Saturday, July 23, 2016

Diners, Drive-ins and Death

Author:  Christine Wenger
Series:  A Comfort Food Mystery #3
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Berkley
Publication Date:  January 2015

Description:  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….

My Review

This is the third book in A Comfort Food Mystery and continues with my quest to help whittle down my to be read pile.  This one is a little bittersweet as the series has been cancelled as the result of Berkely's recent cuts and realignments.  However, I really enjoy the series and will read the remaining two books in the series.

This author has a wonderful style that mixes mystery and humor.  My favorite character so far in the series is Antoinette Chloe Brown (or ACB as Trixie calls her).  She is  one of the secondary characters but is larger than life and the reader cannot help but like her and become attached.  She is loud, has a sense of style all her own (muumuu's and flip-flops) and has a big, warm heart.  She is truly a good hearted character.  She is a great compliment to Trixie, the protagonist, and the two are wonderful friends.  I like Trixie's independent personality and the relationship she is forming with Ty.  The two characters have good chemistry and I like where I think their relationship is headed.  

The mystery is solid.  There are plenty of suspects all with motive and each does a good job of throwing the blame on to someone else.  There are plenty of twists, turns and distractions.  I mean who wouldn't be distracted by a pageant number about swimming Salmon.  I did eventually put the clues together and figure out the culprit but it was well into the book and about the same time as Trixie figure out the killer's identity.

This is a fun series, with great characters and mysteries that I enjoy.  I will be back to see what is in store next for Trixie, ACB, Ty and the rest of Sandy Harbor.

1 comment:

  1. I totally missed this series. It sounds good, thanks for posting your review.