Friday, January 18, 2013
Fonduing Fathers by Julie Hyzy
Ollie's father died when she was little, and she only knew he was buried at Arlington. She visited his grave there, knowing he served his country. She couldn't believe her mother when she finally revealed that Ollie's father had actually been dishonorably charged from the army, and a friend found a way to get him buried there. She was shocked, though, to learn that her father had been murdered, shot and left for dead. Ollie certainly wasn't going to let those two stories alone. She knew in her heart that her father was a hero, and she was determined to dig into the past and find the truth.
Over the course of the series, Ollie has been involved in a number of threatening situations that dealt with national security. She's sure investigating her father's background will really only matter to her and her mother. However, when her boyfriend, Gav, introduces her to a secretive man who warns her against digging too deep, Ollie realizes her father may have been a bigger hero than she ever realized. Once again, Ollie Paras' actions set her on a dangerous path.
Hyzy has won Anthony and Barry Awards for this series. Deservedly so. Ollie and her friends are well-developed characters with complex lives and relationships. And, the course of investigations and romance have not always been smooth. Now, Hyzy wraps mystery, romance, and undercover investigations into an excellent story with secrets that haunt survivors decades later. Some readers will complain there isn't enough of the White House kitchen in this book. However, those of us who have grown to love Ollie will be pleased that Ollie's investigation is rewarded with answers and love. As I said, Julie Hyzy's Fonduing Fathers is a treat for readers who delight in Ollie Paras' perilous adventures as White House chef.
Julie Hyzy's website is www.juliehyzy.com
Fonduing Fathers by Julie Hyzy. Berkley Prime Crime. 2012. ISBN 9780425251812 (paperback), 293p.
FTC Full Disclosure - The publisher sent me a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.