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A day in the life with Laurel Inwood by Kylie Logan

Anyone who loves good food and enjoys cooking it has had the fantasy–owning their own restaurant. We picture ourselves greeting loyal customers and their friends (because of course all those loyal customers have talked us up to everyone they know). We imagine recommending wines from our extensive cellar, ordering the freshest and tastiest produce, coming up with new food combinations, new pairings, and new recipes that knock the socks off customers and critics alike.

And then there’s reality.

Believe me, I know. I’ve worked in the restaurant business a long time, most recently at Sophie’s Terminal at the Tracks in Hubbard, Ohio.

Wine pairings?

Hardly.

Soft candlelight and linen table cloths?

Not a chance.

Murder?

Now there’s something we can talk about!

You see, in addition to taking care of all the usual restaurant business–updating the menu with our latest ethnic specials, handling the staff, making sure our patrons are happy–we here at Sophie’s have had a couple challenging mysteries to sort through lately. It started last year when the Lance of Justice, a local TV investigative reporter, was killed. I documented that case in “Irish Stewed.” Now this year . . .

I have to admit, I’m catching my breath here. Rocky Arnaud was not only Sophie’s best friend, she was helping me with our latest French specials. And to think of what happened to her . . .

The cops insisted it was suicide, but I knew from the start they were wrong. Rocky was more full of life than people half her age. She was a fan of French music, enjoyed French cooking, and loved nothing more in the entire world that Pacifique, the charming farm where she grew specialty vegetables and herbs. Rocky dead? The very thought still clutches as my throat and sends my heartbeat racing.

There was only one thing I could do and that was to investigate. I’ll let you read the details in “French Fried,” book #2 in the Ethnic Eats series, but let me just tell you that things got pretty complicated, what with the Statue of Liberty commemoration going on in town, and a famous historian visiting, and the over-the-top author on book tour, the one who’d written the sweeping French saga that was being turned into a TV series.

A day in the life? It’s hard enough to take care of everyday business in a restaurant. It’s even more of a challenge when there’s murder on the menu!


You can read more about Laurel in French Fried, the second book in the “Ethnic Eats” mystery series.

Poison du Jour

The Statue of Liberty is 130 years old, and for the struggling residents of Hubbard, Ohio, any opportunity to bring in tourists is reason enough for a celebration. Laurel Inwood and her aunt, Sophie, are pitching in. Sophie’s Terminal at the Tracks, a former greasy spoon turned charming ethnic eatery, will be offering French cuisine for the entire week.

For expert help with their quiche and escargot, the ladies turn to Raquel “Rocky” Arnaud, a former French chef and friend of Sophie. What looks like a match made in heaven turns rank as quickly as buttermilk on a summer’s day. Rocky turns up dead and when her nightly red wine shows notes of oak, cinnamon, and poison, Laurel turns from soufflé to sleuth.

INCLUDES A RECIPE

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About the author
Kylie Logan is the bestselling author of the Ethnic Eats and the League of Literary Ladies mysteries. She has never had the fantasy of owning a restaurant and, in fact, finds it a challenge simply to decide what to cook for dinner each day. She does, however, enjoy good food almost as much as she enjoys a puzzling mystery. As Casey Daniels, she also writes the Pepper Martin mysteries. You can find her online at Facebook (Kylie Logan and Casey Daniels) or at www.kylielogan.com.

All comments are welcomed.

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South Bass Island life with Bea Cartwright by Kylie Logan

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The League of Literary Ladies

Gotcha, didn’t I?

I said “island life” and you immediately pictured what a day in my island life is all about: tropical breezes, lazy hours in the hammock, drinks festooned with tiny umbrellas.

Umm . . . I’ve got new for you, South Bass Island isn’t that kind of island.

Oh sure, in the summer, the island hops with tourists and there are plenty of drinks (some with umbrellas and some not) to go around. In fact, South Bass is known as the Key West of the Great Lakes.

The important part of that sentence? Great Lakes!

