"A Measure of Murder" is the second book in the Sally Solari Mystery series. Sally, now juggling her time between two restaurants, decides to join her ex-boyfriend’s choir. While at rehearsal, a mean tenor drops dead and his girlfriend thinks it was murder so Sally gets tangled up in yet another murder case.
Even though this was the second book in the series, this was my first book in the series and I have to say that I enjoyed it. One of the reasons was because I found it very unique. Many cozies have food themes, but the choir/music angle really made it stand out to me. While the mystery was addicting and brilliantly plotted, I got to read about delicious food and beautiful musical pieces at the same—truly a fun experience. Plus, all the characters felt well-developed and pleasant. Everyone stood on their own and felt like real people.
Overall, I really like this series! So much that I’m going to pick up the first book in the series while waiting for the third installment to come out. I really connected with these characters and the mystery itself was very entertaining and fun.
Sally Solari is busy juggling work at her family’s Italian restaurant, Solari’s, and helping Javier plan the autumn menu for the restaurant she’s just inherited, Gauguin. Complicating this already hectic schedule, Sally joins her ex-boyfriend Eric’s chorus, which is performing a newly discovered version of her favorite composition: the Mozart Requiem. But then, 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 mixed in 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 right as 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?
In a stew of suspects and restaurateurs, trouble boils over in the second in Leslie Karst’s tasty and tantalizing Sally Solari mystery series, A Measure of Murder.