Series: A White House Chef Mystery #1
Genres: Mystery & Detective, Women Sleuths
Introducing White House Assistant Chef Olivia Paras, who is rising-and sleuthing-to the top.
Includes recipes for a complete presidential menu! Never let them see you sweat-that’s White House Assistant Chef Olivia Paras’s motto, which is pretty hard to honor in the most important kitchen in the world. She’s hell-bent on earning her dream job, Executive Chef. There’s just one thing: her nemesis is vying for it, too. Well, that and the fact that an elusive assassin wants to see her fry.
A culinary crime-fighter at the Capitol!
My Thoughts on State of the Onion
From the first few pages, I was hooked on this culinary caper. Maybe it’s because I’m a food junkie. Maybe it’s because my first trip to Washington D.C. captivated me and sparked a deeper appreciation for history. Maybe it’s just that Julie Hyzy is a darn fine teller of tales.
The main character and narrator of Onion is Oliva Paras – Ollie. I found her to be a very well-rounded character, and one who I liked almost immediately. Through Ollie’s eyes, I entered the White House kitchen as well as Camp David. And it was from Ollie’s point of view that I assessed the suspects. It was a very comfortable, believable, and entertaining perspective from which to take in the mystery.
Ollie’s surrounded by a memorable cast of characters and I found it quite easy to navigate through their introductions, something I’ve sometimes had trouble with in other mystery books. There always seem to be so many characters – good and bad – to keep track of and get to know. But Hyzy’s cast in Onion is both substantial and manageable. The plot was a murder mystery, yes, but with a touch of espionage that was quite exciting.
As you can see, there are several other titles in the series, so I have a lot of reading ahead of me. I hope you’ll join me in the kitchen!