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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Do or Diner by Christine Wenger


Book Details
Genre: Cozy Mystery – New Series
Published by: Signet/ Penguin
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Number of Pages: 304

Synopsis 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 heart-throb, Deputy Ty Brisco, but her first health inspection turns into a nightmare…when the inspector keels over into his blue plate special.
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.

My Review:

This was an awesome book that I couldn't hardly put down.  It kept my attention from the very beginning.  It was a great cozy and it kept me guessing up till the very end.  This is the first book in the Comfort Food Mystery Series and I am really looking forward to the next book in this series (there is an excerpt of it in this book and it sounds really good).  I really liked Trixie.  She was bound and determined to continue her aunt's  and uncle's legacy by keeping the Silver Bullet Diner successful.  She wouldn't give up even when hunky cop Ty Briscoe asked her to not interfere in the investigation.  This cozy is filled with quirky characters, and Ms. Wenger did such a great job that I feel like I know these characters personally.  There are also some yummy recipes in the back that I want to try.  Thank Christine for such a wonderful cozy mystery, I honestly can't wait for the next one.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my  honest review.

About Christine Wenger
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 romances and cozy mysteries.
MY FIRST BOOK My very first book, THE LADY AND THE COWBOY, a short, western historical, was written for beginning adult readers, and I sold it to Laubach Literacy. In 1998, it was chosen by the Publishers Liaison Committee of the Public Library Association’s Adult Lifelong Learning Section as one of the “Top Titles for Adult New Readers.” Yes!
“THE CALL FROM HARLEQUIN” One of my biggest thrills in life was receiving “the call” from Susan Litman at Harlequin (then Silhouette) Special Edition in January of 2004. She wanted to publish THE COWBOY WAY. Yeee-haw!
THE COWBOY WAY was released in January of 2005—a year later. Such a looong time to wait. Since then, I’ve written eight books (and counting!) for Harlequin. I love writing about cowboys out west and the southwest, far away from New York State where I live! These are my GOLD BUCKLE COWBOYS (You’ll fall in love with them in eight seconds!) I’ve also written two books set in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, The Hawkins Legacy.
COZY MYSTERIES A new venture for me (in 2013) is a series of “comfort food” cozy mysteries which I set in a small-town 1950’s diner, THE SILVER BULLET.
The first book, DO OR DINER, from Penguin/Obsidian books is scheduled for release on August 6, 2013. A second book will follow, A SECOND HELPING OF MURDER, in 2014, and a third, yet untitled, book will be scheduled after that.
JUST FOR FUN 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. As a result of our travels, I have met many genuine, personable and polite cowboys, and that’s how I get my inspiration for my westerns! 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!
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  1. Awesome Post!! Thank you for being part of this tour!!

  2. I loved this book, Lori, thanks for having such great tours!!!

  3. Im on this Tour also, and I'm really enjoying this book! =)

    I will be putting the other books in this series on my "to be read" list!

  4. Hi everyone! I'm the author of DO OR DINER. Thanks to Melina for hosting me. I certainly appreciate it. I had such a great time writing DO OR DINER and I really love this book. And all the recipes in the back are from my family and friends.

    Any questions for me?

    Chris Wenger

  5. This was such a great book, when does the next one come out?

    1. The next one, A SECOND HELPING OF MURDER, comes out in April of 2014.

      Chris Wenger

  6. Depending on what state I'm traveling through it could be anything from meatloaf to ribs. I love diner food and am a follower of the food channels Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives program.

    I hope I'm the lucky winner because I'm a big collector of food cozies.

  7. I usually order some type of omelette at diners.
    Michelle Tucker