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Buffalo West Wing (A White House Chef Mystery #4)

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  1,798 Ratings  ·  182 Reviews
With a new First Family, White House executive chef Olivia Paras can't afford to make any mistakes. But when a box of take-out chicken mysteriously shows up for the First Kids, she soon finds herself in a "no-wing" situation. After Olivia refuses to serve the chicken, the First Lady gives her the cold shoulder. But when it turns out to be poisoned poultry, Olivia realizes ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 305 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Berkley (first published December 7th 2010)
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3.5 stars. I had to try just one more in the series, I already had the book from the library, I was still in the mood for a mystery, and I couldn't resist when I saw that it was about the transition to a new President. It was so timely with our nation just having gone through an election, even though our President stayed the same (2012 Obama). The glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes at the White House during a changeover and the impact it has on the employees both professionally and pers ...more
Mar 25, 2011 Fred rated it it was amazing
BWW is the fourth in the White House Chef Mystery series. I would have to rate it the best so far in the series.

A box of chicken wings delvered to the White House for the First Families children has put things in an uproar. Ollie, following procedures, refuses to give them to the children and then one the of assistant chefs gives them to some workers in the laundry room of the White House. The wings have been tainted with arsenic and some of workers go to the hospital. Soon Ollie learns that the
Paige Bennett
Aug 05, 2013 Paige Bennett rated it it was amazing
Ok when I read the third book in the White House Chef series I said it was the best in the series so far and it was. But now the best in the series is Buffalo West Wing. A new family has moved into the White House and this brings other changes and new things with it. Ollie has a new challenge -will she get in trouble or not? You will have to read this one to find out.
Amy "the book-bat"
At first, I thought the book was starting a little slow and introducing too many plot elements for a novel this size. Luckily, everything worked out in the end and all the plot elements came together and saved the story. I think if the beginning had been a little stronger, I would have given 5 stars instead of 4 because I enjoyed the twists and action in the later chapters enough to consider it.
Jan 29, 2011 Kaye rated it really liked it
Well, Julie has done it again! She has come up with a new culinary thriller adventure featuring Ollie Paras, the White House executive chef, that not only grabbed my attention from the beginning but held it throughout the entire book.

It's inaguration day at the White House and Ollie and her staff, not to mention the secret service, are run off their feet. It's a big production when the new president and his family move into the White House. This time it's a little different as the new family, th
May 13, 2011 Dlora rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure-action
This White House chef mystery was back up to par, with lots of details about cooking for the White House and the presidential family. I love those behind-the-scenes details, although I'm sort of appalled by the bickering, competition, and backstabbing. In this book, a new president and First Family have moved into the White House and we see how the kitchen staff transition to serve the tastes and needs of new residents. Although, every four or eight years, the president changes but the staffers ...more
Jan 01, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-cozy
Buffalo West Wing is the fourth book in the White House Chef Mystery series, but it's the first I've read. Culinary cozies are a favorite of mine. I love the cooking, the menus, and the descriptions of the foods. Buffalo West Wing did not disappoint. It included three very different menus at the end of the book, each tying nicely different scenes in the book.

I particularly loved that Buffalo West Wing, and I'd assume the previous books in the series as well, mixes something most of us know at le
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Jan 15, 2011 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it really liked it
I have been eagerly awaiting the release of this novel as I so enjoyed the last three titles in the series so much. Ms. Hyzy did not let me down. Not one iota.

This book, however, had the new perspective of adding school-aged children to the normal demands of the White House kitchen. As anyone can attest, when you add children to a situation, it becomes quite fluid. This was shown in the character, Josh. I liked Josh and became concerned for him. I had to laugh when the First Children 'told' on C
Wow, this series just keeps getting better and better with every book. This book made me love every character more and more.

