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Affairs of Steak (A White House Chef Mystery #5)

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White House chef Olivia Paras and her arch nemesis, White House Sensitivity Director Peter Everett Sargeant, must work together to solve the double murder of one of the First Lady's assistants and the Chief of Staff-before they become the next victims of a merciless assassin with a secret agenda.
ebook, 304 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Berkley Books
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Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this series! This one was interesting with Ollie teaming up with her usual adversary Peter Sargent. The mystery kept me guessing and as always there was an exciting finish.
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
This was a solid cozy mystery. I liked Olivia more in this one. Sometimes, in previous books, she seemed a little bit snooty to me. But in this one, it was toned down and we got to see some solid character development. One of my favorite scenes is when she's considering her own behavior when it comes to a certain recurring villain getting on her nerves. I liked her realizing she added to the problem. Curious to see how this develops in future books.

Goodness I can't stand her ex Tom. What a jerk
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where I got the book: freebie at networking event.

This is the first book I've read of Julie Hyzy's White House Chef series, so once again I began in the middle of a series with no knowledge of any of the characters. This wasn't a problem, though, except as stated a bit later.

White House head chef Olivia Paras and a co-worker make a grisly discovery in a restaurant kitchen, and once again (for, like all mystery series heroines, she has a knack for getting involved where she shouldn't), Ollie is i
Jan 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, I debated between 3 and 4 stars. Still can't decide. I really do enjoy this series. I wish, though, that the titles were different. Somehow these titles imply pretty mindless, fluff books you can read with only half your brain. And that really isn't the case with these. The silly titles almost do a dis-service to the books.

This series has been fun. The characters are fairly real, the dialogue interesting and the plot complex enough that you really want to keep reading to find out "who-done-i
After discovering a body at a venue being considered for a White House event, the White House's Executive Chef finds herself once again in the firing line and needs to team up with the persistent thorn in her side, Sensitivity Director Peter Everett Sargeant.

Nothing particularly new or original but this series is consistently entertaining and at book #5 is still pretty good fun. Onto #6.
Michelle Randall
Affairs of Steak is the fifth book in the White House Chef Mystery Series by Julie Hyzy. She is another of my very favorite authors and I love reading her books.

This book finds Ollie being teamed with Peter Sargeant, you remember the guy who hates her, in helping the First Lady plan a birthday party for theSecretary of State of the President. They are looking at locations for the event, off-site, not at the White House and they have visited four places. As they are walking to the last location t
Mary Welk
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
AFFAIRS OF STEAK is the fifth "White House Chef Mystery" by Anthony and Barry award winner Julie Hyzy. In this episode, executive chef Olivia "Ollie" Paras has to put personal feelings aside when she's paired up with Peter Everett Sargeant, the unlikeable White House sensitivity director, to help choose a location for Secretary of State Gerald Quinones' White House sponsored birthday party. Ollie and Peter are told to meet the First Lady's personal assistant, Patty Woodruff, at Lexington Place, ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
How can the fifth book in a murder series, (A White House Chef Mystery) be equal to the prior four which were exceptional? It's easy if Julie Hyzy is writing it.

"Affairs of Steak" was non-stop, pulse thrumming action, from page one, when we learn Ollie is teamed up with Peter Sargeant, to multiple murders, attempted abductions, attempted burglaries, and yes, attempted murders... I still haven't caught my breath, ending on page 274 that ends with a laugh and a caution.

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Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, cozies
I love this series. This time, Ollie is forced to work with Sargeant (who she does not get along with at all) for a large birthday party for the Secretary of State. When checking out locations, they fins two bodies hidden in the kitchen of the potential venue site. And those two are White House employees. Once again, Ollie is involved in mysterious doings that threaten her life.

