the last choice, Lexington Place. They are escorted to the banquet area and are waiting to meet with one of the first lady¿s assistants. As Ollie gets tired of waiting she decides to check out the kitchen where she finds the assistant, but she is very dead and when police arrive another body is found, that of the chief of staff. With the assistant¿s death Ollie and Sargeant are assigned the job of organizing the party, but they are also going to have to work together to find a murderer. Their own lives are on the line. Did they see something they shouldn¿t have? Before they become the next victims they need to put their differences aside and find the killer. Dollycas¿s Thoughts A good portion of this book takes place outside of The White House so we see a little more of Ollie¿s personal life. She has the perfect neighbor. Everyone needs a Mrs. Wentworth next door. Ollie¿s love life is also evolving in a way both Mrs. Wentworth and I approve of. The interplay between Sargeant and Ollie was unexpected, cleverly written, moving at times, as well as funny. Their relationship was taken to a new level that I really enjoyed. The total ineptness of the ¿interim¿ head usher just added to this multi-layered mystery. Ollie spent almost as much time in his office as the kitchen and she has a much higher patience level than this reader. I would have been so fired. The entire story is superb. This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series. I look forward to each and every trip to The White House with Ollie. Julie never fails to cook up a marvelous mystery and Ollie takes us right into the middle of the fray. Be sure to add the to your new year reading lists!
BookhoundMP More than 1 year ago
I really like mysteries. And I really like food. Sometimes there are parts that are hard to conceive happening, but there aren't that many of them. It's kinda neat to see the inner workings of the White House too.
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"Bye, Mer."
the-PageTurner More than 1 year ago
Another great read in this great series.
DaleneH More than 1 year ago
It had been a while since I read this series, so I was quite thrilled when I picked up book 5 in this series. I enjoyed this book just as much as the others. The author has created such a great character with Olivia that is makes all the stories fun and exciting. I also enjoyed getting to know character Sargeant quite a bit better as well. A few of his edges do seem to soften a bit. The crime was intriguing and it took awhile for me to figure out who did it. As Ollie goes to help, it seems that many of the security are secretly glad for her help. I also have to say that the ending does leave you hanging. If you haven’t read a fun cozy mystery series in while, you should definitely try this one. All of the characters and crimes are very enjoyable. This series is highly recommended.
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RonnaL More than 1 year ago
This  is Julie Hyzy's fifth book in the Olivia Paras, White House Chef, mystery series.  Although I thoroughly enjoyed this book, for me,  it did not live up to the previous books in this series.  The story centered more around White House staff problems than her previous books.  I think covering these points was great , but it missed out on the chef and kitchen aspects of these books, that I have so come to love in this series. Having said that, the co-ordination between the different people who keep the White House events running smoothly, is quit a mystery in itself.  When Olivia is pressed to plan a State Dinner for the Secretary of State, who is from a different political party than the President, " all Hell breaks out",  when she and the Sensitivity Director, find two White House staff dead and stuffed in the ovens within the venue they are scoping out for the occasion.   Life also continues to be complicated for Olivia because of her secret budding relationship with one of the White house's Secret Service Men.  Protecting Olivia becomes a full time task, as she seems to always get in the center of the investigation, while discovering clues necessary to finding the culprits.   Good book, but be sure to read the first four in this series first. You will be glad that you are up to date on Olivia and the White House kitchen, and it's staff, when you get to this fifth addition to this fun cozy series!!
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WendyB More than 1 year ago
The White House Chef series is a great choice for cozy fans. The setting is a huge, entertaining part of the books,but Ollie is an evolving character who definetly holds my interest. I look forward to every book inthis series.
lapymm More than 1 year ago
Who knew so much could happen in the kitchen of the White House? I have enjoyed every book in this series and look forward to more. It moves along without the descriptive filler so often found in books like this. There is description but there is a point to it and it doesn't go on for paragraph after paragraph. The characters are strong, the plot isn't conrived and the heroine is likeable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nice mix of mystery, White House back stories and romance. If you are looking for a culinary mystery this isn't for you. Each book includes recipes, but the author shines on her details of DC, Secret Service and the White House.
CheliD More than 1 year ago
Olivia Paras, the White House Head Chef, is put into the position of working with her not-so-favorite Sensitivity Director Peter Sargeant on a project for the First Lady and their very first efforts yield 2 dead bodies. Without any preamble they are directly in the frying pan of a conspiracy that threatens not only their jobs but their lives as well. Ollie, while thinking that she and Sargeant are not involved in anything more than discovery, realizes that she is being followed on her trip home and while alluding her stalker, she rescues an elderly man who is a bit lost. With her instincts on alert and an Secret Service escort outside of the White House, Ollie figures out the threats that are hovering over the President and his family. The story ,characters, and writing were all so enjoyable. The story was tight, presenting clues in multiple ways, Characters that not only pushed the plot but also improved our knowledge of other characters, and the writing was clear and crisp. Love the series, love the characters! Can't wait for the next one.
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