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Eggsecutive Orders (A White House Chef Mystery #3)

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Chef Olivia Paras has too many eggs in one basket-and is feeling like a basket-case...
When NSA big shot Carl Minkus dies right after eating the dinner Olivia Paras's staff had prepared, all forks point to them. Now the Secret Service is picking apart the kitchen-and scrutinizing the staff's every move. The timing couldn't be worse with the White House Lawn Easter Egg Rol
ebook, 352 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by Berkley Books (first published December 23rd 2009)
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When a heavy hitter from the NSA dies suddenly at a White House dinner, suspicion immediately falls on the kitchen and Executive Chef Olivia once again finds herself investigating.

Eggsecutive Orders is another entertaining murder mystery set in the White House's kitchens. These books don't offer any real surprises but they're easy reading and good fun.
Marian Allen
I read aloud to my mother, and one of my criteria for a good choice is if she laughs or gasps or goes, "Oh, no!" or says things like, "Do you think he's the guy?" or "He's turn out to be different than they think he is." I got lots of reaction to this one.

To be honest, we think it could have used a little tightening up, but that's just us. Mom is all about the thrills and I'm all about the cooking, and romance and romantic relationship ins and outs get in our way. Even so, there wasn't enough of
❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
I was reading this while I had a lot of stuff going on and kept getting interrupted, but I have to say this was just not my favorite of the series. It had elements I really liked, but also a lot of stuff I found myself skimming over.

The plot was strong and I didn't see who did it until the end, but I guess I just can't enjoy all the animosity Ollie is surrounded with - just way too much, although perhaps some of that was resolved towards the end of the story. I'm hoping the next book will pull m
This is a very good cozy mystery series and I believe this one is the best of the series yet! Ollie is a very likeable character, as are the fringe characters. This one takes place just before Easter and the man in charge of the NSA turns up dead after a White House dinner. Ollie is out to prove it wasn't caused by anyone in HER White House kitchen!
2.5 stars. I keep reading this series because I like the DC and White House setting, but Ollie keeps getting more and more annoying. She's the worst kind of cozy mystery heroine, she didn't get involved in this situation by accident, she went after the investigation with singleminded determination and consistently rationalized her involvement. After she broke up with her Secret Service Agent boyfriend, Tom, she said, "Was I being selfish with my need for the freedom to poke my nose where I wante ...more
Award-winning author Julie Hyzy does not disappoint in this latest installment in her White House Chef series of culinary mysteries.

White House chef Olivia (Ollie) Paras finds herself and her staff in hot water early one morning when she is escorted to the White House by the Secret Service following the death of a prominent guest at the White House. Suspicions that he was poisoned by something served up by the White House kitchen swirl around Ollie and her staff, as a local newspaper columnist
It's been a few months since I read the second in this series, and I had forgotten how good it was. This was entertaining, fun, light, and well-crafted!

I simply adore the characters, Tom, Ollie, Cyan, Bucky, Mrs. Wentworth, and Stanley. They're all well-crafted and lovable.

How could the setting get better? It couldn't. I simply love the setting of the White House and the setting gives the story a spy-thriller feel.

The mystery was well-crafted and I didn't have a clue who the killer was until Ol
I've been looking forward to this third book in Ms Hyzy's White House Chef series for ages, and unfortunately, it was a bit of a disappointment.

