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Kale to the Queen (A Kensington Palace Chef Mystery #1)

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Chef Carrie Ann Cole is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime--an assignment as the new Personal Chef to the Royal Family at Kensington Palace. But no sooner has Carrie Ann touched down across the pond and donned her apron than a dead body crops up beneath the royal kale beds.

With one assistant dead and the other soon under suspicion for his murder, Carrie Ann is
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Hardcover, 277 pages
Published April 11th 2017 by Crooked Lane Books
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James
4 stars to Nell Hampton's Kale to the Queen, the first book in the new "Kensington Palace Chef" mystery series. I thoroughly adored this book and am very excited to see how this new series does in the coming years. A definite read for cozy fans, especially those who love a mystery set in England.

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Carrie Ann, a mid-20s American chef from Chicago, has a chance meeting with the English Duchess, and finds herself with an invite to become the royal family's new personal chef. She moves to Lond
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abby
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
What I liked about this book: First off, I liked that the protagonist seemed to have a "real job." So often in cozies, our sleuth works at some quaint shop for a couple of hours a week and yet maintains an upper middle class lifestyle. Carrie Ann Cole might be the personal chef to the most famous royal family in the world, but she works long hours and has tough supervisors who make it known they'd fire her for one mistake. I wasn't sure I'd enjoy the royal setting, but I really grew to enjoy it. ...more
Shelby Smith
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was immediately drawn to the synopsis of this book due to the main character and her career. I related to Carrie Ann for being a chef and understood her ambitions and dreams. This was a wonderful, fun, and witty quick read, with enough suspense to make you not want to put it down, the Author's writing flowed perfectly. The characters were very well written and It made me feel as if I was there with Chef Cole the entire way. I can honestly say that i did not suspect that ending and am very plea ...more
LORI CASWELL
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Dollycas’s Thoughts

A fun debut for this series. It reminds me of Julie Hyzy’s White House Chef Mysteries.

Nell Hampton takes us behind the scenes of Kensington Palace as Chef Carrie Ann Cole leaves the U.S. to become the personal family chef for the Prince, Princess and their 2 children. She leaves her boyfriend of 6 years back in the States as they take a break so she call follow her dream. She hits the ground running preparing her first meal for the family soon after arriving at the palace. The
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Tina at A COZY GIRL READS AND WRITES Blog
I have a love for all things British and all things food, that's how I knew Kale to the queen would be a perfect read. Well plotted, packed with danger and suspense. I'm a big fan of the royal family and Kale to the Queen was an entertaining glimpse into a fun, fictional world of them.

Interesting and genuinely British character and Chef Carrie Ann Cole has become a new favorite. Her romantic life is in shambles. I loved the setting of the crime in a greenhouse bed and the killer was close to hom
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Rima Aiello
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Kale to the Queen introduces us to Carrie Ann Cole as she starts her new job as personal chef to the Duke and Duchess at Kensington Palace. She leaves Chicago, everything she knows, to follow her dream to create healthy interesting meals. Her trip starts off wrong from the beginning, her chef boyfriend wants a break, she gets soaked, she is late, and of course jet lagged.
As Carrie Ann tries to adjust to time change and her new role, she finds one of her two assistants murdered in the greenhouse
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Mary Ann
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's not often I give 4 stars to a cozy. The key word for this debut novel and first in what promises to be a great series is balance. The key characters were human- showing both those great qualities and some of those poor choice qualities. There were no annoying characters as I've stumbled on in other cozies. And bless Nell Hampton there wasn't a dog or cat in sight! I myself have grown a little weary of the ever present animal companion as I have the love triangle. I give kudos to a unique se ...more
Kate Olson
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it
A fun cozy foodie mystery set in Kensington Palace! I adore anything to do with the royal family so this was great :-)
Linda Langford at Chatting About Cozies
Chef Carrie Ann Cole travels to London to work for the duke and duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. She hasn't even recovered from jet lag when one of her two assistants, Frank, is found murdered in the greenhouse just outside the kitchen door! The other assistant, Michael, is accused of the crime. Carrie is a strong protagonist who thinks quickly on her feet and I liked her immediately. I also was in favor of the attraction she almost instantly felt for Ian Gordon, the head of palace sec ...more
Sarah Coller
Mar 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
I was so looking forward to a brand new series set in one of my favorite London spots, Kensington Palace. However, from the very first page, I knew I was going to be extremely let down. This author's father might "love all things British", but she definitely needs to spend some time there---or hire a British editor---or both.

