Published by Crooked Lane Books on April 11th 2017
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Chef Carrie Ann Cole is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime--an assignment as the new Personal Chef to the Royal Family at Kensington Palace. But no sooner has Carrie Ann touched down across the pond and donned her apron than a dead body crops up beneath the royal kale beds.
With one assistant dead and the other soon under suspicion for his murder, Carrie Ann is scrambling to keep her kitchen up and running. Not to mention she gets off to an immediate bad start with the tempestuous Royal Chef Butterbottom, who has a bitter taste in his mouth since the prestigious position in the Royal Family's kitchen was given to an "over-privileged, under-educated American chef."
But the Royal Family's appetites wait for no one, and Carrie Ann must solve the murder and still get supper on the table on time--even with the annoyingly handsome Head of Security Ian Gordon tracking her every move like an MI6 agent. Suspects abound as an American chef adds a bit of spice to the traditional royal household in the first in Nell Hampton's charming and tasty Kensington Palace Chef Mystery series, Kale to the Queen.
Chef Carrie Ann Cole is the new personal chef to the Duchess and her family at the Kensington Palace. She left her boyfriend behind to follow her dream of being a personal chef. Following her dreams is causing her to make sacrifices she didn’t know she was going to have to. To make matters worse she finds one of her assistants dead in the garden attached to her kitchen. Her life is in shambles personally and at work. When her other assistant is accused of the murder she is bound and determined to find the real killer. All she has to do is balance her sleuthing with work and personal relationships.
In an Oyster Shell – An entertaining cute cozy.
The Pearls – The concept was a star for me. An American chef working in the Kensington Palace was epic. The main character Chef Carrie is out of her element. She has to prove that she’s not some over-privileged American as some of her British colleagues might think.I really enjoyed the mixing of cultures in this book. Throw in the mystery and you’ve got yourself a great story.
The characters were developed and well-defined. I would even say that they were distinguished characters. There were quite of few characters but it was easy to know who was who. I enjoyed Carrie as the main character. I enjoyed the camaraderie that developed between some of the characters. Especially because Carrie was considered an outsider but they other let her in to help. A good example of this would be with Carrie and her assistant accused of murder. She helps him and he lets her to some degree.
Being set at the palace was a fun setting. You got to see the inner workings of modern royalty. The Palace made for a great background to the story. Then there was London, which is always a great city to have a story in.
The Sand – It was a good story.