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A Second Helping of Murder (A Comfort Food Mystery #2)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  363 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
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
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by NAL
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Mar 19, 2014 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014

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
Apr 17, 2014 Melina rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Feb 10, 2015 Dawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just as good as the first. Time for the next one.
Jan 25, 2015 Kelley rated it liked it
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.
Apr 11, 2015 Melodie rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2015
Calling this one 2.5 stars like the first one. Lots of editing problems here, and again with this one as with the first, Trixie is a good hearted person, but just totally unbelievable as a sleuth. I won a copy of the 3rd one in a Facebook giveaway, so will read it and hope it improves upon the first 2 books.
Patty Allen
Aug 08, 2015 Patty Allen rated it it was amazing
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.
Cassandra Argo
Nov 16, 2016 Cassandra Argo rated it really liked it
I really enjoy Ms Wenger's writing style - it's fast paced and full of sarcastic humor. I love the characters and the story lines.

The one downer for me is the overlooking of details from the beginning to the end. For instance, the whole beginning focuses on Ray's hearing and the gathering at his parents' house where Trixie meets both parents and his girlfriend then towards the end Ray mentions that his parents and girlfriend are coming to the Dance Fest and Trixie asks for an introduction.

Jocelyn Jacobson
Oct 19, 2016 Jocelyn Jacobson rated it really liked it
Cute book.
Debbie Lester
Apr 08, 2014 Debbie Lester rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: joanne

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I wasn’t sure what to expect, since I’ve never read this author, but she reeled me in immediately. I liked the fact that I was drawn into Trixie’s life right from the get-go; she started talking about her life as if I were there to share it with her, and that was indeed a nice beginning. Also, I really liked the plot: the remains of a former summer renter is found in a cave, and since Trixie knew the girl and liked her
Apr 07, 2014 Fred rated it it was amazing
A Second Helping Of Murder is the second book in the A Comfort Food Mystery series.

It's busy times in Sandy Harbor, NY for Trixie, owner of the Silver Bullet Diner as she is still getting her bearings on running the diner, but is also looking forward to getting the cabins ready for the upcoming tourist season. Then some kids were climbing the rocks along the shoreline and were investigating a cave and found a body. The coroner is able to identify the body as that of Claire Jacobson. Claire had g
Sep 09, 2016 Susan rated it it was ok
Ugh! I cannot believe I finished this book. The main character, Trixie was incredibly annoying and the plot read more like a poorly-written harlequin romance than a mystery novel. Seriously, I never want to read books with such irritating characters, and if I had wanted to read a romance then that is what I would have signed out from the library instead of the mystery novel that I thought I had chosen.

I figured out that the irksomeness of this character was due to her sense of entitlement and h
Denise Zendel
May 19, 2014 Denise Zendel rated it really liked it

In book 2 of this series, Trixie Matkowski is getting her sea legs running the family diner/rental cottages in the small town of Sandy Harbor in upstate New York. Murder is on the menu when one of the cottage guests winds up in a pool of blood and his death may be tied to a sensational disappearance from 20 years before.

Cancellations from guests scared off by the murder are affecting her bottom line (and the coming due mortgage payment for the property she must make to her Aunt) so Trixie gets i
Apr 08, 2014 Tess rated it it was amazing
Two things that I greatly enjoy combined into one! Give me a cozy mystery that is also about food and I’m a happy girl.
30 years ago, teenaged Claire Jacobson, disappeared from Sandy Harbor and no further trace of her was ever recovered. Claire was a beautiful 17 year old, everyone seemed to love Claire. Everyone except 1 person that is. After a body was discovered in an old cave and found to be Claire, Trixie the new owner of The Silver Bullet Diner and summer cottages finds herself remembering
Jul 19, 2015 Linda rated it liked it
Shelves: from-library, cozy
Second in the series thus the title including the word second...Trixie has taken over the Silver Bullet Diner on the shores of Lake Ontario in upstate New York from her aunt after her uncle dies. She is seeking the comfort of a familiar place after a divorce from the dastardly Deputy Doug.

She's not just cooking, she's cooking up ways to solve the murders of long missing childhood friend and then another person who shows up after the remains are found.Trixie is alternately a help and a hindrance
Georgiann Hennelly
Apr 05, 2016 Georgiann Hennelly rated it it was amazing
A second helping of Murder is the second book in the comfort food mystery series. Trixie is just getting the hang of running the Silver Bullet diner and is getting ready to open the cabins for the tourist season. Some kids were climbing rocks along the shore line and they found a cave with a body inside. The body turns out to be Claire Jacobson a teenager who disappeared twenty five years ago during a party on the beach she had attended with other teenagers some residents and some summer ...more
Oct 04, 2014 Fanficfan44 rated it really liked it
This is the second in the Comfort Food Mystery series. I read the first one, Do or Diner, as a book of the month for the Cozy Mystery Corner on Goodreads. I really like this series, almost as much as I love comfort food. This book ties together an older murder from Trixie’s youth with a current murder in the guest cottages. Trixie investigates with her maybe love interest Deputy Ty Brisco. The diner staff are still on as recurring characters along with some of the townsfolk.

