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Murder at Hartigan House

(Ginger Gold Mysteries #2)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,883 ratings  ·  193 reviews
Theres a skeleton in the attic! Quite literally.

After a weeklong passage over the Atlantic from Boston to Liverpool, Ginger Gold arrives at her childhood London homeHartigan Houseto find decade-old remains from some poor woman hanging from a noose. Gingers Boston terrier, Boss, noses out a missing phalange from under the cot.

Its a mystery that once again puts Ginger
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Published May 29th 2017 by La Plume Press
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Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lady Ginger Gold has returned to her childhood home, Hartigan House, to take care of her late father's affairs. The manor house has been reopened after being shut for ten years. Ginger and her friend, Hailey Higgins, are startled to find a body in one of the rooms. The body turns out to be that of a woman who attended a party at Hartigan House shortly before Ginger's father left for America. Ginger and Hailey realize that the woman was killed at the party and start digging to discover who ...more
Dawn Michelle
This was MUCH better than the first one. I really enjoyed this a lot and BOY HOWDY was I surprised at the end. WHOO. I never saw that coming.
I AM sad that I can only read the next two books though - after that, there are no more audiobooks for this series. I am totally bummed, but I will enjoy the next two and be happy that I got 4 of these to read.
Trish at Between My Lines
I literally only want to read this because that's my family name!
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ginger (Lady Gold), her dog Boss, her friend Haley, and Chief Inspector Basil Reed are back to solve another murder mystery. And someone else from Ginger's trip from the U.S. to England also makes an appearance.

This Ginger Gold mystery picks up where Murder on the S.S. Rosa left off. Ginger (Lady Gold) has just arrived back to Hartigan House in London, where she grew up, to take care of her deceased father's estate and decide what she wants to with the house. The house has been shut up for the
Paula Adams
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The things you find when you come home again after 10 years. Also the perils of driving on the left side of the road again after so many years. I love this series. Ginger just can't help herself in trying to solve the mystery but it would be quite dull if she didn't.
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder at Hartigan House by Lee Strauss picked up where Murder on the SS Rosa stopped with Ginger and Hailey now in England.
I am intrigued by Ginger and her past in the war and this story brought in character that knew her from that time. However, there were two murders to be solved as Ginger once again finds herself investigating. A quickly paced plot with some amusing and quirky characters that kept the story a fun read that held my attention.
Merry Chapman
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A GREAT who-done-it mystery that keeps you guessing to the end!

This is the second book of the Ginger Gold Mystery Series and picks up where the first one left off. BUT you can read this as a standalone. The author has written fun and easy to like characters. Ginger Gold AKA Lady Gold has come back to England after begin gone for most of her young life in Boston to settle her father's estate which includes this large house with servants. Her close friend Haley has also come with her to attend the
Heather Belleguelle
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After meeting Ginger Gold, her friend Haley, and little dog Boss, in the prequel novella to this series, I was looking forward to catching up with them again once they arrived at Gingers House in London. Anyone who also enjoyed that prequel wont want to miss this book.

Mrs Strauss continues to develop her characters well and introduces us to new ones, some of whom Im sure will appear in later books in the series. We get the opportunity particularly to get to know Ginger herself better, and also
3.5 stars

Ginger Gold has returned to her birthplace of Kensington, London, England after a most interesting sea voyage. She has come to settle her father's estate and see what's to do about a mysterious telegraph the old butler Mr. Pippins sent about a ghastly discovery in the attic. The ghastly discovery turns out to be the decomposed body of a woman in a designer gown of ten years earlier. Ginger believes the woman must have been a guest at her father's winter soiree just after her marriage.
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 2 of the Ginger Gold cozy mystery series! Great characters and setting, London at the turn of the century. I love a strong female lead, especially when they are involved in activity far removed from their station in life and expectations of women at the time. This series is great fun!
"Fashionably" cozy mystery

I really like this series so far. They are definitely cozy murder mysteries with a flair for fashion courtesy of Ginger.
Akané  D'Orangeville-Crozman
2.5 out of 5. It's ok, but I got bored very quickly to the point I didn't even care about the murder anymore.
Judi Easley
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers of the series, Cozy historic mystery readers
Recommended to Judi by: previous book
Murder at Hartigan House

Ginger Gold Mysteries #2

Lee Strauss

258 pages, ebook, paperback

La Plume Press, June 2017

Cozy Mystery, Historical Mystery, Period Piece

I purchased this at the current price. This is my honest review for which I am receiving no compensation of any kind.


The cover is in the style of the rest of the series, which is rather attractive. This is not how I pictured the house in my mind while reading the book, but thats okay. It represents the house just fine. I do like the logo
Aug 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
Could be much better with some good editing, but little details irritate me: The way the heroine bosses everybody about, issuing orders non stop on things she could do herself. Her language which is way too modern. The way the servants talk back to her - with familiarity, bad accents and dropping their h's - NEVER!!! The way she asks a poor 70 year old butler to do all sorts of things. The party - so not believable from beginning to end. She is supposed to be loveable, but i find her selfish and ...more
Barbara Fricks
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Although I read this book out of sequence, it like the others are stand alone. I read Murder on the SS Rosa and immediately bought this book but had a couple others in queue before I could get back to this one. If you enjoy cozy mysteries, enjoy reading about the early 1900's, and if you have watched and enjoyed Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries (PBS) this is the series for you.
Murder in the Empty Room
(Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.) Murder at Hartigan House: the second book in the Ginger Gold Mystery, a cozy historical mystery series, by Lee Strauss picks up where Murder on the SS Rosa left off. Hartigan House has the same protagonist Ginger Gold as well as the other two main characters critical to the storyline. Immediately it is clear that this murder-mystery is going to be rooted in English tradition as the main
Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it

Thank you to the author for the free download.

