A Second Helping of Murder: A Comfort Food Mystery

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Trixie Matkowski is warming up to running her family’s diner in the small town of Sandy Harbor in upstate New York. But the only thing more demanding than serving up piping-hot comfort food twenty-four hours a day is getting to the bottom of a double homicide....
Trixie fondly remembers summers as a child spent visiting the shores of Lake Ontario. Not much has changed—there are still vinyl booths at the Silver Bullet Diner, families eating ...

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Overview

Trixie Matkowski is warming up to running her family’s diner in the small town of Sandy Harbor in upstate New York. But the only thing more demanding than serving up piping-hot comfort food twenty-four hours a day is getting to the bottom of a double homicide....
Trixie fondly remembers summers as a child spent visiting the shores of Lake Ontario. Not much has changed—there are still vinyl booths at the Silver Bullet Diner, families eating home-cooked comfort food, and days of swimming in the lake.

But before Trixie can say “Order’s up,” someone’s summer is abruptly cut short. One of the cottage residents is found dead, and Trixie suspects the crime might be linked to an unsolved disappearance in the picturesque town’s past.

As Trixie works with Deputy Ty Brisco to solve both mysteries, their shocking discoveries will shake up the small town. And when word gets out that she’s on the case, Trixie’s in trouble—after all, the murderer won’t spare her life just because she makes a killer corned beef sandwich....

Includes Delicious Home-Style Recipes!

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“Like good old-fashioned comfort food, Second Helping of Murder will satisfy your mystery-loving taste buds. Trixie Matkowski is a frisky, sassy sleuth with a heart of gold.”—Daryl Wood Gerber, national bestselling author of the Cookbook Nook mystery series 

Praise for the Comfort Food Mystery series:

"The first Comfort Food mystery is a real treat! Well plotted, it’ll keep you guessing right up to the final chapter." --Romantic Times, Top Pick!

"A comfort foodie and cozy reader’s delight!"  --Escape With Dollycas (blog)

“Culinary mystery fans have a new series to sample.” –The Poisoned Martini
 

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Praise for the Comfort Food Mystery series:

"The first Comfort Food mystery is a real treat! Well plotted, it’ll keep you guessing right up to the final chapter." --Romantic Times, Top Pick!

"A comfort foodie and cozy reader’s delight!"  --Escape With Dollycas (blog)

“Culinary mystery fans have a new series to sample.” –The Poisoned Martini
 

From the Publisher
“Like good old-fashioned comfort food, Second Helping of Murder will satisfy your mystery-loving taste buds. Trixie Matkowski is a frisky, sassy sleuth with a heart of gold.”—Daryl Wood Gerber, national bestselling author of the Cookbook Nook mystery series 

Praise for the Comfort Food Mystery series:

"The first Comfort Food mystery is a real treat! Well plotted, it’ll keep you guessing right up to the final chapter." —Romantic Times, Top Pick!

"A comfort foodie and cozy reader’s delight!"  —Escape With Dollycas (blog)

“Culinary mystery fans have a new series to sample.” –The Poisoned Martini
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451415097
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Series: Comfort Food Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 64,234
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Christine Wenger has worked in the criminal justice field and written romances for Harlequin. She’s always loved to read cozy mysteries, and is thrilled to bring the beauty of upstate New York to life in the Comfort Food Mystery series (Do or Diner).
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  • Posted April 1, 2014

    A Second Helping Of Murder is the second book in the A Comfort F

    A Second Helping Of Murder is the second book in the A Comfort Food Mystery series.

    It's busy times in Sandy Harbor, NY for Trixie, owner of the Silver Bullet Diner as she is still getting her bearings on running the diner, but is also looking forward to getting the cabins ready for the upcoming tourist season. Then some kids were climbing the rocks along the shoreline and were investigating a cave and found a body. The coroner is able to indentify the body as that of Claire Jacobson. Claire had gone missing some twenty five years ago during a party of teenagers one evening. When she gets a call from David Burrows wanting to rent Cottage Number 8, the cottage that the Jacobson family was in when Claire went missing, for the summer and saying that no other one would do, she sensed that something was strange about this. In addition, Burrow's, gives Trixie what he wants for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and the time that he wants them promptly delivered to his room. He also asks that he not be disturbed for any reason, he says that he is an author and needs the quiet to write his book. Late that evening, Trixie is awakened by a clap of thunder, but the next one she hears sounds like a gunshot. She notices someone running away from Cottage 8 and goes to see what had happened. She finds the door to Burrow's cottage partly open and enters, only to find Burrows dead from a gunshot. Trixie convinces her friend Deputy Ty to let her help look into the murder, as the murder is causing people to cancel there reservations.

    One thing she does is to bring back the Saturday Night Dances that her aunt and uncle had before her uncle passed. Trixie thinks that having the dance, she will be able to have most everyone back that were around that fateful night. She is helped in this by Ray her 16 year old busboy/computer guru. He has a past of being a computer hacker, but has changed his way and proves to be just what she needs, but legally. All the wonderful characters from Do or Die are to help Trixie out of the tight spots she might be in. I also love the way the author is developing the romantic interest between Trixie and Ty. I sense an interest by both, but are willing to take it at a slow pace.

    Definitely looking to see what will be cooking up in Sandy Harbor.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2014

    very good

    haven't read this one yet. loaned it to a friend and haven't gotten it back yet. the first book was more than very good, so i woulod assume this is too. she better get it back to me soon!!!!

