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Murder from Scratch

(A Sally Solari Mystery #4)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  57 reviews
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, e
Hardcover, 314 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
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Gail C.
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for providing an advance digital copy of MURDER FROM SCRATCH by Leslie Karst in exchange for an unbiased review. This is the fourth book, my first read, in the Sally Scolari series. The mystery stands alone and is fully contained within this novel. There are some secondary relationships that appear to carry over from one book to the next, however it is not necessary to have read the earlier books to get a sense of how the relationship stands at present ...more
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first cozy mystery that I genuinely liked. There was solid sleuthing shown which warmed my thriller loving heart. My first book by author Leslie Karst, though this was the fourth in the series, it was quite fun to follow Sally as she put on her thinking cap to find out who murdered her blind cousin Evelyn's mom.

I loved the way the author had characterised Sally. She was a line cook in her own restaurant. She managed her work, her hobbies, her friends quite comfortably. This book dea
Mark Baker
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2019
Sally Solari gets the news from her father that her distant cousin Jackie has died of a drug overdose. While Sally is sad, she and Jackie weren’t close – in fact, they hadn’t spoken in years and she hadn’t met Evelyn, Jackie’s twenty-year-old daughter, who happens to be blind. Evelyn was still living with her mom, and she can’t face trying to live in the house alone right away, so she winds up moving into Sally’s spare room for a little while. The two women hit it off, and are soon plotting home ...more
Jammin Jenny
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 agai ...more
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sally found herself playing host to her blind cousin Evelyn after Evelyn had come home to find her mother's dead body. After poking around the house a little and hearing about how a suicide note was worded, Evelyn was completely sure her mom hadn't committed suicide, and she wanted Sally to help her prove it. This was an exciting case that had several good suspects, red herrings along the way, and just when I thought we were being double-red herringed into thinking it was one person, I was still ...more
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery, e-books
Although this the fourth book of the Sally Solari series, it is the first one I have read and a new author for me. I was pleasantly surprised as it held my attention until I finished, many books about do I will read this author again and look for the earlier books.
Sally takes an estranged blind cousin, Evelyn. Her Mother had just passed due to an overdose of drugs. away and Evelyn was alone. She is 20 years and had a good education. It was fantastic reading about how Evelyn was able to live her
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
A fun cozy mystery for a relaxing afternoon read. It's what you would expect, but the story is still great.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Cozy Readers, Anyone
MURDER FROM SCRATCH is book four in the series of the Sally Solari Mysteries of which I look forward to reading more. It’s a delicious mixture of mystery, family, and irate chefs and a fun, fast and interesting read. I haven’t read the other books in this series yet, however, I don’t think that this spoilt my enjoyment of this novel. That said, there is nothing more exciting than picking up a book that is the first in a new series.

Santa Cruz restaurateur Sally Solari’s life is difficult enough a
K.A. Davis
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
MURDER FROM SCRATCH is the fourth book in the Sally Solari Mystery series by Leslie Karst. I’ve read the previous three books and have greatly enjoyed the way she’s focused on one of the five senses in each book. However, this book is my favorite so far and I feel that the author has found her stride. Restauranteur Sally Solari may be the protagonist, but the author manages to integrate Sally’s blind cousin, Evelyn, effectively into the story. I was fascinated by the details brought into play, s ...more
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Murder from Scratch is the fourth installment in the A Sally Solari Mystery series set in Santa Cruz, CA and featuring restaurant owner, Sally Solari. Sally is settling into her new role at Gauguin, the restaurant she inherited and is looking forward to having the head chef Javier officially become a co-owner.

At the request of her father, Sally welcomes her distant cousin Evelyn Olivieri into her home. Twenty year old Evelyn who was born blind, discovered the body of her mother Jackie, in their
Nina Silva
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery

Murder from Scratch is a quick-paced, delightful read. It is the fourth book in the Sally Solari Mystery series and works well as a stand-alone. I did not read any of the others in the series and had no trouble following along and didn’t feel like I’d missed out too much.

