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

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  1,417 ratings  ·  149 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
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Published January 1st 2011 by Berkley Books (first published December 7th 2010)
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When a new President is elected everyone on the White House staff gets a little nervous. Then when White House Executive Chef, Olivia refuses to serve some buffalo wings that were left in the kitchen as a gift for the children of the new first family, she finds her job in peril.

The first family decides to bring in their own chef who will be in charge of all their meals, and the new guy definitely has his sights on Olivia's job and he's not above playing dirty to get it.

Meanwhile a terrorist gr
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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,
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
Shirley Worley
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
Melissa Cochrill
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.
This book in the Executive Chef series of mysteries sees Olivia Paras concerned about her position as Executive Chef at the White House following an election and installment of a new President of the US. Things don't start out well when Ollie has to refuse a special delivery order of Chicken Wings to the new President's children on Inauguration Night. Ollie finds she and her staff out of favor with the new First Lady and wondering if they will be around for long.

This book is a bit of a restart
Lisa Stephenson
This is the fourth of an 8-book series of mystery novels featuring the main character Olivia "Ollie" Paras, Executive Chef at the White House. I recommend reading the books in order since they feature characters and events that carry over from the previous books.

In this fourth entry in the series, a new First Family moves into the White House and Chef Paras thwarts an attempt to poison the Presidents' young children, but unfortunately she is blamed for not letting the kids eat the arsenic-laced
White House Executive Chef, Olivia Paras, must successfully navigate the changing of an administration, sticky relationship issues, and keep the First Family safe, when a box of chicken wings accidentally poisons some of the staff.

I have just finished a children's mystery set in the White House and so wanted to see how another author treated this historic setting. Having read several memoirs from White House chefs, I was pleased that everything seemed to fit. The characters were authentic and en
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.
Ollie is chastised and ridiculed a bit when she refuses to serve the mysterious delivery of the new First Kids' favorite buffalo wings, but she holds firm - no one can tell her who delivered the wings to the secured White House kitchen. When it turns out that the wings were laced with arsenic, Ollie would like to say "I told you so," but she can't, because no one can know that the wings meant a threat to the kids. Instead, she has to buckle down and work harder to prove herself to the new First ...more
A new administration is being inaugurated and the White House Kitchen crew expects changes and challenges, but will there be a new chef in charge?? How will the two young children change things for the kitchen crew? Ollie (White House Chef Olivia Paras) has personal changes also. She and Tom have ended their relationship and now have a cool professional one. Of course Ollie is a stickler for White House Rules and keeping them also causes her problems. The story takes a cue from real life with a ...more
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!
I really enjoyed this book, though it appears I'm reading the series out of order, lol!

It's a new administration, this one with two young children, and White House executive chef Olivia Paras finds a box of chicken wings in her kitchen on Inauguration Day that's addressed to the President's kids. For safety reasons, she refuses to give the wings to them, and here's where the mystery begins.

I liked the twists & turns of the story, the addition of characters who did not have Ollie's best inte
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.
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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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
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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)
  • Eggsecutive Orders (A White House Chef Mystery, #3)
  • 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 (A White House Chef Mystery #9)
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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