Three stars.

This was certainly better than the first book in that the author has had a British reader look it over before publication so there are fewer errors, but there are still too many misuses of words and phrases. For instance tabloids at that time were newspaper digests not sensational papers. Mortuary is more likely than morgue. Most people would refer to Covent Garden rather than the ROH and its architecture is Roman Renaissance not
Carole (in Canada)
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Period Cozy Mystery
Shelves: cozy-mystery

Lady Ginger Gold arrives at her family home in England with Haley Higgins and Boss, her dog. They have disembarked from the SS Rosa and are very curious to find out what the "GHASTLY DISCOVERY IN ATTIC OF HARTIGAN HOUSE" from the telegram received from her Butler, Pippins, is all about. A decomposed body is not it!

This is Book 2 in the series and it was a very entertaining read. Ginger is such delightful character with a heart of gold. Fashionable, knowledgeable and highly clever perfectly
Monica (books_over_everything)
Title Murder at Hartigan House A Ginger Gold Mystery (Ginger Gold #2)

Author Lee Strauss

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When Ginger Gold arrives at her childhood London home ~ Hartigan House ~ shes shocked to discover decade-old remains from some poor woman in the attic.

Its a mystery that once again puts Ginger alongside the handsome Chief Inspector Basil Reed. Who is the victim? And how on earth did she end up in Gingers home?

In order to solve the troubling puzzle, Ginger and her good friend Haley
Gail Gassen
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful cozy read!

This is my second book about Ginger Gold, & I'm thoroughly hooked on them. I would have been reading them sooner than now, but I was reading the wonderful Books by George Bellairs. And when I'm in a series I don't stay till I'm finished. So now after 50 Books of Chief inspector Littlefoot I'm able to read these delightful book by Lee Straus. She sent me a message saying she thought I'd like her books about Ginger Gold since I had read the Books about Posey Parker, which
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This quick read is a cozy mystery with a Prynne Fisheresque heroine and sidekick. Ginger Hartigan has returned to London from twenty years is Boston to settle her father's estate. She is a young widow, having lost her husband in the waning days of World War I. Her best friend has come with her to study medicine at the women's medical college in London. When they open Ginger's newly inherited house for the first time in ten years, they find a skeleton dressed in an elegant couture gown on the ...more
Tony Hisgett
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the first book in this series because I found Ginger an interesting heroine. She was independent and willing to push, if gently, the conventions of society. There are also her wartime accomplishments, which are mention occasionally. I must admit I am hoping to see more of these skills in future books.

In this book she finds herself trying to solve a murder that was committed in her fathers house ten years ago. I dont think the mystery is the strongest part of this book. I actually
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-audio
This is the second Ginger Gold book that I've listened to, and I really love the job that the narrator does with all the characters. Just when I thought I had this mystery figured out, the author cleverly tossed out some red herrings and I fell for one or more. Boy was I surprised at whodunit!

I love that Ginger's best friend Hailey is staying in London for med school. At least the two of them can visit from time to time. Ginger had been up in the air with her decision of whether to stay in
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am getting to like the characters in this cozy mystery series more now that Ive finished this second book in the series. I didnt find too much substance in the first book, but this one had more to the plot. Lady Ginger Hartigan Gold and her American friend, Haley Higgins, move into the long closed-up Hartigan House in London, and the scenes describing the neglected house and gardens are engaging. Characters from the first novel, Murder on the SS Rosa, reappear and new ones are introduced. As ...more
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great cozy, #2 in the Lady Ginger Gold mystery series. I've only read one other, #8, and was able to jump back in time with no problem. The books are set in the Jazz Age in England. Ginger has returned to Lindon to settle her father's estate and has barely settled in her childhood home, Hartigan House, when her butler, Mr. Pippins discovers a body in the 3rd floor servants' quarters. Ginger's friend Haley, a new medical student, is staying with Ginger and is an important character in this and ...more
Laura Edwards
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cozy murder mystery set in England in the 1920s, with an English born heroine who was raised in the States, now returning home to settle an estate and, it turns out, deal with a troubling unsolved murder that could implicate her late father.

This reminds me in many ways of the Angela Marchmont mystery series, same time period, same English born heroine with an American sensibility and cultural stance. However, Clara Benson does a better job of making the 1920s setting believable than author
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything coming together to make this a perfect book: plot, characters, narration style, humour and setting.
Widowed Lady Ginger Gold, coming back from America to her childhood home in England, is determined after finding a skeleton in the house to clear her late father's name and find the murderer. With the help of her friend Haley and much against dashing London Chief Inspector Basil Reed's will, Ginger sets out to find clues.
Brilliantly written, and set in the time between the two World Wars
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: light-mystery
My feelings about this book are much the same as on the first in the series: a "cozy," clean mystery. I find this series reminiscent of Nancy Drew. An entertaining read for those who like mystery and a book with some modesty. Again, my thanks to the author for a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.

Having already gone on to read the third in the series before writing this review, I can say that it is worth continuing on. In the second book, I still was left wanting to know
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cozy mystery lovers
A pleasant second outing for Ginger Gold, her best friend Haley & Inspector Basil Reed.
This time a body is discovered in the attic of her family home. It's been there for a decade, since the house was last occupied. Ginger must figure out who she is, who killed her & hopefully protect her late father's reputation at the same time.
Ginger is British by birth but American by experience & is returning to her old home for the first time in a decade She and the others continue to grow as
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