Ah, summertime, and the easy living includes trips to the beach, moments in the sun, plenty of outdoor cooking, and chili.
Lots and lots of chili.
What’s that? You don’t think of chili as a summertime dish? You’ll change your mind once you have a talk with Maxie Pierce from Kylie Logan’s Chili Cook-Off mystery series. Maxie and her half-sister, Sylvia, travel the country in their dad’s food truck, selling dried peppers, spices and chili mixes to folks around the country who attend the Chili Showdown.
Maxie will be the first to tell you that there’s nothing more all-American than a big bowl of chili.
Sure, you’ve heard that chili originated in Mexico. Or maybe you read somewhere that the original dish–peppers stewed with meat–was first made in southeast Asia where many of the world’s hottest peppers are grown.
But in fact, there’s another legend that says that chili originated with the American cowboy. Back in the day, cowboys used to scatter pepper seeds along the trails they traveled because they knew that when they came back that way, pepper plants would be growing and they could harvest them and cook up a batch of chili.
If you need any more proof of just how much chili is part of the American cultural scene, you only need to look to San Antonio, Texas, where the Chili Queens sold their pots of spicy goodness at plazas all over the city.
Who were the Queens? Most were local ladies who spent their days at home cooking. Each had her own special recipe and each of them took pots of their chili to the city’s plazas in the evening. Imagine the delicious aromas that wafted in the air!
Once the Chili Queens arrived each evening, so did the crowds. The plazas filled with musicians, actors, and patrons eager to visit with neighbors and eat chili.
Some historians claim that the Chili Queen tradition started in the 1860s, but there are others who say there were Queens in San Antonio as early as the century before. What they all agree on is that the Queens and their chili were the center of San Antonio social life up until the early 1940s when some zealous (and obviously wrong-minded) politicians closed them down for sanitary reasons.
In the latest installment of the Chili Cook-Off series, Revenge of the Chili Queens, Maxie and the Showdown are visiting San Antonio as part of a re-creation of the Chili Queens scene. Each night Maxie dons the costume of one of the historic Queens and joins other chili chef in raising money for charities.
That is, until one of the entertainers at Alamo Plaza is murdered and Maxie has to put aside her cooking pots to investigate. She finds more than just the truth along the way, including one surprise that rocks her world! What readers will find is a spicy mystery, a look into the mystique of the era of the Chili Queens, and even a recipe for the original Chili Queens chili.
Series: A Chili Cook-off Mystery (Book 3)
Publisher: Berkley (August 4, 2015)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository
The author of Death by Devil’s Breath takes the chili cook-off circuit to southern Texas to prove that revenge is a dish best served hot . . .
Everyone in San Antonio remembers the Alamo, but how many remember the Chili Queens? Back in the early twentieth century, these spicy señoras sold their lip-smacking chili in plazas all around the city. Now, as part of the Chili Showdown, Maxie and her half-sister, Sylvia, are dressing up as the Chili Queens to raise money for charity.
But someone wasn’t feeling too charitable toward a local troubadour, who is murdered at the fundraiser. When their friend Nick Falcone, head of security for the Showdown, actually becomes the prime suspect, it’s up to Maxie and Sylvia to turn the heat up on a killer, who’s planning a chili reception for them . . .
INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES!
Thanks to the publisher, I have one (1) copy of Revenge of the Chili Queens to give away.
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Kylie Logan is the pseudonym for author Casey Daniels. Casey has a in English, experience as a journalist and writing teacher, and lots of ideas for more Pepper Martin mysteries. When she's not writing, she's usually with her family and two dogs, Ernie, an adorable Airedale pup, and Oscar, a rescued Jack Russell who spends far too much time watching TV. Daniels enjoys knitting, and of , stomping through cemeteries in of history, stories and inspiration.
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