The story felt very disjointed, not helped by the very short chapters at the start, and the solution to the mystery didn't feel organic. I couldn't warm to Ollie either - she came across as unwilling to rely on / trust other people despite not having any real reason why, apart from her gut feelings. Too much was told, not shown. There also wasn't much o
Paige Bennett
Oh what a great read ! I have enjoyed the first two books in this series, but this one takes the cake. When a top NSA official dies while eating dinner at the White House Ollie is under suspicion.
so she does what she does best - next to cooking. she sets out to find out who done it. In the course of events we meet Ollies Mother and grandmother who are visiting . We also meet some new characters who I hope to meet again. Readers, this one has great twists and turns and gives a surprise ending tha
Shirley Worley
Olivia "Ollie" Parras, executive chef at the White House, and her staff are under suspicion after a high-level NSA agent dies after eating a specially prepared meal. Banned from the kitchen, Ollie worries about the effects this will have on the much anticipated White House Easter Egg Roll, knowing that people come from all over the country for this special event. The media is pointing an accusing finger at Ollie in the daily columns. To add to her stress, her mother and nana have arrived for a h ...more
Another in the new genre of Culinary Mysteries, this is the third in the White House series by Hyzy. I was a bit put off by its name. –I hate “cutsie” titles (others in this series include Hail to the Chef and State of the Onion) but I’m glad I didn’t put it down because of the title. It really was a good story. Oillie, fairly new as the Executive Chef of the White House finds herself – and her staff – under suspicion of poisoning an important dinner guest. Even Tom, her Secret Service boy frien ...more
White House executive chef Ollie is horrified when a guest dies after eating a dinner that her staff prepared. They're barred from the White House kitchen, and the annual Easter egg roll is coming up. Ollie's widowed mother and grandmother are visiting her, too, and Mom is showing interest in a man Ollie instinctively distrusts. And Ollie's significant other, a secret service agent, warns her to stay out of the investigation.
Olivia Paras and her kitchen staff are suspended from the White House when a very important dinner guest dies after eating one of their meals. Are they responsible for his death? Who will save Easter events at the White House? How will Ollie get out of this jam? Another suspenseful and delicious read from Julie Hyzy and I'm already into the next book in the series.
This book about Olivia Paras the white house chef is themed around the annual Easter Egg Roll. And there is a guest to the White House who dies after dining on one of the meals prepared there. Olivia and the staff are banned from the white house and the plot thickens as she and friends go in search of a reason for the death and what they may have done or omitted when serving the meal. Her mother and grandmother come to visit and Tom the secret service boyfriend helps bring them from airport to h ...more
What I learned is that I want to try the recipes of these books out and that they make me very hungry for good food.

I didn't realise an egg roll could get so murderous. I loved the tough granny and damnit I want more
White House intrigue, fine dining, and a wonderful peak into the workings of our government. And then there is Ollie, the unflappable chef. Really enjoyed this book.
#3 in the White House Chef mysteries. Finalist 2011 Barry Award for Best Paperback. Olivia "Ollie" Paras is the White House Executive Chef. This cozy series manages to stay fresh despite the limited venue of the White House kitchen.

White House Chef mysteries - Ollie Paras and her kitchen staff after a guest at a White House dinner is apparently poisoned. The victim was an anti-terrorism agent and the investigation of his death brings in secret smuggling to China. Ollie's mother and grandmother a
Synopsis: A special agent has died during a White House dinner & the kitchen is suspect. When two Chinese spies are assassinated soon after, Olivia begins to wonder if these murders are linked.

While I did like this book, I thought there were too many different scenarios going on to be truly cohesive. Nana was a hoot, Mom was Mom, and the reader sees a different side to Bucky amid all the clamor & chaos. Enter in Kap & Cooper - Kap dating mom Corinne while he & Cooper are "consult
Lisa Stephenson
This is the third in a series of 8 mystery novels involving Olivia Paras, Executive Chef at the White House.

A guest at a White House dinner suddenly dies after consuming his meal. Was the White House kitchen careless, or did someone sinister want this person dead?

I would highly recommend reading these books in order, as they reference events and characters in a cumulative way from the previous books. They are a really great read and I find it hard to put them down until they are finished.

This series keeps getting better.
Riccarla Roman
I read the first book in this series years ago and I was glad to get beck into it. Olivia "Ollie" Paras is the executive chef at the White House. She's dating a Secret Service agent and gets flack for getting involved with cases that need solving.

This one is a doozy. A week before Easter (and the massive Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn), Ollie is waiting for her mother and grandmother to arrive for a visit. Instead she gets a call from the White House to accompany some Secret Service age
Yay, let's hear it for cozy mysteries set in the White House! Ok, so it wasn't that good, but it still was enjoyable. And I like that its set in the White House, it makes it unique. This is a part of a series and I highly suggest you read the others first or some things just won't make sense in this book.

