Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: January 3rd 2012 by Penguin Group (USA)White House chef Olivia Paras and her arch nemesis, White House Sensitivity Director Peter Everett Sargeant, must work together to solve the double murder of one of the First Lady's assistants and the Chief of Staff-before they become the next victims of a merciless assassin with a secret agenda.
My thoughts: Another fun culinary adventure with Ollie Paras and the staff at the White House. Hyzy consistently delivers the goods - well drawn characters, superb sense of place, excellent suspense set up, twists, and non-stop action. I swear my heart rate increased several times during this read, but in a good way of course!
It's obvious that Hyzy has done her homework regarding the day to day ops at the White House. With every book in the series I've read, I've learned something new while feeling that I was on hand with the characters as they went about their daily jobs.
Even though this is #5 in the series, it is easily a stand-alone. The advantages to reading from the beginning is that you can follow Ollie's career, all her escapades and her relationships. All books have numerous recipes at the end. A fun must-read for cozy fans! 4****
Julie Hyzy, a Barry and Anthony award winner, is also the author of the Manor House Mysteries. Julie can be found at her website and on facebook.
Disclosure: A review copy of the book was provided by Berkley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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