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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,544 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sandra Dallas Narrator: Barbara McCulloh Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781440774768
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Even though life has been hard on Addie French, all her protective instincts emerge when she meets a friendless young woman on a train from Kansas to New Mexico. Emma Roby’s brother is seeing her off to marry a man she has never met. And Emma seems like a lost soul to Addie—someone who needs Addie’s savvy and wary eye. It isn’t often that Addie is drawn to anyone as a friend, but Emma seems different somehow. 

When Emma’s prospective groom fails to show up at the train depot, Addie breaks all her principles to shelter the girl at the Chili Queen, a place where men are “taken in and done for.” But once Emma enters Addie’s life, the secrets that unfold and schemes that are hatched cause both women to question everything they thought they knew. 

With Sandra Dallas’ trademark humor, charm, and pathos, The Chili Queen is both heartbreaking and funny, unpredictable and satisfying.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandy | 2/20/2014

    " I just finished The Chili Queen, but didn't enjoy this book by Dallas as much as I have some of her other books. As usual, her characters are interesting and there is a lot of humor and fun in the book, and the plot centers around deception, taking some fun twists and turns. But there was one particularly gruesome part in the book, and even though I know this is an evil reality that women and children have to deal with, it was just too hard, too graphic, and I cry every time I think about it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Margaret Boehm | 2/8/2014

    " I have read several of Sandra Dallas' books and have enjoyed them. This book not so much. To me is was all about evil and no hope for anyone in the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 2/3/2014

    " Good story, well-told, with an ending I never saw coming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Coltrin | 1/26/2014

    " Love all the unexpected twists "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 1/25/2014

    " This book would have earned a four from me except there was one graphic scene which may give me nightmares. Sandra Dallas creates flawed, multi-dimensional characters which still manage to be likeable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronna | 1/25/2014

    " Chili Queen is one of those fun, quick books that many of us like to have for a beach read. I thoroughly enjoyed this character driven 'old western'. The Chili Queen is a whore house run by a slight of hand woman and a former slave, who have frequent visits by an outlaw. In a train ride home 'a proper woman' is seated next to our 'madam' by her pushy, anti-woman brother. The story from here on out is totally unexpected, but also totally engrossing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carmen | 1/22/2014

    " It was fun reading, but the ending is contrived, and I felt manipulated as a reader. I read it for a book club and the members said this was the worst of Sandra Dallas, but her other novels are very good. I picked up one from the library and will begin reading it soon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Valerie | 1/17/2014

    " meh. would have been forgettable except for the ridiculously gratuitous scenes of violence near the end which really ruined it for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 1/15/2014

    " This was a little different from some of Dallas's other books. You knew what was coming but her characters are delightful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 1/5/2014

    " Terri's favorite, but I think I prefer some of Sandra Dallas' other novels even though this was definitely fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roger Miller | 1/3/2014

    " Sandra Dallas has a real gift of prose. The story is about con artists being conned. All the characters have profound moral defects; but by the end of the story you find most of the characters have redeemable points. You will not figure it all out till the last page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 1/1/2014

    " This is another one of her books that I really liked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 korey | 12/28/2013

    " This was a fun book to read filled with lots of plot twists, which I loved. I did guess one of the twists which I thought was pretty blatant and at that point thought the book was going to go down hill, but surprise! More plot twists which were very clever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody | 12/26/2013

    " This book was a quick, light read. There were some very funny parts. I really didn't see that ending ahead of time! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 12/21/2013

    " Sandra Dallas always tells a good tale. This one is about a whorehouse, swindlers, robberies and the stories behind the people involved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 12/10/2013

    " Fun easy read. If you liked Persian Pickle Club you'll really enjoy this too. Lightweight - If I could I'd probably give 3.75 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lara | 12/9/2013

    " I just like Sandra Dallas. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 8/1/2013

    " A let-down. I was really hoping it would have the same flair as "Mattie Spenser," but not so. Never really connected, and dragged. Plus, the suprise ending was not that exciting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trudy | 5/17/2013

    " Enjoyable, satisfying read! I love Sandra Dallas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawna | 3/15/2013

    " One of my favorite Sandra Dallas so far. Love, love, love her! FUN read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Temaire' | 3/12/2013

