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Lord of the Pies
Kensington Palace Chef #2
Nell Hampton

Crooked Lane
April 10, 2018/ ISBN 978-1-68331-559-9
Mystery/Cozy/Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds  

Personal chef to the royal family of Kensington Palace is a dream job for Carrie Ann Cole. She is chosen to cater a bridal shower to be held at the Orangery at Kensington Palace. The food will consist of a variety of pies and tartlets. Carrie Ann makes an extra pie, lemon meringue, to thank the chef at the Orangery for allowing her to use his kitchen to serve the food.

Carrie Ann is a bit upset after seeing a man spying into her kitchen window, and, as it turns out, he is one of the waiters at the Orangery. After the successful bridal shower, the same waiter ends up dead, face down in her lemon meringue pie! Naturally, all eyes cast suspicion on the chef, and Carrie must prove her innocence in order to keep her job at the palace. She loves working for the Duke and Duchess and their two small children.

Things go from bad to worse when there is another death at the Orangery, and Carrie Ann is one of the people to discover the body in the walk-in freezer! Yet more suspicion falls her way, and as she pokes around further and asks questions, she may be putting a bull’s eye on her own back.

It was so nice to read this second book in the series, and I was happy with the growth of the characters and the opportunity to learn more about them and about life in the palace.

The plot is carefully laid out with plenty of suspicious characters and possible motives. A royal cozy set in the current time and featuring a young American finding her footing in a new place adds a clever dimension to a cozy any food lover would enjoy.

A real page-turner, the book kept my interest from start to finish, and I was delighted to find good recipes at the back of the book. Highly recommended for all cozy lovers, but especially those with an affinity for royalty and a love of good food!

Reviews of previous titles in this series

Kale to the Queen #1
Lord of the Pies #2


Reviewed 2018