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Murder at Kensington Gardens

(Ginger Gold Mysteries #5)

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Murder's not a walk in the park . . .

War widow fashionista, Ginger Gold, makes a gruesome discovery while walking her dog, Boss, through Kensington Gardens. A woman of ill-repute is dead.

When Chief Inspector Basil Reed becomes a prime suspect, the blustery and often times pigheaded Superintendent Morris pulls him off the case. Ginger’s not about to be pushed around by the
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Published 2018 by La Plume Press
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Robin
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Life for Ginger Gold is good. She has her family close, her boutique dress shop is doing fine, and her relationship with Chief Inspector Basil Reed is moving ahead since Basil has finally filed for divorce from his estranged wife, Amelia. While walking her dog in the park, Ginger stumbles across the body of a woman whom she recognizes. The woman seems to have died from a bite from a poisonous snake. Superintendent Morris will not let neither Basil nor Ginger work on this case, but that doesn't s ...more
JoAn
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder at Kensington Gardens by Lee Strauss was another fast paced cozy mystery set in London after the First World War. Ms. Strauss descriptive writing of London, fashion and the characters always makes me feel like I am right there witnessing all of the action. I do love this series and only put the book down when life insists on interrupting me. I'm on to the next book in the series because the final Ginger Gold mystery is due out soon. ...more
Paula Adams
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the Ginger Gold series and this book was no exception. Ginger takes her little dog, Boss, to Kensington Gardens for a walk and discovers a body. Not just any body but the body of her love Basil's estranged wife. Basil is with Scotland Yard and of course he can't investigate this case at least officially. Ginger and Basil get themselves into some scrapes trying to figure out who the killer is with some help from some friends.

I am so looking forward to the next book. Lee Strauss left me han
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Helen Drake
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Corey
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, read-in-2018
I picked up the first in this series on a whim during a Kindle sale and I am SO glad that I did. 6 books on and it's still as delightful as the first and I am very much looking forward to future books in this series.

I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries, quick reads or historical fiction!
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N.N. Light
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love historical mysteries and Lee Strauss is my favorite author in this genre! Ginger Gold is such a great heroine and someone who, if I lived in her time period, I would want as my best friend. In this mystery, we find Ginger discovering a body in Kensington Gardens. Brilliantly written and just the escape I needed. Highly recommend!

My Rating: 5+ stars
Mara
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ginger isn't looking for murder to solve but stumbles upon one while walking Boss in Kensington Garden. Not only does Ginger know this murder victim and can identify them to the Scotland Yard, but this one has a connection to Chief Inspector Basil Reed. Because of Basil's connection to the deceased Superintendent Morris doesn't allow Basil to work the case and he tells Ginger to stay out of it too. (Like that's going to work)

When Ginger finds out the deceased, who died from a bite from a poisono
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Merry Chapman
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lee Strauss has done it again! This is a phenomenal series that keeps you glued page after page. You just can't put it down. The protagonist, Lady Ginger Gold not only has a big heart and helps whomever she can, like the wards she took into her estate to help, Scout the young street urchin and Matilda a medical student who was in the family way and alone. All this to the chagrin of her proper grandmother, Dowager, Lady Ambrosia Gold. While walking her dog, Boss, Ginger happens upon a body lying ...more
Eric
Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I was slightly disappointed with this sixth outing for Lady Ginger Gold and friends. Number five was so good but this one failed to catch fire for me.

The plot centres round the murder of a well-established character in circumstances that I found unbelievably unlikely. The perpetrator was not difficult to spot and the detection here was pretty perfunctory.

Ginger’s relationship with Basil Reed, as well as her reaction to the situation he found himself in, is irritating and no longer intriguing.

