January 11, 2015

Diners, Drive-Ins and Death by Christine Wenger - Review and Giveaway

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

Diners, Drive-Ins and Death by Christine Wenger 
A comfort food mystery - #3
ISBN: 9780451415103
Mass Market Paperback

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!

My review: One thing I love about the cozy mysteries is that so many of them include great recipes to try out and this book is not exception. This book is a fun quick read that I read in one weekend. I have not read any other books in this series but was able to keep up just fine. Although now I want to go back and read the rest of the series. This is set in the fun little town of Sandy Harbor, now if we could only visit that would be nice. The characters are so fun to read about - they are someone you would have fun hanging out with. Christine did a good job of keeping you guessing on who killed Nick. I suggest picking this book up if you like a fun - fast paced mystery. 

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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.
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.
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!

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  1. i do not eat out ever, really, don't have a favorite diner or place to eat.

  2. I enjoy the Star Diner which is wonderful and very special although not too often since it is at the Jersey Shore. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. Love to eat at Be-Bops.


  4. It doesn't seem that my contact published, but here is is again: Thanks for the great review and for hosting me. I appreciate it. And I love all the readers and reviers in the "cozy community". What a great bunch!

    Keep warm!
    Chris Wenger, author of DINERS, DRIVE-INS AND DEATH

    1. I apologize for that. I have added them - I missed them first go round

  5. Diners = meatloaf
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  6. The only restaurant we have that is diner-like is Yellow Basket. It's everything but the little music box on the table.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  7. Dinner food is the best food no matter the time of day.

    xzjh04@ Gmail.com

  8. Brick diner in NJ. Kuzlin at aol.com

  9. I just finished the first book in this series and am ready for the next!

  10. I'm looking forward to this one!

  11. Blue Plate Diner. Love Meat and 3 sides.

    gibsonbk at hiwaay dot net

  12. Great title to add to my TBR list

  13. my favorite diner is Georgia Peach Diner!!!