Restaurateur Sally Solari’s cousin Evelyn may be blind, but she can see all too clearly that her chef mother’s death wasn’t an accidental overdose—she was murdered.
Santa Cruz restaurateur Sally Solari’s life is already boiling over as she deals with irate cooks and other staffing issues at the busy Gauguin restaurant. The rainy December weather isn’t cooling things down, either. So she’s steamed when her dad persuades her to take in Evelyn, her estranged blind cousin whose mother has just died of a drug overdose.
But Evelyn proves to be lots of fun and she’s a terrific cook. Back at the house she’d shared with her mom, Evelyn’s heightened sense of touch tells her that various objects—a bottle of cranberry juice, her grandfather’s jazz records—are out of place. She and her mom always kept things in the same place so Evelyn could find them. So she suspects that her mother’s death was neither accident nor suicide, no matter what the police believe.
The cousins’ sleuthing takes Sally and Evelyn into the world of macho commercial kitchens, and the cutthroat competitiveness that can flame up between chefs. In Leslie Karst’s scrumptious fourth Sally Solari mystery, Sally will have to chop a long list of suspects down to size or end up getting burned.
About the Author
Leslie Karst has degrees in English literature, law, and culinary arts. After graduating from Stanford Law School, she worked for twenty years as a research and appellate attorney before retiring. Karst now splits her time between Santa Cruz, CA, and Hilo, HI, passing the days cooking, gardening, cycling, singing alto in the local community chorus, and of course writing.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this cozy mystery book set in Santa Cruz California. In the story, Sally Solari's relative is found dead by her daughter Evelyn. The police think it's a suicide at first, but Evelyn is sure it was murder. Sally and Evelyn do some sleuthing to find the murderer, and Sally ends up in a very precarious situation. Sally is a really likable MC and I enjoyed her frustrations with her love life. Her restaurant Gauguin is also really cool. And I loved her reaction to her dad dating again.
I received a free copy of MURDER FROM SCRATCH (Book 4 of the Sally Solari Mysteries) by Leslie Karst in exchange for an honest review. Sally Solari is busy with her restaurant, Gaugin, and occasionally helping her father out at his restaurant, too. Sally’s father asks her to take in her blind cousin, Evelyn, when Evelyn’s mother, another restauranteur, is found dead at home. Though law enforcement considers the matter a suicide, Evelyn finds indications that it was not a self-inflicted death. Of course, this is family, so Sally decides to help her cousin out by following the clues and tracking a killer. I have not read any of the previous books, but I had no problem connecting with the characters or following the storyline. It was a good book, and I enjoyed it. #MurderFromScratch #NetGalley
Sally Solari has her hands full with her cooks, staff and other issues of her busy restaurant, Gauguin. Her dad persuades Sally to take in her blind cousin, Evelyn, whose mother has just been found dead in their home. Evelyn is not convinced that her mother's death was an accident or suicide as the police suspect. Can Sally and Evelyn provide this was a murder? Although this the fourth book of the Sally Solari series, it is the first one for me. I had no problems following the storyline even though I had not read the previous books. I will definitely be adding the rest of the series to my TBR list. The characters are interesting especially Evelyn, this is the first book I have read where they included a blind character. I found how she was able to help prove that her mother was murdered very intriguing. The mystery has its twists and turns to keep the reader invested in the storyline. As a bonus, there are recipes included in this book. I voluntarily agreed to read a copy of this book supplied by Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way have been influenced.