A MEASURE OF MURDER Earns High Praise

A Measure of Murder, the newest mystery by Leslie Karst, is now available where fine books are sold. Published by Crooked Lane Books, A Measure of Murder is available in hardcover (ISBN: 978-1683310181, 336 pages, $25.99) and eBook ($9.99) editions. Measure of Murder will be published in trade paper (ISBN: 978-1683314936, 352 pages, $15.99) in February 2018.

Murder is on the menu in A Measure of Murder, acclaimed novelist Leslie Karst's delightful, decadent and delicious tale featuring lawyer-turned-restaurateur protagonist Sally Solari. A clever and captivating culinary caper cozy, A Measure of Murder has earned high early praise:

"Engaging characters, terrific writing, and a savory blend of musical and culinary erudition...."

-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"Karst provides a mystery that rings true and features several unexpected twists."

-Kirkus Reviews

"Leslie Karst whips up another tasty story in A Measure of Murder. Her wit is as razor sharp as chef's knives...truly a pleasure."

-Seattle Book Review (Five Star Review)

"Engaging and lively...fun to read."

-Reviewing the Evidence

About A Measure of Murder: Sally Solari's plate is beyond full between juggling work at her family's Italian restaurant, Solari's, and helping plan the autumn menu for Gauguin, the restaurant she's just inherited. Complicating this already hectic schedule, Sally joins a chorus, which is performing a newly discovered version of her favorite composition, the Mozart Requiem. But at the first rehearsal, a tenor falls to his death on the church courtyard-and his soprano girlfriend is sure it wasn't an accident. Now Sally's back on another murder case seasoned with a dash of revenge, a pinch of peril, and a suspicious stack of sheet music. And while tensions in the chorus heat up, so does the kitchen at Gauguin-set aflame when Sally starts getting too close to the truth. Can Sally catch the killer before she's burnt to a crisp, or will the case grow as cold as yesterday's leftovers? When this unseemly stew of greed, jealously, secrets and lies threatens to boil over, Sally had better watch her step-because someone could get badly burned. If Sally isn't careful, her sleuthing could be a real recipe for disaster.

Intelligent, engaging, and peppered with wit, humor, and tantalizing twists and turns, A Measure of Murder is mesmerizing. Leslie Karst serves up an irresistible tale resplendent with charming characters, a to-die-for setting, and decadent recipes. Readers will blissfully lose themselves in this smartly plotted, delightfully detailed and sumptuously suspenseful story. A Measure of Murder is a story to be savored from beginning to end.

The daughter of a law professor and a potter, Leslie Karst learned early, during family dinner conversations, the value of both careful analysis and the arts-ideal ingredients for a mystery story. An ex-lawyer like Sally Solari, her sleuth, Leslie also has degrees in English literature and the culinary arts. Leslie and her wife, Robin, divide their time between Santa Cruz, California and Hilo, Hawaii. Leslie Karst is also the author of Dying for a Taste, which was released to rave reviews in 2016. Visit Leslie Karst online at: www.lesliekarstauthor.com

Crooked Lane Books is a crime fiction imprint that publishes today's most gripping mysteries, thrillers, and suspense novels. Based in New York, Crooked Lane Books (www.crookedlanebooks.com) was founded in 2014 by former Minotaur/St. Martin's editor Matthew Martz.

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