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Murder at the Mortuary

(Ginger Gold Mysteries #5)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  995 ratings  ·  90 reviews

Cadavers can be deadly . . .
Unregistered corpses are showing up amongst the cadavers in the mortuary of the London School of Medicine for Women. Unnatural deaths. Murders. The first known victim is recognized by Haley Higgins, a third-year pathology student. War-widow fashionista Ginger Gold feels a responsibility for the man's death and is determined to find his killer.

Kindle Edition, 270 pages
Published January 22nd 2018 by La Plume Press
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Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'd been reading quite a few Christmas themed books and wanted a change so I decided to see what Ginger Gold was up to since I'm way behind in her adventures. What a better place to hide the body from a murder than in the mortuary? But it turns out it isn't just a body, several of them start appearing in the mortuary without any documents.

This is Ginger's first paid job as an investigator, and she and Chief Inspector Basil Reed are no longer working together--his wife has come back and he's
Ginger Gold has another mystery to solve and it may be all her fault. Her sister-in-law's fellow actor, and possible boyfriend, Angus Green has turned up dead at the mortuary where Haley works. His death was not from natural causes and Ginger is determined to find out who killed the man. Her quest for information points in the direction of the Italian mafia. When unregistered bodies start turning up at the mortuary, Haley is concerned and perplexed, especially when the bodies bear traces of ...more
Kelly Young
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of this installment of the wonderful Ginger Gold mystery series.
Once again Lee Strauss weaves an authentic historical tapestry of rich characters, societal drama and mysterious intrigue. The world of 1920's London, England comes alive with her rich descriptions of the people and the places they frequent, if not habitually, then as new settings for this particular volume. The choice of a mortuary as a premier setting is both creepy and familiar, as we have
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the fifth instalment of the Ginger Gold series and it is, to me, the most enjoyable so far. The historical setting is well-handled and the introduction of real characters such as Dr Marie Stopes and her second husband, and the mobster, Charles Sabini, is done quite naturally. There are a lot fewer fashion details, which I think is an improvement, and more concentration on character development and plot.

Corpses without the required documentation have turned up in the mortuary of the
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent book in this series. So descriptive. I can clearly see the fashion and way of life in this time period. Ginger Gold has her work cut out for her when murdered victims show up mysteriously in the morgue. I love this series and think this is my favorite book in this series so far. Thanks Lee Strauss for the ARC.
Laurie Way
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Back to this favorite series and the London of the golden age. This series has entertaining characters and interesting mysteries. Very enjoyable!
Sharon George
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really enjoy this series.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's getting serious

This mystery was a little more dangerous because the Italian mafia were involved. Ginger had to use her war training to stay alive.
Heather Belleguelle
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book picks up nicely where Murder at Feathers & Flair left off and leads Ginger, Haley, and Basil straight into another mystery. Unregistered bodies are turning up at the medical school’s mortuary and Ginger feels the responsibility to find out why. The mystery has so many twists and turns and, as Mrs Strauss takes her readers through the book, it feels like we are being led further and further down a rabbit hole. And a very interesting journey it is too. There is no working out how it’ ...more
Merry Chapman
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another Winner for Lee Strauss and the Ginger Gold Mysteries!

This is a fantastic period series with wonderful descriptions of the fashions, attitudes, places and societal events of the 1920s. Ginger Gold seems to be caught between both the attitudes of the times and a progressive mindset. She is a transitional personality, owning and driving her own car, socializing with people below her "station" as Lady Gold and investigating murders that just happen to fall in her lap. The writing is smooth
Barbara Fricks
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This series just keeps getting better with each new book. I am greatly impressed at the historical detail written into the books. This effort shows in the descriptive passages written about everything from fashion and music to automobiles. It is easy to become invested not only in the main characters but the supporting characters as well. In this book we see the relationship of Ginger and Basil tested even further as they must work together to solve the murders of the unregistered bodies brought ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cute but flawed

I still,enjoy this series and will continue reading them. However this one was riddled with historical inaccuracies. I am a huge forensic science fanatic and the techniques used in this book would not have been available in 1925. Also a woman’s college would not be the go to place for Scotland Yard to get their information. Also while I’m sure women were getting education in 1925 it was not to this degree. And certainly not on the cutting edge technology of forensic technology.
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
"It's a personal matter. Female items."
That did the trick. It usually did with men.

