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Murder at Hartigan House

(Ginger Gold Mysteries #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  2,645 ratings  ·  240 reviews
There’s 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 home—Hartigan House—to find decade-old remains from some poor woman hanging from a noose. Ginger’s Boston terrier, Boss, noses out a missing phalange from under the cot.

It’s 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 attend ...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! ...more
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 p
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. ...more
Lee Strauss
Sep 27, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition

Ginger Gold hesitated at the front door of Hartigan House. She hadn’t expected to feel anything, but instead she shouldered a heavy shawl of melancholy. This grand, three-story structure built of limestone, situated in the picturesque Kensington Street of Mallowan Court, had grown tired over the war years, the stones greyer, the garden wilder. The house had been her home for the first eight years of her life. The last time she’d visited had been a decade earlier, on her honeymoon.
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.
Alice 🌙
4/5 ⭐️
Hmm this one had me guessing till the end, and I still didn’t figure it out.
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 Ginger’s House in London. Anyone who also enjoyed that prequel won’t want to miss this book.

Mrs Strauss continues to develop her characters well and introduces us to new ones, some of whom I’m sure will appear in later books in the series. We get the opportunity particularly to get to know Ginger herself better, and al
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. W
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!
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this is going to be another series that I love more and more with each book. The romantic tension starting to develop between our love interests is so cute and well executed, this series is exactly what I have been looking for.
"Fashionably" cozy mystery

I really like this series so far. They are definitely cozy murder mysteries with a flair for fashion courtesy of Ginger.
Murder during a dinner party is so much fun. Right up there with a weekend house party murder.
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. ...more
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was so enjoyable that I have already downloaded the next book in the series.
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 that’s okay. It represents the house just fine. I do like the log
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 I'm
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
Louisa Jones
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love Ginger Gold Mysteries. I love the character development and the gradual plot tension. I don’t need heart-pounding, stomach-twisting story lines to keep my attention. What I need is good writing and enjoyable story lines.
Ginger Gold is starting to develop an interest in Chief Inspector Basil Reed. (Love the name Basil!) This creates conflict within her, because Ginger and the Chief Inspector are constantly being thrown together over the mysterious deaths at Hartigan House, which is Gi
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-read, own-it
This is the second book in the Ginger Gold series. When Ginger and her dog, Boss, move into her childhood home in London things didn't turn out as well as hoped. After finding a skeleton under the bed, Ginger and Inspector Reed are once again together to solve this crime. Ginger wants to clear her father's name of any wrong doing. Can Ginger solve this decade old crime? Will she clear her father's name? How about her feelings for Inspector Reed? Will Ginger act on those? Read the book to find ou ...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.
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loving this series and looking forward to the next one - easy read great atmosphere with good attention to detail of the time period. Cosy - if that is the right word - murder mystery with well drawn characters.
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very good period piece in England. Characters are developed well and the story was well
Thought through. Didn’t completely figure out who did it till the end. I will read some more mysteries from Lee Strauss, she’s good.
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thus far, this series has been just right. Not too deep without being shallow. There are many similarities between the characters of this book and those of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (the series on Netflix; I haven't read the books). I will continue to read the series. ...more
Torrie Tovar
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! I figured out who it was at the dinner party and was excited to find out I was right. I am definitely hooked on this series! Cannot wait until book 3 is released!
Julie Kaplin
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lee did it again. The book was enchanting! It kept you hooked, in suspense and kept you reading till you finished it. I am glad to have found Lee’s cozy mystery series. On to the next book.
Gabrielle David
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable historical cozy

I’ve read two novels in this series and like the way most of the characters are developing. The third book is at the top of my TBR list.
Patti Smith
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book from beginning to end. The writing was crisp and clear, and the characters were awesome. This was a very enjoyable book. I highly recommend it.
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Ginger Gold Mysteries (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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