Murder from Scratch: A Sally Solari Mystery
by Leslie Karst
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
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.
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.
Just one great book. Good flow, memorable characters and a fun and interesting atmosphere. All the restaurants and cooking aspects were captivating to watch. Great backdrop for a mystery.
Cozy mystery fans, check this one out! It’s a keeper.
I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.