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Home of the braised
Berkley Prime Crime mass-market edition.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2014.
Physical Description:
x, 293 pages ; 18 cm.
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General Note:
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.

"Includes recipes for a complete Presidential menu!"--Cover.
Preparing for an important state dinner, White House executive chef Olivia Paras discovers that the President's life is in danger, while her fiancé discovers that his friend's murder is linked to the recent death of the secretary of defense.


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With the pressure of an upcoming state dinner that could make or break the president's foreign policy, White House executive chef Olivia Paras has precious little time to focus on her wedding plans--or to catch a murderer...

Tensions are running high as the White House staff adjusts to a new chief usher and prepares for a high-stakes state dinner, where everything must be perfect. But as the date for the event approaches, things go disastrously wrong when the secretary of defense is found dead in his home, seemingly killed during a break-in.

At the same time Olivia's fiancé, Gav, is looking into the mysterious murder of an old friend. Is there a connection? Despite an increase in security following the secretary's death, Ollie learns the president is in imminent danger at the dinner and must do everything in her power to get to him--before it's too late...

Includes Recipes for a complete presidential menu!

Author Notes

New York Times bestselling author Julie Hyzy writes the White House Chef Mysteries, including Fonduing Fathers and Affairs of Steak , and the Manor House Mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime. She has won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for her mystery fiction.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In Hyzy's action-packed seventh White House chef mystery (after 2012's Fonduing Fathers), White House executive chef Olivia "Ollie" Paras prepares a dinner for President Parker Hyden, staff, and guests-representatives of Durasi, a nation with which the U.S. is in delicate peace negotiations. Talk is circulating that the U.S.-hired mercenaries working in Durasi are about to be recalled and the lucrative contract of their company, Kalto, terminated. Later, Ollie and her fiance, Secret Service agent Leonard "Gav" Gavin, dash out to meet with Evan Bonder, one of Gav's friends, who they hope will officiate at their wedding, but instead they find Evan among the victims at a horrific crime scene at his mission workplace, a homeless shelter. Meanwhile, Ollie wrestles with staffing conflicts and provides cooking lessons to the president's son, Josh, who plays a major role in trying to stop a plot to undermine the peace talks. With grace and aplomb, Ollie juggles her job and sleuthing, receiving a very pleasant surprise of her own at the satisfying conclusion. Agent: Paige Wheeler, Folio Literary Management. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

The seventh in Hyzy's White House Chef series finds Ollie Paras facing an important state dinner, upcoming nuptials, personnel issues in the kitchen, and, of course, some murders to solve. The White House and government protocols give this series added interest, and the fact that numerous officials aren't pleased with Ollie's insistent sleuthing adds a realistic touch. Pacing is one of Hyzy's strengths, enabling her books to combine a cozy setting with a thriller-like feel. That's especially true this time, as the tension builds to a genuinely exciting conclusion. The addition of a new love interest for Ollie and the introduction of the president's son as a kitchen intern keep the story as fresh as the ingredients in the delicious dish descriptions. Fans of both food mysteries and D.C. thrillers will enjoy the action and the ambience.--Alessio, Amy Copyright 2010 Booklist