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Murder at Kensington Gardens

(Ginger Gold Mysteries #6)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  868 ratings  ·  74 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 270 pages
Published March 20th 2018 by La Plume Press
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Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Helen Drake
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Merry Chapman
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Kelly Young
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Teri Donaldson
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Laurie Way
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lady Ginger Gold keeps things surprising as she investigates murders and solves them with quite a bit of pluck! This read did not disappoint!
Susan Stokell
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
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Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it
(3.5 stars)

The man grabbed her roughly by the arm. "We're not done."
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
Bonnie Dale Keck
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
Heather Belleguelle
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Barbara Fricks
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Anne Rightler
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder at the Kensington Gardens is the sixth cozy mystery with the plucky unofficial private investigator, Lady Ginger Gold and Scotland Yard Inspector Reed. I love these mysteries, set in the post WWI era 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. Walking the dog and Lady Gold and Boss find a dead body, poisonous snake bites, burlesque shows, and lots of twists and turns--all keep the pages ...more
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great book !! I wish they would make her books into a tv show.

Lady Ginger Gold, finds the body of Emelia Reed, Inspector Basil Reed's estranged wife. A snake bite was the cause of death. Inspector Morris tells him he cannot work on the case. so Ginger and Basil go undercover to solve the murder of Emelia. Ginger finds out that Emelia worked at a Burlesque place , as a dancer called the NorthStar. Ginger gets a job at the NorthStar as Antoinette the Burlesque Dancer. Shady Characters and
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-read, own-it
I think this one is my favorite one out of the series so far. This one has Lady Gold going undercover in a of all things....burlesque show! This was after her and Boss found a dead body in the park who happened to be Basil's soon to be ex-wife, Emelia! As the death of one's spouse isn't enough, Basil has to deal with the fact that she was also working in a burlesque show and possibly doing more than just that! The relationship changes between Ginger and Basil due to this murder. There is more ...more
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies
Book 6 of the Ginger Gold series is a perfect springtime read. Ginger is walking her dog Boss enjoying the beauty of the gardens and feeling perfectly content until Boss leads her to a dead body. She once again involves herself in solving this murder despite being banned by Scotland Yard because of a personal connection. This investigation brings her into the world of burlesque nightclubs and this is where Lee Strauss' attention to detail stands out. Readers who enjoy quick-paced mysteries ...more
Katie Thompson
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another fabulous outing for our Ginger!

Ginger’s stories keep getting better and better. The tease of a romance brewing between our beloved war widow, fashionista, former Secret service and current Private Investigator Lady Ginger Gold and Chief Inspector Basil Reed comes to a screeching halt when the body of Basil’s soon-to-be-ex wife is discovered, and Basil find himself a suspect.

This book touches on emotional subjects beautifully, and twists our hearts is all the right ways. Ginger remains a
Bonnie Clevenger
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another rewarding read from Lee Strauss.
Lady Ginger Gold and her accomplice American Haley Higgins, again become smack in the middle of another murder. This one takes us to the seedy part of London, as in the burlesque show of the North Star Club.
Ginger disguises herself as a french dancer, Antoinette, in order to get evidence!
The deceased was a dancer at the club.
Lee makes you believe you know who did it, only to surprise you with a different twist to the story.
Again I highly recommend
Brenda Woods
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such an intriguing series. I love them all! These are cozy mysteries with a little romance. They are set in the 1920's with the women's rights issues, WWI ending, the fashion, and all the music and dancing of those times. The characters are so real. I appreciate the generosity of the main character, Lady Ginger Gold. She reminds me of some of the wonderful people I have met in this life and who are so good to try to emulate. Also some of the methods used to determine the killer are so funny and ...more
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well researched and written by Ms. Strauss the antics of Lady Gold take a walk on the wild side in this installment. This murder is a little closer to her heart, but try as she might she has a difficult time convincing the bumbling Superintendent of Scotland Yard that she can help. Her training during the war has equipped her with an arsenal of skills not normally known by a woman of her standing. However she does seem to have trouble driving lol. She has a busy household, a ladies shop to
Jessie Cairney
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A delightful read as usual All the books in series can be read as a standalone story or as part of a followon seies. I think I read book 4 first but enjoyed its story and the characters so much I started from book 1 again and reading all of them now. I have already started the next book in series. I cant wait to see Ginger and Basil actually get together properly and get married I know it has to happen. I am a very fast reader but not too fast that I cannot put myself into the story as one of ...more
Anne G. Kasaba
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is a testament to Lee Strauss’ ability as a writer that I enjoy this series so much. The genre that encompasses historical mystery or literature has never held much interest or enjoyment until now.

This is another wonderful addition to an already excellent series. Ginger had discovered a dead body in Kensington Gardens, and it’s Emelia, the estranged wife of the Chief Inspector that she has feelings for. Despite being warned off by Basil’s boss she begins her investigation in a rather risqué
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ginger strikes again

The 6th Ginger Gold mystery continues Lee Strauss ' top notch writings. Ginger and Basil go undercover in a burlesque club where the estranged wife of Basil worked as a showgirl named Destiny. Who sicced the snake on the Inspector's wife and why is Basil all torn up about her death? Ginger does burlesque to track the killer down. Who's the real snake in the grass?
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