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Lady Ginger Gold's private detective business has been successful of late. Thank goodness the crimes were all small. How horrid if she were to investigate another murder! Her ward Scout seems to be settling in fine and her relationship with Basil doing well-when she forgets to feel guilty about Daniel. While out walking Boss one morning, Ginger stumbles across another dead body. The woman appeared to be in some sort of burlesque costume so likel
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Carolyn
Amusing, Easy to Read

Another easy read from Lee Strauss, with all the characters we have come to know and love from the previous novels in this series. I found this one a little more preposterous: Lady Ginger Gold is an amazing woman, but really, performing at a moment’s notice in a vaudeville act? That seemed a bit much, even for Ginger. The mystery in the story was mildly entertaining, but chiefly it’s the interactions among the characters that I find amusing and interesting. I’m moving on to
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Kelly Young
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The world of Ginger Gold is never boring!
Lee Strauss does it again with another well-written, fast-paced mystery! She continues to add surprising new venues and develop characters in interesting ways.
In this book we get to see Ginger put her experiences during the war to good use in her new position as a private investigator. We see her character develop to show that she is definitely more than a pampered lady who is absorbed by fashion and society. She shows that she is a hero to be reckoned wi
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Teri Donaldson
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series captivates me. Ginger is such a fascinating character. She's worldly, fashionable, a real Lady and knows how to handle to handle a weapon. And if that weren't enough, she's also beautiful and smart and has decided to become a private investigator. Pure charm!
Ginger is fearless as she investigates the murder at Kensington Gardens. The only difficulty is that the victim is the soon to be ex-wife of Basil Reed, her gentleman friend. Ginger manages to get herself into some very interesti
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Laura Edwards
The Ginger Gold mysteries are quick, fun reads. Not the best books ever written, but certainly not the worst. An enjoyable, guilty pleasure.

This one, as usual, was fast-paced which I like. I reduced the rating by a star, however, because I thought the whole story line with Emelia Reed ending up as a burlesque performer was a little far-fetched. Was this character quirk added so the reader (as well as Ginger and Basil) have another reason to dislike Emelia? Just did not ring true (to me, at leas
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Tony Hisgett
Aug 21, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, historical
I stopped reading these books when it became clear the author was turning the series into a turgid romance, but I was given this book during lockdown, so I thought I would give it another chance. I shouldn’t have, I really dislike Basil and you can’t get away from him in this book.
Laurie
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lady Ginger Gold keeps things surprising as she investigates murders and solves them with quite a bit of pluck! This read did not disappoint!
Jill
Mar 15, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Even though I had read the first book in this series and had not liked it very much, I decided to give this (#6) a chance. This was definitely worse and I didn't finish. ...more
Susan Stokell
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great read by Lee Strauss. I received my copy yesterday and could not put it down until I was finished. The writing flows and the story is paced well.
Set in London in the 1920s on a walk in Kensington Gardens Ginger finds a body. The murder method is unusual: a poisonous snake bite and there are many twists and turns and another murder or two before the murderer is apprehended. This time Ginger must go to Harrods and to the burlesque clubs to solve the case.
Lee Strauss has Ginger alwa
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Lee Strauss
Jan 05, 2021 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Chapter One

"Your wife isn't being unfaithful, Mr. Pattison." Mrs. Ginger Gold, also known as Lady Gold, produced photographs taken with her new camera. "She's been visiting her grandmother at St. Olave's Hospital."

"Well, ain't that a kettle of fish." Mr. Pattison, a slender middle-aged man with a soft belly and thinning hair, clearly was insecure with his younger wife. "The old bat never approved of our marriage. It was a nasty affair with harsh words spoken between us. She vowed never to speak
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Joyce McKay
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder at Kensington Gardens was the first book I've read by Lee Strauss. I found her to be a delightful writer who gives plenty of descriptions to help me picture all the scenes, like a movie in my head.

Ginger Gold is the kind of woman I'd enjoy having as a friend. She has a kind heart and is not afraid to buck the system to do what's right. Her caring for Scout and allowing him his dignity by not making him feel like a charity case, shows just how kind and loving she really is. Her taking in a
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Bonnie Dale Keck
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kindle Unlimited, A little Agatha Christie, and some Miss Fisher {which can be also be found on video}. Know already did this review, but must have glitched or something becaue not showing.

