Ollie (Olivia) Paras is the top assistant to the White House Executive chef, but probably only for a few more days. When Chef Henry retires, one of two things will happen. One, Ollie's dream will come true and she will be selected as Henry's successor. Two, her nemesis and cooking show star Laurel Anne will win the honors and most certainly will dismiss Olivia. As the book progresses and Ollie gets herself deeper and deeper into an international mystery, a future at the White House seems less likely. Everything seems beyond her control. She never intended to see an intruder run across the White House lawn and she CERTAINLY didn't plan to hit him with a skillet, but as readers will learn, Ollie is a short, dynamo who acts when action is needed. Repercussions, such as her boyfriend's Tom reaction come later. Later, when Olivia is sure that she is being followed by an international killer known as the Chameleon, Secret Service agent Tom walks a precarious line between protecting his girlfriend and following procedures.
Ollie wants to follow Chef Henry's wisdom that those in the kitchen are only concerned with the "state of the onion" leaving the "state of the union" to others, but you just know when there is a special reception to honor two middle east leaders who have finally made a peace agreement that there will be problems and Ollie won't be hiding behind her apron. This entry into the mystery genre reminds me of Diane Mott Davidson's series with Goldy the caterer. Both have mates in law enforcement, both are short in stature but big in courage, and their stories are told with light humor.
Keep reading friends.