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Do or Diner
A Comfort Food Mystery #1
Christine Wenger

An Obsidian Mystery
August 2013 / ISBN-10: 0451415086
Mystery – cozy


Reviewed by Cheryl Green

Trixie Matowski is looking forward to taking over the Silver Bullet Diner and the other properties she bought from her Aunt Stella. It will be a new start for her after her divorce and losing her job. Sandy Harbor, NY was the place Trixie and her family went for vacations when she was a kid. While she loved to cook and had all the family recipes, could she handle the business side of things? Would it become too hot to handle?

Right away she finds out that Juanita, the morning cook, seems to quit her job daily. The other cook was out sick. Guess who would be filling his shifts…if you guessed Trixie you got it in one. Trixie does head home for a bit to rest and go through the bag of mail given to her by Nancy, a waitress at the Silver Bullet. She finds a notice from the Health Dept. – Bureau of Restaurant Inspections that a follow–up inspection would be held that very same day! It seems there were a few small violations that needed to be fixed. As Trixie rushes back to the restaurant she sees an ambulance, fire truck and police cars in front of the Silver Bullet Diner. Marvin Cogswell III, who happens to be the health inspector, is lying face down in the daily special.

Trixie thinks it must be a heart attack. Deputy Ty Brisco seems to think otherwise. He even thinks he might have a suspect in Trixie because of the violations. Trixie needs to find the killer to keep the Silver Bullet running. She needs to be careful or she could end up cooking her own goose.

Things to ponder: Does someone want the point properties so badly that they would frame Trixie for murder? Where did the mushrooms come from?

This is the first book in a new series that I hope will be around for a long time. It was such a fun read. It had me laughing and at the edge of my seat. The author knows how to plot a great mystery. I loved the characters and can’t wait to see what will be happening in the next book in the series called A Second Helping of Murder which will be out in April 2014. So if you like your mystery filled with great recipes (which this book has), then you should be reading Do or Diner.

Reviewed 2013