Do or Diner (Comfort Food Mystery Series #1)

Do or Diner (Comfort Food Mystery Series #1)

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by Christine Wenger
     
 

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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

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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. 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!

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101626382
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/06/2013
Series:
Comfort Food Mystery Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
31,103
File size:
815 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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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Do Or Diner (Comfort Food Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 15 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
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!!
chefdt More than 1 year ago
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.
StephJones More than 1 year ago
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
staciTX More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to anyone
Lindsie More than 1 year ago
Do or Diner by Christine Wenger Do of Diner is the first novel in a new comfort foods mystery. It revolves around Trixie- a woman who just inherited her aunt’s diner, home, and surrounding area. On the first day of the job, a murder mystery ensues when the local health inspector bites off more than he can chew and dies of mysterious circumstances. Trixie, being a suspect starts to investigate just what happened to health inspector and find herself in a world of trouble when the mysterious killer is revealed. This story is certainly an exciting one. Readers are able to relate to Trixie. She is a woman after my own heart! Also, as with every well written cozy mystery there is a hunk of a man that readers pray will sway the main character off her feet. While we haven’t gotten far into Trixie’s relationship at this point, we have high hopes that it will happen in the second book. This was a great debut novel by Christine Wenger. It was very hard to put down. It was fast pace, allowed us to see character development, and held my interest to the very end. I can’t wait to pick up the next one to see what happens with Trixie, her diner, and Ty. Well done! Food Recipes: A+ (I can’t wait to try them!) Mystery: A- (You won’t figure it out till the very end but readers will have their suspicions) Rating: 4.5 Courtesy of MyLoveOfBooks
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
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. 
mysteryloverLR More than 1 year ago
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!
DotSJ More than 1 year ago
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!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great read with really likeable characters. I look forward to more in this new series. Keep them coming.
Melissa2 More than 1 year ago
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!
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I have been wanting to read this book and now I wish that I hadn't put it off for so long, I loved it. I actually give it 4 1/2 stars. My only drawback with it was a dead body is found and instead of questioning the cook, workers, people around, they immediately point fingers at Trixie who wasn't there at the time. This was minor because as you get into the story I love Trixie and her friendship with Deputy Ty had me laughing throughout the story. The mystery was great, I had part of it figured out early but could not figure out the rest. The story takes you on twists and turns and meeting some interesting characters. I also liked that even people that I wasn't crazy about Ms. Wenger gave them that spark that keeps you from outright hating them. I will definitely continue on with series. There is also the added bonus of some yummy sounding recipes.
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