All the President’s Menus – Julie Hyzy

5/5 Visiting Chefs

On The Back:

It’s an old adage that too many cooks spoil the broth. But when a tour of the White House kitchen by a group of foreign chefs ends in murder, it’s Olivia Paras who finds herself in the soup…

Due to a government sequester, entertaining at the White House has been severely curtailed. So executive chef Olivia Paras is delighted to hear that plans are still on to welcome a presidential candidate from the country of Saardisca—the first woman to run for office—and four of that nation’s top chefs.

But while leading the chefs on a kitchen tour, pastry chef Marcel passes out suddenly—and later claims he was drugged. When one of the visiting chefs collapses and dies, it’s clear someone has infiltrated the White House with ill intent. Could it be an anti-Saardiscan zealot? Is the candidate a target? Are the foreign chefs keeping more than their recipes a secret? Once again, Olivia must make sleuthing the special of the day…

My Thoughts:

This book lives up to the high expectations I now have for this series and I loved reading it!

This book was a bit different than the other books in the fact that there is a fictional country that’s given a starring role in the book. I’d heard reviews saying that the nation was the downpoint of the book, but I thought Ms. Hyzy did the best she possibly could with making a fictional country and trying to make it believable in a piece of fiction.

I loved the fact that we got to see more of Marcel in this book. In the last few books you barely even heard about him, let alone saw him, but in this book he is moved to a more of a center stage.

A great book that leaves a personal problem for Ollie. I’m excited for the next one!

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