Every really good book has lovable and hateable characters, and this book had the perfect hateable character, a new chef that's brought in. He was arrogant, cocky, and rude but he was vital to the story and because he was so rude he even had me laughing at times. I kinda hope he murders someone in the next book, but another part of me hopes he stays on to keep some humor in
Mar 17, 2013 Marilyn rated it really liked it
I discovered the White House Chef Mystery Series by Hyzy perhaps a month ago. It was the title HAIL TO THE CHEF that attracted me on a shelf in front of the check-out desk in Barnes & Noble (I'm a bit of a foodie & love tv food shows). Read it while on vacation in Florida. When I got home, bought books #1&3 (CHEF was #2) and zipped thru them. Yesterday, read BUFFAL WEST WING in a day. It might be my fav so far- especially given the suspense toward the end re terrorists. Quite a reali ...more
Feb 19, 2011 Li rated it liked it
Recommended to Li by: Loved the first book
So, the bad first: Some of the secondary characters are very black and white, and really become very annoying in a frustrating way, as they appear to have no redeeming characteristics at all. I suppose this could be viewed as a plus point - the writing is good enough to actually have the characters annoy you?

I'm still loving the White House backdrop and the whole Presidency transition thing reminded me of Ellen Emerson White's President's Daughter series, except from the other side of the fence,
Nov 25, 2014 Nell rated it it was amazing
Excellent! Now I see what readers of this series mean when they say that Hyzy keeps getting better! I can relate to the MC despite her unique work environment and Hyzy's character development is believable. There are strong dramatic scenes in this mystery. Kept me enthralled while I sat on an airport tarmac cramped in my seat. The drama builds as the story unfolds to a satisfying climax and a 'cozy' ending.

Looking forward to the next in this strong series.

Buffalo West Wing (A White House Chef Mystery, #4) by Julie Hyzy
Jan 20, 2011 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-books, mysteries
Mixed feelings on this one. In some ways, it was better than the others, but there were a couple of problematic plot points (for one, the First Lady would just not be that clueless on security issues). Lots of little punctuation errors too, which were annoying. On the other hand, it was definitely fun reading and an exciting mystery.
Aug 18, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it
This is a truly fantastic mystery series! DC localities, food, politics, lots of realistic characters, job angst, and now some romantic intrigue. Note to followers of this genre: it's not the straight-forward, one beau only romance you will usually find. Bon appetit!
Jan 31, 2011 Sue rated it it was ok
This is suppose to be a cozy mystery but the first three fourth's of the book was about who was in "charge" in thekitchen and arguments over that. The last 2 or 3 chapters had some action but never any mystery to it.
Melissa Cochrill
Apr 10, 2015 Melissa Cochrill rated it it was amazing
I love these books. I couldn't put this down! I liked the addition of Virgil, he is one of those characters you love to hate. Can't wait to see what happens next.
Mar 20, 2011 Kelly rated it liked it
I enjoy this series, but was a bit disappointed in this book. It seemed to drag with the repetitions of how much things had changed and how little she was liked by the new First Lady.
Feb 18, 2016 Barbara rated it really liked it
Continues quite good. New first family...with kids. I like Gav. Never particularly liked Tom.
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Dec 29, 2013 Aurian Booklover rated it it was amazing
A year has gone by since the last book, Ollie is still executive chef in the White House, with her assistants Buckie and Cyan, and Marcel as pastry chefs. But a new president has been elected, and he and his family will move into the White House today. So moving out the former president and his wife, whom Ollie loved to serve all those years, and now they will have to get used to a new family in residence, with their own habits. It has been a long time since there were young kids in the White Ho ...more
Oct 08, 2016 Raingirl rated it liked it
I love how the story goes kicks up several notches in this books. And man, our girl Ollie is smart and kicks ass. And she keeps her cool. Thumbs up!
Jan 09, 2011 Marie rated it it was amazing
In Buffalo West Wing, Olivia Paras (Ollie) is the White House chef and oversees all food preparations that take place there. A new President has just been elected and the first family is moving into their new residence while getting used to the place and procedures. All of a sudden, a box of take-out chicken wings mysteriously appears in the kitchen for the children. However, since no one knows how they got there, Ollie wisely sets them aside until she can determine their origins and if they are ...more
Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
In this edition a new family, including two children, are welcomed to the White House, but the transition did not go smoothly by any means, especially between the White House Kitchen Staff and the new First Lady. In fact, it only took a few days for her to bring in their own personal family chef to prepare the family meals. The new chef believed he was hired to be the new executive chef of the entire White House, and was very disappointed to learn that Ollie (Olivia Paras) would retain her posit ...more
Jan 17, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: food, mystery
I think this has been my favorite book of the series so far. It had the right amount of food, mystery and romance. And compared to the others, it doesn't really matter if you read this as a stand alone, although I always recommend reading a series in order.

