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Murder at Bray Manor

(Ginger Gold Mysteries #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,825 ratings  ·  146 reviews

A poltergeist guilty of murder?

Ginger Gold receives a letter from her sister-in-law, Felicia, requesting Ginger come straightaway to her late husband's family home, Bray Manor. Dowager Lady Gold, Ginger's nervous grandmother through marriage, believes the old manor is haunted.

Ginger doesn't believe in ghosts, but is haunted nevertheless by memories of her husband and the l

Kindle Edition, 270 pages
Published July 31st 2017 by La Plume Press
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Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lady Ginger Gold has been asked to return to her late husband's home. Her relatives believe there is a poltergeist in their home. Items have turned up missing or moved. Ginger doesn't believe in ghosts and is determined to find out who is playing games. Ginger's sister-in-law Felicia has opened the home to clubs to hold their meetings. Knitters, Gardeners, and Antique Collectors hold their meetings at the manor along with special events. A dance to help maimed veterans is held. When it is over, ...more
2.5 -2.75 stars

Lady Ginger Gold is busy redying her new dress shop Fathers & Flair for opening day. When she gets a frantic call from her younger sister-in-law Felicity ranting about a poltergeist and to please come solve the mystery NOW, Ginger can't refuse. She has been reluctant to return to her late husband Daniel's childhood home and his gravesite, despite affection for the family. She's happy to provide money for the upkeep of the manor house but isn't ready to face the fact Daniel will no
Barbara Sousa
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder at Bray Manor, the third book in Lee Strauss’s Ginger Gold mystery series, is a light read that is highly entertaining. Although I had not read the first two books in this series, I found the plot easy to follow, and enough background was given to make this novel read just as well as a standalone.

Ginger Gold, proprietress of the Feathers & Flair boutique, is summoned by her sister-in-law, Felicity, to Bray Manor, the family home of Ginger’s late husband. Felicity, and her grandmother, Amb
Merry Chapman
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the Ginger Gold Mysteries and once again you just can't put it down until the end! And once again we are left with wanting MORE! Ginger Gold receives a frantic letter from her sister-in-law Felicia begging her to come to Bray Manor. It seems her grandmother Ambrosia was obsessed with a poltergeist doing strange things in the manor. Ginger and her friend Hayley agree to go to the manor to get to the bottom of the poltergeist problem feeling the poltergeist was someone tr ...more
Teri Donaldson
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I truly cannot get enough of this series. Like the first two books, I was anxious for the mystery to be solved. I just did not want the book to end.
I love that Ginger opened a dress shop. It is perfect for her. Unfortunately, as soon as it opens, she is called to Bray Manor to help her late husband's family to solve a mystery which quickly turns into two.
Ms. Strauss has the unique ability of describing characters and scenery so that I can easily picture them in my mind.
All of the characters are
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ginger receives a letter from her sister-in-law Felicia asking her to come to Bray Manor immediately. It seems Ambrosia (Dowager Lady Gold, Ginger's late husband's grandmother) thinks the Manor is haunted because things have been disappearing and moved about. Ginger hasn't been to Bray Manor since returning to England--her late husband is buried in the family cemetery on the property and she's not yet ready to deal with the past. Besides she's just opened her dress shop, Feathers & Flair, and it ...more
Mary Cadahia
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ginger and Inspector Reed are a good team. Fair warning you will love the twists and turns in this series and look forward to the next book. This series is extremely well written and developed. This is a great series with a wonderful heroine. Fantastic series.
Torrie Tovar
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm addicted! Each book gets better than the one before! A shame I have to wait until October for the next one to be released! ...more
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Obviously hooked on these cozy mysteries, book 3 was no disappointment!
Lady Ginger Gold has just gotten her new London dress shop off the ground when she receives a plea for help from her sister-in-law Felicia at Bray Manor--it seems there is a poltergeist harassing the Dowager Lady Ambrosia Gold. Household items are moved to random, nonsensical places throughout the manor. Ginger doesn't want to leave her fledgling business, though she has hired a highly competent shop manager, but the two ladies seem truly in distress. So she and her American friend Hayley ventur ...more
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Manor house murder

A gold digging trollop was stabbed to death at a dance party for wounded soldiers held at Lady Gold's in-laws' home. We get to see how bullying and simple meanness can have horrifying consequences.
Glad these are available in audio on Scribd because I do enjoy the series
Lee Strauss
Jan 05, 2021 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition

Ginger Gold folded the letter she was reading and dropped it on the side table. “Haley, do you believe in ghosts?”

