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Kale to the Queen By Nell Hampton: Review/Giveaway


FROM THE 2017 Articles,
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by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Kale to the Queen, and a link to purchase it from Amazon, and an indie bookstore where a portion of the sale goes to help support KRL.

It should be impossible that an American chef, just three years out of culinary school, could ever be the family chef for the future rulers of England. What makes it possible for Carrie Ann Cole is a caterer friend getting sick, replacing her as the chef at a New York City charity event, and so impressing the duchess of Cambridge that she hires Carrie to be a chef at Kensington Palace. Her experience working at a Chicago Michelin-starred restaurant is less important to the duchess than Carrie’s emphasis on modernizing, and making healthy, traditional British cuisine. It’s a style that definitely puts her at odds with the palace’s head chef Jeffrey Butterbottom, who dominates an enormous kitchen while supervising meals for prestigious international events.

bookCarrie has barely time to recover from jetlag before she must oversee a seven-course meal for a child’s birthday party, although with two assistants and an approved menu, it is well within her capabilities. Of course, that was before she discovered one of her assistants murdered, the other arrested for the crime, the kitchen shut down, and being forced to work out of Chef Butterbottom’s tiny test kitchen. Despite having known her assistant Michael Hargrove for barely two days, she is certain of his innocence and intent on proving it. Unsurprisingly, this puts her at odds with the proper household manager, not to mention the Sean Connery-esque palace Security Chief Ian Gordon, who is extremely frustrated with the pushy American.

The novel follows three main plots: the death of Carrie’s sous chef, her unsatisfying love life, and the continual need to produce healthy, delicious meals for the royal family. Carrie left behind in Chicago her chef boyfriend of six years who asked for a “break,” even though she continues to insist that it’s really not one. Carrie may be intent on working on a long-distance relationship, but everyone else in the palace has an opinion that she is delusional. Her boyfriend intends to be a celebrity chef, but Carrie wants to be a chef for celebrities. It’s what makes the palace position a dream job, one that by all rights should be completely implausible and out of her grasp.

This debut mystery series is at its strongest when it focuses on the fascinating and intricate details involved in working in a palace. Stringent security checks, limited secure food resources, and layers of proper hierarchy are made riveting. Fans of Julie Hyzy’s White House Chef Mystery series will adore this new series, where protocol, manners, and culture morays are as important as producing delectable culinary cuisine. Carrie is the epitome of the plucky heroine who refuses to take no for an answer and risks her life to help others, all the while managing to produce healthy and delicious meals.

To enter to win a copy of Kale to the Queen, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “queen,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen May 13, 2017. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases using those links. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Bertha Hammond May 6, 2017 at 8:52am

Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Kale to the Queen.



2 Lynn May 6, 2017 at 10:27am

Anything about the Queen has to be good! Adore the cover, thanks for offering to us!


3 Pam Priborsky May 6, 2017 at 11:01am

Catchy title!


4 peggy clayton May 6, 2017 at 12:11pm

This cozy sounds so good and also what a play on words with the title. Love to read and review on a few sites the only thing is it has to be print as i am disabled and can’t do ebook.


5 Donamae
Twitter: @donamaekutska
May 6, 2017 at 12:44pm

Thanks for the chance, the story sounds interesting id like to read it. Im glad to find a new series. A neat location.


6 Valerie Hoynacki May 6, 2017 at 7:56pm

Ah, a British setting! I’m looking forward to reading this one.


7 Marilyn Watson
Twitter: @MarilynWatson18
May 6, 2017 at 11:22pm

Love the Cover…sounds like a good little cozy. Please enter me.
Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com


8 Jill Broussard May 7, 2017 at 7:01am

This sounds like a great start to a new series. Thankyou for the opportunity! minishoes(at)msn(dot)com


9 Laurie I
Twitter: @lauigl
May 7, 2017 at 9:10am

Love the sound of Kale to the Queen. I’m a fan of Julie Hyzy’s Chef Mysteries, so I’m sure I’d enjoy it.
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10 Carl May 7, 2017 at 9:27am

This sounds like a fun new series, I’d love to get in on the ground floor. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com


11 Ashley Montgomery
Twitter: @ashielizz
May 7, 2017 at 10:49am

Thanks for the giveaway! This one is on my TBR and I’d love to win a copy. jdzchaotickittie (at) yahoo (dot) com
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12 Autumn Trapani
Twitter: @Autumn
May 7, 2017 at 3:43pm

What a great idea for a series. I love culinary mysteries, so would love to win this.


13 Linda Herold
Twitter: @Linda
May 7, 2017 at 9:19pm

This looks like a fun series! Thanks for the chance to win this book! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com


14 Kelly Braun
Twitter: @69steelers2
May 9, 2017 at 5:40am

I really enjoy Nell Hampton’s writing- nice write up ?
Kelly Braun


15 Judy Weaver May 9, 2017 at 6:08am

Sounds good. Love the cover! jawdance@yahoo.com


16 johnna smith
Twitter: @johnnabooks135
May 9, 2017 at 11:31am

I am not a fan of Kale but this title sounds very interesting. Thank you for the chance!



17 Donna Gantt May 9, 2017 at 4:25pm

Sounds like a great debut series! Thanks!


18 Doward Wilson May 9, 2017 at 6:40pm

Can’t wait to read this new series.


19 Ashley B May 9, 2017 at 7:58pm

Cozies about food are my all time favorite. The recipes in the back are always delicious! Thanks for a chance to win!


20 Nora-Adrienne
Twitter: @NoraAdrienne
May 10, 2017 at 5:37am

I loved the White House Chef series and own them and the Manor House series. I’ve also been known to cook for private parties now and then. Pretty please, enter me into the contest. I’d like to add this to my home library.
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21 Karen B May 11, 2017 at 5:04am

I’m a big Julie Hyzy fan so this book really appeals to me!



22 Dianne Casey May 11, 2017 at 10:29am

This book sounds amazing. Can’t wait to start this new series.


23 Kaye May 11, 2017 at 12:27pm

Title is fantastic!


24 Jeanie Dannheim
Twitter: @JeanieDannheim
May 11, 2017 at 7:16pm

This sounds like quite a busy mystery by one of my favorite authors – thank you for the chance to win this book!


25 Meg C May 12, 2017 at 12:49pm

Kale to the Queen sounds like a fascinating read and is a book that I have been looking forward to for some time. Thank you very much for the chance to win.


26 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
May 15, 2017 at 3:02pm

We have a winner


27 Elaine July 1, 2017 at 7:31am

Did Nell Hampton have to get permission to use private details abou the Royals for this book?


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