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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Diners, Drive-ins, and Death by Christine Wenger, Review, Guest Post and Giveaway

 

Diners, Drive-Ins and Death
by Christine Wenger

Diners, Drive-Ins, and Death:
A Comfort Food Mystery

Series: Comfort Food (Book 3)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Signet (January 6, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0451415103
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Synopsis
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!



What I Thought:

This is one of my favorite Cozy series, and I was not disappointed with this installment of the series.  This book kept my interest from the time I picked it up, until I finally finished it.  I really like visiting Sandy Harbor and all of the eccentric characters that inhabit this small town.  This book had everything that I love in a cozy, it kept me guessing till the end, and it also had just the right amount of humor in it.  I like the setting of this series and I also like the characters, Trixie is a very strong protagonist.  This was a great read to start off my new reading year.  Great job Christine, I literally cannot wait for the next book, please keep up the good work.

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

About This Author
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 cozy mysteries.
LOVE THOSE COZY MYSTERIES!!
The year 2013 began my series of “comfort food” cozies  which are set in a small-town 1950’s diner: the Silver Bullet (open 24 hours, air conditioned).  The Silver Bullet sits on the shore of Lake Ontario and many colorful characters, including the owner of the diner, Trixie Matkowski, live in Sandy Harbor or are just visiting.
The first book, DO OR DINER, from Penguin/Obsidian books was released in August, 2013.  Another followed, A SECOND HELPING OF MURDER, in April, 2014, and a third, DINERS, DRIVE-INS AND DEATH, is scheduled for January, 2015.  I’d like to continue with this series for as long as readers keep reading about sleuthing Trixie Matkowski’s way.
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.
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!
Best wishes to you, and I hope you smile when you read my books!

Author Links
Online links: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christinewengerauthor?fref=ts
Website: www.christinewenger.com
Purchase Links
Amazon B&N Book Depository

Guest Post:


Email to Aunt Stella
From Trixie Matkowski
January 6, 2015
 
Aunt Stella:
Hello!  And have a happy and healthy 2015!
I know you are cruising somewhere in the Bahamas and are enjoying warm weather, but you know I like to keep you up-to-date on what’s happening. 
Right now it’s about two degrees above zero (but who’s counting?) on the non-sunny shores of semi-frozen Lake Ontario.    The only one who is enjoying blizzard after blizzard and the neck-deep snow is my adopted pup, Blondie.  Here’s a picture that I took of Blondie yesterday:
 
Things are wonderful at the Silver Bullet Diner.  It was the right decision to buy the diner and the cottages from you.  I enjoy every day there, or should I say early morning because I work the graveyard shift? 
I want to tell you about  Christmas.  Ty Brisco (Sandy Harbor deputy and Houston transplant), and Antoinette Chloe Brownelli (you know her, she runs Brown’s Four Corners Restaurant in town), and I all cooked Christmas dinner at the Silver Bullet.  We are continuing your (you and Uncle Porky’s) tradition of cooking for the staff and their families along with anyone who doesn’t have a place to go to for Christmas. 
What a crowd we had! 
ACB and I made a zillion pierogies.  Ty carved up four turkeys and four hams.  We had tons of kielbasa that I ordered from the store in Utica that you like so much.  And I made horseradish, cranberry/pear chutney, and lots of snowball cookies.  My mother’s snowball recipe has been around the world, most recently to Afghanistan where a fan of my author pal, Christine Wenger, sent a box of them to the troops.  Isn’t that terrific?    
Chris has the recipe on her website if you want to check it out:  http://www.christinewenger.com/recipes.html
Well, Aunt Stella, I have to get ready to go to work now.  Please write back when you get a chance.  Enjoy the warm weather!
                                                                                Love,
                                                                                Trixie
 
GIVEAWAY:
CHRISTINE IS GRACIOUSLY GIVEING AWAY ONE PRINT COPY OF THIS BOOK PER BLOG.  TO ENTER, LEAVE A COMMENT TELLING ME HOW YOU FOLLOW MY BLOG AND DON'T FORGET YOUR EMAIL, NO EMAIL NO ENTRY, ALSO US ONLY SORRY.  I WILL PICK A WINNER BY JANUARY 13.  GOOD LUCK.
 

 

 

 

 



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  15. I couldn't get my post to post for some reason yesterday! Sheesh!
    Anyway, thanks so much Melina for hosting me and thanks for the wonderful review. I am very happy that you like my books!
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  18. I follow via G.F.C. I really like this series and just bought the second one. I intend to read all of them. Working in the criminal justice field would be good for a mystery writer. I used to work as a legal secretary and took legal terminology and business law in school.
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