A new President is in the white house, and for the White House staff that means they have to adjust and make him and his family feel welcome. Not to mention this President has young children, which is a new experience for them. Its the first d
Buffalo West Wing is the fourth book of the White House Chef mystery series by Julie Hyzy, set in modern-day Washington D.C.

Olivia Paras "Ollie" has served the First Family faithfully for several years as the White House Executive Chef, with her loyal staff members Bucky and Cyan. In previous books in the series, Ollie has placed herself "in harm's way" many times to protect the President and his family, and developed an excellent working relationship of mutual trust.

In Buffalo West Wing, a new
Michelle Randall
Sep 16, 2011 Michelle Randall rated it really liked it
What happens to the kitchen staff at the White House when a new president takes over? Well, it may not always happen the way this book portrays, but this is a glimpse into that life. In this, the 4th book in the White House Chef series, there is a new family in the White House, which in turn means some new staff, and even new secret service personal. And although we have never seen it get this hairy, it is a good glimpse into that life.

Ollie is the first female executive chef in White House hist
Mar 04, 2016 Jay rated it it was amazing
This might just be my favorite book in the White House Chef series so far.

When a new president is sworn in, Ollie Paras and her staff find themselves in the awkward position of transitioning to serving meals to a new White House family while wondering if they'll be keeping their jobs.

With two young children on board, the food requirements will be different and when a mysterious box of food is found in the kitchen with a note for the kids, Ollie finds herself in the crosshairs when she follows pr
Apr 08, 2013 Ronna rated it it was amazing
This cute, and informative cozy about the first female Executive White House Chef, Ollie Paraz continues with the fourth book in the series. Ollie has enjoyed four years as Chef to President Campbell's family, but the election has come, and now she will be welcoming a new President's family into the White House. This time, the young President comes with two young children, Abigail and Josh.

In all the changes and preparations for the new family, a box of chicken wings show up in the kitchen, with
Shirley Worley
Apr 06, 2015 Shirley Worley rated it really liked it
Olivia Paras, executive chef at the White House, is in trouble again after finding an mysterious box of chicken wings in the kitchen after she returns from watching the swearing in of the newly elected President. Though a note clearly indicates the wings are for the two children of the First Family, Ollie maintains protocol, despite the grumblings of those around her, and refuses to serve them to the children until she can verify where they came from. When the children grumble, her stance doesn' ...more
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Olivia (“Ollie”) Parras is the first female White House Executive Chef. Married to her job, she is both in the background and at the center of events that affect not only the First Family but the country. The White House kitchen is understandably very busy on Inauguration Day, but a box of “favorite” wings found in the kitchen haven’t been properly logged in through security channels, so Ollie refuses to serve the treats to the first children. This sets up a power struggle between the First Lady ...more
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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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Grace Interrupted
Grace Among Thieves
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Other Books in the Series

A White House Chef Mystery (9 books)
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  • Hail to the Chef (A White House Chef Mystery, #2)
  • Eggsecutive Orders (A White House Chef Mystery, #3)
  • Affairs of Steak (A White House Chef Mystery, #5)
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