Friday, February 10, 2017

Cozy Food Friday
with a 


That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!

Today I'm featuring 
Book 2 in the Sally Solari Mysteries
by Leslie Karst

A MEASURE OF MURDER, book two in the Sally Solari culinary mystery series, was just released on February 7, 2017 (Crooked Lane Books).

Sally Solari is busy juggling work at her family’s Italian restaurant, Solari’s, and helping plan the autumn menu for the restaurant she’s just inherited, Gauguin. Complicating this already hectic schedule, she 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?

“Engaging characters, terrific writing, and a savory blend of musical and culinary erudition...polymath Karst sauces her plot without masking its flavor. And she’s a dab hand with the red herrings.” Publishers Weekly starred review

(Includes recipes!)

About Leslie

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. She now writes the Sally Solari Mysteries (Dying for a Taste, A Measure of Murder), a culinary series set in Santa Cruz, California. An ex-lawyer like her sleuth, Leslie also has degrees in English literature and the culinary arts. She and her wife and their Jack Russell mix split their time between Santa Cruz and Hilo, Hawai‘i. Visit her online at and at



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On to the recipe!

Sally’s Decadent Blondies

When Sally Solari joins the chorus that her ex- (but best friend) Eric sings in, she’s delighted to discover that dessert is an integral part of each rehearsal. Proud of her rich and chewy blondies, she offers to whip up a batch for the chorus members.

(yield: one 9” x 13” pan)


½ lb. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
1 cup chopped macadamia nuts
1 cup white chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and butter or oil a 9” x 13” baking pan.

Pour the melted butter into a large bowl, add the brown sugar, and stir together until blended. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth.

Add salt and flour and stir until no streaks of flour remain. Stir in mac nuts and white chocolate chips.

Dump batter into oiled pan and smooth with your spoon (it will be thick and gooey).

Bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the pan comes out relatively clean—about 25 minutes. (Err on the side of them being underdone; chewy blondies are ever so much better than dry ones!)

Let cool, then cut into squares. The blondies can be eaten right away, or covered tightly in plastic wrap and frozen for later use.

Oh my goodness. 
I can just imagine biting into one of these!


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installments of 
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Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader
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My Book Beginnings

When the baritone finally came to the end of his song, I could sense the tension slipping from every shoulder in the room.

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Rules: *Grab a book, any book. *Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that's okay.) *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you. *Post it.

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"So I wanted to let you know that his memorial service will be this coming Saturday, at three o’clock at Lighthouse Point."


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  1. i need to copy this recipe. It is quite different than the one I have and looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.

    1. And what I love about them is how super easy they are to make!

  2. Looks yummy! You had me at the cover! I've got to check out this series!

    MY Friday 56 from The Ashes

  3. Thanks for sharing your post. Both the book and the recipe look good.

  4. I like the combination of cooking and chorus. Sounds like a delightful book. (Those blondies look yummy, too.)
    My Friday post features An Innocent Client.

  5. That recipe sounds delicious. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

  6. A book and a snack...can't beat that. Happy Friday.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  7. The book sounds good...and those goodies are making me drool. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “BEHIND HER EYES”

  8. Those Blondies look amazing. I haven't actually made Blondies yet since I mostly make Brownies, but that recipe looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing about it and the book. :-)

  9. Thanks, Lisa (and Leslie). Those blondies look delicious! Happy Friday, to you.

  10. Those blondies look good and so does the book! Happy weekend!

  11. This look delicious and I will definitely be trying them out. This is a new author to me and this book sounds great! Thanks for the review my TBR list just got longer!

  12. What a delicious looking recipe! Happy weekend.