Murder's not a walk in the park . . .War widow fashionista, Ginger Gold, makes a gruesome discovery while walking her dog, Boss, through Kensington Gardens. A woman of ill-repute is dead. When Chief Inspector Basil Reed becomes a prime suspect, the blustery and often times pigheaded Superintendent Morris pulls
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Heather Belleguelle
Lady Ginger Gold’s life is going so well until she discovers a dead body in Kensington Gardens one spring morning. Working once again alongside Chief Inspector Basil Reed, her friend Haley Higgins, and, of course, her little dog, Boss, Ginger sets out to discover who killed the dead woman and why.

While this isn’t my favourite of Ginger Gold’s outings, there is still quite a bit of historical interest in the story as well as the murder mystery itself. We get to see Ginger in quite a different lig
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Rayna
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(3.5 stars)

The man grabbed her roughly by the arm. "We're not done."
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As quick as lightning, Ginger swung her free fist under the man's arm and hammered his elbow. He cried out in pain.
"I'm so sorry, Mr. Phillips," Ginger said. "I lost my footing there."


The wit and sleuthing that were largely missing from the previous book was back in full force in book 6 of the Ginger Gold Mystery series. The stakes were high with Basil being a prime suspect, and it was interesting to have both Basil and Ginge
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Evelyn Grabas
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read. I love this series and recommend it to one and all. It is interesting, has interesting characters, sometimes quirky, a taste of romance that does not overwhelm and a mind-teasing mystery. You will absolutely love Ginger, our heroine, who is not only beautiful, wonderfully fashionable, highly intelligent, but is multi-talented.
Some of the other characters are, to say the least, interesting. I know I can't stand Ambrosia, who should mind her tongue, considering she is living in and bei
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Chazzi
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A woman is found dead in Kensington Gardens by Boss, Ginger Gold’s Boston terrier. The sight is grim but takes on another turn when Ginger recognizes the body as someone she is familiar with. The lady is a recent client at Gold’s dress shop and related to the man she is currently seeing.

Chief Inspector Basil Reed is removed from the case when it becomes known that the victim is Reed’s soon-to-be divorced wife. Things also take on a dim look when it is discovered what the ex-Mrs. Reed has been do
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Amy
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fabulous book in the ginger gold series. I have to say it was very interesting to watch how respectable woman worked in a burlesque shop… And of course the victim of the murder that caused ginger to take a temporary job there was also interesting. You know that it had to happen in someway or another but kind of surprised that it happens like this… The only scene that I was really appalled by Lowes the animal emporium… I hate thinking about animals being raised in locked up like that and ...more
rose
Apr 03, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Brigitte
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder At Kensington Gardens, the newest in the Ginger Gold mystery series provides another enjoyable journey for mystery lovers. Ginger's latest adventure has enough plot twists to keep it interesting while remaining plausible. This, along with a truly shudder-worthy murder weapon, kept me eager to follow along as Ginger investigated.
Romance lovers, however, will fair poorer with this one. As an avid reader, I was disappointed that we didn't get to experience that magical first moment of trans
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Barbara Fricks
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why does Inspector Basil Reed keep picking strong independent women he can't control? The sad event in this story is the murder of Emelia Reed, the Inspectors wife. Unfortunately, it is Ginger and Boss who find her laying face down in the park. Who would kill the Inspectors wife and why? Will this open the door for Ginger and the Inspector to show their love openly? This exciting tale takes Ginger to the seedier part of London to help clear the Inspector of any involvement in his wife's murder. ...more
Deb
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here's a quick read from the Ginger Gold detective series. It is the spring of 1924 and Ginger and her beau, Chief Inspector Basil Reed, find themselves investigating the murder of Basil's estranged wife. Amelia Reed, it seems, was performing at a shady nightclub and going home with customers. Although they were in the process of divorcing, Basil is still crushed by Emelia's death and by the discoveries he and Ginger are making. Was one of her fellow dancers responsible for her death? Was the cl ...more
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