I love when authors write outside box and blur lines between genres. The result is usually a book that doesn't feel cookie cutter but feels fresh and refreshing. That is exactly how it felt to read the cozy that was paced and had the intensity and tension of thriller. Foreign Éclairs (A White House Chef Mystery #9) by Julie Hyzy is that book.
From the back of the book:
White House executive chef Ollie Paras has served plenty of meals to foreign dignitaries from around the world. But someone is ready to serve her an ice-cold dish of revenge...
Things are about to really heat up for Ollie. News of a bombing and attempted breakout at a federal prison reveals that the brother of a terrorist she helped defeat is back with a vengeance. And after she gets mugged on her way home from work, the Secret Service won’t leave her side, fearing she is now a target.
When a White House staff member is murdered, officials rush to action over a possible security breach. It may be time for Ollie to trade in her apron for a bullet-proof vest as she becomes part of a bold strategy to make sure this terrorist gets his just desserts...
Pacing is the word for this story. Wow the pacing is awesome. It has a thrilling page turning pace that left me breathless, in a good way. While this was a cozy, I would also think it would be satisfying to lovers of thrillers as well. Speaking of breathless, the ending was just so surprising and fabulously done. It really was a beautifully written mystery.
This was my first book in what I have gathered is an ending series. While I was sad to hear this would be the last part, I take some comfort in knowing that I can still go back and read the other eight parts. You don't have to read any of them to jump in here, I didn't feel lost in any place. I personally will be going back to get to know Ollie better, though.
As always, I must mention the back of the book goodies; this one has delicious recipes.
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