Haley Higgins, an American student at the London School of Medicine for Women, lounged on the settee in the sitting room of Hartigan House as she sipped an after-dinner sherry. She arched a dark brow. “Why? Have you received mail from beyond?”

Ginger sighed as she put her feet up on the ottoman. She’d removed her strappy shoes but resisted the urge to unsnap her stockings
Barbara Fricks
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this book via ARC and was thrilled to read it. After reading the first Ginger Gold mystery, Murder on the SS Rosa, I bought the second book, Murder at Hartigan House. I love this series! As someone mentioned, it is a bit like Miss Fishers Mysteries (for us in the US on PBS). This third book of the series brings Lady Gold (Ginger) and Inspector Basil Reed back together to solve both a murder and poltergeist problem at Bray Manor (the home of Ginger's late husband. Daniel). Ms. Strauss ...more
Heather Belleguelle
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a joy it was to return to the 1920s with Ginger, Haley, Felicia, the Dowager Lady Gold, the delectable Basil, and not forgetting Boss. Mrs Strauss continues to write this enjoyable mystery series with a light touch and plenty of gorgeous fashion details. How I would love to wear one or two of the outfits she describes!

The Hertfordshire country home of the Gold family makes a delightful and perfect setting for a murder. The mystery is well developed and, as usual, there are plenty of interes
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
This one was a bit slow, except for the last quarter of the book. Ginger is always meeting people she has past ties to but never lets the reader (or the characters in the book) into what her super-secret wartime mission was, and it's kind of annoying. Why mention it then?

Also, if you're going to go with a poltergeist, it would be good to use that to create some added mystery and spookiness but that didn't really happen. A missing knitting needle? Welp. That must be a ghost for sure.

Also, consi
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the best in the series so far with very few mistakes in the “Britishness”. However, British titles are a minefield, not just for American writers, although there is plenty of information online.

Here we had a character named as “ the Honourable Mrs Croft” with the explanation of her designation being that “Mrs Croft’s father-in-law is Baron Julius Croft”. In another chapter he is referred to as “Sir Julius Croft”,