The many, many inaccurate English stereotypes were painful. "Cream tea" is not cream in the tea---they take milk. They wear "jeans and athletic shoes" just like we do---tha
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Celia
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What is there not to love about Kale to the Queen? You get to go behind the scenes of royal life at Kensington Palace with a (gasp!) American personal chef who cooks for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their family. The machinations and security of Palace life are so interesting, and Nell Hampton does a wonderful job of describing them. I must admit that Mrs. Worth had me trembling in my shoes a bit, and I loved the name for the Palace chef, Chef Butterbottom. The characters are engaging, ...more
Laurien Berenson
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was a big fan of Julie Hyzy's White House chef mystery series, so this book was immediately on my radar and I'm glad it was. What a fun read! Kale to the Queen did not disappoint in any way. The setting is terrific and the characters are wonderful. I'm looking forward to the next installment.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is the first book in a new series and I enjoyed it. Carrie Ann Cole is the new personal chef for the Duke and Duchess of Kensington and their two children. She leaves her boyfriend of six years back in Chicago for her dream job. He determines that they should use this time for a break from their relationship. The second there, she finds one of her assistants dead in the greenhouse and her other assistant is quickly arrested for the murder. Chef Cole doesn't really know her assistants that w ...more
Jonathan
A new series faintly reminiscent of Julia Hyzy's White House Chef series, this book was a winner!

Carrie Ann is a wonderful main character. She is strong, thoughtful and kind, and, for the most part, she didn't force her way into the investigation. Though Carrie Ann was a great character, to me, it was the secondary characters that stood out. Mrs. Worth, Jasper, Michael, Ian, Penny, and Phoebe were all fun characters that I hope we see a lot more of in the next book!

The mystery was well plotted a
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Abby Fabian
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a stupendous start to this extremely promising series. Carrie Ann is a lovely character full of eagerness and spunk. You can tell she has a true passion for what she does and really wants to thrive in her new home/job. She has a boyfriend at home, but she is unsure of where they stand. Things get even murkier when she meets Ian who is the head of security; for she is immediatly attracted to him. One of her biggest critics is chef Butterbottom. Chef Butterbottom is the head chef. He is i ...more
Dawn Frazier
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book! This will be a favorite series of mine for sure. Can't wait for the next one.
Jessica Robbins
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, own-kindle
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Kelly
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**I voluntarily reviewed this ARC**

Oh my gosh I loved this book! It is an amazing start to a new series, and I honestly couldn't put it down! The mystery was really well-written, with a variety of great suspects. I absolutely loved the setting, and how Carrie Ann has to adjust to England. Also - I had fun giggling every time I read "Butterbottom".
Katreader
Mar 31, 2017 rated it liked it
KALE TO THE QUEEN by Nell Hampton
The First Kensington Palace Chef Mystery

