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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
A Measure of Murder by Leslie Karst is the second book in the Sally Solari mystery series. Sally's life is busy as she juggles working at her family's restaurant and helping run the restaurant she inherited from her aunt which is planning a new menu for Autumn. She couldn't possibly have time for anything else, except auditioning to join her ex-boyfriend's chorus. The excitement is short lived when a tenor falls out the window, and his girlfriend turns to Sally for help determining if it was murder. She gathers a list of suspects, and digs for the truth, but what she learns may make her the next victim.
Leslie Karst has a down to earth style, with a strong voice in Sally who is smart, witty, and stubborn, with a fiery personality and a thorough attention to detail. These details make it easy to sleuth with her, getting as caught up in the mystery as she is. In an interesting move for a sleuthing mystery, the cop connection has very little to do with Sally's investigation, with the cop only appearing for a few scenes. The sleuthing fits naturally with the rest of her daily life, mixing well with both of her jobs, her family, and friends. Every part of Sally's life is nicely balanced, never feeling overly chaotic. A range of characters reflect where she's at with her family at the family restaurant, Javier and other staff at the restaurant she inherited, the chorus full of suspects, and her closest friends that show up at her place and are very supportive of her investigating a possible murder. A Measure of Murder is clever and fun, with twists and turns that keep you guessing until the very end.