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New Release: DEATH AL FRESCO by Leslie Karst

51EWedWHb8LDEATH 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

NINE LESSONS by Nicola Upson

51y6qDZWqHLNine Lessons, by Nicola Upson (Crooked Lane, 2017, $26.99) brings Detective Chief Inspector Archie Penrose and mystery writer Josephine Tey together again, this time in Cambridge, where murder spoils the Christmas holiday season.

Penrose is called in when a noted musician is found dead, having been entombed alive in a crypt, with the photograph of a country house on his person. What do a noted barrister, a war hero, and a beloved teller of ghost stories have in common, other than their increasingly gruesome deaths? At the same time, Tey is alarmed by the murders of young women, living alone, who have even less in common that Penrose’s victims. A third thread in this increasing tangled tale is Tey’s discovery of a secret in Penrose’s past, and her growing love for her friend Marta.

A long-buried crime is uncovered, a vindictive hatred is revealed, and the murderers are caught, just as Penrose meets a relative he never knew he had. Nicola Upson’s twisted plot leads to an unforseen conclusion, worthy of Dame Agatha herself.

Interview with cozy mystery author Daryl Wood Gerber (includes book excerpt)

Daryl Wood Gerber 0483 100dpiAgatha Award-winning Daryl Wood Gerber is best known for her nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries and Cheese Shop Mysteries, which she pens as Avery Aames. She now debuts the new French Bistro Mysteries with A DEADLY ÊCLAIR. Daryl also writes stand-alone suspense: DAYS OF SECRETS and GIRL ON THE RUN. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote.” She loves to cook, and she has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky who keeps her in line!

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Interview with Culinary Mystery Author Leslie Karst

karst headshotThe 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. She now writes the Sally Solari Mysteries (Dying for a Taste, A Measure of Murder), 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 and her wife and their Jack Russell mix split their time between Santa Cruz and Hilo, Hawai‘i.

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In this second book in the Sally Solari mystery series, A Measure of Murder, Sally is busy juggling work at her family’s Italian restaurant, Solari’s, and helping plan the autumn menu for the restaurant she’s just inherited, Gauguin. Complicating this already hectic schedule, she joins her ex-boyfriend Eric’s chorus, which is performing a newly discovered version of her favorite composition: the Mozart Requiem. But then, at the first rehearsal, a tenor falls to his death on the church courtyard—and his soprano girlfriend is sure it wasn’t an accident. Sucked into investigating, Sally’s already crazy-busy life heats up like a cast iron skillet set over an open flame.

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Review of ILL MET BY MURDER by Elizabeth J. Duncan

ILL MET BY MURDER (A Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery by Elizabeth J. Duncan / Released Dec 2016 by Crooked Lane Books

61f0hk37cl-1-_sx331_bo1204203200_            ILL MET BY MURDER, by Elizabeth J. Duncan takes us up to the Catskills, where an old resort has been turned into a theater specializing in Shakespearean productions. Costume designer Charlotte Fairfax is delighted to oblige the theater’s principal benefactor, Paula Van Dusen, when the wealthy widow enlists her help in using the current production, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with its themes of magic and romance, as a background for her daughter’s wedding. All is going well, until the body of one of the groom’s most bitter business rivals is found in the shrubbery during the performance, with the object to transform Bottom the Weaver into an ass jammed onto his head.

There are plenty of suspects, including the bride, one of her bridesmaids, and a very suspicious real estate broker with designs on the property next to the theater. Charlotte’s love life takes a turn for the better as things get worse for the bride and groom. An old scandal leads to the solution of the mystery, and a murderer with a passion for revenge is thwarted by a most unlikely rescuer.