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Death al Fresco

Book Three in the Sally Solari Mystery Series

Finalist, 2019 Lefty Award: Best Humorous Mystery

...a very well-crafted murder mystery story.... The atmosphere of Santa Cruz, California is set so well that I sometimes felt I could almost hear the surf and smell the salt air.... A page-turner of a culinary mystery, I highly recommend this book.

-MyShelf Reviews

...appetizingly flavored with plenty of suspects and a sprinkling of clues throughout.... A nice little page-turner, with strong character development, engaging conversation and a savory mystery that was delectably entertaining.

-Dru's Book Musings

A tasty combination of culinary tidbits, an unusual motive for murder,

and appended recipes for ambitious cooks.

-Kirkus Reviews

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.

DEATH AL FRESCO  Now Available From Crooked Lane Books

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