Guest Post with Giveaway ~ It’s A Wonderful Knife by Christine Wenger




For the Sandy Harbor Lure newspaper:


By Trixie Matkowski


     In this busy world, there are some traditions during the holidays that comfort us and bring back lovely memories.

     For instance, on Christmas Eve, we kids would wait to hear Santa’s footsteps and the reindeer hooves on the roof.  No matter how hard we tried to stay up, we’d never hear them.  But, without fail, the next morning when we looked, there would be some packed snow on the roof.

     It was years before we figured out that my father was the one walking on the roof! 

     Holiday baking is another tradition.  Certain families have special fruitcake recipes (and you know who you are), or an ethnic specialty like babka or kugel or those Italian cookies made at Christmas (sure would love some of those hard chocolate ones!).  Juanita Holgado, one of my cooks at the Silver Bullet Diner, makes a caramel flan which is to die for.  Making these specialties once a year makes them….well, special. 

     My long-time friend, Mary Ann, uses lovely dishes brought over from Poland by her great-grandmother.  I can’t wait to set out my Lenox Holiday set.  I have another set just for tea. 

     Speaking of food, which I always do, I celebrate the Polish tradition of going meatless on Christmas Eve.  All my guests look forward to potato pierogi, kapusta (sauerkraut with yellow split peas), mushroom gravy, and special onion rolls.  Yum. 

     I usually make twelve dozen pierogi, some of which I give as gifts.  Half the fun is inviting friends over to make them with me.

     So, gentle reader, Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years from me and the staff of the Silver Bullet Diner.  If you find yourself alone, there’s always a place for you at the diner.  Come join in the fun and share your traditions with mine.

(Editor’s note: No one should be alone on Christmas.  Go to Trixie’s!)

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Publisher: NAL (February 2, 2016)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 0451474090
ISBN-13: 978-0451474094
ASIN: B00X59360Y
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Comfort food and murder are on the holiday menu in the latest mystery from the national bestselling author of Macaroni and Freeze . . .

All Trixie Matkowski wants for Christmas is a break—just not the broken leg she got after slipping on some ice. With Sandy Harbor alive in the hustle and bustle of the season, it’s the busiest time of the year at Trixie’s Silver Bullet Diner. There are millions of things to do, including cater the town’s annual Christmas pageant and community dinner with some delicious holiday comfort food.

But the festivities turn into a bit of a turkey after Liz Fellows, the director of the pageant, is found with Trixie’s butcher knife in her back. Now Trixie must help the police arrest the scary gentleman—or lady—guilty of the crime if she hopes to get herself off the naughty list.

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Thanks to the publisher, I have one (1) copy of It's a Wonderful Knife to give away.

Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends on February 22nd



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Winner will have 48 hours, from the time of notification to confirm their win or another winner will be chosen.

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christineI have worked in the criminal justice field for more years than I care to remember! It seems like I was forever going to school while I was working full time, but in the end, I received a dual master’s degree in Probation and Parole Studies and Sociology from Fordham University.

Unfortunately, the knowledge gained from way too many years in night school, didn’t prepare me for what I love to do the most — writing romances and cozy mysteries.

My very first book, THE LADY AND THE COWBOY, a short, western historical, was written for beginning adult readers, and I sold it to Laubach Literacy. In 1998, it was chosen by the Publishers Liaison Committee of the Public Library Association’s Adult Lifelong Learning Section as one of the “Top Titles for Adult New Readers.” Yes!

One of my biggest thrills in life was receiving “the call” from Susan Litman at Harlequin (then Silhouette) Special Edition in January of 2004. She wanted to publish THE COWBOY WAY. Yeee-haw!

THE COWBOY WAY was released in January of 2005—a year later. Such a looong time to wait. Since then, I’ve written eight books (and counting!) for Harlequin. I love writing about cowboys out west and the southwest, far away from New York State where I live! These are my GOLD BUCKLE COWBOYS (You’ll fall in love with them in eight seconds!) I’ve also written two books set in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, The Hawkins Legacy.

A new venture for me (in 2013) is a series of “comfort food” cozy mysteries which I set in a small-town 1950’s diner, THE SILVER BULLET.

The first book, DO OR DINER, from Penguin/Obsidian books is scheduled for release on August 6, 2013. A second book will follow, A SECOND HELPING OF MURDER, in 2014, and a third, yet untitled, book will be scheduled after that.

I enjoy watching professional bull riding and rodeo with my favorite cowboy, my husband Jim. We put on our cowboy regalia (I look horrible in a cowboy hat!) and have traveled to events in Las Vegas, Florida, Connecticut, and other states.

As a result of our travels, I have met many genuine, personable and polite cowboys, and that’s how I get my inspiration for my westerns!

Of course I have to do research for my comfort food diner series. That takes me to diners all over the U.S. and Canada (and maybe Europe and Asia!) for meals. It’s a tough job, but I just have to do it!

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  1. Cynthia E. Blain says:

    Truly looking forward to getting this book; cozies are my favorite.   What a special treat it would be to actually win a copy and inscribed by Christine would be absolutely fantastic.   In the middle of a second blizzard in three days and cannot get out of the house, so books are our salvation.  Thank you for the chance.  Congratulations ton the release, Christine.

  2. Hi Lori!  I love love love this series!  So happy that It's A Wonderful Knife has been released.  Congratulations Christine!

  3. Anne Siegrist says:

    I love to read!

  4. Della Williamson says:

    Looks good.  A must read thanks for this chance

  5. All the opinion in your article is definitely informative. I appreciate it. Please try to keep your series continue.

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