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Cold-blooded murder can be hot as hell…

In Las Vegas, the stakes are high—and so is the Scoville scale. Maxie Pierce and the Chili Showdown are in town for a very heated contest devoted to judging the legendary and notorious-for-being-self-combustible Devil’s Breath chili. The guest judges are casino performers with a taste for chili and an eye for publicity.

Maxie is already going mad organizing the event, dealing with her snide half sister, ...

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Overview

Cold-blooded murder can be hot as hell…

In Las Vegas, the stakes are high—and so is the Scoville scale. Maxie Pierce and the Chili Showdown are in town for a very heated contest devoted to judging the legendary and notorious-for-being-self-combustible Devil’s Breath chili. The guest judges are casino performers with a taste for chili and an eye for publicity.

Maxie is already going mad organizing the event, dealing with her snide half sister, Sylvia, and trying to figure out her hothead of security, Nick. But when a local hack comedian drops dead in the middle of the Showdown, it isn’t the spicy dish—it’s poison. And Maxie is going to have to shuffle through a full deck of suspects to pick out the culprit.

INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES!
 

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Library Journal
08/01/2014
Maxie Scoville and the Chili Showdown have rolled into Las Vegas to judge the hot Devil's Breath chili contest. With casino performers as judges, everyone is looking to get in on the act, until one local comedian drops dead in the middle of the showdown, falling into his chili. When it's revealed that poison, not the dish, did him in, Maxie sets out to identify the culprit and discovers almost as many suspects as there are cards in a deck. Maxie, while also dealing with her half-sister as a business partner, her missing father and the showgirl still carrying a torch for him, and heated comments from her head of security, has to take a chance that she can win big, without losing her business or her life. VERDICT Logan's second culinary mystery (after Chili Con Carnage) carries itself well through the multilayered story line.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425262429
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/5/2014
  • Series: A Chili Cook-Off Mystery Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 105,912
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Kylie Logan is the author of the Button Box and League of Literary Ladies series, as well as the first Chili Cookoff Mystery, Chili Con Carnage.

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  • Posted August 23, 2014

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    Cold-blooded murder can be hot as hell¿ In Las Vegas, the stak

    Cold-blooded murder can be hot as hell…

    In Las Vegas, the stakes are high—and so is the Scoville scale. Maxie Pierce and the Chili Showdown are in town for a very heated contest devoted to judging the legendary and notorious-for-being-self-combustible Devil’s Breath chili. The guest judges are casino performers with a taste for chili and an eye for publicity.

    Maxie is already going mad organizing the event, dealing with her snide half sister, Sylvia, and trying to figure out her hothead of security, Nick. But when a local hack comedian drops dead in the middle of the Showdown, it isn’t the spicy dish—it’s poison. And Maxie is going to have to shuffle through a full deck of suspects to pick out the culprit.

    INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES!

    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas but this Chili Showdown almost gave Maxie more than even she could handle. She even gets a blast from her past!

    Maxie is a smart protag with just the right amount of spice. She and her half sister Sylvia are supposed to be running their dad’s business, Jack Pierce’s Hot-Cha Chili Seasoning Palace, together since he has disappeared without a trace, but it is not going well. The Showdown has been assigned to the Deadeye, a Western town set up in a section in the hotel/casino. Their booth assignment happens to be the bordello, well it is the “biggest” and “nicest” place in Deadeye but Sylvia is not amused at all. She is also not happy by all the things keeping Maxie from working at the booth. Besides trying to find a killer she keep having costume issues and the Chili Chick is not doing much dancing.

    Logan has not only taken us to Las Vegas she has introduced us to some of the performing “headliners” at the Casino. Sadly one of them dies and the mystery begins. These people are not all who they appear to be and have some secrets needed in a story like this. They are all vying to assist in breaking a world’s record as Reverend Linda Love officiates the largest mass wedding ever to be performed on a Sunday afternoon in Nevada at a Western themed hotel.

