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Affairs of Steak (A White House Chef Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – January 3, 2012
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MANOR HOUSE MYSTERIES
Grace Under Pressure
Grace Among Thieves
Grace Takes Off
Grace Against The Clock
Grace Cries Uncle
Grace Sees Red (June, 2016)
WHITE HOUSE CHEF MYSTERIES
State of the Onion
Hail to the Chef
Buffalo West Wing
Affairs of Steak
Home of the Braised
All the President's Menus
Foreign Eclairs (January, 2016)
Short story, "White Rabbit" in MANHATTAN MAYHEM, Mystery Writers of America's 70th Anniversary anthology, edited by Mary Higgins Clark (June, 2015)
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Top Customer Reviews
With the assistant's death Ollie and Sargeant are assigned the job of organizing the party, but they are also going to have to work together to find a murderer. Their own lives are on the line. Did they see something they shouldn't have? Before they become the next victims they need to put their differences aside and find the killer.
A good portion of this book takes place outside of The White House so we see a little more of Ollie's personal life. She has the perfect neighbor. Everyone needs a Mrs. Wentworth next door. Ollie's love life is also evolving in a way both Mrs. Wentworth and I approve of.
The interplay between Sargeant and Ollie was unexpected, cleverly written, moving at times, as well as funny. Their relationship was taken to a new level that I really enjoyed. The total ineptness of the "interim" head usher just added to this multi-layered mystery.Read more ›
The one surprise for me was that the book did stray from it's predecessors in that Ollie does not discuss the food she prepares much. Most of the book is set outside the White House. I'm not sure if it takes a little away from the flavor of the series. It wasn't until the end that I realized that the food preparations were much more summarized than in previous books. I enjoyed the story so much, I didn't notice until it was over. Don't let this stop you from reading the book, it's just an observation.
I still loved it and will enjoy reading it again and again.
Ollie tries not to get involved but the fates conspire against her. First the head usher, Ollie's friend Paul, takes an indefinite leave which puts an inexperienced guy in his place. Then she somehow gets involved in a kidnapping of a family member of the Secretary of State. Finally, if working with Peter isn't annoying enough, she gets saddled with Wyatt, a protocol aide who is a big blowhard know -it-all. Add to all of this the need to keep most of the situation a secret for security's sake and the ongoing feud with the First Family's private chef, the situation just keeps getting worse.
Ollie's personal life isn't any calmer. Her romance with Secret Service Agent Tom is a fading memory and her new romance with SAC Gavin is seemingly going nowhere. Poor Ollie, it seems as though she has no peace in her life at work, at home, or in her love life. Ms. Hyzy does a great job of depicting the ins and outs of DC life and the way the White House hierarchy works. The situations that Ollie finds herself in aren't so farfetched as to be unbelievable. The book is suspenseful from beginning to end with plot twists galore.
On the way to the final venue to be checked out, they run into Peter's cousin, Milton. It's obvious that Peter wants nothing to do with Milton, but Ollie doesn't want to be rude and just brush him off. All Milton wants is for Peter to put in a good word for him at the White House so that maybe he can get a job there. He is so proud that Peter works there that when a guy bumps into him in the street he threatens him with arrest for assaulting a White House employee. Peter knows that Milton is not the right fit for the White House and pushes Ollie along, telling Milton they're late for their meeting and he'll be in touch.
They arrive at Lexington Place and go up to assess the kitchen area and function room to see if it would work for the birthday party. Expecting to find Patty Woodruff, assistant to the First Lady, waiting for them, they are surprised to find that she hasn't arrived yet. The two poke around and get a good feel for the place. They realize it could be a good place for the party. Upon closer inspection Ollie notices a thin red line on the floor she can't help but investigate. And the red stain leads her right to the tilt-skillet and the body of Patty Woodruff.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's nice to find a new author like this. All her books have a solid plot and strong characters. Recommended!Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
Love this series with insights of what being the executive chef at the White House might be like. Can't wait for more.Published 7 months ago by Nana M
I enjoyed the series so far. Hard to figure out whom was the guilty party was. Very addictive. Could not wait to finish reading it.Published 7 months ago by LYNN
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and plan to read all in this series by Julie Hyzy.Published 8 months ago by Helen Colwell
A light-hearted glimpse into the running of the White House from the Chef's point of view.Published 10 months ago by Skeeter
Move over Frank Underwood, the latest addition to the White House Chef Mystery Series, Affairs of Steak have more ingredients than you can shake a stick at. Read morePublished 11 months ago by GLThaler