DEATH AL FRESCO by Leslie Karst / Cozy Mystery / Released March 13, 2018 by Crooked Lane Books
Acclaimed novelist Leslie Karst puts a sensational spin on the culinary cozy caper with her latest mystery, Death al Fresco. In Death al Fresco, lawyer-turned-restaurateur protagonist Sally Solari faces a catastrophic culinary conundrum. When her father is fingered for murder, it’s up to Sally to serve up the real killer before their family restaurant’s reputation goes up in smoke.
About Death al Fresco: 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—before it’s too late…
Smart and charming, fun and lively, intelligent and irresistible, Death al Fresco is a delicious tale peppered with wit, charm, and a to-die-for plot. In Death al Fresco, Leslie Karst serves up a tantalizing new tale that also includes mouthwatering recipes.
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. An ex-lawyer like Sally Solari, her sleuth, Leslie also has degrees in English literature and the culinary arts. Leslie and her wife, Robin, divide their time between Santa Cruz, California and Hilo, Hawaii. Leslie Karst is also the author of Dying for a Taste, and A Measure of Murder. Visit Leslie Karst online at: www.lesliekarstauthor.com