Sunday, January 16, 2011

Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy

Julie Hyzy may have won the Anthony and Barry awards for the first mystery in her White House Chef series, State of the Onion, but she tops herself with the latest, Buffalo West Wing.  White House executive chef, Ollie Paras, is at the top of her game in this fourth book in the series, as is Hyzy.

There's a new family in the White House, and it's going to take some work for Ollie and her staff to adjust to a young family with two children.  Ollie's prepared, with kid-friendly menus, but things go wrong, beginning on Inauguration Day, and they only get worse.  Someone left a box of chicken wings for Abigail and Josh, the President's children, but with no knowledge as to where they came from, Ollie steps up, and refuses to allow the children to have their favorite food.  No one is happy with Ollie - the children, their mother, or Ollie's arch-enemy, Peter Everett Sargeant, the Sensitivity Director.  When the chicken turns out to have been poisoned, Ollie knows she prevented a tragedy, but the Secret Service keeps it a secret.  So, it's even more disturbing when the First Lady brings the family's personal chef to the White House to cook for them.  Are Ollie's days numbered as the White House chef?    

Every White House chef mystery is cause for celebration.  The daily schedule in the White House kitchen is trauma enough, but Hyzy always ratchets up the tension with plots and danger.  Ollie is a wonderful character, revealed a little more in each book.  The characters, particularly Ollie's staff, are fascinating.  Hyzy's recipes are enticing.  But, it's Ollie and the White House, along with the intrigue, that continue to bring readers back.  With a new First Family, there's sure to be more changes, more danger and excitement.  Thank heaven's Ollie's still able to take the heat, and the pressure.  She's still the star, in the White House and the kitchen.  And, Julie Hyzy's star shines brighter than ever with Buffalo West Wing.

Julie Hyzy's website is http://www.juliehyzy.com/

Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy.  Berkley Prime Crime, ©2011. ISBN 9780425239230 (paperback), 320p.

*****
FTC Full Disclosure - The publisher sent me a copy of the book, in hopes I would review it.


16 comments:

bermudaonion said...

This series sounds like so much fun! Everyone seems to love it.

Lesa said...

This is a fun series, Kathy. I went to grad school in Washington, and, although it's centered around the White House, it still takes me back. And, I really like the small details in these books.

Julie Hyzy said...

Lesa, thank you so much for such a wonderful review. I knew bringing kids into the White House (gee, I wonder why I did that!) would be a challenge for Ollie and I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed the ride. Thank you for saying so many nice things about the books. I really am so happy to hear you liked it!

Ingrid King said...

I can't wait to read this one - it's on its way to me from Amazon right now!

Cleo Coyle said...

I adore Chef Ollie. (And Julie Hyzy.) A terrific writer; a fun, intelligent series; and a spot-on review!

Lesa said...

It certainly was a challenge for Ollie, Julie, but both of you were up to the task! Thanks for a terrific book - best so far!

Lesa said...

You're going to enjoy it, Ingrid. Julie and Ollie are topnotch in this one.

Lesa said...

So, you've already read the book, Cleo. I'm glad you thought the review was "spot-on."

Elizabeth said...

I know this has nothing to do with this book but do this book but i was wondering if you are up for another book challenge.


~Elizabeth~

Lesa said...

Is this "My" Elizabeth? Email me, and tell me what the book challenge is.

Elizabeth said...

yes it is your Elizabeth and I was wondering when you were coming back to ohio

Lesa said...

Ah, Elizabeth. If I can afford it, I plan to come in June for your grandmother's birthday.

moonsword said...

Thanks for the review. This sounds so appealing it's going on my to-be-read list right now!

Lesa said...

It is terrific, Moonsword. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Kris said...

Glad to see you liked this one too! I can't wait to get to my copy.

Lesa said...

If you're already a fan, Kris, you should be very happy with this book.