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Sally Solari Mysteries

Book Three in the Series

Best Humorous Mystery


Lefty Award Nominee

Death al Fresco Author Leslie Karst

I YANKED BUSTER'S MUZZLE OUT OF THE KELP and was about to turn away when a glint of silver caught my eye.

DEATH AL FRESCO  Now Available From Crooked Lane Books

It's up to Sally Solari to serve up a killer before their family reputation goes up in smoke.

It’s early autumn in Santa Cruz and restaurateur Sally Solari, inspired by the eye-popping canvases of Paul Gauguin, the artist for whom her restaurant is named, decides to enroll in a plein air painting class. But the beauty of the Monterey Bay coastline is shattered during one of their outings when Sally’s dog, Buster, sniffs out a corpse entangled in a pile of kelp.


The body is identified as Gino, a local fisherman and a regular at Sally’s father’s restaurant, Solari's, until he disappeared after dining there a few nights before.

Witnesses claim he left reeling drunk, but his waitress swears the old man had only two beers with his meal. And then the fingers begin to point at Sally’s dad for negligently allowing an inebriated customer to walk home alone at night.


From a long menu of suspects, including a cast of colorful characters who frequent the historic Santa Cruz fisherman’s wharf, Sally must serve up the tall order of clearing her father’s name in Death al Fresco, Leslie Karst’s third culinary mystery.

Illustrated Dinner

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Murder from Scratch Author Leslie Karst
The Fragrance of Death Author Leslie Karst
A sense for Murder Author Leslie Karst
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