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Chili con Carnage (A Chili Cook-Off Mystery #1)

3.44  ·  Rating Details  ·  203 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
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
Paperback, 282 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Berkley
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Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
Maxie Pierce and her half-sister Sylvia are back on the Chili Cook Off circuit. Their daddy, Texas Jack Pierce, king of the chili cook-off circuit, has been missing for weeks. He has a bit of a reputation for chasing the ladies but to go off and leave The Palace in the hands of others is something her just wouldn’t do. People come from far and wide to buy his unique chili seasonings. Maxie was ready to leave Chicago but working side by side with Sylvia in the small quarters of the Palace and liv ...more
Oct 02, 2013 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
One of my favorite kinds of cozy mysteries are "food related", and I really enjoyed this story about Maxie, and her half-sister Sylvia as they make the rounds in the chili-cook off circuit in the Hot-Cha Chili Seasoning Palace!
As soon as I started reading it, it grabbed my attention. I really like the cute expressions and sayings that are mixed into the mystery, and I love the chili pepper costume!
Maxie and Sylvia dont always get along..but they are trying hard to keep the Chili Seasoning Palac
Oct 27, 2014 Robert rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Well persnickety! Seems as if there has been a darned old murder at the chili festival. When her half sister is arrested for this horrible travesty our heroine springs into action becoming a regular Nancy Drew in heat searching for who dunnit. I really felt like I was reading someones high school English assignment rather than an actual novel printed by a publisher. My first foray into the cozy mystery and I just about did not make it out alive. I guess the cozy mystery genre is not my cup of te ...more
Aurian Booklover
Jan 26, 2014 Aurian Booklover rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: none
After not really enjoying my previous book by Kylie Logan, Mayhem at the Orient Express, I was not so sure about this book anymore, so it took me a while to pick it up and read. I did not get very far though. From the first pages, I disliked both the main characters, Maxie and her half sister Sylvia. They are supposed to be working together, making a living and finding their missing father. But they snipe at each other and fight and do everything but work together.
Maxie is almost continuously d
Feb 10, 2014 Sallee rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
First in a new series by Kylie Logan, the story is set in Taos at the fairground. A group of people who travel the "chili" circuit. Maxie and her half sister, Sylvia are daughters of Texas Jack Pierce, well known as king of the chili circuit. He has been missing for 6 weeks and his two daughters have teamed up to promote the family business. Celebrity Chef Carter Donnelly is to judge the Taos Chili Showdown. When Maxie's latest date turns up dead,falling out of Chef Connelly's RV door onto Maxi ...more
Sep 27, 2013 Mason rated it it was amazing
Maxie Pierce has had her share of bad relationships. She just needs to get out of the last one with Roberto and start clean. She already has her hands full worrying about her dad, Texas Jack Pierce, who has been missing for almost six weeks. To make matter worse, since her dad is missing and is king of the chili cook-off circuit, she has to team up with her half sister, Sylvia, to promote the family business at the Taos Chili Showdown.

But things go from bad to worse when Maxie finds Roberto’s de
Debbie Lester
Oct 28, 2013 Debbie Lester rated it it was amazing
Kylie Logan begins a new cozy mystery series with a chili cook-off spin. The first book in the Chili Cook-Off mystery series, Chili Con Carnage introduces readers to the carnival atmosphere of the cook-off circuit, with it's eccentric denizens and eclectic personalities. Logan does a wonderful job with characterization. Bringing readers characters who are easy to identify with, while remaining fresh and interesting. Readers will find this culinary mystery full of just as many hot and spicy momen ...more
Dec 10, 2013 Liz rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I really wanted to give this book five stars. I enjoyed reading it, but sometimes there are just to many characters or red 'pepper' thrown in to throw the reader off the track and not always in a good way. I love the idea of people going on a circuit to Chili Cook-offs. I liked the many characters in the cook-off circuit (I know that sort of contradicts my previous statement), and I liked the two sisters or as they kept pointing out 'half' sisters. This part sort of irritated me. Perhaps because ...more
Sep 25, 2013 Rhonda rated it really liked it
I liked Chili Con Carnage. It was spicy hot with all the murders taking place.
Maxie and her half sister Sylvia are always fighting. The suspense is good to the end. Their are lots of suspects.

One thing I noticed the police did not seem to be doing much. You see them gather evidence and see them take a suspect in for the first murder and that's it.
I like Maxie. Her life is a mess. She is trying to keep her father's business going and trying to find what happened to him. He is missing.
Oct 19, 2013 Vilia rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Review from Backchatting Books

Maxie Pierce has been working at Texas Jack Pierce’s Hot Cha Chili Seasoning Palace with her half sister Sylvia ever since her father went missing six weeks ago. She was hoping to divide her time between looking for their dad and dancing in the chili costume but she becomes a murder suspect when Roberto, the guy she had a fairly disastrous date with, is murdered.

