Kylie Logan writes the Chili Cook-Off Mystery series which starts in October 2013. It takes place all over the United States but I categorized it in Illinois because the main character is from Chicago. It features Maxie Pierce who is so done with bad relationships—well, almost. She just has to get rid of the latest loser, Roberto. She and her half-sister take over their father's (Texas Jack Pierce's Hot-Cha Chili Seasoning Palace) as it travels the chili cook-off circuit. She helps run the family business and solves murders.
Books in this series: