Buffalo West Wing (A White House Chef Mystery) (英語) マスマーケット – 2011/1/4
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With a new First Family, White House executive chef Olivia Paras can't afford to make any mistakes. But when a box of take-out chicken mysteriously shows up for the First Kids, she soon finds herself in a "no-wing" situation. After Olivia refuses to serve the chicken, the First Lady gives her the cold shoulder. But when it turns out to be poisoned poultry, Olivia realizes the kids are true targets.
New York Times bestselling author Julie Hyzy writes both the White House Chef Mysteries and the Manor House Mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime and has won the Anthony Award and the Barry Award for her work. A native Chicagoan, she thoroughly enjoys researching her books, especially when traveling to exciting new places is involved.
This book, however, had the new perspective of adding school-aged children to the normal demands of the White House kitchen. As anyone can attest, when you add children to a situation, it becomes quite fluid. This was shown in the character, Josh. I liked Josh and became concerned for him. I had to laugh when the First Children 'told' on Chef Ollie to their Mother. How real is that?
I did feel the author was constrained by the amount of pages, in other words, I felt she had more to say but was concerned that the book would be too long. I have no way of knowing this but Ollie's personal life was touched upon but not explored. Just a quick scene here and there.
One thing I especially enjoy with Ms. Hyzy's novels is her ability to make action scenes come alive. You can ride along with Ollie and experience her fears and solutions. Also, there are excellent recipes in the rear of the book. Try them!
My only dislike is of the character, Peter and I'm sure I'm not alone.
I eagerly await the next book in this series. Oh and Ms. Hyzy also writes a terrific series "Grace Under Pressure" that I truly enjoy as well.
In all the changes and preparations for the new family, a box of chicken wings show up in the kitchen, with a note that says they're for Abigail and Josh. Security policy requires that anything coming from outside the White House must be checked , including who they came from. In all the confusion, the wings made it down to the laundry ladies' room, where they promptly made everyone sick. The result was a hostage situation, with terrorists, in the hospital.
Realizing that it was supposed to be the President's children who were supposed to have been targeted, Security procedures immediately go into affect. Along with all this, an ego-centric new chef arrives at the White House, chosen by the new President's wife, to be the family's personal chef. He steps on everyone's toes, adding to Ollie's already mounting problems , as she tries to prepare the White House's first huge State Dinner.
The characters are well drawn out, and the thrills soon find their way into the White House and their kitchen. A fun and exciting story that also includes real procedures for the White House, and a number of wonderful recipes!!
As usual I do get slightly eye roll-y when Ollie waxes on about her duty and gosh! this is going to be the best darn state dinner ever! attitude, but I obviously enjoy the series or I wouldn't be reading the fourth one, so while it's not sophisticated it is fun, and if you liked the previous books you will probably like this one as well.
Recipes include a number of good-sounding kid-friendly recipes (mock fried chicken strips, faux fries, corn on the cob and green beans) as well as a full Greek menu (hummus, tzatziki, babaganoush, chicken souvlaki, Greek salad) and a White House state dinner menu (crab agnolottis, Wagyu beef, garlic mashed potatoes, creamed spinach and mixed berry cobbler). The recipes look good. I haven't tried any yet but I have made a few from previous books and they worked well.
The continual theme of Ollie fighting to keep her job has much more print than the actual crime. If I remember correctly, this theme of fighting for her job has been going now for four books, and I would rather see Ollie secure and fighting for new causes. More mystery, less job stuggle.
One character who has been there since, I believe, book one should be retired. Peter Sargeant is not interesting; he's irritating, and I hope that in the next book, he is fired as he deserves.
I do enjoy the interesting facts about the White House. I'm hoping that they are all true.