    Kylie Logan writes such great stories. I am excited every time I hear about a new one coming out. Death by Devil’s Breath is just so funny. Don’t get me wrong, the mystery is very well plotted and the characters and settings are fantastic, but I have some pictures in my head of Maxie in the Chili Chick costume that will be with me forever. I have not laughed this much while reading a book in a long time.

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  • Posted August 18, 2014

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    Death by Devil's Breath

    Death by Devil's Breath is the second book in Kylie Logan's Chili Cook-Off mystery series featuring Maxie Pierce. This heroine has just about as much spice as her award winning chili seasonings. Logan captivates readers with the lure of the cook-off circuit and the antics that go on behind the scenes, while giving them a good solid mystery and tons of humor. A great addition to this series which is sure to be a winner! What I liked: Who doesn't love a good bowl of hearty, meaty chili? It's one of my favorite meals on a cold day or even on a sunny one, if the mood strikes. Kylie Logan has really stumbled onto a great idea with the Chili Cook-Off mystery series. Cook-off circuits tend to be filled with over the top characters and outrageous personalities, but most of all these people are serious about their food and their reputations. A breeding ground for a good mystery? I think so... In the first book in the series, Maxie Pierce joins her sister Sylvia in running the Hot-Cha Chili Seasoning Palace. She hired Nick as her head of security and a cast of comical characters was born. Kylie Logan's use of humor is one of the best parts of this series. Not only does she give her heroine a 'spicy' personality, but she puts her in all sorts of situations that showcase her unusual sense of humor and view of life. She is a lot of fun to read and readers will find themselves laughing their way through this book. That's not to say that murder is a laughing matter, but comic relief lightens the mood of the book. Local comedian, Dickie Dunkin ends up dead in his bowl of Devil's Breath Chili. There is a cast of performers and tons of other suspects. It's Vegas and anything can happen. The mystery aspects of the story were solid. The clues were strategically placed throughout the story. It was a toss up as to who I thought the killer might be. Funny thing was... it wasn't either of the ones I had picked out. The mark of a good mystery writer! What I didn't like: Maxie's relationship with her sister, Sylvia is typical of siblings, but sometimes it gets a little monotonous. I wanted to grab them both and give them a good shake a time or two, but I think that might be part of the charm of the series. I also wanted to know more about the mystery surrounding their father, and I didn't think we got too much further on that front in this book. Bottom Line: Readers who are looking for a comical mystery will love this one. Tons of humor, a cast of characters that are loyal even if they don't always get along. And a mystery thread that runs throughout the series. That means I'm looking forward to the next one and that I think you'd be missing a real treat if you pass this one up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2014

    This clever series has me hooked. It's smart, spicy and always

    This clever series has me hooked. It's smart, spicy and always so exciting! Death by Devil's Breath is the second book in the series, and it's set in the always alluring Las Vegas. What a fantastic setting for such a unique theme! The eclectic group of judges and guests at the chili contest are just to die for, and Maxie and her entourage of characters are just as delightful as they were in the first book, Chili con Carnage.

    The story is fast-paced and the chili makes your mouth water (there are recipes included!). I've loved the first two books and I'm so looking forward to the third. I hope it's just as sassy!

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own.

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  • Posted October 18, 2014

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    A Chili Showndown in Las Vegas? Well, stranger things have been

    A Chili Showndown in Las Vegas? Well, stranger things have been known to occur there.
    Maxie Pierce is trying to get things organized, without the help of her father, Jack, who has gone missing. The one thing people are missing most is his Devil's Breath Chili. No one makes it better, or hotter! 
    Kylie has given us another fun read. This is the 2nd book in her Chili Cook-Off Mystery, Chili Con Carnage being the 1st. If you feel that you have never read one of Kylie's books, you may be wrong. Kylie has written under the names of, Case Daniels and Miranda Bliss.  Several series that she has written are The Button Box Mystery, The League Of Literary Ladies and the Chili Showdown, all under the name of kylie. Under Miranda Bliss she has given us The Cooking class Series, and under Casey she has written the Pepper Martin Series.
    Pick up a book under any of the above names, and if you're a cozy fan I'm pretty sure you'll like it.
    A copy of this book was sent to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

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