Murder from Scratch
A Sally Solari Mystery #4
Crooked Lane, April 2019
Murder from Scratch is the fourth in Leslie Karst’s Sally Solari mystery series. As many of you may know, Sally is a chef-owner of a high end popular restaurant Gauguin. However, lately she has been having problems with her staff, including her cook. Feeling like she just can’t deal with any more problems, Sally hears from her father that her cousin Evelyn’s mother has recently died and Evelyn, who is blind, needs a place to stay for a while. By this Sally’s father means that Evelyn should stay with Sally. Grudgingly, Sally agrees. But, as it turns out, Sally and Evelyn are kindred spirits. Evelyn is an excellent cook and teaches Sally’s chef a new recipe or two and she is fun to be around. Also, to Sally’s surprise, Evelyn can navigate around very well and with minimal help using her white cane. In fact, when they go to the house Evelyn shared with her mother to get some belongings Evelyn needs, she discovers some things are not in their usual places. Like most blind people, Evelyn and her mother kept things in their home in the same place at all times so that Evelyn could find them. Discovering that things had been moved was very disconcerting and supported Evelyn’s belief that her mother had not overdosed on her own but that someone murdered her.
Anxious to find out what really happened, Evelyn and Sally begin to investigate which has its difficult moments particularly since they are two women trying to get information from fellow chefs in a competitive and male-dominated field. But, unwilling to give up, they push on putting themselves in danger from someone who is determined not to be discovered and willing to do anything to make sure Sally and Evelyn do not succeed.
Reviewed by Melinda Drew, July 2019.