The mystery of who killed Evelyn’s mother is well-plotted and attention keeping. There are several suspects highlighted and each has a credible motive. A few red herrings pop up to lead you down the wrong path, if you’re not car
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Murder from Scratch by Leslie Karst is the 4th book in the Sally Solari Mystery series, and another fine addition. Sally, a former attorney, who returns to her home town, Santa Cruz, CA to run her inherited restaurant Solari, and also helping her father with the family restaurant, Gauguin. When her father cousin is found dead by her cousin Evelyn, who is blind, Sally takes her in. Evelyn is positive that someone killed her mother, so they work together to find the truth. I really enjoy this book ...more
Micky Cox
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this installment of the Sally Solari series, Sally learns she has a cousin that is in need after she finds her mother murdered. The cousin is blind, but with her keen senses and organization skills she is able to help Sally and the police figure out that her mother's suicide may have been more sinister. The characters have really blossomed in this series and I am glad that I have kept up with it. I am thrilled that Sally is really being fleshed out with more complex emotions and personality w ...more
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth book in a series and my first foray into this world of cooking and mystery. The character of Evelyn was great. It was refreshing to see how a blind person navigates the world. I, myself, would have been so scared to tackle the world without sight. She was a light that burned brightly during the darkness of the mystery. I liked how they used the clues Evie came up with to push the mystery forward. I am not sure a sighted person would have figured this one out on their own.

Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Restaurant owner, chef and part-time amateur sleuth Sally Solari is back and things are heating up both in and out of the kitchen. First of all, one of her cooks has an attitude. Brian has been on edge, and it is affecting his co-workers in a less than desirable way. Maybe he is worried about Sally going into joint ownership of Gauguin, the restaurant she inherited from her aunt, with Javier her head chef. And secondly, her father calls with an unusual request. Apparently a relative by marriage ...more
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sally Solari is no longer practicing law and now owns Gaugin, a restaurant in Santa Cruz after inheriting it from her aunt. Her father also runs a restaurant, Solari and Sally spends her time between the two. It's a lot to juggle and now her father has a favor to ask of her that will make her life even more complicated. Sally's cousin has died and. according to the police, it was a suicide. She lived with her 20 year old blind daughter, Evelyn and Sally's father has taken her in but finds out he ...more
Coralee Hicks
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
The theme of the forth volume of the Sally Solari mystery series is touch. Hence the title “Murder from Scratch”

Karst's novel features Evelyn (Evie) a distant relative of Sally. Blind from birth, Evie has stumbled over her mother's corpse after returning from an overnight visit. Mario, Sally's father, sheltered her after the police investigated the crime. He has a severe allergy to dogs. Evie has a dog. He asks Sally to share her home, overcoming her objections: “She's family”

To Evie's dismay,
Missi Stockwell
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
On the back cover of Murder from Scratch by Leslie Karst Edith Maxwell is quoted saying "[A] delicious plate of mystery...Don't read while hungry !" And I can say that is a good piece of advice however I would add that having a snack handy will help. Otherwise you might find yourself putting the book down and finding yourself elbows deep into making homemade pasta.....not that that would be a bad thing but I would recommend that you finish reading the book first.

And once you start reading Murder
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: dnf
Title: Murder From Scratch

Author: Leslie Karst

Genre: Murder Mystery, Cozy Mystery, Fiction, Sequel,

Plot: Sally Solari grew up in the restaurant business and is still heavily involved with it. Except instead of working for her dad in the family restaurant, she now runs her very own establishment. Inherited from a great aunt, the Gauguin is a tidy trendy little place filled with irate chefs and plenty of delicious smells. When Sally gets a craving for some family cooking, she drops by her dad's pl
Kathy Martin
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sally's next case has a family connection. Sally's dad asks her to take in her blind cousin Evelyn and her dog Caro, after her mother Jackie was found dead of a suspected overdose. Sally is glad to oblige and finds that she enjoys Evelyn's company.

When they make a quick trip back to Evelyn's house to gather more of her things, Evelyn discovers a number of things out of place. She and her mother always kept things in the same place so that Evie could find them. And when she is told the contents
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sally’s long lost cousin Evie comes to stay with the only family she has left when her Mother dies. While Evie is blind, she sees things fat more clearly than others and, to her, it’s clear her mother did NOT commit suicide as the police think. While there are several people who were not happy with the woman, who had a beef big enough to kill her?

