Book Review: State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy

State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy
My rating:
3 stars 🌟🌟🌟
Publisher:  Berkley

I checked this out of the library because it looked like a neat setting for a cozy. The cover is fantastic and the title cute.

I found my feelings mixed after reading. The best parts were where we got a look in at the kitchen and behind the scenes of the White House. But this is at its heart a mystery and on that count, it lacked. I felt often that the mystery was somehow secondary and that sapped a bit of my enjoyment. Our heroine, Olivia has the usual amateur sleuth foibles and she can only go up on likability as the series progresses. If you read my cozy reviews often, you know that I am often nonplussed with the love interest threads as they're flat and uninspired due in large part to the "boyfriend blank". I'm not going to belabour the point but be advised, in this case... same thing. A very big positive though is that there are recipes here and throughout there are lovely descriptions of the meals made. That was well done. 
In the end, I'd likely give the next a try but I won't be rolling right into it.

Summary: Introducing White House Assistant Chef Olivia Paras, who is rising--and sleuthing--to the top. Includes recipes for a complete presidential menu! Never let them see you sweat--that's White House Assistant Chef Olivia Paras's motto, which is pretty hard to honor in the most important kitchen in the world. She's hell-bent on earning her dream job, Executive Chef. There's just one thing: her nemesis is vying for it, too. Well, that and the fact that an elusive assassin wants to see her fry.

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