South Bass island, just four miles long and a mile-and-a-half wide, sits in Lake Erie, three miles north of the Ohio mainland, and as you can imagine, there’s nothing tropical about our climate, especially at this time of the year. We’re just waking up from a long, quiet winter. The ferry stops running at the end of December and from then until now, there are about 450 hardy residents who brave the icy winds off the lake from Canada and stay put, including all four of us in the League of Literary Ladies: myself, Chandra Morrisey (island crystal and tarot reader), Kate Wilder (winery owner) and Luella Zak (captain of a fishing charter). What do we do once the lake freezes over and the only way to the mainland is by plane?

A couple restaurants stay open, and they’re great places to relax and socialize and catch up with neighbors. Our one grocery store is open, too, as are our hardware store, the coffee shop, our one gas station and, of course, our two churches. The bank is open for a few hours one day a week and chances are if you stop in, you’re bound to see just about everyone you know.

The nighttime silence can seem a little unearthly, but still, there’s plenty to keep us busy from ice fishing to ATV rides, wine tastings to reading groups.

Speaking of which . . . the League of Literary Ladies has just finished reading “Gone with the Wind.” Aside from the fact that it sent Chandra into a fugue state that had her saying “y’all” a whole lot, it ignited some interesting goings-on here on the island, most of it involved with Tara, the newest B&B on the island and not incidentally, one that’s competing with my own wonderful inn. To make matters worse, Tara is owned by the Champion twins, the ultra-famous duo who are the children of a Hollywood star and who were once kidnapped and then made a miraculous escape that put their pictures front and center in every news story in the world.

If the competition isn’t enough to complicate my life, there’s my confusing relationship with island hunk, Levi Kozlov, and the antique highboy I was supposed to be buying that’s suddenly gone missing, and . . .

And the murder, of course.

Bad enough that I’m the one who found the body of real estate agent Vivien Frisk. Worse, because what I found out as I investigated is that no one who ever met Vivien liked her. That means instead of too few suspects, I’ve got too many and one of them is a member of the League!

Everything going on in “Gone with the Twins” makes me anxious for winter to set in again. Ah, peace, quiet–and murder free!


You can read more about Bea in Gone with the Twins, the fifth book in the “League of Literary Ladies” mystery series.

The national bestselling author of And Then There Were Nuns takes readers back to South Bass Island on Lake Erie, where a pair of ambitious twins are causing double trouble for the League of Literary Ladies.

The League of Literary Ladies is currently enjoying Margaret Mitchell’s saga of the South, Gone with the Wind. But there’s one situation on South Bass Island that they wish would simply blow over.

Kidnapped as teenagers, the children of a famous movie star are now media darlings after a miraculous escape. What’s next for the celebrity twins? They’re opening an over-the-top B and B called Tara on South Bass Island, and frankly, they don’t give a damn about the competition—including Bea Cartwright’s own beloved inn.

The other members of the League—Chandra, Kate, and Luella—are turning scarlet. But when local realtor Vivian Frisk is found murdered, and the suspects include Chandra, who lost her beau to the frisky Vivian, the Ladies rally to her defense. They may have to skim a few chapters of the Civil War soap opera and focus on bringing justice to the island they call home. . .

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About the author
Kylie Logan is the bestselling author of the League of Literary Ladies series and the Ethnic Eats mysteries. The fifth League book is “Gone with the Twins,” and book #2 of Ethnic Eats, “French Fried” will be published in June. As Casey Daniels, she also writes the Pepper Martin mysteries, the newest of which is “Graveyard Shift.” Under the same name, she’ll have her first historical mystery published this fall. She loves to explore historic cemeteries, enjoys poking around old buildings, and is always ready to watch the Cleveland Indians play ball! You can find Kylie at www.kylielogan.com.

All comments are welcomed.

Gone with the Twins is available at retail and online booksellers or you can ask your local library to get it for you.

A Day in Life of Laurel Inwood by Kylie Logan

Irish StewedWhich Life?

