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

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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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Fred
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...more
Cathy
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
Paige Bennett
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.
Jennifer
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...more
Kaye
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...more
Dlora
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
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
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...more
Marilyn
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
Li
Feb 19, 2011 Li rated it 3 of 5 stars
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,...more
Amy
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.
Erin
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!
Sue
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.
Kelly
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.
Aurian Booklover
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
Melissa
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...more
Michelle Randall
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...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
BJ
Buffalo West Wing is the fourth installment of Julie Hyzy's White House Chef Mystery series and I love this series! Most of the cozies I've read so far this year, I've given no more than 3 stars to, I find them a little too simplistic. Ms. Hyzy however always manages to surprise me. I've read all the books in this series and can't wait for the next one. The main character, Ollie, is the executive chef at the White House and somehow she always manages to get mixed up in the latest White House mys...more
Matt
Hyzy does it again, both keeping my interest in her novel and keeping me hungry throughout. The reader can be treated to a great book of lighter fare and a well-crafted mystery, sure to sate any book appetite. Best served alongside a steaming mug of cocoa or a cold beverage on the beach, the reader will be ready to dive in and not leave a crumb left at the end. Ok, enough of the silly puns. It was a great book, on par with her others and just as exciting. Good character development and use of ne...more
Ronna
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...more
Marie
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
Suzanne
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Susan
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...more
Jill
#4 in series. I really liked this one. A new president has come to the White House along with his wife and 2 children, plus a grandmother and a personal family chef who thinks he will take over Ollie's job. The new chef is "full of himself", and doesn't really like the children. This time Ollie is again in the middle of trouble, but not of her own doing.


on loan from RPL
Andrea
This installment of Ollie’s continuing adventures as the Head Chef of the White House kitchen was a nice improvement from Book 3, which started to feel a little ridiculous and bogged down. In this book, a new President and his family is moving into the White House and there are lots of changes including two young children in the First Family and a new, ego-tastic personal chef being brought into the kitchen. This one felt more fun than the last one and I really enjoyed the dynamics of Ollie gett...more
Sheri
This was a new mystery author for me. I loved all the information about bringing in a new family to live in the White House as President and the staff preparations.. Although, this is a fiction story by the author, I think she may know some details about the workings of the kitchen. This was a suspenseful story with the family bringing in a new chef for their private dinners and the real head chef having to cope with him and the regular workings of the main kitchen for all White house state dinn...more
Anita Byler
I'm enjoying the books in this series. There is a major error in this one- Ollie's phone gets flushed near the end of the book...and then she gets a text message on it later. Ooops.
Otherwise, this book, as the previous ones in the series seem very well written and researched and have been thoroughly enjoyable.
Christina
And that's how you do it.

The mystery left me scratching my head the whole book. I had no clue what was going on, who was behind it all. Hats off to tackling such a serious subject and doing it well in a cozy setting. I closed the book and literally went "Wow" out loud.

Highly recommend!
❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
The best one in the series! Buffalo West Wing was interesting from the first chapter. The plot took on a depth you don't often find in cozy mysteries, and towards the end I found myself snapping at whomever interrupted my reading. The culprits were a bit of a surprise to me, which I always enjoy, and I love the re-introduction of Gavin. He was the only male character in this series that ever pricked my interest and I hope he's back for the long haul. The romance between Ollie and Tom always left...more
Lisa
This is a fast moving, gripping story where you really care about the safety of the characters - Ollie the chef and one of the President's children. People aren't who they seem to be and love interests come and go. The writing is engaging with just enough detail for the reader to visualize the setting but not enough to be boring. I find myself loving this series.
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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:
Grace Under Pressure
Grace Interrupted
Grace Among Thieves
Grace Takes Off
Grace Against the Clock

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More about Julie Hyzy...
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) Eggsecutive Orders (A White House Chef Mystery, #3) Affairs of Steak (A White House Chef Mystery, #5)

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