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Trixie Matkowski is warming up to running her family’s diner in the small town of Sandy Harbor in upstate New York. But the only thing more demanding than serving up piping-hot comfort food twenty-four hours a day is getting to the bottom of a double homicide.... Trixie fondly remembers summers as a child spent visiting the shores of Lake Ontario. Not much has changed—there Trixie Matkowski is warming up to running her family’s diner in the small town of Sandy Harbor in upstate New York. But the only thing more demanding than serving up piping-hot comfort food twenty-four hours a day is getting to the bottom of a double homicide.... Trixie fondly remembers summers as a child spent visiting the shores of Lake Ontario. Not much has changed—there are still vinyl booths at the Silver Bullet Diner, families eating home-cooked comfort food, and days of swimming in the lake. But before Trixie can say “Order’s up,” someone’s summer is abruptly cut short. One of the cottage residents is found dead, and Trixie suspects the crime might be linked to an unsolved disappearance in the picturesque town’s past. As Trixie works with Deputy Ty Brisco to solve both mysteries, their shocking discoveries will shake up the small town. And when word gets out that she’s on the case, Trixie’s in trouble—after all, the murderer won’t spare her life just because she makes a killer corned beef sandwich....


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Trixie Matkowski is warming up to running her family’s diner in the small town of Sandy Harbor in upstate New York. But the only thing more demanding than serving up piping-hot comfort food twenty-four hours a day is getting to the bottom of a double homicide.... Trixie fondly remembers summers as a child spent visiting the shores of Lake Ontario. Not much has changed—there Trixie Matkowski is warming up to running her family’s diner in the small town of Sandy Harbor in upstate New York. But the only thing more demanding than serving up piping-hot comfort food twenty-four hours a day is getting to the bottom of a double homicide.... Trixie fondly remembers summers as a child spent visiting the shores of Lake Ontario. Not much has changed—there are still vinyl booths at the Silver Bullet Diner, families eating home-cooked comfort food, and days of swimming in the lake. But before Trixie can say “Order’s up,” someone’s summer is abruptly cut short. One of the cottage residents is found dead, and Trixie suspects the crime might be linked to an unsolved disappearance in the picturesque town’s past. As Trixie works with Deputy Ty Brisco to solve both mysteries, their shocking discoveries will shake up the small town. And when word gets out that she’s on the case, Trixie’s in trouble—after all, the murderer won’t spare her life just because she makes a killer corned beef sandwich....

30 review for A Second Helping of Murder

  1. 4 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts I am so excited! I received an advance copy of this book and I quickly devoured it!!! The Silver Bullet reminds me of my own past. My family ran a local diner type restaurant and all the lingo and comfort food brings back such wonderful memories. The camaraderie of the staff rings true to everything I saw growing up. We disagreed occasionally but always had each others back no matter what. Trixie is trying so hard to make things work so she can keep up her payments to her aunt w Dollycas’s Thoughts I am so excited! I received an advance copy of this book and I quickly devoured it!!! The Silver Bullet reminds me of my own past. My family ran a local diner type restaurant and all the lingo and comfort food brings back such wonderful memories. The camaraderie of the staff rings true to everything I saw growing up. We disagreed occasionally but always had each others back no matter what. Trixie is trying so hard to make things work so she can keep up her payments to her aunt who has retired to Florida. Getting the housekeeping cabins ready for the tourist season has kept her handymen Clyde and Max quite busy. Plus she has decided to bring back the Saturday night dance tradition started by her aunt and uncle. Things are really looking up until she finds her first guest in Cabin #8 murdered. Funny, that is the same cabin a girl who disappeared 25 years ago was staying in. Wenger has plotted a fantastic mystery linking a cold case to a new one. She has also added some intriguing characters to the mix. The Van Plank family is quite an interesting group. I really like new busboy/dishwasher/computer genius Ray. I am thrilled that Trixie hired him, looking past his little hacking episode. I hope to see much more of him in the future. Deputy Ty may just be the man to make Trixie forget about Deputy Doug which puts a big smile on this reader’s face. I loved this story, awesome characters, a mystery that kept me guessing right to the end, fabulous food and a dance that featured a polka band!!! I know this is set in New York but this Wisconsin girl enjoyed this book from the first page to the last!! I think I will try that easy pulled pork recipe and impatiently wait for the next book in this wonderful series!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elle's Book Blog