My Old Life

Laurel Inwood here, dreaming about the old days. My old life? Ah, that would be back when I was personal chef to Hollywood megastar Meghan Cohan. Back then, my life was all about travel, all about glamour, all about catering to whims that ranged from arranging an Arabian Nights party on the grounds of Meghan’s Malibu mansion (complete with an oasis and a camel or two) to learning whatever new cooking trend captured her fancy–gluten free, vegan, paleo, Middle Eastern, Lithuanian, South African. Whatever was hot, whatever the beautiful-people crowd was talking about, that’s what Meghan wanted, and I was only too eager to spread my culinary wings and provide it. I shopped at the finest stores, worked with the most expensive ingredients, and got to rub elbows with Hollywood’s movers and shakers.

Not bad for a kid who grew up in the foster system.

But remember how I said that was my old life? Yeah. The whole thing came crashing down when Meghan accused me of leaking personal information to the paparazzi. Just for the record, I didn’t do it, but once Meghan makes up her mind, that’s that. I lost my job and thanks to Meghan’s connections, there wasn’t another actor, producer or five-star restaurant that would touch me.

Good thing I got a call right about then, huh? My foster mother’s sister, Sophie, was having knee replacement surgery and needed help at her elegant restaurant in Ohio.

I’m on my way.

My New Life

Elegant?

Did I really say that about Sophie’s restaurant?

Well, it was what I’d been told over the years. Now here I am in Ohio and reality just hit me square between the eyes. Sophie’s Terminal at the Tracks is a greasy spoon diner along the railroad tracks and it’s losing customers to the trendy places springing up all over town.

Forget matcha, poutine and harrisa! My new life consists of fried baloney sandwiches, meatloaf and meatballs with rice.

The only way I may be able to turn things around is to feature ethnic foods on the menu and I’m starting with Irish.

Why?

Well, let’s just say that it’s hard to resist the pushy, overpowering (and OK, sexy, too) Declan Fury, manager of the Irish gift shop across the street. Between Declan and a family of what seems like thousands, Irish culture and cuisine have pretty much enveloped me. I’m overwhelmed by it all, but I intend to take full advantage.

Which doesn’t mean I’m going to cave completely. After all, I’m pretty street smart, not to mention completely unable to deal with that much family, that much togetherness. What are Declan and his family of Irish Travellers really up to? And after years of meeting the hunks of Hollywood, why does this particular guy (complete with shaggy hair, leather jacket and a vintage Harley) make my blood pump and my heart thump?

There are other surprises in store, too. Including the dead investigative reporter in the restaurant.

Not exactly something I expected to find my first day on the job.

Terminal at the Tracks, huh?

The body in the booth gives the word terminal a whole new meaning!


Irish Stewed is the first book in the NEW Ethnic Eats mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime, May 2016.

After flopping as a personal chef to a Hollywood movie star, jobless Laurel Inwood finds herself humbled in Hubbard, Ohio, helping her aunt Sophie run her restaurant. Much to Laurel’s dismay, Sophie’s Terminal at the Tracks is not the cozy bistro her aunt would have had her believe—it’s a run-down greasy spoon in an old railroad station. To save the dingy diner, Laurel cooks up a plan to feature alternating ethnic cuisine as specials.

But first there’s the problem of the body in the booth. Slumped over a table with a receipt spike in his back is Jack Lancer—”the Lance of Justice”—an investigative reporter for local TV news. Assisted by the drop-dead gorgeous owner of the neighboring Irish store—who may or may not be a suspect—Laurel sets out to track down a killer who had no reservations about impaling a newshound. But as she turns up the heat, will she end up in the soup herself?

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About the author
Kylie Logan is the bestselling author of the League of Literary Ladies mysteries (newest is And Then There Were Nuns), the Chili Cook-Off mysteries and the Button Box mysteries. Her newest series is the Ethnic Eats mysteries. Irish Stewed hits stores shelves on May 3. When she’s not writing as Kylie Logan, she writes the Pepper Martin mysteries as Casey Daniels. The tenth book in that series, Graveyard Shift will be published this fall. Kylie is a lifelong resident of Ohio and her League and Ethnic Eats books are set there. When she’s not writing, she enjoys exploring old cemeteries, haunted buildings and (just for a change of pace) a wine bar or two. Connect with Kylie at kylielogan.com.