Maxie is an appealing protagonist. She has her fair share of problems such as a bad track record with da
Dec 17, 2013 Vickie rated it really liked it
A nifty premise for a cozy series. A world I didn't know about, of folks who follow the chili cook-off circuit, set up camp and sell chili-related wares. The main character, Maxie Pierce, sells chili-related herbs and spices with her half-sister and their father, though he's part of the mystery....he's disappeared.
Half-sister Sylvia is accused of murdering and ex of Maxie, so Maxie to the rescue even though she is vociferous in her mild dislike of her half-sister.
I wasn't as fond of this book
Linda Smatzny
Jul 29, 2014 Linda Smatzny rated it really liked it
This is the first book in the Chili Cook-Off Mystery Series. The main character is Maxie who along with her half sister is running Texas Jack Pierce's Hot-Cha Chili Seasoning Palace. The story is set in Taos at the Taos Chili Showdown. Roberto, a roadie, gets killed and Sylvia,the half sister, is arrested for the murder. Maxie knows that Sylvia isn't a killer and sets out to find the real killer.Some fun moments. It was a quick easy read.
"Who died and left you boss?"

This is the first book in the Chili Cook-Off series. Maxie and her half sister, Sylvia, have teamed up to run their dad's spice stand. Jack has been missing for six weeks and the girls are determined to keep the Palace running. Maxie goes on a date with one of the roadies and later has a public argument with him. Later in the day she discovers his body when it falls from a celebrity judge's RV.

Doesn't that sound confusing? This had the potential to be a good start to
Dharia Scarab
Aug 21, 2014 Dharia Scarab rated it it was amazing
Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
Sep 27, 2013 Melina rated it it was amazing
Another great cozy. I love cozies because they don't have a lot of sexual content and there is some language, but nothing bad, they are how people really are. This one was no exception. I really enjoyed it. A great start to a great series. Maxie was determined to prove that her "half" sister was innocent, and her journey to that discovery was sometimes pretty funny. She had a lot of people to suspect and she also had to fend off a jealous woman who wanted to tear her apart. This book was very we ...more
Penny McGill
Dec 18, 2013 Penny McGill rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy
Well, you can't judge a cozy by it's clever title. This one had great promise but started off weak and really never caught my full attention. I read it to the finish only to find out who the killer was and see if I loved the recipes. There was only one recipe (honestly!) and it was for a moderately interesting chili. Maybe I'll read a second one of hers, just to see if they pick up but this one had a very scattered plot, too much detail about things that had happened in the main character's past ...more
Apr 10, 2015 Laura rated it did not like it
I have been waiting for books #1 + #2 of this series but I couldn't take to the story; didn't like the people--I don't often find a book/series I don't like.
Jul 26, 2014 Veronica rated it it was ok
Eh, not too sure about this one. It was the usual fluffy cozy mystery but I can't decide if I like the female lead or not. She also didn't really solve the murder mystery. It doesn't count if the murderer waltzes in and announces themselves. I may or may not read more in this series.
Oct 08, 2015 Sherri rated it did not like it
Sorry, did not like this one at all. I didn't like any of the main characters. It was really hard to get through.
May 23, 2015 C. rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
Couldn't find a single character that I liked or cared about in the slightest.
Bonnie Drummond
Feb 12, 2015 Bonnie Drummond rated it it was amazing
If you like Button Box Mysteries and League of Literary Ladies Mysteries then you'll love Kylie Logan's new series A Chili Cook-Off Mystery that will have you see red while trying to find out who did the dirty deed? While reading you want to go and fix a big pot of chili. Now go out and get started on that hot pot of chili and while that's cooking away grab a cold one ( beer, soda, wine, ice tea or water ) put you're feet up grab A Chili Cook - Off Mystery Book and see who did the deed.
Bonnie D
Nov 14, 2013 Melodie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
This was a fun read and a great start to a new series. I really liked Maxie and even liked her somewhat cold half-sister, Sylvia. Nick's a great character and I'm looking forward to finding out a bit more about him, and also about Maxie & Sylvia's dad, Jack. This was a good mystery and I wasn't sure about the killer, well one killer, until the end. Kylie Logan is also Casey Daniels and Connie Laux (her real name) and whatever name she's writing under, she's getting really good at this myster ...more
Aug 18, 2015 Vicky rated it did not like it
She lost me at chili chick.
Feb 02, 2014 Jill rated it it was amazing
Good debut
Jan 18, 2014 Virginia rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
kinda clever, lots of leads and red herrings which i like. I found the main character Really annoying though, and just found it ok overall.
Fredricka Anderson
Jun 02, 2015 Fredricka Anderson rated it liked it
Its a decent book. Ok, start. strong middle, very weak ending.
Jan 05, 2014 Sandybear76 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
first book of a new series. Maxie and her half-sister Sylvia are running the Chili Palace while the dad is off to parts unknown.

It was hard to get into the characters and the book. The sisters don't like each other and fight. The Chili Palace is a food truck that travels with the Chili Showdown group like gypsies.

Oct 30, 2013 Elizabeth rated it did not like it
I was really disappointed with this book. I've enjoyed everything Kylie Logan has written so I thought I'd try this. The story itself wasn't too bad but two of the characters, Maxie and Sylvia, were so annoying it actually took away from it. Maxie gets better, which helps considerably, but Sylvia definitely ruined it. :/
May 28, 2015 Dawn rated it liked it
At first I really did not care for this book and thought it was headed for the dnf like but then it picked up enough for me to change my mind. It was not a book but it was not my favorite either. Just somewhere in the middle for me. Will probably give the next book a try.

3 stars
Apr 21, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it
Maxie seems like such an interesting character, I bet she would be a lot of fun to hangout with!

I really hope that Maxie and Nick get to know each other better, they seem like they could really help one another get over the pain of their pasts.
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