Hail to the Chef : White House Mysteries

  • by Julie Hyzy
  • Narrated by Eileen Stevens
  • Series: White House Mysteries
  • 9 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

White House executive chef Ollie Paras has to put her own interests on the back burner when a kindly electrician is electrocuted to death, and the First Lady’s nephew dies in an apparent suicide less than 24 hours after cleaning shrimp with Ollie. Ollie suspects something fishy is going on. She’ll have to watch her back - and find a killer unlikely to be pardoned.

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Very Fun Series!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a fun series so far. Eileen Stevens is a fabulous narrator! Can't wait to get to the next one!


Have you listened to any of Eileen Stevens’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Eileen Stevens is one of my favorites.


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- Mary

Clearly not written by a culinary professional

While I enjoyed the White House setting and the fact the leading character is a capable woman, I was regularly distracted by the inaccuracies of kitchen life. I thought the narrator did a good job.

Just a couple of notes about the kitchen culture she got wrong:
*The head chef (regardless of what he or she is called) is the boss - no back talk such as Bucky regularly passes her way would be accepted.
*The rest of the kitchen staff would call her CHEF during working hours. Yes, they do it on TV and it is the way of the kitchen.
*If four professionally trained chefs are panicking over Thanksgiving dinner for 9, there is something terribly wrong. Panicking over the reception for 200 is much more rational.
*If she has worked her way up to Executive Chef at the White House, she will not be surprised at the amount of paper work that comes her way. And the worst part is not scheduling employees' vacations, it is ordering food, vetting suppliers and checking in deliveries. The week this book occurs would have been a controlled chaos - something we do not see at all.
*Any meal made from MREs and canned supplies may be nutritious but it would not be of award winning caliber.

I had some fun with the book but am not sure I will take on another.
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- Pamela

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-11-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios