Monday, September 23, 2013

Chili Con Carnage by Kylie Logan *Review & Giveaway




Synopsis
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.

My Thoughts
Perfect time of year for a Cozy Mystery focused on Chili! Chili Con Carnage is the first in the new series A Chili Cook-Off Mystery. Maxie's Dad has had a string of relationships and ex wives and he is now missing. Maxie and her half sister do not get a long at all and really do seem like opposites in personality. Maxie follows suit with her dad and has a  string of relationships that leave her high and dry and often times robbed. She has sworn off love and men, but can she really? Maxie is a little more provocative than the characters I typically read about, but I think she is coming around. Now her latest beau is found dead.. oops.
There is a little bit of language in the book if you are really strict about that. I like a good cozy mystery enough to skim over those parts. I love the suspense and intrique in the book. I love how cozy mysteries can take place just about anywhere, why not at a chili cookoff with good ole country folk!
The recipe in the book calls for dill pickles in the chili, interesting combo! Not sure if I will try it or not, my kids may have a fit if there are pickles in their chili. It is unique combos like that though that make a good recipe and a great cozy fiction.

About Kylie Logan
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 Daniels and 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.
Links:
Webpage: www.kylielogan.com Also, www.caseydaniels.com

Want to win a copy of Chili Con Carnage?? 
Leave me a message here about your favorite style of chili. 
Bean or no beans? Super hot, or mild?
Make sure you leave your name and email to contact you if you win.
 Giveaway ends Oct 5th
US only


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33 comments:

  1. I love Chili especially when its cold outside. I like no beans and HOT!!! Yummmm!!

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  2. I want some Hot Chili Right Now. My favorite Chili is a recipe that I got from Rachel Ray. It is Chili with Beans. But it has to be mild chili! Tastes so good!

    Julie Wood jewelwood55@gmail.com

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  3. I love Chili , I use to make it super HOT, but now I like it med. I like beans and meat in mine, I do it with mince or with turkey depends on my mood lol.

    Your book sounds wonderful :) would love to win/read it

    debredevil@yahoo.com

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  4. Mmm, chili. Meat and beans with just enough bite to leave a slight buzz in your mouth. Flavor deepened with cocoa powder!
    libbydodd@comcast.net

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  6. Chili with beans and hot! Served with cornbread...

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  7. I like turkey chili with beans, corn and zucchini. I like it medium but make it mild for the rest of my family.

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  8. I like my chili with beans and with a little heat.

    margot1068@yahoo.com

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  9. Hi! Kylie here! There is a chili recipe in "Chili Con Carnage." It's my husband's speciality, Dilly of a Chili. That's right...there are dill pickles in it and they give the chili a surprising zip of freshness!

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  10. i'm boring with my chili choice: no beans & not spicy!!!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

    Cynthia

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  11. I like beans in my chili--but mixed beans, pinto, kidney, black--and quite spicy.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  12. I hate beans so I like chile without beans. And not very spicy. Deniseyweesy@aol.com

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  13. My favorite chili is without beans and it has to be mild because of a sensitive stomach. It's getting close to chili weather time. Thank you for entering my name in the giveaway.
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. Mild bean chilli thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

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  15. Thanks for the giveaway. I've always make my chili with beans but I'd like to try it without some time, I prefer it to be medium spicy and the spices should add flavor too, not just heat. carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

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  16. I like my chili with read beans and black beans and with just a little spice. I like to eat it with corn chips.
    Marti Tabora
    parks27@cox.net

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  17. I like a semi mild chili with white northern and red kidney beas and diced tomatoes then sever over rice with cheese is yummy...

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  18. I don't really like chili. I would prefer the kind with no beans.

    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. I like beans, and I like it to be mild-to medium heat. I love having it with shredded cheese, crackers, and sour cream in it. And over macaroni. Yum!

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  20. I love chili with beans but not too hot. kumquat8 at hotmail dot com

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  21. Medium chili wit beans and shredded cheese, and jalapeño cornbread!!
    Darn, I don't like dill pickles in any way or in anything. Haven't my entire life.
    Thanks for the giveaway & review comments.
    Tennisac50(@)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. I love chili with beans, not too spicy but not completely mild! :D Really wanna check out this book!

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  23. Forgot to leave my contact info. :P Kaycee candkmason@gmail .com

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  24. I like chili with/without beans but probably a medium spice with cheese, sour cream and some crackers.

    andrea2russia@hotmail.com

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  25. I like mine spicy with beans and some sort of meat (beef or hotdog)- Paol Trenny..... emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

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  26. I like chili with a bit of a kick and dark red kidney beans

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  27. My favorite chili is medium hot with lots of beans

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  28. I like chili that is mild with beans in it. Thank you for the chance to win.

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

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  29. I like mine with beans and for it to be mild!
    makeighleekyleigh at yahoo dot com

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  30. I prefer my chili to be mild and no beans :) Call me a wimp - LOL
    janicecrespo at gmail dot com

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  31. I like pumpkin chili. I have to keep it mild because i'm really sensitive to spicy.

    Melinda
    toastersareflying@yahoo.com

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  32. I like my chili medium heat with meat and beans and nice and thick.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  33. Congrats to Linda Kish, the winner of Chili Con Carnage!

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