With the pressure of an upcoming state dinner that could make or break the president’s foreign policy, White House executive chef Olivia Paras has precious little time to focus on her wedding plans - or to catch a murderer.... Tensions are running high as the White House staff adjusts to a new chief usher and prepares for a high-stakes state dinner, where everything must be perfect. But as the date for the event approaches, things go disastrously wrong when the secretary of defense is found dead in his home, seemingly killed during a break-in. At the same time Olivia’s fiancé Gav is looking into the mysterious murder of an old friend. Is there a connection? Despite an increase in security following the secretary’s death, Ollie learns the president is in imminent danger at the dinner and must do everything in her power to get to him - before it’s too late…
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I listened to this book in one reading. I took it with me when I ran errands and when I cleaned up around the house. Ollie and Gav make a great team. The story is fresh and entertaining. I really enjoyed this book.
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While I believe that Julie Hyzy is talented in creating endearing and engaging characters, I find her plots to be rather unbelievable. Good editor desperately needed!!
I love how Ollie, White House executive chef, was written as strong and resourceful - not the type who expected a man to rescue her. However, there has been no mention of her having military or self-defense training, so Ollie's ability to escape a multitude of dangerous situations was unrealistic and eye-roll worthy.
I enjoy the White House setting, but doubt the accuracy of her portrayal of WH employees, the majority of whom seem too immature for the elite positions they hold. Secret Service agents, in particular, were characterized as naïve and unprofessional, which seemed insulting to these dedicated public servants.
Also, an executive chef could afford to take a cab or Uber home late at night. How many time does Ollie have to be attacked on the Metro? I might try another series by this author, but this one is getting boring.
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