Murder from Scratch–review

This is the fourth book in the Santz Cruz-based series Sally Solari written by Leslie Karst. I’m actually up to date for once in a series, so I’m always anxious to read the latest in this one. I really enjoy all these diverse characters, especially the new character of Evelyn, Sally’s cousin who found her mother dead in their house. I hope that Evelyn gets to pop in from time to time. She and Sally seemed to make a good pair when it came to brainstorming the murder and a side crime that had been going on.

My Goodreads review:

Murder from Scratch: A Sally Solari MysteryMurder from Scratch: A Sally Solari Mystery by Leslie Karst

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sally found herself playing host to her blind cousin Evelyn after Evelyn had come home to find her mother’s dead body. After poking around the house a little and hearing about how a suicide note was worded, Evelyn was completely sure her mom hadn’t committed suicide, and she wanted Sally to help her prove it. This was an exciting case that had several good suspects, red herrings along the way, and just when I thought we were being double-red herringed into thinking it was one person, I was still wrong, but it was a fun ride. The showdown was great and Sally really kept her brains about her and made some pretty smart moves and observations, one of which involved a fork in the perp’s face.

During the case, Sally and Det. Vargas started being on a first-name basis, so maybe we’ll get to see them go a on a few dates eventually. He seemed to appreciate her and Evelyn’s help in this investigation. Sally’s dad even found a lady to date. It’ll be interesting to see what happens next. I really enjoyed the character of Evelyn! She was a strong young woman and an amazing cook, which told Sally from the get-go that they’d get along famously when her dad asked her to take Evelyn in for a few weeks. It’s always a fun trip to Santa Cruz!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

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Crime and Cupcakes–review

This is a first in the series Des and Dee Culinary Cozy by Susan D. Baker. It’s the perfect things to read if you only have an hour or so to spend. I really enjoyed it and will be interested in seeing when the next book comes out.

My Goodreads review:

Crime and Cupcakes (Des and Dee #1)Crime and Cupcakes by Susan D. Baker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a fun and quick mystery. The mystery itself was well constructed. Some of the writing was a little different from what I’m used to but sometimes it’s nice to be able to read a book quickly and simpler-constructed language definitely helps there.

Twin sisters Des and Dee have purchased a restaurant in their home town. This has been their dream for a long time so it’s finally come true. Sadly, the woman they bought from has passed away but the girls are convinced it’s murder. Especially since there’s a man who is planning to build a multi million dollar and has been buying up properties, having one of his employees nearly strong arm people into complying.

All clues point to one person until another person ends up dead. Is someone killing the business owners who refuse to sell out?

Sure some things were predictable but it was still fun. I honestly didn’t guess who the killer was and felt there were enough plot twists to keep me interested.

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