I wasn't nearly as captivated by this book as the previous 4 mysteries. It lacked the previous spunk and wit, feeling heavier overall. There seemed to be a lot more of Ginger pondering and such than any clue finding - and there was a distinct lack of tag team interrogations with Basil and Ginger. Ginger did some sneaking around on her own and with Haley though, so that was fun.

Felicia and Ambrosia were both whiny
Anne Rightler
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder at the Mortuary is the fifth cozy mystery with unofficial private investigator, Lady Ginger Gold and Scotland Yard Detective Reed. I love these mysteries, set in the post WWI era and this one set in London. Strauss uses lots of action and fun characters to entertain her readers. The author knows how to tell a great story and keep interest high. Italian Mafia, drugs, bodies inexplicably showing up in the morgue, and information about the beginnings of forensic science--all keep the pages ...more
Nancy Silk
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Entertaining And Suspenseful"

This is a very charming, clever, cozy mystery to enjoy reading. Unregistered corpses are showing up among cadavers at the mortuary of the London School of Medicine for Women in 1924. They are unnatural deaths, possibly murder victims. Widow Ginger Gold decides to find the killer of a man she recognizes. Her hunt takes her into the web of an Italian gangster, Charles "Derby" Sabini. With help from friend Haley and handsome Chief Inspector Reed, they find shady
Teri Donaldson
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite series. The characters are vivid, charming, interesting and I feel like they could be old friends. I would definitely like to meet Ginger Gold and shop in her store.
This is another well written mystery by Ms. Strauss. Ginger is finally being taken seriously with her investigative skills. She even gets a paying job in this book.
I love how Haley always has an important role in each book. She is smart and fascinating.
I was hoping that Ginger and Haley’s love lives would
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: have-read, own-it
Ginger is looking into the death of Angus Green. Felicia, Ginger's sister in law saw him when he was acting in a play. Unfortunely, Ginger didn't find him. Haley Higgins, a friend and long time guest at Hartigan House calls Ginger. Haley is a student of forensic pathology and found Angus' body in the mortuary without a tag. Why was his body there without identification?There is something not right going on at the mortuary, can Ginger figure it out? Then Ginger finds out there was cocaine in ...more
Anne G. Kasaba
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once again Lee Strauss pulls her readers back in time with a wonderful period piece. I am generally not a fan of historical mysteries but I am so glad I took a chance reading the first book in the series. I’ve read each one with complete delight.

As usual Lady Gold is trying to solve a mystery, only this time she has been hired as a private detective. With the Italian Mafia involved, the Womens School for Medicine being pulled in, and Lady Gold filling her home with strays she can help, there is
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not my favorite entry in this series. I'm rapidly going off Ginger as a person & the plot is not holding my interest. Mafia? Really?
An unexpected body turns up in the morgue, then 2 more. Ginger is investigating because her friend Haley works at the morgue. Basil is also investigating, because he is a police detective. Ginger is snitty with him because he chose his wife over her, though later the wife leaves him.
I never really got much of a feel for Basil in this book & even though it's
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Where are the bodies coming from?

Ginger Gold is safely back in London along with Dowager Lady Gold & her sister-in-law, Felicia, who is fascinated by a female doctor advocating birth control for the middle classes. Meanwhile, Haley Higgens, pathology student, noticed that some of the cadavers sent over have no ID papers. She and Ginger delve into the mystery despite the possible involvement of the Italian mafia. Who is supplying the London School of Medicine for Ladies with extra corpses and
Shay Lynn
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Nothing but fluff and anachronisms. Actually, the fluff is the about only part that isn't off key. The author has obviously put a lot of research into the clothes, automobiles and cosmetics of the era. The rest (language, mores, motivations and morals) are all straight out of a 21st century romance novel. The author's biography tells us that as Hope Strauss she writes "sweet, inspirational romances" and it shows.

