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Praise for the national bestselling White House Chef mysteries:

"Pulse-pounding action, an appealing heroine, and the inner workings of the White House kitchen combine for a stellar adventure...delightful." --Carolyn Hart, national bestselling author of Death Comes Silently

"[A] unique setting, strong characters, sharp conflict, and snappy plotting...Hyzy's research into the backstage kitchen secrets of the White House gives this series a special savor that will make you hungry for more." --Susan Wittig Albert, national bestselling author of Widow's Tears

"A compulsively readable whodunit full of juicy behind-the-Oval Office details, flavorful characters, and a satisfying side dish of red herrings." --Publishers Weekly

"The backstage look at the White House proves fascinating." --Booklist

About the Author

Anthony and Barry award-winning author Julie Hyzy writes both the White House Chef Mysteries and the Manor House Mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime.
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Product Details

  • Series: A White House Chef Mystery (Book 6)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (December 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425251810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425251812
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. M. Halbig on January 1, 2013
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Each entry in Julie Hyzy's White House Chef series is better than the one before. We receive new insights into characters we already know and also learn intimate details about life inside the bubble of the White House, both for the First Family and for the enormous staff it takes to make everything run smoothly.

This time Olivia Paras' mystery was personal. Why was her father allowed to be buried at Arlington when he had received a dishonorable discharge from the army? White House social events take a back seat in this mystery, but Ollie builds upon her relationship with First Son, Josh, and the First Lady. It was so nice to see that Ollie continued to be a strong, independent woman while having a man who loved and supported her, instead of telling her she was a nuisance. It was inevitable that I would finish this book quickly as the story was so interesting, but now I have to wait for Ms. Hyzy to concoct another tasteful adventure to enjoy.

Although the mystery in this book stands alone, I think the reader would get more enjoyment from it if she read each of the White House Chef books in order and was able to fully embrace the character development from "State of the Onion" on.
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I have followed this series from book one, have loved each book and anxiously awaited publication of the next; however, this is the best yet. Loved Ollie from the very first book and as the series has developed I have become more and more enthralled with each of the main characters. Although the plot in this one differs from prior books it certainly does keep Ollie closely involved with her White House duties. Julie`s mystery plot made it extremely hard to put the book down. I love how the relationship with Gav is developing. Sitting here twiddling my thumbs waiting for the next book!! And for anyone who has not yet read any of the series, start with book one and work your way to this one - it will mean so much more to you.
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I really enjoyed this newest book in the White House Chef series. This one is a little different, as Ollie is looking into the death of her father 25 years earlier. I am a fan of what I recently found out are called 'cozy mysteries' and this fits the mold. Farily PG, murder mystery style mostly with female heroines. It is an easy read and not the kind of book that you will lose sleep over. So, for this mom, it is perfect bedtime reading.
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Fonduing Fathers is the sixth book in the White House Chef Mystery series. I have followed this series from the start. I felt the 5th book Affairs Of Steak spent less time in the White House than the previous books. This book spends even less time in the White House as Ollie is on a personal mission. Her mother decided that the time was right to tell Ollie that her father had received an dishonorable discharge from the military yet he was buried in Arlington. It didn't add up. Her mother also discloses that he was murdered and it was later discovered he was selling company secrets. The murder was never solved. Ollie sets out to find out what the truth is and it means finding contacts from 25 years ago. There is cloak and dagger involved. Ollie keeps coming to dead ends where no one wants to talk to her about her father. She is told many times to not pursue her inquiries. Even though there was less White House background, the personality of Ollie remained the same as in the other books. She has tenacity and is determined to find out the answers to her questions.

I liked the direction that the character of Peter Sargeant is going. Peter should be very interesting in upcoming books. The book read very fast so it held my interest. It was a very good read and I look forward to the next book.
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No White House threat here, but a good story that fills in a lot of background to Ollie's life. Also relationships are moving forward and I want to read the next installment! I didn't think the solution to the mystery was obvious as sometimes happens with these cozy mysteries. I also like the way Ollie is learning to deal with other employees in the White House and think that they will join forces in future stories.
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I have read each of the WH chef books and have enjoyed each one. I thought this one was very good. While it did have less to do with the actual White House Day to day activities, I really thought her character developement was strong. I like where she is taking Olivia and other main characters. I am anxious to see what the author comes up with next in this series.
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I absolutely loved the latest installment in the White House chef series from Julie Hyzy. While there were only portions taking place at the White House, I thought it was a nice change of pace to see a greater emphasis on Ollie's personal life. In this one, her focus is on trying to find out what really happened to her murdered father.

Excellent mystery, especially since it emphasizes a long-ago mystery, which I love.

Highly recommended!!
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By SuzieQ on January 3, 2013
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I couldn't wait for the new addition to this series and was not disappointed. This book concentrated on finding the truth about Ollie's father who was murdered when she was a young girl. The twisted path that leads Ollie and Gav to what happened to her father is a great read. I anxiously look forward to the next installment of this well written, exciting, and fun-to-read series!!

If anyone had not read this series; however,I would start with book one and read the rest in order. Each one is a great read in itself. One can can read about the professional progress of Ollie as a White House chef as well as the ups and downs of her personal life. She is a great character with strong attributes which lead her into many a tight spot!
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