Chef Carrie Ann Cole has the opportunity of a lifetime when she accepts the position of family chef for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Leaving her rising start chef boyfriend back in Chicago, Carrie Ann is certain they can make a long distance relationship work for the year she's abroad. Now she needs to concentrate on the intricacies of life in the palace while providing healthy food for the duchess and her family. Adj
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Karen
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved it. Growing up my maternal grandfather went out of his way to share his love of the royal family with me. I Have always loved and admired the Royal family, following the ups and the downs and the celebrations. I have watched every wedding and funeral with awe, respect and wonder. So when I learned about this very fictional cozy mystery about the Royal family I was very interested. This is a great cozy. I thought the story was very plausible, even given the circumstances. I loved the myst ...more
Kristina
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, cozy-mysteries
Kale to the Queen by Nell Hampton is the first book in A Kensington Palace Chef Mystery series. Carrie Ann Cole from Chicago, Illinois has just been hired to be the personal chef to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Carrie Ann arrives to work early the next morning and enters the greenhouse attached to the kitchen to pick what she needs. In the kale section, Carrie Ann stumbles upon Frank Deems, one of her assistants. It is obvious that Frank is dead, and Carrie Ann rushes to get assistance. Ia ...more
Moondance
Kensington Palace.

Chef Carrie Ann Cole has left Chicago to work as a personal chef for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their two children in Kensington Palace. Her second day on the job she finds the body of one of her assistants in the greenhouse. Her other assistant is immediately arrested form the murder. Carrie Ann feels that something is not quite right about the arrest even though she has only known the men for less than a day.

What a lovely start to a series! The characters are well
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Bonnie
Apr 04, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a good read for me and did enjoy it. I liked Carrie Ann, and poor girl going across the pond to work. Her life was turned upside down in many ways. Nell Hampton did a good job on having all the stories working out in the book. And how she intertwined and to me that makes a good author.


I give it a grade of B or 3 stars.
kari
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
So.
I really wanted to like this one, but it fell very flat for me.
I didn't find the main character, Carrie Anne, to be anything but shrill and full of herself. There are things she does in the story for which she should apologize or at least try to see the other's point of view, but instead she shrieks and stomps and slams doors. I do not like this.
And every good looking male that comes along is immediately attracted to her and tells her how beautiful she is. She even tells us early on that she
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Rachel
Jul 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
I gave up on page 194. Despite being told explicitly that Meriam does not tell people she has cancer, within hours Chef Cole is telling a guy she just met seconds before, and his brother, the gardener, in her second conversation ever! with him, while throwing down shots of the "finest whiskey". (I'm not a huge whisky drinker, but I believe you're supposed to savor the good stuff and drink it slowly).
She also shares the fact that two men have been threatening Haregrove and possibly the Deems fam
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Karen
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this book. I am glad that it relied on the staff as main characters and did not use the Royal Family as participants in the whodunit.
The characters were quite well written and intriguing enough that I look forward to reading more about them.
The whodunit kept me guessing and I had no clue as to the final outcome.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reading Copy of this book.
Cathy Daniel
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
The main character was a bit of a dummy about her boyfriend and was a complete dummy with Ian in the end!! Weird misplaced anger and never seem to realize it. I thought it didn't ring true the way she leaped into sleuthing a couple days in and the way she took up for an almost stranger. The ending tied up too neatly.
Amy
Apr 18, 2017 rated it liked it
This really could have been better. I can't believe this book was not more developed and polished. The characters need a lot of work and the storyline was really hard to swallow. I was excited about this new book, but am not impressed.
Caryn
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
The basic plot of Kale to the Queen is this. The protagonist, Carrie Ann Cole, has an incredible bit of luck and meets the Duchess of Windsor in New York. Because of this meeting, Carrie Ann is offered the position of personal chef for the royal family in Kensington Palace. When Carrie Ann arrives jet lagged, late and soaking wet from a down pour, she finds that she is in charge of food for a children’s party that very day. So Carrie Ann is off and running in he new career without having time to ...more
Kendrea Parsons
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kale to the Queen by Nell Hampton was a very enjoyable read. I really liked the main character, Chef Carrie Ann Cole. She was extremely likeable and very well-developed. I also liked most of the supporting characters. I'm not a big fan of Chef Butterbottom, who's the chef of the main kitchen in the palace, but I think that's the intent of the author. The mystery itself was well-crafted, though I did figure out who the killer was, and why, before the big reveal. Still, I really loved the book and ...more
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