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  • Posted April 25, 2014

    recommend

    recommennd

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  • Posted April 8, 2014

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    Two things that I greatly enjoy combined into one! Give me a coz

    Two things that I greatly enjoy combined into one! Give me a cozy mystery that is also about food and I’m a happy girl.
    30 years ago, teenaged Claire Jacobson, disappeared from Sandy Harbor and no further trace of her was ever recovered. Claire was a beautiful 17 year old, everyone seemed to love Claire. Everyone except 1 person that is. After a body was discovered in an old cave and found to be Claire, Trixie the new owner of The Silver Bullet restaurant and summer cottages finds herself remembering Claire and how much she loved Claire. Although only 10 at the time, Trixie has never been able to put Claire’s death out of her mind. When the murder of one or Trixie’s guests occurs in cabin 8, the same cabin that Claire and her family stayed in, she is bound and determined to “help” the new county deputy, and her hunky neighbor Ty Briscoe solve not just the most recent death, but also the long ago murder of her friend Claire.
    Set on the shore of beautiful Lake Ontario in upstate New York, Sandy Harbor is the perfect setting for this story of love, hate, life and unfortunately, murder. This is the second book in Christine’s Comfort Food Mystery series, I really enjoyed the 1st book, Do or Diner, but this one took me back to my good old days, when I was a teenager and we lived, year-round, very close to a lovely little lake in northern Illinois. This book would be a great summer read, so pull up an adirondack chair, your flip flops and a cool drink and be carried away to your “happy place” of days gone by.

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  • Posted April 8, 2014

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    What's up with Cottage Number Eight? Readers are returned to San

    What's up with Cottage Number Eight? Readers are returned to Sandy Harbor, New York with Christine Wenger's latest book in the Comfort Food Mystery series, A Second Helping of Murder. With the tourist season upon them, Trixie and the gang from the Silver Bullet are gearing up for Cottage rentals on the lake as well as more great food from the diner. Readers are treated to a twenty-five year old murder along with a current one, that are intertwined in an amazing whodunit. Wenger does it again with this great new installment to the series!

    What I liked:

    Trixie is once again in the middle of a mess. Just where readers expect a good amateur sleuth to be. Not only is a missing persons case from Sandy Harbor's past solved when a body is found in a local cave, but a gunshot takes out a customer renting the same cottage as the fateful family. Are the two related? It's up to Trixie to figure it out. I loved the way the two murders seem to be connected but the reader isn't sure exactly how. And the suspects are drawn from the friends and people who may have known the first victim. I thought Wenger did a great job of using Trixie's natural inquisitiveness to get her involved in the case, since she is losing more money because of the publicity. A great tactic used to the heroine's advantage.

    Once again the small town setting for this series was perfect. A town set on the shores of Lake Ontario was very believable as a tourist town and the setting for a double murder of sorts. Wenger keeps the reader just off balance enough to keep them flipping the pages, as Trixie sorts through the clues to find the killer. I liked all of the interaction with the townspeople and the gang from the diner. I don't think this heroine knew was she was in for when she took over the family business. She's a real go-getter and fans of the series will love the way she looks at the world, through the eyes of an amateur clue finder.

    The mystery itself was very entertaining. I admit to being clueless as to who the killer was until the very end. There were just so many to choose from. The whole thing was just 'fabulous' one of Trixie's favorite words to describe just about everything. I liked the way she used a few red herrings to throw readers off the trail of the real killer, but still kept things so close to the truth it was hard to tell the difference. Wenger knows how to draw it all out and make the reader yearn for more when it's over. 

    What I didn't like:

    Repetitive wordings doesn't always bother me. Sometimes it just becomes a characteristic of the character and I just think of it as one of her or his idosencracies and don't pay it much mind. But when more than one character starts to use the same turn of phrase or words, it starts to become an issue. It hasn't gone that far yet with 'fabulous', but it's getting there.

    Bottom Line:

    Despite the word issue, this was a great novel and second book in the series. Fans who love good food and a good mystery can't go wrong with this series, set in a small town diner. Wenger knows how to describe things in such a way that the reader feels like they are right there with the characters sorting it all out. You gotta read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    Sloppy

    The 1st book, "Do or Diner", had potential. This is not a good follow-up book. It feels like the author is floundering and unsure how to continue the series. The 1st book introduced lots of characters. The author should have focused on fleshing them out more carefully instead of just dumping in a bunch of new characters.

    The editing is sloppy, too. There are 2 major errors. The 1st one involves a character from the 1st book called ACB. The author goes into great detail renewing our acquaintance with ACB. She thoroughly describes her wardrobe, hair, trouble with men, etc. This would have been fine, except she does it twice, almost word-for-word. The 2nd major error involves a new character, Ray. In Chapter 11, Trixie and Ty attend Ray's court hearing and then go to a celebratory party at his parent's home where we meet Ray's friends, family, and girlfriend. Then, later in the book, the author has Ray telling Trixie how much he's looking forward to Trixie meeting his parents and girlfriend! Sloppy!!

    The book is not completely hopeless. There is still some charm and humor to it, but the series needs to improve immensely. This book feels as though it was rushed to publication. Before releasing a 3rd book, the author needs to really think where she wants to take the series, focus on developing her main cast more carefully, and really watch her editing!

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    Posted June 9, 2014

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