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State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy

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Olivia “Ollie” Paras is an assistant chef in the White House Kitchen. On her way to work on the White House lawn, she witnesses an intruder being pursued by Secret Service agents. When the intruder runs by Ollie, she uses the frying pan in her hand to take him down. Curious about the man Ollie does a little investigating much to the disapproval of her Secret Service boyfriend, Tom.

Ollie hits a dead end and decides to concentrate on her chef duties. She is actually in competition to be the new executive chef for the White House kitchen. Her main competition is a former employee and current TV star of her own cooking show, Laurel Ann Braun. But before Ollie can focus on that she is dragged back into the investigation.
Ollie is contacted by the intruder and meets up with him. But she ends up being the witness to his murder and the only one to have ever seen the man known as the Chameleon. Now her life is in danger, her boyfriend is giving her the cold shoulder and everyone is saying that Laurel is a shoo-in for the chef position. And to top it off the Secret Service still has her frying pan!
I really enjoyed this book. I look forward to reading the rest of the White House Chef series.

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