Giveaway: Leave comment below for your chance to win a print copy of Irish Stewed. US entries only, please. The giveaway will end May 10, 2016 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

All comments are welcomed.

My Musing ~ Irish Stewed by Kylie Logan

Irish Stewed by Kylie Logan is the first book in the NEW “Ethnic Eats” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, May 2016

Irish StewedThe national bestselling author of the League of Literary Ladies Mysteries introduces an all-new cozy culinary mystery series featuring ethnic eats.

After flopping as a personal chef to a Hollywood movie star, jobless Laurel Inwood finds herself humbled in Hubbard, Ohio, helping her aunt Sophie run her restaurant. Much to Laurel’s dismay, Sophie’s Terminal at the Tracks is not the cozy bistro her aunt would have had her believe—it’s a run-down greasy spoon in an old railroad station. To save the dingy diner, Laurel cooks up a plan to feature alternating ethnic cuisine as specials.

But first there’s the problem of the body in the booth. Slumped over a table with a receipt spike in his back is Jack Lancer—”the Lance of Justice”—an investigative reporter for local TV news. Assisted by the drop-dead gorgeous owner of the neighboring Irish store—who may or may not be a suspect—Laurel sets out to track down a killer who had no reservations about impaling a newshound. But as she turns up the heat, will she end up in the soup herself?

Includes Recipes

Expectations. That’s what faces Laurel when she arrived at her aunt’s restaurant and this sets up this well-written light drama where a body is found and Laurel’s determination to find this killer who sits in plain sight. I loved the pacing of this story and how easily it flows from scene to scene. The author did a great job in providing a nicely woven plot and subplots that kept me intrigued as to how this was all going to play out. There were plenty of people in the town of Hubbard who could have done it and the author did a splendid job of cooking up clues to keep me moving forward as one by one, the killer’s identity came into focus and what a great set-up that was. Laurel is a complex person and I like seeing that as she struggles to fit and Declan is simply Declan. With a wonderful set of secondary characters with engaging dialogue and that small-town atmosphere, this was a delightfully entertaining debut to a series that I hope is here to stay.

The Puzzle by Kylie Logan

And Then There Were NunsLeave it to Dru Ann to ask about a day in my life. She’s one groovy lady, that’s for sure, and I can’t wait to tell you about all the things that are happening here in my little corner of the planet. But hey, I’m a cat. You don’t think I’m going to make this easy for you, do you? So here’s a little puzzle for you and once you solve it, you’ll know more about the coolest of cool cats and the new adventure I’m featured in, And Then There Were Nuns by Kylie Logan.

puzzle
Across
2. You’ll always recognize me on the cover because of this
4. She puts our adventures on paper
8. One of the things I’m good at
9. The island where we live
12. The woman who thinks she owns me
13. The neighbors aren’t happy when I do it in the petunias

Down
1. I’m named for this rocker
3. Our island is here
5. A band from my hippie owner’s past
6. And Then There Were ___
7. The lady next door
10. A favorite activity
11. We’re three miles from this shoreline

Leave your answers in the comment box.


And Then There Were Nuns is the fourth book in the League of Literary Ladies mystery series published by Berkley Prime Crime, March 2016.

The national bestselling author of The Legend of Sleepy Harlow returns to South Bass Island, where the League of Literary Ladies has to find out who’s killing off nuns.

B and B owner Bea Cartwright has taken on the responsibility of taking meals to ten visiting nuns, who are on retreat at the Water’s Edge Center for Spirit and Renewal on picturesque South Bass Island on Lake Erie. But the peace of the retreat is shattered when one of the nuns is found at the water’s edge—murdered. And when a second nun is killed, Bea and the other members of the League of Literary Ladies—Chandra, Kate, and Luella—start to wonder about eerie parallels with the Agatha Christie mystery classic, And Then There Were None.