    Release Date: April 1, 2014 Genre: Cozy Mystery I really love cozy mysteries! I guess it's the sleuth in me- I love looking for clues and finding the suspects! Another thing about these books are that they are lighthearted and just plain fun. There isn't any unnecessary drama and there is always a happy ending. I appreciate these books even more due to the fact that I am always reading these crazy romances with enough emotion to keep me sated for a year! So it's nice to get lost in a book like Release Date: April 1, 2014 Genre: Cozy Mystery I really love cozy mysteries! I guess it's the sleuth in me- I love looking for clues and finding the suspects! Another thing about these books are that they are lighthearted and just plain fun. There isn't any unnecessary drama and there is always a happy ending. I appreciate these books even more due to the fact that I am always reading these crazy romances with enough emotion to keep me sated for a year! So it's nice to get lost in a book like this. With that, A Second Helping of Murder quenched my thirst for a good cozy mystery and I really enjoyed getting to know Trixie (the amateur sleuth) more. This is the second book in the series so make sure to read the first book - Do or Diner- first to understand where Trixie came from and how she came to own the Silver Bullet Diner. In this book, readers will help Trixie and Deputy Ty Brisco discover what happened to an old friend many years ago while solving not one but TWO murders. Trixie is a smart and sassy sleuth and takes crap from no one- not even the handsome detective who she has no intention of catching feeling for... Readers who like the genre and those who are looking to start into it would probably love this one! It's filled with a great cast of characters, delicious and vividly portrayed country home cookin', and a murder that will keep you guessing until the very end.

  3. 4 out of 5

    JoAn

    Another enjoyable cozy read by Ms. Wenger. This time it's a cold case that ties into a new case of murder this time at one of the cottages that Trixie owns near her Silver Bullet Diner. An enjoyable afternoon read. Another enjoyable cozy read by Ms. Wenger. This time it's a cold case that ties into a new case of murder this time at one of the cottages that Trixie owns near her Silver Bullet Diner. An enjoyable afternoon read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I really enjoy this series! Trixie enjoys being a new owner of a Diner and some Cottages ( which have been in her family for a long time ) - and she also enjoys helping to solve murders in her community. Deputy Ty sounds like a great guy, and Trixie is enjoying getting to know him ( and helping him solve murders ). I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series. I really enjoy this series! Trixie enjoys being a new owner of a Diner and some Cottages ( which have been in her family for a long time ) - and she also enjoys helping to solve murders in her community. Deputy Ty sounds like a great guy, and Trixie is enjoying getting to know him ( and helping him solve murders ). I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Cobleigh

    This book was not a disappointment. It introduced new characters that I immediately liked. It had a tease of romance without too much going on. It had, murder, suspense, and laughter. My favorite part was that I wasn’t sure until the last chapter who the murderer was and that is new for me. I usually figure it out halfway through but not this time. There was enough redirection to keep me thinking. I cannot wait to read the next one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Just as good as the first. Time for the next one.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Traci

    3.5 stars. It was a cute read that kept me engaged throughout. I never read the first book in the series but I don't feel that I needed to. I read a gruesome book prior to this one, so it was just what I was looking for and needing. I will read the third book in this series. 3.5 stars. It was a cute read that kept me engaged throughout. I never read the first book in the series but I don't feel that I needed to. I read a gruesome book prior to this one, so it was just what I was looking for and needing. I will read the third book in this series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melina

    This second installment in the Comfort Foods Mystery Series was better than the first, and the first, Do or Diner, was really good. I loved visiting with Trixie and the folks in Sandy Harbor and the Silver Bullet Diner. Christine is an excellent writer. Reading this story made me feel like I was really there, experiencing everything the characters were experiencing. This story was one, that once I started it I couldn't put it down, and I devoured it, just like I would like to devour some of the This second installment in the Comfort Foods Mystery Series was better than the first, and the first, Do or Diner, was really good. I loved visiting with Trixie and the folks in Sandy Harbor and the Silver Bullet Diner. Christine is an excellent writer. Reading this story made me feel like I was really there, experiencing everything the characters were experiencing. This story was one, that once I started it I couldn't put it down, and I devoured it, just like I would like to devour some of the great food that Trixie makes. I am looking forward to more in this series, as it is one of my favorites. I guarantee if you pick up a copy of this book, you won't be disappointed. I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kelley

    I would love to give this book a higher ranking, but the editing mistakes in this book are too many to count! I counted at least 3 glaring mistakes, that someone should have caught during editing or re-writing. Someone should have found these! Overall the story, the characters, the murder are all good in this book. But, with all of the editing mistakes, I just can't give this a higher rating. I will read the 3rd one, but if the same thing continues, I will give up on this series. I would love to give this book a higher ranking, but the editing mistakes in this book are too many to count! I counted at least 3 glaring mistakes, that someone should have caught during editing or re-writing. Someone should have found these! Overall the story, the characters, the murder are all good in this book. But, with all of the editing mistakes, I just can't give this a higher rating. I will read the 3rd one, but if the same thing continues, I will give up on this series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    This is the second book in the Comfort Foods Mystery. I love the residents of Sandy Harbor and the Silver Bullet Diner. Such a fun loving cozy mystery. This time someone is murdered in one of the cottages which is bad for business and everyone cancels. Trixie needs to find out who did it so she can get her cottages rented again. I loved every minute of this book!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    Another fun mystery with Trixie and the gang. In this adventure Trixie and Ty try to solve a 25 year old mystery after a body turns up. Christine Wenger knows how to keep the mystery going to the very end.

  12. 4 out of 5

    ☺Trish

    An enjoyable, quick read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ann Babcock

    Great mystery! Can't wait to read more from this author! Great mystery! Can't wait to read more from this author!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Przekwas

    The second in this series finds Trixie, owner of the Silver Bullet Diner & a set of summer cottages along Lake Ontario, once again involved in a murder. Not only is she reading about the discovery of remains from twenty-five years ago but there is the appearance of a writer whose sudden, brutal death (within Trixie's cottages) stirs up more of these same past memories of the summer of 1989. This is a well-paced, continuing story of Trixie, personalities within a small town, and a little more of The second in this series finds Trixie, owner of the Silver Bullet Diner & a set of summer cottages along Lake Ontario, once again involved in a murder. Not only is she reading about the discovery of remains from twenty-five years ago but there is the appearance of a writer whose sudden, brutal death (within Trixie's cottages) stirs up more of these same past memories of the summer of 1989. This is a well-paced, continuing story of Trixie, personalities within a small town, and a little more of a build-up of a possible romance for Trixie with Sheriff Ty. Everything moves quickly and makes for a great cozy read. (Again no romantic scenes. It's not needed here. Its all about the mystery for Trixie.) I can finish these books within a day...now I'm on to #3 in the series. I would recommend this series to any cozy mystery reader.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Hernandez

    I actually enjoyed this book. I can't remember the 1st book sadly though i read my last review to see if it would jog memory. But to be fair this book works great on its own even if you miss the first one. So in this first book Trixie is now blooming in her Silver bullet diner. along with it she owns 12 cottages i believe. Her crew is amazing and you can tell she is madly in love with Deputy Ty Brisco but due to her past marriage she tries to avoid him which is hard as her new guest requests Cab I actually enjoyed this book. I can't remember the 1st book sadly though i read my last review to see if it would jog memory. But to be fair this book works great on its own even if you miss the first one. So in this first book Trixie is now blooming in her Silver bullet diner. along with it she owns 12 cottages i believe. Her crew is amazing and you can tell she is madly in love with Deputy Ty Brisco but due to her past marriage she tries to avoid him which is hard as her new guest requests Cabin 8 which once belonged to a missing girl whose body was recently discovered. The new tenant is now found dead. So Ty and Trixie end up trying to solve the old mystery and this new one. Overall a great mystery and I cant wait to see Trixie and Ty evolve.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Linda C