    " I loved reading this book. I loved the characters and felt like reading about them was like looking at bold colors...I don't know if that makes sense to anyone else, but I loved them and felt connected to them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 1/8/2013

    " I love Sandra Dallas for her plot twists, but some in this book are too dark for my preference. Overall though I still liked it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 10/18/2012

    " Two strong women who appear to be one way and sometimes act in a very different way call the shots, make the stings, and tug the hearts of each other and two or is it three men in New Mexico before it became a state. This is a western novel like no other I have ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 8/17/2012

    " I would give it 3.75. I really liked her characters and finding out who they really were by the end of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 8/1/2012

    " A book with a little bit of everything in it... loves Sandra Dallas's books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Lee | 5/30/2012

    " Old time western, with fun characters filled with piss and vinegar. Great twists and turns. Would recommend this book to anyone! Keeps you hoppin'n! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenni-Lynn Snider | 5/11/2012

    " My favorite of Dallas's books. This one has amazing plot twists and I love how the character's intertwined. Have it on my to-read list because I need to read it again. Loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 3/22/2012

    " I wasn't sure what this story was even about half way through, but ended up being pretty good and was an easy read. Pretty clever too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Book Concierge | 3/7/2012

    " Well, I love Sandra Dallas, but I was disappointed in the writing - certainly the first half didn't measure up. But the story! Oh, what a tangled web we weave! Delightful twists and turns, plots and subplots. Honor among thieves? Hardly! Simply a great yarn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JulieAnne | 2/21/2012

    " Loved it! Finished in a day. I had a hard time walking away from this story. Enough soft spots to ese the blow of the very heavy hurts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanna | 10/30/2011

    " I love Sandra Dallas books. They're such fun, quick reads, always with a twist! I have read this multiple times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 7/31/2011

    " Vintage Sallas Dallas although it was a slow read in the beginning. I always like her characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzy | 4/18/2011

    " Very different kind of book for me. If you like books from the 1800's in the south-west with bank robberies, con-artists, love, adventure....and whores....then you'll like this book. I had no idea who was good and who was bad and how it all would end. Good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 4/5/2011

    " This book would have earned a four from me except there was one graphic scene which may give me nightmares. Sandra Dallas creates flawed, multi-dimensional characters which still manage to be likeable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 3/28/2011

    " Usually I really like this author but I would say this was so so - it was hard to really follow it and the ending was a bit....drab and weird. I don't know if I would suggest it to anyone even though I usually have really liked this author! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 3/26/2011

    " I was never an admirer of Westerns; movies or books. But this story is very good. Addie, Ned, and Emma are not what they seem, and the story takes off in many directions with surprises up until the last page. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanna (Anya) | 3/23/2011

    " very entertaining novel. Light reading for the times you want to escape but not concentrate. A bit predictable at the end, which loses the joy of finishing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cglasgow | 3/10/2011

    " I needed a book and went into the spa at the Grand Mayan and picked up The Chili Queen. It was very entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 2/20/2011

    " This witty little story of the wild west kept me guessing til the end. I was pleased with how it turned out. Fun, hijinks had by all!! Good, easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kittyfritter | 1/8/2011

    " My bookclub enjoyed this one. So engaging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 1/7/2011

    " This book definitely holds your interest. The topics are a little racy, the plot is quite engaging, but I didn't have a whole lot of sympathy for the characters. I would give this book 3.5 stars if I could. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kari | 1/5/2011

    " Only made it part way through this. I got tired of reading about a whore house. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie (Kwiltreader) | 12/18/2010

    " Not really my cup of tea. Too predictable. There were almost too may twists and wrap-ups in the end. Only finished it for book club...otherwise, it would have been closed early. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 11/3/2010

    " Having read "My Cousin Rachel" and "A Reliable Wife" in the past calendar year, this book seemed to steal plot lines and character similarities from both, maybe others would like the twists yet my opinion was they were overplayed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Valerie | 10/14/2010

    " meh. would have been forgettable except for the ridiculously gratuitous scenes of violence near the end which really ruined it for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 9/28/2010

    " This was a little different from some of Dallas's other books. You knew what was coming but her characters are delightful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 9/25/2010

    " I liked this book. It reminded me of the movie "Maverick", both in the content and the time period. All in all, pretty satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 9/21/2010

    " Vintage Sallas Dallas although it was a slow read in the beginning. I always like her characters. "

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