If Julius Croft is a baron then he should be spoken of as “Julius, Lord Cro
Cathy G
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
Well I still like this series, Lady Gold,(Ginger) Haley, (best friend) Ambrosia( Aunt) and most of all Inspector Reed of Scotland Yard....Oh yes and Felecia the murder suspect, Lady Gold's half sister. Lady Gold is invited to Bray Manor because Aunt Ambrosia thinks there is a poltergeist trying to drive her crazy. Of course Ginger has just opened her boutique clothing shop and really doesn't want to leave London now. Felecia begs her to come because Ambrosia is losing her mind over this. Ginger ...more
Anne Rightler
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder at Bray Manor is the third Ginger Gold mystery book by Lee Strauss and I enjoyed it a lot. Set in England in the early 1920's readers find Ginger embroiled in another mystery--this time to find the ghost supposedly haunting her deceased husband's home and finding also another murder to solve. The story is charming, interesting, and full of humor and, oh, the description of the fashions and decor of the times (the 1920s) is marvelous--one can just picture oneself right in the scenes. The s ...more
Marilyn E. Hay
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful series - once started, I had to keep reading, one book right after the other. The characters are beautifully drawn and feel real. Strauss masterfully presents the world in transition after the horrors of WWI and then the depredations of the Spanish flu. Class barriers are breaking down as friendships bloom across what were once insurmountable boundaries. Some of the tangential characters are almost caricatures of an earlier time until there is a moment when their vulnerabilit ...more
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am really enjoying this series. The plots are fairly simple really though I didn't figure out 'who done it' til the end, but is none-the-less an enjoyable read. This time Ginger returns to the family home of her late husband to help solve the mystery of a poltergeist - but of course nothing is as it seems and soon she is embroiled in a murder.
The setting in the early 1920's is finely sketched - a couple of historical inaccuracies but this isn't great literature and doesn't pretend to be - it
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 4th book I have read in this series, which I really enjoy. Ginger has decided to remain in England. She suddenly receives a call from her sister -in-law, Felicia, to come to Bray Manor to help with her late husband's Grandmother, who is sure there is a poltergeist in the house. Asked to stay a few extra days, a gala ball turns into an event for murder, when a body is discovered in Livingston Lake. The local police have never had to deal with a murder and Ginger suggests they call Chi ...more
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it, have-read
Ginger Gold is being pleaded by her sister in law, Felicia, to return to Bray Manor. Seems that things are going missing then showing up somewhere else. Ginger's grandmother believes the Manor has ghosts running around causing the trouble. But that isn't the only thing going on, seems that the Manor has fallen on money problems and some of the rooms have been rented out for different social gatherings. Plus they are hosting a dance for the Croft Convalescent Home for veterans. When the dance is ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ginger receives a call from her sister in law Felicia that there is a poltergiest at Bray Manor. Ginger sets out to investigate. She finds that Felicia has rented out rooms to 3 associations 1. knitting group,stamp collectors and garden club. Could someone in those groups be the poltergeist? . A party is being thrown at Bray Manor. a guest from the past shows up with Felicia , a Captain Smithwick who Ginger despises. Angela Ashton , a friend of Felicia's was found dead near the lake. Inspector B ...more
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ginger receives a letter from her sister in law, Felicity,about a poltergeist haunting the family Manor & begging for Ginger's help.
Ginger doesn't believe in ghosts & arrives determined to find the human agent tormenting her grandmother in law. She learns Felicity is renting out parts of the Manor for meetings, which widens the scope. Then after a fundraising ball, a woman's body is discovered. Scotland Yard arrives in the form of Inspector Basil Reed. Haley is around too for some of the mystery
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am enjoying this series more than I expected when I read the first one. The characters are becoming more and more familiar, like old comfy shoes, and the plots are more complex, too. The English setting for this one, the Gold family’s historic Bray Manor and the nearby village of Chesterton, has a charm of its own and the post-World War I time period is interesting as well. Scotland Yard’s Chief Inspector Basil Reed makes a reappearance and the mutual-attraction plot thickens between him and L ...more
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Nice piece," he said. "Do you always carry?"
"Only when I think I might run into you."

This was a great mystery! Not predictable and actually involved a lot of investigating and interrogating. Ginger and Basil teamed up to solve this murder, and I was totally there for the tension between them. I look forward to more development in their relationship! The plot was way less interesting than the many characters, both new and old. There were some completely insufferable characters that thankfully we
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another home run!

I just LOVE Ginger, she’s so much fun. Her own dress shop, how fitting is that! Totally love it! But, she gets a letter from her late husband’s sister that she has to go Bray Manor. His grandmother is sure there is a poltergeist. Being at Bray Manor brings back a lot of memories of her late husband.

Of course she is accompanied by her good friend Haley. And, of course a murder happens… so: enter Inspector Reed!

The book is unputdownable! Once again you feel as if you’re there, i
Marie Shirley Griffin
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun cozy mystery series

If you're a fan of the "Miss Fisher" series on PBS, you'll love Lady Ginger Gold.

Ginger's a WW1 widow. She served as a special agent during the war, but she's signed the "Secret Service's Act" which FORBIDS her from telling anyone about her work during this time.

A large part of Lady Gold's life is about fashion. Who she's wearing, what it's made of and the like ... if you're a fashionista, you'll be thrilled, if not, just skip over it.

It's just a fun cozy mystery series.
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies
Book 3 of this series brings Lady Gold and her friend Haley to Bray Manor-her beloved late husband's family home, after receiving a letter from her sister in law Felicia . Objects have been disappearing at Bray Manor and Ambrosia (Ginger's grandmother in law) believes the manor is haunted. While visiting a dance is held at Bray Manor and a body is discovered the next morning. Ginger once again is thrust into getting to the bottom of the two mysterious happenings at Bray Manor. The setting in the ...more
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