Buffalo West Wing (White House Chef Mystery Series #4)

Buffalo West Wing (White House Chef Mystery Series #4)

by Julie Hyzy

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ISBN-13: 9780425239230
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/04/2011
Series: White House Chef Mystery Series , #4
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 178,801
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.90(d)
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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Buffalo West Wing (White House Chef Mystery Series #4) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 91 reviews.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
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!! 
CheliD More than 1 year ago
Upheaval reigns supreme in this book, the fourth installment of the White House Chef series and there is no way that the reader can be disappointed. President Campbell has retired and is replaced by new President Hyden along with a family that includes two small children, Josh and Abby. On Inauguration Day a mysterious box of chicken wings shows up in the kitchen addressed to the children - they are a favorite of theirs. However, Ollie will not allow them to be given to the children because of their unknown origin - procedures. Unbeknownst to her, Cyan, her assistant, gives the wings to the laundry staff and the following morning, not only is the majority of the staff in the hospital, but the hospital is under seige by terrorists. The Secret Service is keeping all the details of the Wings under wraps (they turn out to be poisoned). Since the First Lady is unaware of this service that Ollie's given by withholding the wings from the children, the new First Lady is not exactly Ollie's greatest fan and so brings their personal family chef into the White House. Here a new conflict arises because Chef Ballantine (a true prima donna) thinks he is the new Executive Chef and controls the kitchen but is informed that Ollie is still Chief cook and is his boss. Slowly the story and mystery build to its climax which has an edge of your seat conclusion. This series is great and the changes that are incorporated because of the election of a new president keep the stories fresh and exciting. The characters are all slowly being revealed to the reader just as you meet and get to know new friends. Love the series!
RoWY More than 1 year ago
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."
sharno22 More than 1 year ago
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.
niidasholm More than 1 year ago
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.
cyderry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Upheaval reigns supreme in this book, the fourth installment of the White House Chef series and there is no way that the reader can be disappointed. President Campbell has retired and is replaced by new President Hyden along with a family that includes two small children, Josh and Abby. On Inauguration Day a mysterious box of chicken wings shows up in the kitchen addressed to the children - they are a favorite of theirs. However, Ollie will not allow them to be given to the children because of their unknown origin - procedures. Unbeknownst to her, Cyan, her assistant, gives the wings to the laundry staff and the following morning, not only is the majority of the staff in the hospital, but the hospital is under seige by terrorists.The Secret Service is keeping all the details of the Wings under wraps (they turn out to be poisoned). Since the First Lady is unaware of this service that Ollie's given by withholding the wings from the children, the new First Lady is not exactly Ollie's greatest fan and so brings their personal family chef into the White House. Here a new conflict arises because Chef Ballantine (a true prima donna) thinks he is the new Executive Chef and controls the kitchen but is informed that Ollie is still Chief cook and is his boss. Slowly the story and mystery build to its climax which has an edge of your seat conclusion.This series is great and the changes that are incorporated because of the election of a new president keep the stories fresh and exciting. The characters are all slowly being revealed to the reader just as you meet and get to know new friends. Love the series!
nsjlh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this book because it involved the White House getting a new President as we know happens fairly regularly. However, this President has little children. This puts a whole new perspective on the staff of the kitchen and the White House. Ollie denies the children Chicken Wings and was it the best choice? She does have to explain herself to several other employees and begins to second guess herself. The White House also get a chef who cooks for the family. He came from the private household of the President. He knows all about the family and the children like him. Has Ollie met her match? She does butt heads with him, but then gets to fill in for him on several occasions. This book doesn¿t let down in that Ollie is her true self again. All the antics that followed her in previous books, are new and exciting in this book too. And is there a new man in Ollie¿s life? Verdict: 4.5 stars. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series. And if you pick up this book in the series, make sure you have some chicken wings to go along with the reading time. Recommendation: Check out a recipe online how to make your own. Doesn¿t look that hard at all!! I really should give it a try, but my husband thinks wings are a waste because there isn¿t that much meat. True, but it¿s all about the taste. Dip yours in ranch?
bookmagic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have been enjoying this series and these two are the most recent from Julie Hyzy. Olivia Paras is the executive chef at The White House and always seems to get involved in some criminal plot that endangers members of The White House. In the first couple of books, Ollie was dating Tom, a member of the Presidents security detail. I never liked him as he was kind of rude to Ollie and annoyed with her shenanigans. But they broke up and now she's got Gav, another secret service agent but one more supportive of her. I also like Ollie a lot more in the recent books as she stands up for herself and kind of kicks ass. In spite of the titles, there isn't as much food as you'd think but plenty of intrigue. This is a good cozy series.
wearylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Once again, the White House Executive Chef is up to her meatballs in trouble. The new First Family has taken up residence with their two children. On Inauguration night, someone sends the children their favorite treat-buffalo wings. Ollie refuses to serve the wings since no one knew where they came from or how they got to the kitchen. The children and the First Lady are none too happy with the decision. Luckily, Ollie sticks to her guns-the wings were poisoned. It's all a part of a terrorist plot and Ollie is where she always in--right in the middle of the action. Meanwhile the First Lady brings in an old friend and personal chef to prepare meals for the family, and Ollie fears she is about to be replaced.Hyzy has written another great book with the White House kitchen as a background. I love each of Hysy's books, and this is the best yet!
NewsieQ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
With a new president in residence, White House Chef Ollie Paras is concerned about whether she has a future in her dream job. She alienates the new First Lady by sticking to established protocol, not allowing the First Kids to eat the chicken wings that appeared as if by magic in the White House kitchen. As it turns out, Ollie was right to be suspicious. But that doesn¿t help our heroine unless the First Lady knows that Ollie¿s precaution probably saved the children¿s lives ¿ and the Secret Service wants to keep that a secret.In addition, the First Lady brings in the family¿s personal chef, Virgil Ballantine, an obnoxious fame-seeker who¿s more interested in his next TV appearance than in helping anyone ¿ especially Ollie. In fact, he covets her job, and does everything to sabotage her and the White House team. Ollie has a reputation for being a fierce protector of the President and his family ¿ in her first three books, she managed to thwart all kinds of baddies and get a modicum of media attention herself. But in Buffalo West Wing, she¿s most interested in saving her job ¿ and, of course, she gets just such an opportunity.The White House Chef mysteries are delicious ¿ and addictive. I love them. Julie Hyzy is a masterful writer and Ollie is a great cozy heroine. The secondary characters are wonderful, too, and I particularly liked Virgil Ballantine. He¿s a great villain, someone is evil enough to hate, but not so evil that he¿s hard to believe. Of course, there are worse villains in Buffalo West Wing ¿ and fans know they¿ll be bested by Ollie in the end. I must confess, I read about 50 pages, then fast forwarded to the end to get to the really fun part, then went back and read the middle. Even knowing the resolution, I found the entire book interesting and a fun read. I would, however, recommend starting at the beginning and reading page by page until the end. The romantic elements ¿ something I can do without ¿ weren¿t overdone, thank goodness. And seeing "inside" the White House is fascinating.
momgee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well, Julie has done it again! She has come up with a new culinary thriller adventure featuring Ollie Paras, the White House executive chef, that not only grabbed my attention from the beginning but held it throughout the entire book.It's inaguration day at the White House and Ollie and her staff, not to mention the secret service, are run off their feet. It's a big production when the new president and his family move into the White House. This time it's a little different as the new family, the Hydens, have two young children.When a box of chicken wings from a popular chain shows up with a note saying they are for the new first kids, Josh and Abby, Ollie follows protocol and does not allow them to have the treat until she finds out where they came from.When they turn out to be poisoned, Ollie and the secret service wonder if the wings were part of a plot against the incoming president. The big question is how did they come to be in the kitchen and how did they get past security. Could it be someone with a hidden agenda? Has there been a security breach? Not only does Ollie have to worry about security threats and preparing for a big state dinner but now she is worried about her job. The new first lady has brought in her own personal chef. Unfortunately, he is a kitchen diva who likes to throw hissy fits which really throws everyone off their game. What should Ollie do?This is the fourth book in the White House Chef series. It's not necessary to have read the preceding three but I would recommend starting with State of the Onion, the first in the series and winner of the Anthony and Barry awards for 2009. With the addition of some new characters, Julie has kept this series fresh and exciting. It's obvious how much research Julie has put into this series. I really enjoyed seeing how the White House staff operateson a day to day basis and how much is involved in putting on a big state dinner. The twist at the end, which I never saw coming, led to a heart thumping thrill ride of an ending. Great job, Julie! If you are a fan of cozies or culinary thrillers, this one will definite suit your taste. Recipes are included at the end of the book. I can't wait for the next adventure for Ollie and her friends in the White House kitchen. Such wonderful characters! If you would like to know more about Julie, you can find her at her website, at Mystery Lovers Kitchen or at Killer Characters where Julie and several other culinary cozy writers discuss their books, their characters and post some really terrific recipes. There's always something fun going on at all three sites!Disclosure: A review copy of Buffalo West Wing was provided by Berkley at no charge for my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very different from the first books written. I enjoy Julie's books. I look forward to #5.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blinks
DillCT More than 1 year ago
I love all of Julie Hyzy's books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
the-PageTurner More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im pissed at ken he said im dead but i dodged it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walk in
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shutup kato ur the first i kill
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have an allignment of some sort with someone named Hannah, and i asked cloud and chaos if we could be allies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yeah. I have a twin?(????)