Do Or Diner (Comfort Food Series #1)

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When Trixie Matkowski agrees to take over her aunt’s diner, she pictures lakeside views and delicious comfort food in the small town where she spent summers as a child. But the sweet scene turns sour when someone puts murder on the menu…
 
Trixie is in need of a fresh start away from her cheating ex-husband, but she may be biting off more than she can chew when she moves to upstate New York to run her family’s famed Silver Bullet Diner. ...

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Overview

When Trixie Matkowski agrees to take over her aunt’s diner, she pictures lakeside views and delicious comfort food in the small town where she spent summers as a child. But the sweet scene turns sour when someone puts murder on the menu…
 
Trixie is in need of a fresh start away from her cheating ex-husband, but she may be biting off more than she can chew when she moves to upstate New York to run her family’s famed Silver Bullet Diner. Not only is she caught off guard by the small town’s resident heartthrob, Deputy Ty Brisco, but her first health inspection turns into a nightmare…when the inspector keels over in his Blue Plate Special.
 
It seems someone made a deadly addition to an old family recipe, and Trixie is determined to find out whodunit. But between serving up orders and sniffing out clues, she’d better watch her back—or her next meal might be her last.
 
Includes recipes!

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Fond memories of childhood summers at her family's Lake Ontario resort complex make Beatrix (Trixie) Matkowski thrilled to be the new owner. She's particularly pleased to be running the old-time diner. But nostalgia meets a harsh new reality when the health inspector dies in the kitchen after eating one of the restaurant's signature dishes. The area's new deputy, Ty Brisco, a true Texas cowboy, heads the investigation, and he can't help but question Trixie's motives. Feisty enough not to lose hold of her dreams, Trixie aims to find out who wanted the inspector dead and why the killer wants the diner to close. Small-town secrets await her and Ty. VERDICT Veteran romance novelist Wenger (Lassoed into Marriage) takes a jaunty step across the genre aisle with this cute debut that has "feel-good" written all over it. The protagonist's amateur sleuthing occasionally veers into "had I but known" territory, but, nonetheless, the delightful cozy flows as smoothly as fresh syrup.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451415080
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Series: Comfort Food Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 122,611
  • Product dimensions: 6.94 (w) x 4.20 (h) x 0.92 (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 this series.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

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    Leaving her cheating ex-husband behind Trixie heads to upstate N

    Leaving her cheating ex-husband behind Trixie heads to upstate New York to take over the reins at her family’s famed Silver Bullet Diner. With very little explanation her aunt leaves town and leaves Trixie in charge. Sadly things go quickly downhill when the health inspector face plants into the Blue Plate Special, deader than a doornail.

    Trixie has full plate trying to keep the diner going and trying to find the person responsible for the inspector’s last supper. She also needs to be sure not to become the next target of this comfort food killer.

    Dollycas’s Thoughts
    I grew up living above and working in my parent’s cafe that was so much like the Silver Bullet Diner. My mother served comfort food gleaned from her mother’s recipe box. My grandma ran a restaurant too! Sadly our family is no longer in the restaurant business. It is stories like this one that stir up some very precious memories.

    Christine Wenger made this reader feel right at home in this story. The characters are fun and easy to relate with. Trixie Matkowski is a girl after my own heart. The cooks, the waitresses, the competition from other eateries all rings true. Even the meal scrounging food inspector hits the mark but I have never seen one die before :) Every cozy needs a hunky male and Wenger delivers with Deputy Ty Brisco, always in the right place at just the right time.

    Kudos Christine!! Your cozy debut is a comfort foodie and cozy reader’s delight!!!! Can’t wait for A Second Helping of Murder!! coming in April 2014!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

    Do or Diner is the first book in the Comfort Food series from Ch

    Do or Diner is the first book in the Comfort Food series from Christine Wenger. And a fun and wonderful series it is, too.

    I thought that Wenger did a great job of introducing the characters in this new series. Just enough information to get to know them and sit back and watch them interact with each other.

    Trixie's Uncle Porky has recently passed and with the "get out of Philly" money from her ex, Deputy Doug(Doug, not Deputy Dawg)she has bought the Silver Bullet Diner, bait shop, summer cottages and her Victorian house and has moved to Sandy Harbor. A day or two of helping with Juanita with the kitchen duties starts to head for home and Nancy, a waitress, gives her a sack with several days of the diners mail. Arriving home sets out to make a cup of tea a short time later find a letter from the Health Department for a re-inspection that afternoon. She immediately returns to the diner and a short time later the inspector is dead.