When a dinner guest winds up dead, Ollie and her staff is on suspension. Which drives her nuts. She wants to clear her name, what with reporters and other people slamming her and accusing her of
Michelle Randall
Book 3 of the White House Chef Series begins with Ollie being awaken by a phone call telling her the Secret Service is on it's way to pick her up, what? She is confused and the confusion only grows. She finally finds out that someone at dinner last night has died, but knowing everything her kitchen and staff does, she can't understand why they are questioning her and the staff. Then she is hit with the realzation, that not only are they questioning her and her staff, they are locking them out of ...more
This is the first time I've read a book in Julie Hyzy's series and it will not be the last. I was involved right from the start. The characters were wonderfully relatable, the plot kept moving forward at a quick pace, and the setting of Washington, DC was not just an add-on. I read this book as I was watching the Olympics and there were times when I muted the TV because I was enjoying the book so much.

Ollie, the Executive Chef at the White House, prepares a dinner for a the President and special
Hyzy keeps the reader’s taste buds in check with her deliciously explained meals and the brain buzzing as a new mystery surfaces in the White House Kitchen. Using her skills at writing and tantalising, Hyzy writes another great book of ‘lighter fare’ and yet keeps things from getting too ‘cheesy’ throughout. With great character continuity and development, decent dialogue, and just the right amount of drama, the reader might presume this could actually take place at the White House. Her twists a ...more
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This continues to be a great series, with a variety of great characters and Continuing Developments. Poor Ollie really tries not to get involved this time (the chief of security is really unhappy about, apparently, a non-professional showing them up all the time), and her relationship with Tom the Secret Service agent suffers.

The basic crime this time is poison - and the length of time it takes to find out exactly what it was causes problems for Ollie and her crew, who get shut out of the kitch
Rachel Bussel
I couldn't wait to read this White House Chef series in order, so I started with Buffalo West Wing and then made my way to the beginning and up to this one, and have to say that with each title, I'm continually impressed. I loved the intrigue Hyzy sets up and the way the First Family's meals are explored as a plot tool. In this book, we get to see Ollie's feisty mom and grandmother and how her duties to herself clash with her duties as a girlfriend to Secret Service Agent Tom. Since part of the ...more
There is a lot I love about this book. It's a great mystery. The characters are well developed, the plot is interesting. I'm a little disappointed that when I figured out who was responsible early on, I was right :) I was hoping that would be a red herring, but maybe it just means I'm reading too many cozies.

What makes me cringe is the way people handle what happens to Ollie. She isn't exactly going out and interviewing potential suspects like you find in some cozies. I like this about her. The
Aurian Booklover
Ollie is very excited that her mother and grandmother are visiting her in Washington, she has already arranged a private tour of the White House for them. But then Ollie is called first thing in the morning to get back to the White House. Paul doesn’t want to tell her why, but there is a car waiting for her downstairs. But that is not the only thing waiting for her, besides some beefy Secret Service agents. A mob of reporters are waiting for her too, shouting their questions at her. Apparently, ...more
Ollie gets called early morning by the Secret Service wanting to talk with her about the fact that a guest died after eating at a State Dinner she and her staff prepared. She and her crew find themselves suspended from work while the investigation goes on, leaving Secret Service staff to cook for the First Family. Her mother and grandmother have arrived for their first visit to D.C. and her plans to show them some of the inner workings of the White House are foiled by her suspension.

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Author of the White House Chef Mystery series, including the 2009 Anthony and Barry Award-winning State of the Onion.
Books in the series:
State of the Onion
Hail to the Chef
Eggsecutive Orders
Buffalo West Wing
Affairs of Steak
Fonduing Fathers
Home of the Braised

Also author of the Manor House Mystery series:
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Other Books in the Series

A White House Chef Mystery (9 books)
  • State of the Onion (A White House Chef Mystery, #1)
  • Hail to the Chef (A White House Chef Mystery, #2)
  • Buffalo West Wing (A White House Chef Mystery, #4)
  • Affairs of Steak (A White House Chef Mystery, #5)
  • Fonduing Fathers (A White House Chef Mystery, #6)
  • Home of the Braised (A White House Chef Mystery, #7)
  • All the President's Menus (A White House Chef Mystery, #8)
  • Foreign Éclairs
State of the Onion (A White House Chef Mystery, #1) Grace Under Pressure (A Manor House Mystery, #1) Hail to the Chef (A White House Chef Mystery, #2) Buffalo West Wing (A White House Chef Mystery, #4) Affairs of Steak (A White House Chef Mystery, #5)

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