HAIL TO THE CHEF
An interesting setting -- the kitchen of the White House -- and an intriguing, well-written mystery make this an excellent cozy. Ollie is a believable person, even if her role as crime solver seems unlikely, and the many supporting characters are well drawn and handled. Setting and job details seem crisp and real, making the reader feel she's on the inside. And there's a light romantic subplot that doesn't take up any time in this volume. Recipes are included.
White House Executive Chef Ollie Paras starts the holiday season with a bomb scare in the executive mansion, which pushes her behind for the Thanksgiving-Christmas rush. When the bomb is followed by two deaths and mandatory terror training, Ollie has her hands full keeping the kitchen staff on track. But there's more to follow. Murder is stalking the White House, and Ollie has more on her plate than food. (BERKLEY PRIME CRIME, Dec., 336 pp., $7.99)