Leslie Karst

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Sue Grafton, Dorothy L. Sayers, Julia Child, Diana Mott Davidson

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The daughter of a law professor and a potter, Leslie Karst learned early, during family dinner conversations, the value of both careful analysis and the arts—ideal ingredients for a mystery story. Putting this early education to good use, she now writes the Sally Solari Mysteries (Dying for a Taste, A Measure of Murder, Death al Fresco, Murder from Scratch), a culinary series set in Santa Cruz, California.

An ex-lawyer like her sleuth, Leslie also has degrees in English literature and the culinary arts. She now spends her time cooking, singing alto in her local chorus, gardening, cycling, and of course writing. Leslie and her wife and their Jack Russell mix split their time between Santa Cruz and Hilo, Hawai‘i.

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Dying for a Taste (A Sally ...

3.72 avg rating — 276 ratings — published 2016 — 5 editions
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Death al Fresco (A Sally So...

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Murder from Scratch (A Sall...

4.16 avg rating — 82 ratings — published 2019 — 2 editions
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Mother-Daughter Banquet by Alice  Bloch
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The Perfect Body by Frankie Bow
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Once again, Frankie Bow has done what few mysteries can—make me literally laugh out loud as I read. Professor Molly Barda already has plenty on her hands, what with dealing with breast pumps and a constantly-hungry newborn, not to mention filling out ...more
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A Stone’s Throw by James W. Ziskin
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A barn fire, a charred body in racing silks, and a second one with a bullet through the skull, set “girl reporter” Ellie Stone off on another murder case. It’s 1962 in upstate New York, home to the Saratoga racetrack, where horse betting is serious b ...more
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Protocol by Kathleen Valenti
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A thriller with heart and humor, PROTOCOL had me from the first page. Maggie O’Malley has been hired as a pharmaceutical researcher, but it takes only one day for her to realize something is very amiss at her lab. What follows is a fast-paced, suspen ...more
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The Spirit in Question by Cynthia  Kuhn
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I adore Cynthia Kuhn’s smart and sassy sleuth, Lila Maclean, and am happy to report that THE SPIRIT IN QUESTION continues to delight. In this third book in the series, Lila has been convinced to act as consultant on the production of Puzzled: The Mus ...more
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Mardi Gras Murder by Ellen Byron
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Another terrific installment in Byron’s Cajun Country Mysteries, MARDI GRAS MURDER is full of intrigue, humor, and wit. Add to this a dash of fascinating history and you have the recipe for a page-turner of a delightful mystery!
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Hunting Hour by Margaret Mizushima
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HUNTING HOUR, Margaret Mizushima’s third Timber Creek K-9 Mystery, had me staying up well past my bedtime to keep reading. With its realistic, engaging characters, this is a thriller with a heart. And Mizushima’s knowledge—and love—of dogs and all ot ...more
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Permanently Booked by Lisa Q. Mathews
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Dorothy and Summer may live in a south Florida retirement community, but there’s little rest for the Ladies Smythe and Westin as they investigate the death of the Hibiscus Pointe librarian. Full of humor and hijinks, Permanently Booked is a real page ...more
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Dying on the Vine by Marla Cooper
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Once again, Marla Cooper had me busting out laughing starting on page one of the second in her Destination Wedding Series, DYING ON THE VINE. This time around, Kesley’s venue is closer to home—the Napa Valley wine country—but no easier, given that an ...more
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A Room With a Brew by Joyce Tremel
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It’s hard enough preparing for Oktoberfest when you run a popular brewpub in downtown Pittsburgh. But things get far worse for Maxine O’Hara when she finds one of the oompah band players she’s hired for the event dead—with his head stuffed into the b ...more
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