Leslie Karst, Death al Fresco

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 7:00pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes back Santa Cruz novelist Leslie Karst to celebrate the release of her newest mystery, Death al Fresco, with a book discussion and signing.

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

This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Chairs for open seating are usually set up an hour before the event begins.


Death Al Fresco: A Sally Solari Mystery Cover Image
ISBN: 9781683315322
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crooked Lane Books - March 13th, 2018

SKU: S9781683315322

If you can't join us for this event, you can still have a copy of Death al Fresco signed at the event. Books must be paid for in advance and can either be shipped or held for pick-up in the store. Internet orders must be placed by Tuesday, March 27th. After that, please call the store to inquire about signed editions.

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