Do or Diner by Christine Wenger

🥞🥞🥞🥞 – 4 pancake stacks

When Trixie Matkowski’s uncle dies, leaving her aunt Stella alone and uninterested in running their famed Silver Bullet Diner, Trixie finds herself the proud new owner of the Silver Bullet, her aunt’s vacated Victorian home, the bait shop, and twelve vacation cottages along Lake Ontario, in Sandy Harbor, New York. Aunt Stella is moving on with her life in a comfortable retirement home. Trixie’s elated about her new properties, known as the point, but upon sifting through a mass of mail that includes many past due bills and a list of violations by the health inspector involving the Diner, Trixie realizes that the Silver Bullet could be shut down faster than she can assume responsibility for it. Trixie begins to feel as though she’s taken on more than she bargained for. Since aunt Stella is on a cruise around the world and inaccessible, Trixie makes her way over to the Diner to do damage control. But on her way there she learns that the health inspector appears to have died in the Silver Bullet. Who killed Marvin Cogswell III, and can Trixie help solve the mystery before news spreads of the fatality and she’s put out of business for good?

I enjoyed this cozy, especially Trixie’s character. She didn’t have a clue about how to run a Diner, who her employees were, or much of anything else when the book started. But she was tenacious, generous and hardworking, and those qualities served her well. There was a handsome Deputy Sheriff, Ty Brisco, who Trixie kept referring to as Wyatt Earp in the book. 😂 He made all of the ladies swoon when he called them darlin’ and tipped that cowboy hat when departing from their presence. I had many chuckles while reading parts of their dialog. In fact, there were quite a number of LOL moments throughout this book. What I liked most was that it flowed really well, made me laugh, had fun characters, and kept me guessing as to who killed the inspector. The reveal was not earth shattering, but it didn’t change my overall enjoyment of the book. Definitely recommended.

Oh, and I learned something new. Does anyone know what a wacky cake is? Well, if you don’t, the short answer is it’s a cake that you can whip up with a few ingredients, without eggs, milk or butter, in just one pan. Apparently people prepared it during the Depression when food was in short supply. I’ll let you know how it turns out as I’m determined to try it.

Wacky cake

Thank you, Kathy, of Katie’s Cottage Books, for doing a buddy read with me, even though you’re a much faster reader than I am. 😉

Thanks for reading everyone.

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34 thoughts on “Do or Diner by Christine Wenger

  1. Wacky cake… never heard of it! We serve pancakes every Friday for our preschoolers. maybe I need to know how this recipe goes, just Incase I am missing a ingredient or two someday… 😁 sounds like a fun one!

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    • I had never heard of it either until I read that cozy mystery. Since then, I’ve made that cake 3 times!! 😃 You can certainly tell by looking at my rapidly spreading hips. 🤦🏽‍♀️ It’s delicious and decadent!! The kids will love it!!

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  2. I didn’t know about wacky cake, it looks great. Let me know how it tastes if you make it 🙂 Just reading your description of the sheriff,darlin’, the hat and the swooning ladies made me laugh. Then I had to Google Wyatt Earp to be able to visualize the sheriff 😀

    This looks like such a great read and the cover is beautiful. Wonderful review Laurie.

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    • Hi Diana. I made the wacky cake very late last night. I’ll have to post the results once I glaze or frost it. I still can’t believe it can be made in one pan all at once. I love learning new things.
      I’ve got news for you. I had to look up Wyatt Earp too. 😂 I’d heard of him, but didn’t know what he looked like. I think Trixie called him that in the book because they were both cowboys. Ty Brisco was described as incredibly handsome with blue eyes and very rugged. Wyatt Earp didn’t look like that in the pictures I saw. 🙈
      Always nice hearing from you Diana.💕

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  3. Nice review. I enjoy humor in the characters and dialogue of a good cozy. I also commend you on your use of… Help me out here. What do you call the little cartoon images of yourself? I like the way you use them and other supportive images judiciously in your posts. Your writing is the most important part of your posts, but the visuals are the “spices in your wacky cake”.

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    • You sure have a beautiful way with words! I want to write like you. 😊 And thank you for the compliment. Those are called Bitmojis. They’re a fun way to express myself.
      I want to try that wacky cake. It’s too simple to pass up.
      Thanks for your lovely comment.

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      • And thank you for the compliment! I love learning new words and terms, so thank you for bringing me up to speed. Your Bitmojis are fun! I hope you enjoy the wacky cake. People can be very creative when they have to be, such as during the Depression and the rationing of the World Wars, but I am thankful we can make wacky cake as a choice. I think all of your readers, including me, are interested in your results.

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        • Thank you. I’m glad we can make wacky cake as a choice today too. But I never take it for granted since we live in precarious times.
          I made it late last night. I’ll have to cut it up and maybe frost it today then post the results. I’m still amazed that a cake can be made all in one pan. I think it’s a great way to teach kids how to bake their first cake. 😊

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          • Good idea on the cooking lesson for kids. I’ll have to throw out there that the creators of this cake probably did not have the ingredients to ice it, but I would if I were you too. Researching that would make a good culinary history project.

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          • I made a comment, but it doesn’t seem to have posted. Sometimes I have to have my VPN connected for commenting in WordPress. So delete if the first one made it through and this is redundant. I like your idea of using wacky cake as a cooking lesson for kids. The creators of this recipe would probably not have had/been able to afford the ingredients for icing, but I would ice it also. Researching icing on this cake would make a good culinary history project!

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  4. This puts in the mood to read some “cozies”. I have 2 coming up in June and another light rom-com. Nice to take a “thriller break”. Great review Laurie!

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  5. This sounds like a fun read! Adding it to my GR list because every once in a while I’m in the mood for a cozy. Thanks for telling us about it. Now I’m really curious about a wacky cake. I’ve never heard of it but maybe I know it by another name…

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