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Murder at Bray Manor

(Ginger Gold #3)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  836 ratings  ·  79 reviews
“Clever and entertaining, you’ll love this charming Golden Age mystery series. And the fashion is to die for!” - Molly C. Quinn, actress, Castle

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 thr

Published July 2017 by La Plume Press
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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 wil
Merry Chapman
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Torrie Tovar
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, an ...more
Heather Belleguelle
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
Laurie Way
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Obviously hooked on these cozy mysteries, book 3 was no disappointment!
Barbara Fricks
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Bonnie Dale Keck
Kindle Unlimited? Most of her others are. As in the other got it as an ARC or some type of freebie fromt the writer {and since in the first the writer was set on getting the briticisms right and all could have been freebie after the Beta/ARC readers on that one, but not this one or the last one} {All will be out on ku just not immediately but soonish after release.}

Still reminds me, somewhat of Miss Marple, but even more so of Miss Fisher {look it up, it's on video}.

*Ginger Gold receives a lette
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Marilyn E. Hay
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Marie Shirley Griffin
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.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sharron Illing
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great read

I've really enjoyed the Ginger Gold mystery books 1 2and 3.I think my favourite part of these books is the discription of London in the 1920s and the ladies fashions.The stories are well written and although include murders ,are very pleasing . I've just read in Gingers journal how she met Daniel.Need to read about their wedding and war time experiences to bring me up to date.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone that enjoys mysteries
Thoroughly enjoyable! Third in a series and each one leaves you wanting more. Set in the 1920's where the world is transitioning from horses to horseless carriages. Ginger is a young widow that is always drawn into drama that includes a murder to be solved. I love the detail of the time and the author does a great job picturing it for you. Can hardly wait till the next installment and watching all the characters grow.
Tony Hisgett
After the first book I thought that Ginger had promise, unfortunately I don’t think she has really developed since then. I want my heroines to have something different that makes them stand out in some way. There are hints about her war experiences, but this is book three and I still don’t know what she was doing.
I’m afraid she is a bit too conventional for me and I find her relationship with the Inspector just annoying.
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ginger goes to help Felicia figure out the mischief at Bray Manor. Things keep moving about and it is wrecking Grandmother Gold's nerves. After staying for a charity dance, the girls discover a dead body and it of course is murder. Ginger requests Basil's help and things get hairier from there. Good development of Ginger's grief here as well as more info on Basil. Hoping war work is explained further soon
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ginger wins the Gold

I just love the Ginger Gold mysteries. Had not been a fan of Roaring 20's history but Lee Strauss' cozies have changed my mind. Ginger faces her greatest challenge yet. Not only is her sister-in-law arrested for murder by Basil Reed, the Inspector Ginger might have feelings for but she has yet to face her late husband grave. How will Ginger cope? Who murdered the young brash Land girl. You'll have to read Murder at Bray Manor to find out.
Katie Thompson
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Smashing Success

Another tale in the life of Ginger Gold. This adventure brings her out to visit her late husband’s sister, Felicia, and grandmother, Ambrosia. Of course there’s a murder most foul at a charity dance that takes place on the grounds of Bray Manor. The mystery is ridiculously clever, and the story is simply fantastic.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good story

This is the third book I've read about Lady Ginger Gold and I think each one, is better than the last. I had no idea who the murderer was until the very end. I like how all the previous characters are still around and that Inspector Reed is still in the running for a love interest. The next book in the series is on order.
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This is a cute series. It's not overly serious or deep but they are good. I am a little annoyed with Felicia as a character. She's annoying, whiny, and though was a focal point of this book, added nothing to the book.

Also, Ginger really pissed me off. She knows Basil is married but still somehow considers him am option and dwells on their attraction. No. Until he's actually divorced he's not an option.
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story

This well written murder mystery is a must have in your library. Lee Strauss uses attention to detail in her writing that makes you feel as though you have traveled back into time. I highly recommend this book especially if you are a fan of the Sherlock Holmes type murder mysteries!
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Other books in the series

Ginger Gold (8 books)
  • Murder on the SS Rosa (Ginger Gold #1)
  • Murder at Hartigan House
  • Murder at Feathers & Flair
  • Murder at the Mortuary
  • Murder at Kensington Gardens
  • Murder at St. George's Church
  • Murder Aboard the Flying Scotsman  (Ginger Gold Mysteries #8)