    A day after checking in to Trixie's cottage's a reclusive writer is murdered. Since a 25 year old murder was uncovered a week earlier Trixie wonders if they are connected. The earlier murder was of a 17 year old whom Trixie idolized when she was 10. Trixie starts looking for clues since both murders are impacting her business. This is pretty typical of the cozy genre with the heroine stirring things up despite being told to stay out of things. The setting is not far from me so it was interesting A day after checking in to Trixie's cottage's a reclusive writer is murdered. Since a 25 year old murder was uncovered a week earlier Trixie wonders if they are connected. The earlier murder was of a 17 year old whom Trixie idolized when she was 10. Trixie starts looking for clues since both murders are impacting her business. This is pretty typical of the cozy genre with the heroine stirring things up despite being told to stay out of things. The setting is not far from me so it was interesting to figure out the locations.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Pam Walker

    Trixie Matkowski is running her family’s diner in the small town of Sandy Harbor in upstate New York along with managing some guest cottages. But the only thing more demanding than serving up piping-hot comfort food twenty-four hours a day is getting to the bottom of a double homicide, one current and one 25 years ago that appear to be connected. As Trixie works with Deputy Ty Brisco to solve both mysteries, their shocking discoveries will shake up the small town. I enjoyed the first in this ser Trixie Matkowski is running her family’s diner in the small town of Sandy Harbor in upstate New York along with managing some guest cottages. But the only thing more demanding than serving up piping-hot comfort food twenty-four hours a day is getting to the bottom of a double homicide, one current and one 25 years ago that appear to be connected. As Trixie works with Deputy Ty Brisco to solve both mysteries, their shocking discoveries will shake up the small town. I enjoyed the first in this series, and this one was also very good.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Decker

    Another enjoyable cozy. After a long “time off” from this series, I finally got around to continuing it. I remember enjoying the first one, but because it had been awhile I wondered if it would harder to get back into it. I appreciated that there was just enough “background recap” to get me hooked really quickly. Once I got reading, I could not put the book down. The relationship/ interactions between Trixie and Ty is what really makes it for me. I like the idea of tying an older crime in with a Another enjoyable cozy. After a long “time off” from this series, I finally got around to continuing it. I remember enjoying the first one, but because it had been awhile I wondered if it would harder to get back into it. I appreciated that there was just enough “background recap” to get me hooked really quickly. Once I got reading, I could not put the book down. The relationship/ interactions between Trixie and Ty is what really makes it for me. I like the idea of tying an older crime in with a new one. I look forward to seeing where all the characters go in the next book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jean Hall

    I enjoyed reading this book, except for the main character's actions regarding the murder. She is so determined to find the killer herself that she puts herself in dangerous situations without thinking about her own safety. Especially when she could have taken the policeman with her and she slipped out without telling anyone where she was going. I enjoyed reading this book, except for the main character's actions regarding the murder. She is so determined to find the killer herself that she puts herself in dangerous situations without thinking about her own safety. Especially when she could have taken the policeman with her and she slipped out without telling anyone where she was going.

  20. 4 out of 5

    N

    I enjoyed the book even though I feel like she had a poor sense of timing and a couple of errors... like Trixie did (x amount) of things in a day but I don’t think sleep was one of them... and a character disappears and reappears in a conversation amongst others. (How is so and so coming back when they never left the table?)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melissa J Cross

    Another great read I'm really starting to get addicted to Trixie and everyone. They're such well written, likeable characters. I always feel like I'm at the diner too when I read these. Just an awesome read Another great read I'm really starting to get addicted to Trixie and everyone. They're such well written, likeable characters. I always feel like I'm at the diner too when I read these. Just an awesome read

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    A pleasant time passer, a very quick read, set in a part of the world I love.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Debi Emerson

    Excellent!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Paula Coppedge

    Very easy read. My one complaint is that not much happens until the last quarter of the book. Still a pretty good book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carole

    A really enjoyable bunch of characters and a satisfying location move this cozy above the norm.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    Not only well written with a good plot, but lively and funny. I am glad the tall grass cushioned her fall as well as flossing her teeth. :)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shanna

    Really loving this cozy mystery series!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Vicki Gooding

    What a delicious series. The warmth of community with some humor, sarcasm and a wonderful set of clues. Small group of suspects. And terrific ending. I highly recommend these fun books.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emily Cullen

