State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy {Jenna’s Review}

Posted 31 July, 2013 by Jenna / 6 Comments

State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy {Jenna’s Review}State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy
Series: A White House Chef Mystery #1
Genres: Mystery & Detective, Women Sleuths
Pages: 325
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

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!


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6 Responses to “State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy {Jenna’s Review}”

    • Jenna

      It’s great, isn’t it? I’m currently reading the second one, Hail to the Chef, and it’s just as good! I’m quickly becoming a fan of Julie Hyzy!

  1. This sounds like a fun read! I love the fact that the titles in the series are all based around food. I LOVE cooking and that definitely has peaked my interest to check this series out. Thanks for the review!

    • Jenna

      Thanks for the comment, Deanna! Did I mention that every book in this series includes recipes? Sounds like something right up your alley!

    • Jenna

      Thanks, Stephanie!
      I just (as in last night) finished the second book in this series, Hail to the Chef. It was very good, too. I give it a 7 – didn’t quite like it as much as the first, but I’m definitely reading more! She’s really becoming a favorite author.

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