Monday, January 26, 2009

State of the Onion

"[You] must be less concerned with the state of the union, and more concerned with the state of the onion."

Why they didn't use that for the tagline, I have no idea. They really should have.

State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy
4.5 Stars
R- 2.5
Reader's Choice

Ollie (Olivia Paras) is an assistant chef at the White House-- with dreams of becoming the executive chef as soon as her mentor retires. (The quote is something her mentor tells her. It made me giggle.)
All of her chances, however, seem to be dying as she 1) stops an intruder from entering the White House (with a frying pan); 2) meets said intruder only to see him get killed; 3) becomes the #1 target of an international assasin; 4) keeps butting heads with the new "Sensitivity Director" at the White House (who just happens to be a real jerk).

Great story. It was lots of fun. Not overly complicated... I had it figured out early, but a good read. This kind of falls into my "fluffy mystery series" addiction, but I picked it up because it's a Reader's Choice. (I've read 4/24 and it's still January. Not to shabby.)

The reason it didn't get the full 5 stars-- the jerk of a "Sensitivity director". He doesn't get his comeuppance! He'd better in the next one, 'cause seriously, the man's a menace.

(Ollie's next adventure is Hail to the Chief.)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the great review! The book sounds like a fun mystery. I'll have to add it to my wish list!

    :) Wendi