    When two murders happen on the shores of Sandy Harbor, diner owner Trixie Matkowski hopes to solve the two crimes before they ruin her business! Of course she has handsome Deputy Ty Brisco to help. Will Trixie be the next victim? I am really enjoying "A Comfort Food Mystery" series. I like Trixie and the supporting cast. This series is just a lot of fun with recipes included! When two murders happen on the shores of Sandy Harbor, diner owner Trixie Matkowski hopes to solve the two crimes before they ruin her business! Of course she has handsome Deputy Ty Brisco to help. Will Trixie be the next victim? I am really enjoying "A Comfort Food Mystery" series. I like Trixie and the supporting cast. This series is just a lot of fun with recipes included!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Lester

    What's up with Cottage Number Eight? Readers are returned to Sandy Harbor, New York with Christine Wenger's latest book in the Comfort Food Mystery series, A Second Helping of Murder. With the tourist season upon them, Trixie and the gang from the Silver Bullet are gearing up for Cottage rentals on the lake as well as more great food from the diner. Readers are treated to a twenty-five year old murder along with a current one, that are intertwined in an amazing whodunit. Wenger does it again wit What's up with Cottage Number Eight? Readers are returned to Sandy Harbor, New York with Christine Wenger's latest book in the Comfort Food Mystery series, A Second Helping of Murder. With the tourist season upon them, Trixie and the gang from the Silver Bullet are gearing up for Cottage rentals on the lake as well as more great food from the diner. Readers are treated to a twenty-five year old murder along with a current one, that are intertwined in an amazing whodunit. Wenger does it again with this great new installment to the series! What I liked: Christine Wenger's first book in the series, Do or Diner was a good book. It introduced readers to the small town of Sandy Harbor and to new cozy mystery heroine, Trixie Matkowski and her diner, the Silver Bullet. I was interested to see where Wenger took the series with her latest book, A Second Helping of Murder. I was not surprised to find Wenger's great descriptive prowess at work. I could almost smell the delicious smells coming from the Silver Bullet, even though the majority of the mystery focused on the lake side cottages that Trixie is renting. I loved the way the setting conveyed the perfect seasonal getaway, minus the murder of course. Trixie is once again in the middle of a mess. Just where readers expect a good amateur sleuth to be. Not only is a missing persons case from Sandy Harbor's past solved when a body is found in a local cave, but a gunshot takes out a customer renting the same cottage as the fateful family. Are the two related? It's up to Trixie to figure it out. I loved the way the two murders seem to be connected but the reader isn't sure exactly how. And the suspects are drawn from the friends and people who may have known the first victim. I thought Wenger did a great job of using Trixie's natural inquisitiveness to get her involved in the case, since she is losing more money because of the publicity. A great tactic used to the heroine's advantage. Once again the small town setting for this series was perfect. A town set on the shores of Lake Ontario was very believable as a tourist town and the setting for a double murder of sorts. Wenger keeps the reader just off balance enough to keep them flipping the pages, as Trixie sorts through the clues to find the killer. I liked all of the interaction with the townspeople and the gang from the diner. I don't think this heroine knew was she was in for when she took over the family business. She's a real go-getter and fans of the series will love the way she looks at the world, through the eyes of an amateur clue finder. The mystery itself was very entertaining. I admit to being clueless as to who the killer was until the very end. There were just so many to choose from. The whole thing was just 'fabulous' one of Trixie's favorite words to describe just about everything. I liked the way she used a few red herrings to throw readers off the trail of the real killer, but still kept things so close to the truth it was hard to tell the difference. Wenger knows how to draw it all out and make the reader yearn for more when it's over. What I didn't like: Repetitive wordings doesn't always bother me. Sometimes it just becomes a characteristic of the character and I just think of it as one of her or his idiosyncrasies and don't pay it much mind. But when more than one character starts to use the same turn of phrase or words, it starts to become an issue. It hasn't gone that far yet with 'fabulous', but it's getting there. Bottom Line: Despite the word issue, this was a great novel and second book in the series. Fans who love good food and a good mystery can't go wrong with this series, set in a small town diner. Wenger knows how to describe things in such a way that the reader feels like they are right there with the characters sorting it all out. You gotta read it!

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