Eggsecutive Orders by Julie Hyzy
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: #3 in the White House Chef series
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Publication Date: 2010
The Short Version:
White House Executive Chef Olivia Paras finds herself and her staff under suspicion when a White House guest dies at dinner.
Why I Read It:
I’ve enjoyed the first couple of books in this series and I hear from friends that the subsequent books continue to be fun and entertaining reads.
Olivia (Ollie) Paras is the Executive Chef at the White House. When a dinner guest of the President dies at dinner she and her staff are under suspicion and banned from the White House kitchens. Ollie knows she didn’t do anything wrong and can’t believe that any of her trusted staff did either. She’s out to clear her name and it’s not going to be easy.
The media are all over the story and rumors, Ollie’s mother and grandmother are on their way for a visit, and it’s only a few days until the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House.
As with the previous books I enjoyed this cozy mystery. There are some minor ongoing background stories so although these books can easily be read as standalones, some of the events make more sense when the series is read in order.
Ollie is a hard worker and proud of her role at the White House. She’s a fun character and the White House setting of this series makes for some unique storylines. This time around her history of getting involved with investigations and incidents at the White House has the Secret Service going to extra lengths to keep her from becoming involved in the investigation of the death.
Of course it doesn’t work and Ollie manages to do her own investigating while at the same time fretting about managing the preparations for the Easter Egg Roll while being locked out of the White House kitchens.
Ollie’s mother and grandmother make an appearance in this one and I hope it’s not their last. Her grandmother is a fun character.
This series is a good blend of culinary cozy mystery with a unique setting that allows for a touch of political intrigue to be added. I’m looking forward to continuing the series.
This post is for Cozy Mystery Week hosted by Jenn at Jenn’s Bookshelves.