Author Interview

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A Sense for Murder by Leslie Karst

Such delicious fun! I was so happy to welcome Leslie Karst beck to Joy on Paper. Just a few months ago we talked about her wonderful book: Justice is Served: A Tale of Scallops, the Law, and Cooking for RBG, a memoir about creating a special dinner for the beloved Supreme Court Judge. 

I enjoyed reading her newest release: A Sense for Murder, Book #6 in her Sally Solari mystery series. No one describes food better than Leslie. She relishes getting the descriptions to a mouthwatering level that makes the reader ravenously hungry! And she succeeds! By the time I finished the book I was ready fly out to Santa Cruz to find the French-Polynesian restaurant, Gauguin, that she describes. Luckily she includes recipes at the back of the bookso I got dressed and headed for the nearest farmer’s market to get fresh ingredients.

You will enjoy this interview with Leslie. She has a great laugh! And her enthusiasm for great food is inspiring. Leslie is an example of what JOY one can find after retirement.

If you go to her website she will send you a beautiful bookmark with a recipe on the back. 

You can also find out about her other books in this Lefty Award winning series.

About the book:

Chef Sally Solari has – to her own bewilderment – built a reputation as a talented sleuth who keeps tripping over dead bodies. But getting mixed up in the curious case of a cookbook killer threatens to be the final chapter in not just her investigating career . . . but her life.

It’s the height of the tourist season in Santa Cruz, California, and Sally Solari has her hands full, both juggling crowds of hungry diners at her French-Polynesian restaurant Gauguin, as well as appeasing her father, who’s distressed at the number of homeless people camped out in front of Solari’s, the family’s Italian seafood restaurant out on the historic fisherman’s wharf.

Nevertheless, when Sally gets the opportunity to volunteer at a farm-to-table dinner taking place at the hip new restaurant and culinary bookshop Pages and Plums, she seizes the chance. Not only is it a fundraiser for an organization aiding the homeless and seniors, but up for auction at the event is a signed boxset of Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Sally’s hero, the renowned chef Julia Child…

High Praise for Sally Solari Series


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Engaging characters, terrific writing…polymath Karst sauces her plot without masking its flavor. And she’s a dab hand with the red herrings.  – Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Karsts smart, engaging characters steal the show in this razor-sharp… food series. – Booklist

A spicy…mystery series with a smart sleuth, layers of secrets, and delectable food descriptions! – Krista Davis, author of The Domestic Diva Mysteries

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