Happy Birthday to Leslie

Today is Leslie Karst’s birthday, and this is her virtual birthday party! In order to pull this off, we’ll need your participation, please…

 First, jump out from behind some furniture and yell SURPRISE!

Then help yourself to a signature cocktail…

Dying for a Taste Daiquiri

A Measure of Murder and Mojito

Death al Fresco Frangelico

Murder from Scratch Mai Tai


Next, it’s time to hit up the extravagant cupcake buffet. Good news: there is no such thing as a sugar overload at virtual birthday parties, woohoo!

While you’re enjoying the deliciousness, there’s plenty of time to admire the bookshelf, with its collection of wonderful Sally Solari Mysteries.


Let’s ooh and ahh as she opens her gifts, which are full of things that mystery authors need, like time to write, plot inspiration, glowing reviews, and a selection of red herrings.

And finally, it’s time for cake and and enthusiastic singing…

Happy birthday to you

Happy birthday to you

Happy birthday, dear Leslie…

Happy birthday to youuuuuuuu!

🎉❤️🎉 Wishing you a very special day! 🎉❤️🎉

33 thoughts on “Happy Birthday to Leslie

  1. Dear Leslie, I hope your birthday is as wonderful as you are! I’ve been thinking of you lately, particularly after your post on the fires and after RBG’s death on Friday. I’m so glad y’all are well and safe. Wishing you another year of wonderful things in your next trip around the sun!


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    My dear Leslie,

    I am so happy to see you celebrating!🥳
    You are gorgeous. I love your party outfit! And the hat you are wearing is to die for! Robin looks fabulous! And Ziggy’s bow? How fetching! 🦮

    It’s time to EAT. 🎂
    Let me escort you to the lovely cupcake table. May I suggest dark chocolate with a salted caramel frosting?

    Don’t forget the special DRINK I found just for you.🍾
    The Godfather
    1 1/2 ounces Scotch Whiskey
    1/2 Amaretto
    Mix and stir slowly

    My GIFT to you: 🎁
    Every time someone asks for suggestions on cozies, I mention your series. I puff it up to include the fact you are using the senses as a sub-theme. I talk about your series, your experiences, your adventures all the time to friends and strangers, trying to promote someone of a certain age still has a lot of life in them. You are an inspiration to me.

    WISDOM I offer for your young years: 💭
    Keanu Reeves writes.. “My friend’s mom has eaten healthy all her life. Never ever consumed alcohol or any “bad” food, exercised every day, very limber, very active, took all supplements suggested by her doctor, never went in the sun without sunscreen and when she did it was for as short a period as possible- so pretty much she protected her health with the utmost that anyone could. She is now 76 and has skin cancer, bone marrow cancer and extreme osteoporosis.
    My friend’s father eats bacon on top of bacon, butter on top of butter, fat on top of fat, never and I mean never exercised, was out in the sun burnt to a crisp every summer, he basically took the approach to live life to his fullest and not as others suggest. He is 81 and the doctors says his health is that of a young person.
    People you cannot hide from your poison. It’s out there and it will find you so in the words of my friend’s still living mother: ” if I would have known my life would end this way I would have lived it more to the fullest enjoying everything I was told not to!”
    None of us are getting out of here alive, so please stop treating yourself like an after thought. Eat the delicious food. Walk in the sunshine. Jump in the ocean. Say the truth that you’re carrying in your heart like hidden treasure. Be silly. Be kind. Be weird. There’s no time for anything else.”

    Love you gal!💕

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  3. SURPRI— ow! Tripped over Nala, but I beat her to the goodies. She chastised me for not letting the Birthday Girl go first, for which I humbly apologize. So, while I’m stuffing cupcakes in my face and sipping on my mojito, let me offer virtual hugs and every good wish to you, my dear Leslie. And may the next birthday be in person! oxox

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      1. A very happy birthday, to you, to yooooou! Hope you have a wonderful celebration today and may this next trip around the sun be (much!) better than the last. Many xoxox.


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