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Death al Fresco: A Sally Solari Mystery (edição: 2018)

de Leslie Karst (Autor)

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It's up to Sally Solari to serve up a killer before their family restaurant's reputation goes up in smoke. It's early autumn in Santa Cruz and restaurateur Sally Solari decides an open-air painting class is the perfect way for her to learn more about Paul Gauguin, the inspiration for the restaurant she has recently inherited. But the beauty of the Monterey Bay coastline is shattered when Sally's dog Buster sniffs out a corpse tangled up in kelp. The body is identified as Gino, a local fisherman and a regular at Solaris' until he disappeared after dining there a few nights before. Witnesses claim he left reeling drunk, but his waitress swears the old man only had two beers with is 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 in Death al Fresco, Leslie Karst's third delectable Sally Solari mystery.… (mais)
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Título:Death al Fresco: A Sally Solari Mystery
Autores:Leslie Karst (Autor)
Informação:Crooked Lane Books (2018), 332 pages
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This is my first Leslie Karst/Sally Solari book and I enjoyed it. Love the setting of Santa Cruz and the restaurants. The characters were likeable and very entertaining. The mystery was good for a cozy and the side stories were interesting. Learning a little about the Genoa fishermen was good and the food sounded scrumptious! All in all a really good read. Will keep this author on my list!

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  KathyC200 | Mar 22, 2020 |
Lately I've been feeling a curious urge to try out some new genres, in this case the "cozy mystery." Maybe it's because I keep seeing that section at Barnes & Noble as I go to browse the regular mysteries. I thought that, if I did, it would be one of those cat ones, but this food-based mystery came my way so...here we go.

Sally Solari is a former lawyer, restaurant owner, and for the third time now, (much to the chagrin of the local police) amateur sleuth. This time, a regular patron of her father's restaurant has washed up on the shore in Santa Cruz and it may not have been an accidental drowning. While the real detectives go about their jobs, Sally noses around herself to try to find out who might have been involved. To make matters more personal, blame begins to fall on Sally's father for possibly allowing the man to indulge too much and then go home alone. And then there's the hapless diner's cap, found shoved under a seat in her father's boat...

I have to admit, I didn't guess whodunit, but it's not because of a twist or revelation or a major clue that was overlooked, so much as nobody really has much of a motive. The most incriminating factor is that maybe someone has a reputation for being a little aggressive--maybe it's him!

Agatha Christie it isn't, but it was a pleasant little mystery that was indeed, cozy. The characters are likeable, and there's nothing really horrible that will traumatize a sensitive reader. There's a lot of food talk, as menus and meals are prepared for a big dinner event. And there are a few recipes in the back based on dishes described in the story. A couple of them sound pretty good. Except for the cod dish. I hate seafood! ( )
  chaosfox | Feb 22, 2019 |
It’s summer in Santa Cruz, and restaurateur Sally Solari decides an open-air painting class is a perfect way for her to learn more about Paul Gauguin, the inspiration for her restaurant. But the beauty of the Monterey Bay coastline is shattered when Sally’s dog Buster sniffs out a corpse tangled up in kelp.

The body is Gino, a local fisherman and a regular at her father's restaurant, Solaris until he disappeared after dining there a few nights before. Witnesses claim he left reeling drunk, but his waitress swears Gino only had two beers with his dinner. 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 that includes Anastasia, the mysterious woman who dined with Gino that fateful night, Gino’s deckhand Bobby, and bocce player Frank who accused Gino of cheating, Sally must serve up the tall order to clear her father’s name.

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Series: A Sally Solari Mystery Book - 3
Author: Leslie Karst
Genre: Cozy Mystery/Culinary
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books - Publishing Date March 13, 2018

Death al Fresco is the third book in the “A Sally Solari Mystery” series. It is a quick, enjoyable read with plenty of plot twists and clues that may or may not be what they seem. Leslie Karst is a wonderful writer who knows how to build suspense and intrigue without getting bogged down in unnecessary verbiage.

Sally has her hands full working in her new restaurant as well as her father’s restaurant, Solaris and things do not look for getting better any time soon. With a big celebration at Solaris add her touchy cook, Javier at Gauguin’s, she isn’t sure whether she is coming or going. Things spiral downhill fast as she races against time to solve a murder before her father and she ends up out of business.

The cast of characters in this new addition to the series are fan favorites. They are likable and lovable, and readers cheer from the sidelines as each of them plays their part. Sally’s father, as well as her bf and old flame, Eric play a starring role in the story and add to the enjoyment of the book and the reader.

Santa Cruz is a wonderful location to set a series, and Ms. Karst uses it well as the backdrop of an intriguing and highly pleasurable plot. The recipes are mouthwatering and will have readers tracking down their local Italian restaurant to see if they have the delightful dishes described in the story.

When the killer is unmasked, the motive is a bit confusing and the killer although a suspect still seems a bit of a surprise. Although the motive for the murder is not explained very well and is left up to the reader to scrutinize its meaning, Death al Fresco is recommended for anyone interested in a good story filled with action and fun.
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  GinDuperre | Jan 4, 2019 |
Sally Solari is working very hard to make a name for herself at her recently inherited restaurant, but her father has different plans. He doesn’t seem to remember that she no longer works at the family restaurant Solaris’ and keeps pulling her in. While taking an open-air painting class of the Monterey Bay coastline, Sally’s dog Buster finds a corpse tangled up in the kelp.

The body is identified as Gino, a local fisherman and regular patron at Solaris’. Is it true what everyone is saying? Is Sally’s dad negligent for allowing an inebriated customer to leave the restaurant alone at night? Witnesses claim that Gino was drunk when he left the restaurant, but his waitress swears that she only served him to beers with a full meal. Can she find out the truth before her father’s reputation and that on his restaurant goes down the drain?

This is not your average cozy mystery full of cuteness. Sally is a smart and multifaceted character that has you cheering for her to find the bad guys. ( )
  suzybee30 | Jun 30, 2018 |
I had a hard time getting into this book. Maybe it was because I hadn't read the other books in this series. There were a few times the author references things that happened in the previous book. I felt there was too much description pertaining to the food and not enough to the mystery.
Death al Fresco had a fairly good basic mystery and I thing that if the author put more effort into the murder it could have been a very good cozy. ( )
  bah195 | Apr 9, 2018 |
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It's up to Sally Solari to serve up a killer before their family restaurant's reputation goes up in smoke. It's early autumn in Santa Cruz and restaurateur Sally Solari decides an open-air painting class is the perfect way for her to learn more about Paul Gauguin, the inspiration for the restaurant she has recently inherited. But the beauty of the Monterey Bay coastline is shattered when Sally's dog Buster sniffs out a corpse tangled up in kelp. The body is identified as Gino, a local fisherman and a regular at Solaris' until he disappeared after dining there a few nights before. Witnesses claim he left reeling drunk, but his waitress swears the old man only had two beers with is 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 in Death al Fresco, Leslie Karst's third delectable Sally Solari mystery.

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