Kicking off Cozy Mystery Week: Julie Hyzy’s White House Chef Series

Cozy Mystery Week is finally here! My intent for hosting this blog event is two-fold: to spotlight my favorite cozy-mystery series as well as discover series I am not familiar with. Therefore, I thought it would be appropriate to start off this week of cozy-mystery celebration by featuring the series that brought me back to cozy mysteries: Julie Hyzy’s White House Chef series.

Set in Washington D.C, the main character of this series is feisty, hard-headed, and independent White House chef, Olivia Paras. Olivia always seems to find herself in the middle of a murder or suspicious death and somehow conveniently finds a way to become involved in the investigation. Part of the reason I think I enjoy this series so much is the location: Washington, D.C., just a hop, skip and a jump away from me. I love reading about settings that are familiar to me. Another reason I truly embrace this series is Oliva herself; she’s quite a spitfire! Finally, I have to mention the food! Each book in the series features an assortment of delicious recipes at the end. How can one not resist?

As proof of my love for this series, I’ve reviewed every single volume, devouring it (pun intended) as soon as I get my hands on a copy. They are as follows (in order of publication):

The six book in this series, Fonduing Fathers, is publishing later this month. Guess who is putting her life on hold once she has a copy in her hands?

Check back later this month for my review of Fonduing Fathers! More immediately, however, check back tomorrow as I feature yet another one of my favorite cozy mystery series!

Reviewed a cozy mystery lately? Want to join in on the fun of Cozy Mystery Week? Add a link to your start up post or cozy mystery review below! No blog, no worries! Tell us about your favorite cozy in the comments!

9 Comments to "Kicking off Cozy Mystery Week: Julie Hyzy’s White House Chef Series"

  1. December 1, 2012 - 8:38 AM | Permalink

    The titles are hilarious. Buffalo West Wing! I like the author already!

  2. Susie R's Gravatar Susie R
    December 1, 2012 - 9:04 AM | Permalink

    I just love Ollie! I can’t wait to check in on her again when this book comes out.

  3. December 1, 2012 - 10:19 AM | Permalink

    I just KNEW this series was your favorite. It was your enthusiasm for it that got me started reading it. I’ve read the first three so far. Love Ollie! Just finished the one where her Mom and Grandmother come for a visit. Hope her grandmother makes more appearances – she’s a hoot.

  4. Rosemary K.'s Gravatar Rosemary K.
    December 1, 2012 - 3:56 PM | Permalink

    I love Cozy mysteries. They have suspense, romance and such fun characters. What a nice way to pass my free time.

  5. Hattie(Tea)'s Gravatar Hattie(Tea)
    Twitter: Tea Norman
    December 2, 2012 - 3:42 AM | Permalink

    I would love to read White House cozy series.


  6. Beth F's Gravatar Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads
    December 2, 2012 - 7:44 AM | Permalink

    Can you believe it? I haven’t read any of these yet. Yes, I know.

  7. Lisa Gillette-Martin's Gravatar Lisa Gillette-Martin
    Twitter: lgm_pr
    December 2, 2012 - 9:44 PM | Permalink

    This is one of my favorite series, as well. I always try to guess what the next ‘punny’ title will be. It’s amazing the situations Ollie finds herself in – they’re fantastic and yet, somehow, Hyzy makes them very believable. My only nit is that I hope in the next book, Ollie gets to lighten up and have a little fun. The poor girl is so intense! :)

  8. Dana's Gravatar Dana
    Twitter: dana_kaye
    December 3, 2012 - 10:54 AM | Permalink

    I’m supposed to have copies tomorrow, so you should have your copy by the end of the week. Clear your schedule this weekend :)

    Thanks for the post and I hope you enjoy the latest installment.

  9. Janet's Gravatar Janet
    Twitter: RaeOhio
    December 3, 2012 - 7:25 PM | Permalink

    I LOVE cozy mysteries and Julie Hyzy is one of my favorites! Thanks so much for the heads up on the next book. Can’t wait!!

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