Wednesday 11 April 2018

Lord of the Pies (A Kensington Palace Chef Mystery #2) by Nell Hampton

Lord of the Pies (A Kensington Palace Chef Mystery #2)

When Carrie Ann Cole bakes a lemon meringue pie to die for that actually kills someone, she must find out who the real killer is before her time at the Kensington Palace expires.

The elegant Orangery at Kensington Palace is the perfect setting for the bridal shower of Carrie Ann Cole’s best friend’s sister. Personal chef to the royal family, Carrie Ann’s pie theme is naturally winning. But a waiter later keels over dead into the lemon meringue pie she leaves as a thank-you to the staff and Carrie Ann realizes that somebody slipped a mickey into that meringue. 

Her floury fingerprints are all over that pie and the authorities suspect her distress is a cover-up for murder. Carrie Ann must set out to clear her name if she wants to stay at her dream job any longer. But all too soon, another body drops in the Orangery. This time, it’s the Orangery chef. 

Murder won’t crimp her style, and as bodies pile up, Carrie Ann uncovers palace intrigue, London nightlife, and British pies scouring for the killer in Lord of the Pies, the witty follow-up to Nell Hampton’s Kale to the Queen.  (Summary via Goodreads)

I fell in love with Carrie Ann in the first Kensington Palace Chef Mystery book, Kale to the Queen.  And now with Lord of the Pies, the second book in this series, I am even deeper in love with her.  Not only do I love Carrie Ann but I love everything from her friend Penny to her sexy gardener, Jasper, to Carrie Ann's kitchen and her cute living quarters, to the dishes that she creates for the Royal family......and the storyline !!!  Whoa !!!

Living and working in Kensington Palace has got to be the BEST job and life you could want.  Yeah I know there is a lot of pressure to do your job and keep your nose clean but how hard can it be ?  Well Carrie Ann seems to have NO problem getting in the middle of things even when she's just hanging in the kitchen cooking......

Nell Hampton introduces you to more employees of the Palace as well as some friends of Penny's.  And with the introduction of these people, you see some "off the clock" relationships and love triangles that will have your grandmother blushing.  And even though Carrie Ann wants nothing to do with married chef's and all-night clubbing, she does want to make more friends.  So against her better judgement, she finds herself in the middle of lies, dead bodies and the need to again clear her name and do her best to honor the employee handbook regarding staying out of the tabloids........

I love when a book is based in London and when it's based around Kensington Palace, that's even better !!!  And I know you will also !!  If you haven't picked up one of Hampton's books yet, I highly recommend doing so.  And grab a pint or a cup of tea and a scone and settle in...... You will want to stay for a spell......

Review by Missi S.

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