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Diners, Drive-Ins and Death
by Christine Wenger

FRONT COVER DINERS, DRIVE-INS AND DEATH 03-2014 3-14-2014 5-22-47 PMDiners, Drive-Ins, and Death:
A Comfort Food Mystery

Series: Comfort Food (Book 3)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Signet (January 6, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0451415103




For Sandy Harbor’s tastiest comfort food, venture to the Silver Bullet Diner. But head next door to the new drive-in theater if you have an appetite for murder….

Trixie Matkowski has a tall order to fill this fall. Aside from dishing out delicious fare at the Silver Bullet during peak fishing season, she’s helping her friend—Antoinette Chloe Brown, or ACB for short—open a drive-in movie theater in the vacant lot beside her diner. It’s just the thing to take ACB’s mind off Nick, her missing biker beau.

But their plans are fried after Nick’s body is discovered during the groundbreaking for the drive-in. And when the police connect the murder weapon to ACB, she becomes the prime suspect in eighty-sixing Nick. With the fate of her innocent friend and her business on the line, Trixie must make the guilty party pay up before someone else gets stiffed….

Includes Delicious Home-Style Recipes!


My review:

I could not put this book down.  Once I got started I had to force myself to put it down to get some sleep and then woke up the next day to finish it.  I have not read the other books in this series at all. I did not feel like I have missed much in starting book 3 before reading the others.

I feel in love with Trixie from the moment the book started.  The banter between ACB and Trixie is too funny at times and liberating at others.  Helping her friend find out who really killed Nick had a lot of twists which kept me wanting to know who was behind this murder. What could he have possibly done?

The fun part was the pageant they were having in town.  Poor Trixie had them all in her house not to mention a biker gang hanging out on the lawn that Nick belonged to.  Also Chad who had dealings with Nick and a little pushy wanting money from ACB.

TY the deputy was not bad to read about either and seems to bring out the best and worst in Trixie which makes the whole book interesting.  He will not share much with Trixie over the investigation but she shares a lot.

With everything going on plus cooking at the dinner this makes a wonderful story.  I will be picking up other books by this author.  I loved her writing style and easy to picture what is going on in the story.  A real page turner. The recipes in the back of the book look great and will try them especially the one for the dogs.



About This Author

I have worked in the criminal justice field for more years than I care to remember! It seems like I was forever going to school while I was working full time, but in the end, I received a dual master’s degree in Probation and Parole Studies and Sociology from Fordham University.

Unfortunately, the knowledge gained from way too many years in night school, didn’t prepare me for what I love to do the most – writing cozy mysteries.


The year 2013 began my series of “comfort food” cozies  which are set in a small-town 1950’s diner: the Silver Bullet (open 24 hours, air conditioned).  The Silver Bullet sits on the shore of Lake Ontario and many colorful characters, including the owner of the diner, Trixie Matkowski, live in Sandy Harbor or are just visiting.

The first book, DO OR DINER, from Penguin/Obsidian books was released in August, 2013.  Another followed, A SECOND HELPING OF MURDER, in April, 2014, and a third, DINERS, DRIVE-INS AND DEATH, is scheduled for January, 2015.  I’d like to continue with this series for as long as readers keep reading about sleuthing Trixie Matkowski’s way.


I enjoy watching professional bull riding and rodeo with my favorite cowboy, my husband Jim. We put on our cowboy regalia (I look horrible in a cowboy hat!) and have traveled to events in Las Vegas, Florida, Connecticut, and other states.

Of course I have to do research for my comfort food diner series.  That takes me to diners all over the U.S. and Canada (and maybe Europe and Asia!) for meals.  It’s a tough job, but I just have to do it!

Best wishes to you, and I hope you smile when you read my books!



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Website: www.christinewenger.com

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