Hail to the Chef (White House Chef Mystery Series #2)

Hail to the Chef (White House Chef Mystery Series #2)

by Julie Hyzy

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425224991
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/02/2008
Series: White House Chef Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 157,600
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(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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Hail to the Chef (White House Chef Mystery Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a new-discovered series for me, and once I started one book I had to immediately read all three. I love the main characters in the series. These are great weekend books, frequently laugh out loud funny, and hard to put down. I am sure DC and the White House will supply enough intrigue, security risks and overly ambitious antagonists for the series to last a while. The beind-the-scenes looks at preparations for White House events is worth a read in itself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Executive Chef Ollie Paras leads the reader through the halls of the White House into a world few of us will ever see. The details of the east wing and protocols that are followed are an interesting insider view of the people's house. The story line has some twists and turns, but is at the same time a comfortable read. It's the perfect book to curl up and read in front of the fireplace. While most of the characters seem realistic, I find it very hard to believe that she and her boyfriend, who also works at the White House, have successfully kept their relationship secret for over a year. Maybe in the next book they'll be found out and can be open about their relationship.
toni50 More than 1 year ago
Highly amusing and great action mystery with a dash of newly introduced characters. A must read for suspense readers!
zeva More than 1 year ago
this was just as good as state of the onion. recipes were great to try. can't wait for book 3.
LittlePig More than 1 year ago
Ollie has returned to solve another White House situation! Really looked forward to this after the first book and it did not disappoint! Nice light mystery - great weekend read! Can't wait for #3!
Bookwormbarb More than 1 year ago
I love this series. The charaters are well written and interesting. The storyline is terrific. And not to mention some good recipes are included. I also love that these books incorporate the white house and some facts that may not be known to the average person!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fun mystery, especially for anyone who loves light mystery with a touch of humor and the allure of the White House. I look forward to reading the third in this series.
drebbles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, and the upcoming holiday season on its heels, White House executive chef Ollie Paras has plenty on her plate. She has meals to plan and prepare, a gingerbread competition to worry about, safety classes to take. The last thing she needs is to be distracted but two deaths affecting the White House make her think about things besides food. She is still mourning the death of a White House electrician when someone close to the first lady is found dead - a suspected suicide. The first lady doesn't believe it was suicide and neither does Ollie. Soon Ollie discovers there is more cooking in the White House than food.It took me a while to get into ¿Hail to the Chef¿ and I almost put it aside at one point, but I'm glad I stuck with it because once I got used to the characters and setting I really enjoyed the book. Author Julie Hyzy has created a unique character in Ollie and makes the most of the White House setting. I loved the behind the scenes glimpses of the White House kitchen as the staff prepares for the holidays - especially the gingerbread competition. Hyzy does a good job of giving each worker in the kitchen a fully developed personality so much so that you have to wonder how Olly can put up with Bucky! Hyzy also does a good job of showing how the fear of terrorism affects everyone working in the White House and how they deal with alleged threats. I do wish that the characters of the first lady and Ollie¿s boyfriend Tom (who was barely in the book) had been developed a bit more. The mystery itself is nicely plotted if a bit unbelievable. Also included in the back of the book are several recipes from ¿Ollie¿.It took me a while to get into ¿Hail to the Chef¿ but once I did I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading more books in the series.
cyderry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this second installment of the White House Chef series, Ollie Parras, the newly promoted Executive Chef of the White House, is startled when she, along with the First Lady and others, is quickly evacuated to the bunker during a bomb scare. While she tries to keep everyone calm by devising tasty meals with MREs, she overhears discussions related to the First Lady's inheritance of interests in a company which revolves around scientific research. Other partners want to sell but the First Lady wants to wait for the future. As they are released from the bunker and return to their duties preparing for the Christmas holidays and decorations, Ollie is the first to come upon the Chief Electrician after he is electrocuted.Because of the bomb scare, all workers are required to take training to identify warning signs of possible danger. Ollie, her curiosity activated, asks a friend who is a retired electrician how someone as experienced as the CE at the White House, could have been put in the danger that resulted in his death.As Ollie tries to investigative and continue her preparations for the holidays, she draws herself into dangerous situations before the climax of the story.Even though the situations are a bit over the top in this mystery, I still enjoyed the adventures that Ollie managed to get caught up in. I definitely will be continuing this series in the future.
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the-PageTurner More than 1 year ago
Since I live in Washington Metro area I love reading books that take place here. I used to read Margaret Truman mysteries just because of that. But now I have found the White House Chef series by Julie Hyzy. Ollie the main character is the head chef at the White House and get herself into hot water that is not just in the kitchen. These mysteries are not about the mystery ingredient in her pot roast, but about issues that affect the White House and the people who live there. A really great series do not miss it.
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DillCT More than 1 year ago
This is a great series. Hail to the Chef is very good. I like to learn all the goings on in the White House.. We never think about the behind the scenes things that have to take place for the House to run smoothly. A Murder or two makes is the main thing, of course.
TheRealMystery More than 1 year ago
Ollie Paras, the newly appointed White House Executive Chef, is back in the kitchen. It’s the most stressful time of year for the White House staff, preparing for Thanksgiving and the quickly approaching launch of Christmas festivities in America’s Home. When a bomb is found in the White House, they call in a Special Secret Service team to investigate, and shortly after the chief electrician is found dead, apparently electrocuted. Did their experienced electrician really make a fatal error? And will whoever planted the first bomb try again? Ollie must put her acute observational senses to work and do what she can to thwart sinister plans to take down the White House. I loved the holiday setting of this mystery, and it had a lot going on to keep you reading. Bombs, electrocution, suspicious suicide, tangled business deals, Secret Service Agents. There was so much going on in this story, it was impossible to get bored and while you might think things could get muddled along the way, Hyzy did a great job of keeping it all straight and giving lots of little clues and twists along the way. The ending tied it up and while it may not have been tight enough for the ultra-realist readers, I think the average cozy reader will be wholly satisfied. The Real Mystery? How this story juggled so many crimes and suspects while still being totally easy to follow and satisfying!
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