Thursday, September 5, 2013
Spicing Up Mystery with a Little "Carnage"
By Maxie Pierce, heroine of Kylie Logan’s Chili Cook-Off mystery series
It was the worst of all possible phone calls, but it came at the best of all possible times.
See, I’d just found out that Edik–that gorgeous hunk of a rock band lead guitarist–had not only done me wrong, he’d emptied my bank account and maxed my credit cards while he was at it. Getting out of Chicago and away from the debt collectors who called morning, noon and night was the best plan.
Heading to Taos, New Mexico where the world famous Chili Showdown was holding its next competition . . .
Well, it would have been a blast if my dad Texas Jack Pierce, was around. I’d spent all of my growing up summers traveling the chili cook-off circuit with Jack and I liked nothing better than working with him in his Hot-Cha Chili Seasoning Palace. But that was the problem. Jack was missing, and I’d been called in to run the Palace until he could be found.
I could handle that. After all, I loved nothing like I loved the Palace where we sold chili peppers, spices and Jack’s own secret blends. The tastes . . . the aromas . . . the chance to dress up in the giant red Chili Chick costume and dance outside the food truck to attract customers . . . There was nothing better! What I didn’t love was finding Sylvia already there waiting for me at the Showdown.
Here’s the skinny...my mother stole Jack away from Sylvia’s mother. Which makes Sylvia my half-sister and let me tell you, she’s never forgiven Jack for the betrayal or me for coming along after her. In fact, Sylvia’s got a chip on her shoulder the size of the Palace. Fine by me. Working with Little Miss Perfect is about the most annoying thing on the planet.
Well, almost the most annoying thing. But then murder can be pretty inconvenient.
Can Sylvia and I work together to solve the crime?
Maybe. If we don’t kill each other first.
“Chili Con Carnage,” book #1 in the new Chili Cook-off series hits store shelves October 1.
Submitted by Casey