Since Bea has the trust of the sisters, the local chief of police asks her and the other Literary Ladies to interview each of them. Expecting a confession may be asking for a miracle, but Bea hopes she can at least find the killer before another nun gets crossed off the guest list. . .

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About the author
Kylie Logan is the author of the best-selling League of Literary Ladies mysteries that feature four warring neighbors who are sentenced to be a book discussion group by a judge who’s tired of them taking each other to court. Their newest adventure is “And Then There Were Nuns.” In May, Kylie will have a new series premiering, the Ethnic Eats mysteries. Book #1 is “Irish Stewed.” She lives in Ohio near where both series are set, and also writes the Pepper Martin mysteries as Casey Daniels. Don’t tell Jerry Garcia, but she much prefers dogs to cats, and enjoys spending time with her Airedale, Ernie.

Giveaway: Leave comment below for your chance to win a print copy of And Then There Were Nuns. US entries only, please. The giveaway will end March 21, 2016 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

All comments are welcomed.

A Day in the Life with Maxie Pierce by Kylie Logan

Revenge of the Chili QueensUp early. (And by early I mean somewhere around ten.)

First things first . . . breakfast. Coffee. Lots of coffee. And a couple Hostess cupcakes.

Shower and become the Chili Chick and–

What’s that? Who’s the Chili Chick?

Something tells me you haven’t been to a Chili Showdown, that fabulous chili show and cook-off that travels the country. If you had been, you would certainly know the Chick.

Tall black stilettoes.

Fishnet stockings.

Giant red chili costume that covers her from hips to head.

The Chili Chick dances in front of Texas Jack Pierce’s Hot-Cha Chili Seasoning Palace to draw in customers and it’s not being too swell-headed to say that in chili circles, she is a legend! If it was up to me, I’d dance as the Chick all day, but sometimes, I need to help out with selling our dried peppers and our spices or my half-sister, Sylvia, gets all prune-faced. Of course there are other times when dancing and selling peppers are the last things on my mind.

Take our latest Showdown visit to San Antonio, home of the famous Chili Queens. Long ago, the Chili Queens would cook up batches of their secret-recipe chili at home and then cart steaming pots of chili to the town’s plazas in the evening. Musicians showed up and so did lots and lots of people, and the plazas became the center of San Antonio social life.

We were in San Antonio to help re-create the Chili Queen scene. Each night for a week, I set aside the Chick costume and dressed as a Queen of old and we raised tons of money for charity.

It was perfect. I mean, except for the annoying beauty queens who were there. And the drag queens who had another agenda. And the queens of society who thought they were better than everyone else. And the two descendants of real Chili Queens who were at each others throats all the time.

And then, of course, there was the murder.

Murder has a way of ruining even the best bowl of chili, and this time, it hit a little too close to home. Nick Falcone (head of Showdown security and hotter than a ghost pepper) ended up being the prime suspect and I needed to move fast to keep him out of real trouble. Along the way . . . well, I’m not going to reveal the surprise. Let’s just say that things got pretty hot in San Antonio, and I’m not just talkin’ chili!


You can read more about Maxie in Revenge of the Chili Queens, the third book in the “Chili Cook-Off” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first two books in the series are Chili Con Carnage and Death By Devil’s Breath.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 12 a.m. eastern on September 2 for the chance to win a print copy of Revenge of the Chili Queens. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Two lucky commenters will be randomly selected. Winner will be notified within 48 hours after giveaway closes and you will have three days to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected.

About the author
Kylie Logan is the author of the Chili Cook-Off mysteries, the League of Literary Ladies mysteries and the soon-to-premier Ethnic Eats mysteries. As Casey Daniels, she’s also written nine books in the Pepper Martin mystery series. “Revenge of the Chili Queens” is the third Chili Cook-Off mystery. It will be followed by League #4 next March, “And Then There Were Nuns.”

