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The Fragrance of Death 

(A Sally Solari Mystery)  

by Leslie Karst

About The Fragrance of Death

Cozy Mystery 5th in Series  
Setting - California  
Severn House; Main edition (August 2, 2022)  
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 224 pages 
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1448309034 
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1448309030 
 Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09V878YNB 

Restaurateur Sally Solari has a nose for trouble, but when her sense of smell goes missing, it's not just her career on the line . . . it's her life.

Restaurateur Sally Solari is a champion, both in the kitchen and on the case, but after getting mixed up in one too many murders, she's noticed her nonna's friends have now taken to crossing themselves when they see her in the street. Adding to her woes, a sinus infection has knocked out her sense of smell, making cooking on the hot line difficult, indeed. Nevertheless, Sally is determined to stay out of trouble and focus on her work.

But then her old acquaintance Neil Lerici is murdered at the annual Santa Cruz Artichoke Cook-Off, and her powers of investigation are called into action once more. Could Neil have been killed by the local restaurant owner who took his winning spot at the competition? Or maybe by one of his siblings, who were desperate to sell the family farm to a real estate developer?

Sally plunges headfirst into the case, risking alienating everyone she knows - including the dapper Detective Vargas, who finds her sleuthing both infuriating and endearing. And soon it's not only her restaurant and tentative new relationship that are on the line - it's her life . . . 

The Fragrance of Death is a non-stop fun cozy mystery that will keep your mind buzzing and your mouth watering, and contains a selection of delicious recipes to cook at home.

*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.
Sally is up to all sorts of things in this newest installment to this fun cozy mystery series. She is getting ready to participate in the Santa Cruz Artichoke Cook-Off along with her father and other great chefs. Excitement leads up to the big day but then she notices that after being sick the week before she has now lost all sense of small along with taste. This makes things awful hard when trying to cook but adding in a murder doesn't really help anything. It gets even more interesting when she is asked to assist as well. What we get after that is a nonstop read as she goes from one thing to another keeping us guessing along the way. This creates a highly enjoyable read that is the perfect way to spend a pleasant afternoon. Sure to be enjoyed by fans of the genre. I really liked it so I give it 4/5 stars.

About Leslie Karst

Leslie Karst is the author of the Lefty Award-nominated Sally Solari culinary mystery series. The daughter of a law professor and a potter, she waited tables and sang in a new wave rock band before deciding she was ready for “real” job and ending up at Stanford Law School. It was during her career as a research and appellate attorney in Santa Cruz, California, that Leslie rediscovered her youthful passion for food and cooking and once more returned to school—this time to earn a degree in culinary arts.

Now retired from the law, Leslie spends her time cooking, cycling, gardening, singing alto in her local community chorus, and of course writing. She and her wife and their Jack Russell mix split their time between Santa Cruz and Hilo, Hawai‘i.

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