The mystery is an int
Sep 18, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it
Summer has finally come to Sandy Harbor and Trixie Matkowski has finally gotten her Silver Bullet Diner off to a great start! This year she has done some renovations to the lake side cottages on her property in hopes that the summer renters will come to visit like they have before when her Aunt Stella and Uncle Porky own them. Trouble starts when a decade old mystery is uncovered at the beach and leads back to those very same cottages. Can Trixie track down the killer or has she finally bitten ...more
Aug 11, 2014 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Lynn Lerch
Jun 20, 2014 Lynn Lerch rated it really liked it
I found a new series that I love. Trixie Matkowski bought her Aunt and Uncle's diner in Sandy Harbor in upstate New York. Along with the diner she got cottages to rent out for the summer season. Many years before at a High School Senior Party a friend of hers disappears at a bonfire and her body turns up now years later. Trixie has a guest murdered in Cottage 8 and finds it involves the disappearance of her friend years ago. Between cooking and running the diner and organizing a polka party she ...more
Trixie has always wondered what happened to Claire, a teenager who befriended her when she was young, and who disappeared mysteriously. Now her body has been found in a cave. The strange tenant for Cabin 8--where Claire's family always stayed--has been murdered. Not only is it bad for business, but Trixie feels she owes Claire a return for her friendship. She snoops around, with the reluctant help of handsome deputy Ty, in her spare time from running the Silver Bullet diner and the cottage ...more
Jun 20, 2014 Linda rated it it was amazing

I was absolutely charmed throughout this entire book. The setting felt so real, and the characters were well-sketched. The main character, Trixie, was a woman I wouldn't mind having as a best friend. For me this read like an old-fashioned mystery, with clues to follow, red herrings to sort out, and a protagonist who reminded me of Nancy Drew! I kept wondering why I hadn't read the first installment in this series, but I'm surely going to read it now. I highly recommend this to cozy lovers. One o
Peggy Ritchey
Jan 26, 2015 Peggy Ritchey rated it liked it
This is a fun series. It takes place is a tourist town in Upstate NY. Trixie has taken over her aunt and uncle's diner and guest cabins. This is the 2nd book in the series and I also read the first one. I like learning about the running of a diner and I like the setting. I enjoyed this book even better than the first. The body of a missing teenager is discovered some 20 years after she went missing, and then another murder occurs. Trixie, who idolized the teenager, decides to investigate.
Kenneth Funk
Dec 17, 2015 Kenneth Funk rated it liked it
I like this particular series but one thing really drives me nuts. It is very obvious that Ms. Wenger has no clue what a balloon payment is. The proprietor has no had to make two, or is it three, balloon payments to her aunt. I think Ms Wenger need to research financial transactions a little better. I am also curious as to how Trixie can give away so much free food and drink and yet she is concerned about making the loan payments.
Jan 08, 2016 Andrea rated it it was amazing
I am glad that I got around to finishing the second book in the Comfort Food Mystery series and there's more to read. Christina Wenger writes a fun and appetizing cozy mystery with all the best side dishes of romance, delicious food, an idyllic setting, a great cast of characters and of course the usual dollop of murder and mayhem. Trixie Matkowski the chef, narrator and amateur sleuth is the perfect lead!
Feb 13, 2016 Alison rated it it was ok
I love cozy mysteries, especially ones with a focus on food, but the main character of this series was pretty annoying. I don't recall her being so obnoxious in the first book (it's been a while), but throughout this story she is just an entitled, whiny little brat and I'm not really sure why the sheriff doesn't just tell her off. I'm not too enthusiastic about the recipes that were included, either, so overall my impression of this book is "Meh."
Apr 12, 2016 Gail rated it it was amazing
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!
Apr 07, 2016 Theresa rated it liked it
Summer has finally arrived in upstate New York. Trixie is busy getting her cottages open for her first season as the Point's new owner. Her first renter, a man with very odd and specific requests, is found dead after Trixie is awakened by gun shots. As she interferes with Ty Brisco's investigation, Trixie also finds herself at the end of a gun.
Jun 28, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it
The books in this series are really fun and breezy. I like how we are often in the kitchen with Trixie, "watching" as she prepares meals for the customers in her diner. There is a real cozy, homey feel to the town and the cast of characters and I'll be watching for the next book (which unfortunately won't be published until Jan 2015).
Melanie Smith
May 15, 2014 Melanie Smith rated it really liked it
There are two bodies and two murders in this book. Everyone needs a friend, boss, neighbor, and family member like Trixie. Trixie has a lot on her plate, but that does not get in her way of
helping solve the murders and she brings back a favorite town tradition. This is just a great little cozy mystery.
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