Genre: Cozy Mystery
Published by Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Number of Pages: 296
BRAND NEW SERIES
Romance is supposed to be the spice of life. But Maxie Pierce is so done with bad relationships . . . well, almost. She just has to get rid of the latest loser, Roberto. Besides, she has more important things to worry about. Her dad, Texas Jack Pierce, king of the chili cook-off circuit, has been missing for nearly six weeks. In his place, she must team up with her irritating half sister, Sylvia,to promote the family business at the Taos Chili Showdown.
But when Maxie discovers Roberto’s body in a chef’s trailer–only hours after publicly breaking up with him–she suddenly finds she’s the one in the spotlight as the police pepper her with questions. Now this Chili Chick needs to kick up the search to catch the real killer and get back to finding her father.
I’ve been lucky to get in some blog tours for new cozy series. I LOVE mysteries especially cozies, so I feel honored when I get to try out a new series. I have read a book or two by Kylie, but did not know she wrote the Pepper Martin series. What can I say….so many authors and books, not enough time! I’m in Texas and we know chili here….so this definitely interested me to see what recipes might be included…sadly only 1 chili recipe but it has some interesting ingredients. Anyway, on to the book!
Maxie and Sylvia are typical siblings – they love each other but hate each other, so it brings a nice tension at times between the two. Then you have Nick, a hunky security guard who has to try and save Maxie from herself when she sets out to investigate Roberto’s murder especially since Sylvia is accused of the murder! There are other minor characters that form the Showdown gang – a traveling group that showcases chili cook-offs and sells chili paraphernalia….including Puff the “bean” seller and Tumbleweed the head honcho of the Showdown. I don’t want to give away too many secrets and spoil the book but there are several twists and while you may figure out part of the murder, trust me you won’t figure out the rest! Although near the end I had my suspicions but it took awhile to figure it out.
We enjoyed the book and are giving it 4 paws. Definitely worth checking out and hey, you can enter to win a copy below!
Kylie Logan has loved mysteries since she was a kid. Her dad was a Cleveland Police detective and he introduced her to Sherlock Holmes stories and gave her investigating experience when on his days off, they’d pile into the car and hit the streets to look for stolen cars. When he retired from the force, Dad became head of security for the Cleveland Public Library.
Crooks and books! Kylie comes by her love of mysteries honestly.
Kylie began her career writing historical romance and her book, “Devil’s Diamond,” was nominated for a RITA award as historical romance of the year by Romance Writers of America. She’s also written contemporary romance (as Connie Lane), young adult horror (as Zoe Danielsand Connie Laux) and she writes the popular Pepper Martin Mysteries as Casey Daniels.
Kylie is currently writing three different mystery series: the Button Box Mysteries(newest book is “Panic Button”), the League of Literary Ladies mysteries (“Mayhem at the Orient Express “) and now, the Chili Cook-Off mysteries. She can’t pass up an antique shop…there might be buttons in there! She can’t put down a classic book . . . even if she already knows the story. And she can’t say no to a good bowl of chili. Luckily, her husband is the world’s greatest chili maker.
When she’s not writing, she’s usually with her family and their two dogs, Ernie, an adorable Airedale, and Oscar, a rescued Jack Russell who came for a short-term stay and ten years later, is still around. Kylie says that those of you who have ever met/lived with/had dealings with a Russell will certainly understand how knowing him has increased her propensity for murder.
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