This is the fifth book in the Sally Solari Mysteries (this is the first 4) by Leslie Karst who was luckily able to get a new publisher to continue the series. It ended in 2019 with the previous publisher, so the link I added is to the first four books, but you can get to this one from my Goodreads review below. It was great visiting Sally, her dad, Nonna, Javier and the whole gang in Santa Cruz again. I just love Sally’s dad! He’s such an awesome character, and I love that he’s happy with Abby his girlfriend. I hope the new publisher wants to let Sally’s tales continue! Readers can help support that by buying the book or borrowing it from your library and leaving reviews too! If your library takes suggestions, you can always suggest they get the hardback or on Overdrive I know my library lets us submit suggestions for e-book buys.
My Goodreads review:
The Fragrance of Death by Leslie Karst
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was thrilled to find out that the author found another publisher and was going to continue Sally’s stories! I think any Sally fan might agree we’ve been a little starved for one of our fave cozy chef characters, so this book definitely didn’t disappoint. But poor Sally had the most horrible dilemma any chef could imagine: loss of taste and smell. It didn’t help if a dish got goofed up or something even worse happened because of said loss.
To keep her mind off her own issues, Sally was investigating again when the guy next to her at the Artichoke Contest was killed. There was a fairly long list of wannabe killers and even the police had trouble zoning in on which one offed the guy. But our Sally girl wouldn’t be deterred even with attempts on her life going on.
Meanwhile, Sally had some relationship changes going on, and I gotta say I’m not unhappy with what ended up happening and wasn’t completely surprised. The showdown was pretty exciting and I thought it was really cool how Sally caught her perp. Sally, I hope your adventures are able to continue, it’s been awesome catching back up!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher Severn House via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.