Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Blog Tour

Book 3 in the Comfort Food Mysteries
Christine Wenger 
Guest post, Review & Giveaway!

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!

Author Christine Wenger

Christine has been into Trixie's emails and she's sharing on with us!
Email to Mom
From Trixie Matkowski
January 6, 2015

Hi Mom! 

Happy 2015 !!

I am glad you are enjoying sun and fun in Tucson.  I won’t tell you how cold it is here in Sandy Harbor, New York, because I’m sure you and dad have been monitoring the weather here and gloating! 

I do want to tell you that your snowball recipe has gone around the world and most recently to the troops in Afghanistan.  A fan of my writer friend, Christine Wenger, sent boxes of them to the troops.  Here’s the recipe on her website, in case you feel like baking some day!

I sure do miss Uncle Porky around the diner.  I remember staying at the cottages every summer, Cottage Four.  Mostly, I would hang around the kitchen of the diner helping and watching Uncle Porky cook.  I can’t believe I own it now!  Or I will soon, but I have to keep up with my installment payments to Aunt Stella. 

I hate to sound like Ebenezer Scrooge, but I am exhausted from Christmas. I don’t know how you entertained like you did, Mom.  Every year, I remember our house being filled to the brim with visitors.  You cooked and cleaned and put out a beautiful buffet each night from Christmas Eve until New Year’s Day, and you lived to tell about it.  I didn’t do half of what you did, and I’m just beat! 

Did I send you a picture of my tree?  It’s in front of the big huge bay-window in the den.  I can see it from the entire first floor. 

Yes, that’s the manger set that I made some thirty-three years ago in ceramics.

I had an open house at the Big House (that’s what I call Aunt Stella’s farmhouse) on Christmas Eve Eve Eve.  I was only planning on coffee and Christmas cookies, but by the time everyone brought something-even though I told them not to-it turned into a buffet! 

I just love the people of Sandy Harbor.  They are so generous.   

I’ll close now, Mom.  Give my best to Dad.  Hope you can come and visit soon.  I’ll save Cottage Four for you!
                                                            All my love,

My Review

With names like Trixie, ACB, Toxic Waste, and Fingers, just to name a few, it was easy to see this was going to be a fun book. The lead character Trixie is immediately likable. I knew spending time with her would be interesting and it was. The supporting cast of characters added a real richness to the story.

The mystery was a good one. Not real easy to guess, but not too hard either (Don’t you want to solve it yourself sometimes?).

I really enjoyed this book. Ms. Wenger is a gifted storyteller. I love the touch of having Trixie send an email off to her Aunt. A clever idea to add a little more depth to the story.

And you can’t have a book about a diner and not have recipes. There are several great sounding ones included. Even one for dog biscuits!

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Keep reading for the solutions to yesterday's  
Monday Mystery Mashup


Monday Mystery Mashup

1. Town In A Sweet Pickle

2. Fry Another Day

3. An Early Wake

4. This Old Homicide

5. The Drowning Spool


  1. Book sounds great! I love diners! Always fun to try the recipes in books!

  2. The book sounds great will have to check this series out.

  3. I would love to read this book—thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  4. Sounds like a great cozy mystery.

    xzjh04@ gmail.com

  5. Thanks, Lisa! This reminded me of nicknames we gave each other, growing up...some funny...some, not so much. :)

  6. sounds like a fun read. Love to try it.

  7. I LOVE this series--can't wait to read this one!

  8. Love this series and look forward to reading the next installment.

  9. Love your blog...thanks for a chance to win the 3rd installment of this fun series!

  10. Sounds great! I checked out the recipes on your sight, I think that I will be trying a few of them, yummy. Thanks for the chance to win.

  11. Thanks for stopping by everyone. Good Luck!

  12. Diners and drive-ins - just like in high school! I have to go back and start this one from the beginning. Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. I thought I had already entered today. But then I realized that it was another blog in the book tour. So made sure I swung by and entered. This sounds like a really good book!!

  14. Trixie, like in Trixie Beldon! Cool! I haven't started reading in this series yet but would certainly like to - and I don't object to starting on Book 3! Truffles, very nice tree! I spent a few holidays in Tucson as I lived there once, so your Mom is in a nice, friendly place. jeaniedannheim at ymail dot com

  15. Having been to Tucson as a child I loved the surroundings there and wish my parents had moved there. I am sure this will be a good read to have.