The debut of Hyzy's White House Chef series is a delight. This medium-boiled story about a potential assassination is riveting, and the characters seem so real, they almost jump off the page. A romantic subplot rounds out this highly entertaining story about the workings of the White House kitchen. The tension of high-stakes intrigue is balanced by a fascinating look at how a professional kitchen works, and Hyzy seems to know her stuff. Her depiction of the demands of working in the White House kitchen is entirely believable. Don't miss this delectable read.

Although chef Olivia "Ollie" Paras will miss her boss when he retires, she's excited that she could succeed him as the White House's executive chef. But she has no time to daydream about it. The intrusion of a stranger on the White House grounds leads to fears of an assassination plot. Ollie witnessed the incident, and now she's a target too. But she and the rest of the kitchen staff have a state dinner to plan. (Berkley Prime Crime, Jan., 336 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jo Peters