"Kale to the Queen" is the first book in the Kensington Palace Chef Mystery series. It's about Carrie Ann, a chef who relocates to London to become the private chef to the duke and duchess, but while working, she stumbles upon the dead body of her assistant.
I have to say that this book was phenomenal! I love cozies, but this is by far one of my favorites! Seriously, I loved this book and everything about it.
Carrie Ann, the main character, was amazing! I loved her personality, especially her drive and determination. I found her very relatable and spunky, and I loved that she went after what she wanted, even when deterred. The other characters were all delightful and well-developed. Each one was uniquely crafted and like-able.
The mystery itself was beautifully executed and amazingly well-plotted. All the pieces fit together just right, and all the twists and turns were shocking and kept me engaged.
My favorite thing about this book was the ending. I did not see it coming. Some cozies have a habit of being predictable, but this wasn't. Far from it. I'm great at guessing the bad guy and this one threw me for a loop, and I loved it.
Overall, this was an A+ book! This was an excellent start to a new series. It has everything a good cozy mystery needs: a great, relatable heroine, fun and likable secondary characters, an engaging and unpredictable mystery and plot and an ending that will shock you. I highly recommend this book to all cozy lovers and anyone who loves a good 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.