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A Measure of Murder: A Sally Solari Mystery    by Leslie Karst order for
Measure of Murder
by Leslie Karst
Order:  USA  Can
Crooked Lane, 2017 (2017)
Hardcover, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Sally Solari barely can take the time to breathe. She divides her precious time between her father's restaurant, Solari's; the restaurant, Gauguin, she inherited from her Aunt; her attempts to keep in shape using her bicycle; and now singing in a chorus that requires dedication. We're talking Mozart's Requiem here!

When a member of the chorus (a tenor) takes a plunge from an upper story of the old church used for practice, Sally offers her help to the local police to investigate this death that seems like murder to her. The police call it an accident and want to leave it at that.

While Sally takes on this case by herself, we the readers traipse along with her as she places herself in one scary spot after another. A Measure of Murder by Leslie Karst is a delightful story of a very likable woman who won't take no for an answer. While enjoying a unique plot, readers learn how a performance of a dedicated chorus comes together to finally achieve its goal singing in front of an audience.

Sally also likes to ride her bike and we ride along with her as she enjoys the trial of pumping up hills while taking in lovely scenery. We also pick up a little Italian as the chorus master hails from Italy. And we all have to eat. Karst suggests different meals which had me looking for the recipes in the back of the book. This enjoyable read is the second in a series, Dying for a Taste being the first.

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