The story is paced very well and the characters keep me interested. I like that Ollie does not play victim - she fights
Overall an enjoyable read. I'm excited to see what happens next with Gav and Ollie and I loved Sergeant in this one, let's hope he stays that way. The setting was good, there were some tasty recipes in the back, too. However, I didn't think this book built suspense like the other books,and I didn't feel the mystery was the best I've read. There were next to no clues, in my opinion, leading me to believe that the person behind all of the murders was really behind all of the murders. Overall, howe ...more
Cheryl Turoczy hart
As always, I enjoy this series of books. The characters are becoming so familiar and the anecdotes about their lives make them believable and real. The recipes at the end of each book are interesting and fun.
Affairs of Steak by Julie Hyzy is the 5th book in the White House Chef cozy mystery series set in contemporary Washington D.C. Olivia Paras ("Ollie") has an unpleasant assignment: she must partner with her nemesis Peter Sargent to plan a posh birthday party for the secretary of state. If working with Peter wasn't bad enough, discovering murder victims together makes their assignment much worse. At least Ollie has her "Mr. Right" to depend on.....or does she? As usual, Ollie uses her wits to save ...more
Aurian Booklover
The new First Lady, Mrs. Hyden, wants to throw a lavish birthday party for Secretary of State Gerald Quinones. It can’t be held in the White House, and the new assistant, Patty Woodruff, wants Olivia Paras, the Executive Chef, and Peter Everett Sargeant, the Sensitivity Director, to check out the possible venues personally. As Olivia and Peter really dislike each other, that it is not fun for them to work together. But what the First Lady wants, the First Lady gets.

While walking to the fourth a
This is a quick, light read and a good mystery. Unlike the other books in the series, Ollie doesn't spend much time in the White House kitchen. There's plenty of action outside the White House, though, and a bit of romance to keep it interesting.
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read in this cozy mystery series. I love reading about the main character, Ollie Paras.
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Olivia and the haughty Sensitivity Director, Peter Sargeant, are to meet the First Lady's assistant at a local convention venue. They are reviewing several potential sites for the Secretary of State's birthday party and will decide which location is best for the party. When Olivia and Peter arrive at the last venue, it seems they are alone. They soon find the First Lady's assistant and the Chief of Staff dead in the kitchen. Olivia attempts to restrain herself from asking questions, but one even ...more
Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, review
If there is one person in the White House that Executive Chef Ollie Paras would not want to work with one-on-one, it would be Sensitivity Director Peter Everett Sargeant. Since day one, the two have butted heads. Unfortunately, they have no choice but to work together when the First Lady asks for their help in scouting locations for the birthday party that she is throwing for the Secretary of State.
On the way to the final venue to be checked out, they run into Peter’s cousin, Milton. It’s obviou
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Affairs of Steak, Ollie Paras, the Executive Chef at the White House, is paired up with Peter Sargeant, the White House's Sensitivity Director, to find a venue for the Secretary of State's birthday party. The problem is that they don't get along at all. When they inspect the preferred venue for its suitability, they discover two bodies, both with strong ties to the White House. As rumours and suspicions abound, Ollie and Peter must huddle together and figure out who the culprit is before they ...more
This fifth instalment of the White House Chef Mysteries is very good. Like books two to four it is not as good as the first book in the series, but it is definitely better than the previous two books. Although the main character Olivia doesn't actually solve the mystery - it sort of gets handed to her on a silver platter - there is more mystery than there was in the previous book. The work relationship with sensitivity director Sergeant adds colour to the story, as does her personal relationship ...more
Jan 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food, mystery
Affairs of Steak is the fifth book in the White House Chef Mystery series by Julie Hyzy. While I always highly recommend you read things in order, this book could probably be read as a standalone in a pinch, you just wouldn't understand some of the character interactions.

