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Jane Lasswell Hoff is a professional forensic anthropologist, a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a lecturer in anthropology. She has worked throughout the United States for tribal groups, police departments, medical examiners’ offices and for the U. S. Army, identifying and recovering human remains.
She was born in Hollywood, California, and spent most of her childhood in southern California. She attended the University of Hawaii, Manoa, and the University of Oregon. She is widowed and lives and works in Hilo, Hawaii.
Bones of Paradise is her first novel, part of an intended series of Big Island Mysteries.
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 spent her early years in various locales (Columbus, Ohio; South America and Mexico; Oxford, England; and Santa Monica, California), then moved from Southern California to Santa Cruz to study English literature and Romance languages at UCSC (home of the Fighting Banana Slugs). Leslie was able to parlay her humanities degree into employment waiting tables and singing in a new wave rock and roll band. Exciting though this life was, however, she eventually decided she was ready for a “real” job, and ended up at Stanford Law School. Having survived the horror that is the California bar exam, Leslie then worked for twenty years as the research and appellate attorney for a civil law firm in Santa Cruz County. During this period, she rediscovered a passion for food and cooking, and so once more returned to school—this time to earn a degree in culinary arts from Cabrillo College. Now retired from the law, she spends her time cooking, singing alto in her local community chorus, gardening, cycling, and of course writing. Leslie and her wife and their Jack Russell mix split their time between Santa Cruz and Hilo, Hawai‘i.
Karst is the author of the popular Sally Solari Mystery series with newly published #5 Fragrance of Death
Darien Hsu Gee
Featured Author at SBS 2022
Featured Author at Small Business Saturday 2022
Featured Author at Small Business Saturday 2022, part of the Hali'a Aloha Series which celebrates storytelling in Hawaii.