When she’s not writing, she’s home with a family that includes Oscar, a Jack Russell who came as a rescue and 12 years later, hasn’t left, Ernie, an adorable Airedale and Casey, the newest member of the menagerie, a 14-year-old Airedale just recently adopted. There is also a cat in the house, a troublemaker named Marvin who is way too smart for his own good!

Visit Kylie at www.kylielogan.com, on Twitter and on Facebook

A Day in the Life of Maxie Pierce by Kylie Logan

Death By Devils BreathA day in my life? Oh, honey, you couldn’t handle it!

First there’s Sylvia, my annoying half-sister. Try dealing with her every day! That’s exactly what I’ve been doing since our dad, Texas Jack Pierce (as famous on the chili cook-off circuit as he is with the ladies in the towns our Chili Showdown visits) disappeared somewhere back in Abilene. I was living in Chicago at the time, Sylvia was doing her foodie thing in Seattle, and we were both called to come take over Jack’s Hot-Cha Chili Seasoning Palace.

Sure, the Palace might just look like a food truck we tow behind our RV, but to me, it’s heaven on earth. All those chili peppers we stock! All those wonderful spice mixes we sell! Sylvia takes care of the day-to-day business end of the Palace. I dress as the Chili Chick in a giant chili pepper costume that covers me from head to hips. I put on fishnet stockings and slip on stilettos and I dance out in front of the Palace to draw customers in. The Palace and the Chili Chick . . . those are definitely the best parts of my day.

But back to Sylvia, the not-so-good part. She’s a stickler, see. For being orderly. For being smug. For pretending that she’s the caring big sister and worrying about my love life and the losers I always seem to hook up with when I know that the only reason she’s really with the Showdown is because she’s searching for Jack’s secret chili recipes so she can publish a cookbook.

Oh yeah, Sylvia’s that kind of sneaky.

Then there’s murder, of course, and that always put a damper on anyone’s day. Back in Taos (“Chili Con Carnage”) the victim was Roberto, a Showdown roadie with a secret past. Here in Vegas (“Death by Devil’s Breath”) it’s an obnoxious comedian, one of the celebrities who’s been asked to judge a contest of the world’s hottest chili and keels over in his bowl of Devil’s Breath.

A day in my life?

Thanks to Dickie Dunkin’s untimely (not to mention messy) end, my days in Vegas include nearly getting bonked by a giant neon heart, having an old (and not very dear friend) stalk me, being stuffed in a steamer trunk, and the Chili Chick getting kidnapped.

Now that I think about it, a day in my life can be pretty exhausting! Off to have a bowl of spicy chili to recover!


You can read more about Maxie in Death by Devil’s Breath, the second book in the “Chili Cook-Off” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first book in the series is Chili Con Carnage.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 6 p.m. eastern on August 27 for the chance to win a copy of DEATH BY DEVIL’S BREATH. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

Meet the author
Kylie Logan is the author of the Chili Cook-Off mysteries, the League of Literary Ladies mysteries and the Button Box mysteries. As Casey Daniels, she’s also written nine books in the Pepper Martin mystery series. She’s just finished book #1 of a new series and after what she hopes will be a nice rest, she’ll start book #3 in Maxie’s adventures. Her next release is “The Legend of Sleepy Harlow,” book #3 of the League of Literary Ladies series. When she’s not writing, she’s home with a family that includes Oscar, a Jack Russell who came as a rescue and 11 years later, hasn’t left, Ernie, an adorable Airedale and Marvin, the newest member of the family, a cat who definitely has a mind of his own!

Visit Kylie at her website, on Twitter or on Facebook

Chili Con Carnage by Kylie Logan

Chili Con CarnageChili Con Carnage by Kylie Logan is the first book in the New “Chili Cook-Off” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, October 2013

Bean there. . .done that

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 daddy, Texas Jack Pierce, king of the chili cook-off circuit, has been missing for nearly six weeks now. In his place, she must team up with her irritating half sister, Sylvia, to promote the family business at the Taos Chili Showdown, to be judged by celebrity chef Carter Donnelly.

