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
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
to the Queen #1
of the Pies #2