A Second Helping of Murder
A Comfort Food Mystery
By Christine Wenger
An Obsidian Book
288 pages, plus recipes
Trixie Matkowski was settling comfortably into her role as Silver Bullet Diner and Cottages owner. She was proud of her managing skills as well as her family business continuing on. Her newly established comfort zone is shattered when the remains of a missing girl are found. Claire Jacobson disappeared after a teen bonfire not far from the diner 25 years ago.
No sooner does a writer rent cottage number 8, is he murdered. That’s the same cottage Claire’s family use to rent during the summer. Shortly after the authorities search for evidence, does a bus filled with amateur sleuths turn up unexpectedly, eager to solve the crime. To make matters worse, cottage renters start backing out of their reservations.
While the murders on or near Trixie’s property can’t be dismissed, it’s the senseless death of a beautiful, young woman, who was kind to Trixie when she was a child, that disturbs her the most. Trixie is determined to help Deputy Ty Brisco figure out who ended both Claire’s life and the murdered cottage renter.
Various clues are cleverly hidden, but Claire knows how to uncover the truth, even if one murder happened 25 years ago.
A Second Helping of Murder creates a dimensional setting that has you yearning for a road trip. The characters have great personalities, they don’t hold back emotions or attitudes. You actually cared for the protagonist and the murder victim and wish that Ty and Claire become a couple. Can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
Four cottages out of five
April 2, 2014