Always tip toeing around police investigations, Sally finds herself poking around this one as well. Between Dally and Evie, the two find several suspec
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This latest Sally Solari mystery is an entertaining read. As with many series entries, it would probably be beneficial to read them all for background, but I think this could work as a standalone as the author provides family and setting background.

Sally is a restaurateur in Santa Cruz. She and her father, also a restaurant owner, are saddened to discover that a distant relation has died, possibly by suicide, and left a 20 year old daughter. The daughter, Evelyn, discovered her mother's body and
Susan Johnston
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Princess Fuzzypants here: Sally is reunited with her blind cousin under sad circumstances. Evie finds her mother’s corpse and while the initial verdict seems to be suicide, Evie is unconvinced. There are too many things that do not make sense and so the two cousins try to convince the authorities that they should look deeper.
In the cut-throat world of food, it seems there are lots of high emotion. Evie’s mother has set up her own restaurant but not everyone is happy with it. Could one of her com
Grace Koshida
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Santa Cruz restaurateur Sally Solari is busy dealing with her restaurant Gaugain when her dad asks her to take in Evelyn, her estranged blind cousin whose chef mother Jackie Olivieri has just died of a drug overdose. Evelyn is convinced that Jackie's death is suspicious when she finds items out of place at their home. The police are skeptical as is Sally until someone breaks into Sally's convertible to take Jackie's laptop. Sally knows all about the world of macho commercial kitchens and the cut ...more
Shoshana Frank
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Foodies and cozy mystery fans alike will love the latest installment of Sally Solari’s spirited sleuthing. When Sally isn’t working as a line chief at her restaurant Gauguin, she strives to relax by racing her bicycle and playing with her dog. But when Sally’s blind cousin Evelyn moves in due to her mother’s suicide, that idyllic world is over turned upside down. To cut even deeper, what appears to be a simple overdose proves to be much more sinister as Evelyn and Sally dig deeply into the cut t ...more
Apr 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
Book 4 in the series.

Frankly, I read the first two books in the series and didn't intend to go any further than that. I don't really like Sally, and I think she's the worst restaurateur in the world because she spends too much of her time doing everything but running her business.

But I saw this up on NetGalley and thought I'd give Sally another chance. I didn't even bother to finish, just skipped to the end about a third of the way in. I felt like the author kind of phoned the story in this time
Janet Graham
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cozy Mystery with Recipes
This is a cozy mystery that should appeal to foodies who like Italian, SE Asian, and Indian cuisine. There are some good looking recipes included for several dishes and homemade egg noodles with your pasta machine. There is also quite a bit about jazz music from the 1940s to today. The story is very good. There are several viable suspects and the victim's daughter is wonderful. There is a lot of layers to the story all going on at once. I really enjoyed the author treati
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
This is the fourth book in the series.

Sally Solari has her cousin, Evelyn, move in with her for a while after her mother’s death. This is the first the have meet. Evelyn is blind but believes her mother’s death was not a suicide. Everything in Evelyn’s old home had everything in an assigned place so she could find it. Things are out of place.

Sally investigates. There are plenty of twists and turns and intrigue. We learn more about Sally’s friends, what it’s like to be blind in today’s society an
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Murder From Scratch is the fourth book in the Sally Solari Mystery series by Leslie Karst. I have enjoyed all the books in this series, and this one is no exception. In this book Sally learns that her distant cousin has passed away and has left behind a visually impaired daughter. Initially the death appears to be a suicide but then signs start to point to something more sinister.
As always Leslie Karst grabs my attention from the start and holds it until the end , taking me on a wild ride of twi
Sally has enough going on in her work life, like a volatile chef and a pending partnership agreement with the other chef, when her father calls with a need for her to help out with a blind cousin whose mother is suddenly dead. Evie believes that the alcohol and pills death is not suicide as the cops believe, and Sally becomes convinced when events indicate that someone is trying to get information or eliminate evidence. Let the sleuthing begin!
The plot progresses through a lot of personal and
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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, Ca ...more

Other books in the series

A Sally Solari Mystery (4 books)
  • Dying for a Taste (A Sally Solari Mystery #1)
  • A Measure of Murder (A Sally Solari Mystery #2)
  • Death al Fresco (A Sally Solari Mystery #3)