The biggest anachronism of them all: The 1920's characters don't turn a hair at the
Cathy G
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Once again Lee Strauss has roped me in.... I found this book to be really entertaining. Lady Gold, Boss (her Boston Terrier) and her accumulated family are once embroiled in a murder mystery. She is still trying to sort her feelings for Inspector Reed , and his feelings for his ex wife (or almost ex so he says)
. Who is sending all the dead bodies to the mortuary where her friend Haley works. Someone she has been searching for turns up as one of the dead bodies, this leads her to the British arm
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it
The clever premise of this entry into the Ginger Gold series is that unregistered, but embalmed, corpses are showing up among the bodies donated to the London Women's Medical School for dissection in anatomy classes. Each appears to be a murder victim connected to the Italian mafia. The story leads through a racing stable and, of course, the medical school morgue. Ginger solution is good, but ultimately unsatisfying because she has to watch a friend be drawn into drug smuggling before she can ...more
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lee Strauss offers up another entertaining weekend read with Murder at the Mortuary. Ginger continues to be an astute, stylish and generous heroine. I especially enjoyed the nods to the changing and ever-expanding world of the 1920s, and of course the fashion. There is an engaging mystery to solve and just enough progress in the ongoing story lines to leave me craving the next chapter in Ginger Gold's life. An enjoyable read. Thank you for the ARC copy.
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great mystery by Lee Strauss

I really love this series. I honestly can never figure out who did it. I feel like there might be some in house drama as well as the solving of cases, with the way Ginger is filling the house with people in need. Ginger is slowly becoming a real PI, with a paid investigating job. Can't wait to read the next book in this series. Don't miss this one, I highly recommend it.
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another hard to put down book in the continuing saga of murder, mayhem and flirtation. This is book five in the series that leaves you wanting more. There are several returning characters such as Scout and his cousin Marvin whom Ginger met in the first book. I love watching the characters grow. Ginger’s big heart and inquisitive mind make you want to have her as a friend. Research by the author is evident in the way you are drawn into the discriptive scenes. Hopefully it won’t be long for the ...more
Susan Stokell
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
book 5 in th Ginger Gold series. Another great cozy mystery. Lee Strauss pays great attention to detail. you can easily visulize the delightful period costumes worn by Lady Gold.
This time Haley discovers unregistered dead bodies in the school mortuary. it is up to Ginger and Haley to discover where they came from and who is responsible.
This book takes you into the world of horse racing and the Italian mafia.
Neena Christianson Martin
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ginger gets hired.

Ginger Gold has officially been hired to solve the murder of the Green family's son Angus. Life is keeping Lady Gold busy, her dress shop is flourishing, she's taking forensic science classes with Haley, and now trying to figure out who and why undocumented bodies are showing up at the medical school for women. Basil has returned to her life, putting her emotions in turmoil. Another wonderful book in this series, may there be many more.
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun - As Always

I love Ginger Gold! When you are in need of a short flight of fancy, you can always pick up one of Lee Strauss's Ginger Gold Mystery books and be carried away from your cares and worries. I also checked out Ms Strauss's Pinterest pages, as she recommends at the back of this book. I enjoyed them, especially the one dedicated to women's fashions of the 20's which play such a vital role in Ginger's life. All in all, a delight.
Laura Edwards
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read in one sitting (well, in a few hours on the drive home). Much better than the last couple of entries. Non-stop action and Ms. Strauss does a much better job of inserting the fashion descriptions this time around. I think she does a good job building up the relationship between Ginger and Basil. Some of the culprits involved were rather surprising. A couple of interesting twists. Nice to see Haley a big part of this mystery. Can't wait to read the next one.
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