Ollie has really gotten herself into it this time. When she and her arch nemesis Peter Sargeant have to work together on a banquet, they quickly dive into trouble when they discover the bodies of two White House employees. Not r
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first lady is throwing a birthday party for the Secretary of State to show the world that while her husband, the President, and the Secretary are from different political parties they get along very well. The problem starts when Ollie, the White House Chef, and the thorn in her side, Peter Sargeant, the White House Sensitivity Director, are assigned to work together to find a venue outside of the White House to hold the party. After a rough day of visiting different places, neither one of th ...more
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Frankly, this series has run straight into the problem faced by almost all series involving amateur detectives stumbling into crimes: after awhile it becomes unrealistic to expect the White House chef to take down threats to the President that the Secret Service cannot. I thought Buffalo West Wing was already outlandish enough, what with rogue secret service agents/terrorists and whatnot, but this one is far worse. It’s nigh time for Ollie Paras to retire.

None of this is meant as an insult again
Sharon Redfern
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ollie Paras returns again as White house Chef in a new mystery from Julie Hyzy. At the request of the First Lady, Ollie has to work with prissy Sensitivity Director, Peter Sergeant to arrange a birthday party for the Secretary of State. On their way to the venue, they are stopped by Peter’s ne’er do well relative, Milton, who is pushing Peter for a White House job. They also have a brush with a rude stranger. When the duo gets to the Lexington, they discover the bodies of two White House staffer ...more
In the 5th book in the White House Chef series, Executive Chef Ollie Paras loses an old ally as the Head Usher, Paul, takes an extended leave due to family illness, and she must work with her nemesis, Sensitivity Director Peter Everett Sargeant, on a lavish birthday party being thrown by the First Lady for the Secretary of State. As the pair head to the final party venue under consideration they are detained by Peter's nephew, Milton, who wants to work at the White House and is determined to con ...more
In Affairs of Steak, executive chef Ollie Paras must work with the persnickety social secretary Peter Sargeant. Ollie keeps her sense of humor and tries to make the best of a difficult situation but things get exponentially tougher when the two come across the corpses of fellow White House employees. The loss of co-workers is hard on everyone but when the White House loses employees, this means additional security and a need for secrecy.

Ollie's day gets progressively worse. As she heads home, sh
Erin L
Aug 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-food
It's been awhile since I've read a book in this or the Grace series so I'm not sure if this has been true for all of the books, but this time I noticed that the author overprojected what was going to happen. I found myself wanting to yell "NOOOOOOOOOOOOO DON'T DO THAT!!!!" because you could tell that what Ollie was doing was just not the right thing. And I'm really surprised no one else around there had second thoughts. Things like, "maybe we should get the neighbor to describe the person she sa ...more
Apr 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Julie Hyzy's fifth book in the Olivia Paras, White House Chef, mystery series. Although I thoroughly enjoyed this book, for me, it did not live up to the previous books in this series. The story centered more around White House staff problems than her previous books. I think covering these points was great , but it missed out on the chef and kitchen aspects of these books, that I have so come to love in this series.

Having said that, the co-ordination between the different people who keep
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
Exciting and tense addition to the series.

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Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the fifth Ollie Paras instalment, the author takes a significant turn away from the light-hearted work within the White House and focusses strongly on the larger plot of a double murder. While using her regular cast of characters, Hyzy lessens the predominant focus on food preparation and chooses to strengthen the interaction between two sworn enemies, as they are forced to work together to piece together the aforementioned murders. While I thoroughly enjoyed the book, I missed the culinary t ...more
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was number 5 in a series of 8 mystery novels (so far) featuring White House Chef Olivia "Ollie" Paras, and each of the books' plots involves various White House staff, from the Presidential family to the cooks whom Ollie supervises, to the Secret Service agents (Ollie's currently dating her second boyfriend that is a Secret Service Special Agent). Ollie gets involved, unwittingly and otherwise, in a series of dangerous situations and always manages to save the day. The author, Julie Hyzy, h ...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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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)
  • Buffalo West Wing (A White House Chef Mystery, #4)
  • Fonduing Fathers (A White House Chef Mystery, #6)
  • Home of the Braised (A White House Chef Mystery, #7)
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