    It is soon learned that the inspector died from poison mushrooms, but Uncle Porky didn't like them and mushrooms were never served in the diner. then she finds that someone has ordered mushrooms to incriminate the diner.

    Trixie has pretty much convinced the hunky Deputy Ty Brisco that her or her diner is not responsible for his death. She soon finds out that the dead man has been abusive to his girlfriend, Antoinette Chloe Brown would like nothing more than to see diner fail and that Mayor Tingsley. Now it is up to Trixie to sort through the suspects before her diner dies.

    A wonderful series set in a town I would love to visit and get to know the residents better. Do or Diner has just a right amount of humor, too. Be sure to test yourself on Dinerese, the language the servers use to order the customers' meals.

    Definitely hungry for the next book in this satisfying new series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2013

    Trixie Matkowski has left Philadelphia and her cheating ex-husba

    Trixie Matkowski has left Philadelphia and her cheating ex-husband, and returned to Sandy Harbor in upstate New York. After the death of Uncle Porky, Aunt Stella was selling Trixie the Silver Bullet Diner and the accompanying Guest Cottages, and big Victorian house. Trixie is excited to get a fresh start in the small town where she spent summers as a child. When the health inspector is poisoned while eating the diner’s daily special, Trixie is forced into investigating the murder before the diner goes under.
    A diner staff full of characters, the handsome cowboy Detective Ty, Blondie the dog, and the colorful residents of Sandy Harbor are all blended into a delightful read. DO or DINER is the first book in the Comfort Food Mystery series. Several family diner recipes are also included. I am looking forward to the next Comfort Food mystery, in what I hope will be a long series of books

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2013

    Great book to read

    I really enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to anyone

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  • Posted September 24, 2014

    Owning a Diner Can Be Murder   Looking to change her life, Trixi

    Owning a Diner Can Be Murder
     
    Looking to change her life, Trixie Matkowski has agreed to buy out her aunt from the family diner.  Located in the town of Sandy Harbor, New York, the diner is a popular place for those looking for old fashioned comfort food.
     
    Her first day as the owner, the health inspector comes to call and dies from poisoned mushrooms in a complementary meal he was eating.  However, the diner has never served mushrooms.  With her new business losing customers fast, Trixie springs in to action to find out who really killed Marvin Cogswell.  Being relatively new to town, can she do it?
     
    I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed this book.  The plot moved along at a steady pace, getting better as it went along.  The characters could have been a little stronger, but they were developed enough to hold my interest and distinguish themselves from one another.
     
    I do have a few nitpicks.  Trixie’s constant discussion and then rejection of how attractive Ty, the deputy, is, was annoying.  Likewise, Trixie gets so little sleep in the book she wouldn’t be able to function in real life, and the timeline feels like it is a bit more fluid than it should be as well (although that one could be me distracted by Trixie’s lack of sleep).
     
    These aside, I still did enjoy this book and am willing to visit Trixie and her new friends again. 

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  • Posted July 18, 2014

    Trixie Matkowski has no sooner taken over her aunt's diner in t

    Trixie Matkowski has no sooner taken over her aunt's diner in the dead of a snowy winter, when she finds herself having to solve the poisoning death of the local health inspector. Either that or lose all her business and possibly get blamed for the crime. I trekked happily along with her as she hunted down clues, scribbled names onto her suspect list, and tried to deny her attraction to the hunky deputy. Loved the ending. Loved the characters. And since I’ve already read book two in this delightful series, I am seriously looking forward to book three!

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  • Posted May 3, 2014

    I really enjoyed this book.  A lively cast of characters and a g

    I really enjoyed this book.  A lively cast of characters and a great setting. As soon as I finished the Do Or Diner I was ready for the next one!  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    This is a great read with really likeable characters. I look fo

    This is a great read with really likeable characters. I look forward to more in this new series. Keep them coming.

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  • Posted August 24, 2013

    As Trixie is getting settled into her new home, and learning how

    As Trixie is getting settled into her new home, and learning how to cook in her family's Diner...she is also trying to clear her name from a 
    Murder Suspect list!  
    The characters in this small town are very interesting, and I especially like Deputy Ty!   This cozy has just the right helping of "romance" 
    intertwined with solving the mystery.
    This is a great start to this series, and I look forward to the next book in the Comfort Food series from this author!

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    Posted August 18, 2013

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    Come with me. She grabeshis hand and brings him to res 2

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    Posted August 18, 2013

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