Kale to the Queen – Nell Hampton

31213510 4/5 Healthy Palace Meals

On the Back:

Chef Carrie Ann Cole is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime–an assignment as the new Personal Chef to the Royal Family at Kensington Palace. But no sooner has Carrie Ann touched down across the pond and donned her apron than a dead body crops up beneath the royal kale beds.

With one assistant dead and the other soon under suspicion for his murder, Carrie Ann is scrambling to keep her kitchen up and running. Not to mention she gets off to an immediate bad start with the tempestuous Royal Chef Butterbottom, who has a bitter taste in his mouth since the prestigious position in the Royal Family’s kitchen was given to an “over-privileged, under-educated American chef.”

But the Royal Family’s appetites wait for no one, and Carrie Ann must solve the murder and still get supper on the table on time–even with the annoyingly handsome Head of Security Ian Gordon tracking her every move like an MI6 agent. Suspects abound as an American chef adds a bit of spice to the traditional royal household in the first in Nell Hampton’s charming and tasty Kensington Palace Chef Mystery series, Kale to the Queen.

My Thoughts:

A new series faintly reminiscent of Julia Hyzy’s White House Chef series, this book was a winner!

Carrie Ann is a wonderful main character. She is strong, thoughtful and kind, and, for the most part, she didn’t force her way into the investigation. Though Carrie Ann was a great character, to me, it was the secondary characters that stood out. Mrs. Worth, Jasper, Michael, Ian, Penny, and Phoebe were all fun characters that I hope we see a lot more of in the next book!

The mystery was well plotted and solid. I din’t really suspect the killer, but it fit together nicely and made sense. However, the ending seemed a little bit rushed to me. I think too much action was fit into the few pages of the reveal. Really, though, that’s typical for most first in a series books, so I’m not worried about it. The setting was a dream; Kensington Palace!

Overall a wonderful book that will leave you wanting more. I absolutely can’t wait for the next one to come out! Highly recommend!

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