STATE OF THE ONION by Julie Hyzy
Read: Dec 28 - Dec 31
Source: public library
This is the first of the White House Chef series and was, for a cozy mystery, filled with personalities, intrigue and suspense.
This story starts with Assistant Chef Olivia Paras whacking an intruder to the White House grounds with the Sterling silver frying pan that is supposed to be Chief Executive Chef Henry's retirement gift. The intruder is trying to reach the President to warn him of a plot but is prevented and later killed before he can disclose the specifics to the Secret Service.
Olivia is involved more than she wants to be and more than the Secret Service suspect and the clues and tricks of the mystery are cleverly woven throughout.
I believe of the 45 new series that I started in 2009, this is one of my favorites.