But when Maxie discovers Roberto’s body in the chef’s trailer—only hours after publicly breaking up with him while wearing a giant red chili pepper costume—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.

This is a fun and humorous read where Maxie, our reluctant sleuth, starts an investigation when one of the roadie is murder and suspicions is cast upon her. What we have is a nicely executed whodunit that immediately entertains in this action-filled drama from the dancing chili to the apprehension of the killer. The author did a good job in keeping this mystery fresh and appetizing as we follow our spunky heroine who delighted me with her timely comedic escapades in her search for the truth. With a comfortable tone, the feel of being at traveling show, a group of eccentrically diverse characters and engaging dialogue, this was a wonderfully enjoyable read and I can’t wait to see what’s next up for Maxie and her friends.

FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book, in hopes I would review it. I later read my kindle edition.

previously posted on the Cozy Chicks blog

A Day In The Life With Maxie Pierce by Kylie Logan

Chili Con CarnageA day in my life?

There was a time when I would have told you it was a dream come true. I was living in Chicago with Edik, the world’s hottest rock band lead guitarist, and I was having the time of my life. That is, until I woke up to the sad reality that Edik is a no-good, low-down creep. But then, finding out your bank account’s been emptied and your credit cards are maxed can have that effect on a girl.

Lucky for me, that’s when I got the call that got me out of town and away from the bill collectors who were calling morning, noon and night. A good thing, yes? What’s not so good is why I needed to leave. See, my dad, Texas Jack Pierce, was missing, and someone had to get to Taos, New Mexico to run his Hot Cha Chili Seasoning Palace at the latest Chili Showdown.

If that someone was just me, maybe things wouldn’t have gone kerflooey. The way it was, my half-sister, Sylvia, also showed up. Sylvia is as blond as I am dark, as tall as I am short and as uptight, stuck up and ornery as . . . well, let’s just say Sylvia has grown up with the stories about how my mom stole Jack from her mom, and she’s never going to let me forget it, or forgive me for it. Yeah, like it was my fault.

Bad enough, yes, and who has time for that kind of nonsense, anyway. Especially when I need to spend my days at the Showdown dressed as the Chili Chick in a giant red pepper costume and wearing fishnet stocking and stilettoes. Worse, when you figure Roberto into the picture. It took exactly one date for me to figure out the Showdown roadie was a loser. And one more day after that for me to officially break up with him.

Too bad I did it in public by bonking him on the head with the Chili Chick costume. Too bad a TV food channel cameraman happened to be nearby to record the moment for prosperity. Too bad, because just a short time after, I found Roberto’s body, a chef’s cooking knife through his heart.

A day in my life? These days, each and every one of them is getting to be a challenge. I mean what with having to deal with Roberto’s crazy girlfriend, an artist who’s not on the up-and-up and a whole host of wanna-be celebrities from that food channel. And then there’s Sylvia, of course. Maybe if we can actually cooperate, we can find out who really did in Roberto.

If Sylvia and I don’t end up killing each other first.


You can read more about Maxie in Chili Con Carnage, the first book in the new “Chili Cook-Off” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime.


Thanks to Penguin, I have one (1) copy of “CHILI CON CARNAGE” to give away. Leave a comment to be included in the giveaway. Contest ends October 4; US entries only per publisher’s request.


Meet the author
Kylie Logan is the alter-ego of Casey Daniels, author of the “Pepper Martin” mystery series. As Kylie, she’s writing not only this new “Chili Cook-Off” mystery series, but the “Button Box” mysteries (book #4, “Buttoned Up,” will be out in December) and the League of Literary Ladies mysteries (book #1, “Mayhem at the Orient Express” was a June release and “A Tale of Two Biddies” will be out in February). Kylie is grateful for her husband, David, who does all the chili cooking in the family. His recipes are features in the Chili Cook-Off mysteries.

Visit Kylie Logan at www.kylielogan.com, Twitter and on Facebook.

Books are available at retail and online booksellers.