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Murder on the SS Rosa

(Ginger Gold Mysteries #0.5)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  3,082 ratings  ·  463 reviews
It’s 1923 and young war widow fashionista Ginger Gold makes a cross-Atlantic journey with her companion Haley Higgins to London England to settle her father’s estate. When the ship’s captain is found dead, Ginger is only too happy to lend her assistance to the handsome Chief Inspector Basil Reed.

The SS Rosa delivers a convincing array of suspects - the wife, the mistress,
eBook Kindle, 182 pages
Published May 3rd 2017 by La Plume Press
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May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Welcome to the time of Prohibition, cloche hats and Charleston.
The time when the world was still recovering from the first great war and British nobility titles still had a lot of weight.
In this case I am talking about the year of 1923. A young widow Ginger Gold was crossing the Atlantic from US to GB to settle her late father's estate accompanied by her friend Haley Higgins. The women belong to completely different social classes, but the war - he great equalizer - made them friends.

Ginger b
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
What a wonderful surprise this was! I love cozy mysteries, as I've said a thousand times, so I'm always looking for ones that interest me. This one met everything I love about this genre. Characters that are interesting with some humor and sarcasm, interesting time period--the 20's!!, and a mystery that keeps you entertained, plus a cute lovely dog to add to the mix. I cannot wait to read more about Ginger, Haley, and Basil! Rest assured I will be picking up the next book.

**Thanks to Lee Strauss
Kindle freebie and loanable

Mrs. Ginger Gold is traveling back to her native England on the S.S. Rosa. England is a place she hasn't been to since 1918 when the war ended and she was left a young widow. Now her father is also dead and she is left to settle his estate. Why not have a little fun before completing the task, especially while in non-American waters (Prohibition need not apply)?! Her traveling companion, Haley, would rather study for medical school and her Boston Terrier Puppy needs lo
Mrs. Ginger Gold is taking a cross-Atlantic trip to England to settle her late father's estate. She is accompanied by her friend Hailey Higgins who is traveling with her to attend medical school in London. During the journey, they discover the murder of the ship's captain. Chief Inspector Basil Reed, another passenger on the ship, starts investigating the murder and quickly makes a long list of suspects. When Ginger finds out she is on that list, she decides to help find the murderer before the ...more
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: xx2017-completed
I am happy to hear that Murder on the SS Rosa is a prequel to a series of cozy mysteries featuring Ginger Gold and her friend Haley Harrigan. I am sure we will also see more of the intrepid and enigmatic Chief Inspector Basil Reed.

At first I wasn’t sure what to think of Ginger Gold. At first glance she appeared to be all surface and fluff, especially in contrast to Haley – a serious medical student, which was highly unusual for a woman in the 1920’s. However, when the going goes sideways with a
Anna Aurora
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Omg I loved it!Such a quick and action packed read. This was my first book by the author and it sure will not be last.I just loved how atmospheric this story was.Details really made this book for me.I can't wait to read more about Ginger and her adventures.
And Can we just talk about this beautiful cover,its so stunning and perfect for this book!
4/5 stars
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder on the SS Rosa by Lee Strauss was a quickly paced historical cozy that caught my attention from the first chapter. I liked Ginger Gold and her friend Haley Higgins. Although from two different worlds, they obviously care about each other. I enjoyed the way Ms. Strauss slowly dropped hints about how much more there was to Ginger other than a rich widow who only cares about clothes. I'm intrigued and definitely want to know more about Ginger's role during WWI. She has a huge heart; and I go ...more
Carole (in Canada)
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Period Cozy Mystery, Mystery
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This was a freebie on Kindle, and as I enjoy period murder/mysteries and cozy mysteries, I thought I would give it a try.

The year is 1923, Lady Ginger Gold is a young war widow whose father has recently passed away. She is setting off from Boston to England to settle his estate on the SS Rosa with her French Bull dog, Boss, and her good friend Haley Higgins. Haley happens to be the nurse who took care of her father and is going to England to attend university to become a doctor. The two have bon
Cute, if short, cozy mystery set in the early 1920s. The audiobook narrator does a good job with all the voices.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-audio
An exciting beginning with a murder--and a ship full of suspects

I really enjoyed this prequel of the Ginger Gold series and getting to know Ginger and her good friend Haley. When the ship's captain was killed, there was no shortage of suspects, including Ginger herself. Determined to clear her name, Ginger began to snoop and talk to suspects. I was surprised by the killer, and the showdown/sting was pretty good. The very ending made me curious to keep reading and find out what Ginger's butler ha
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: swap, cozies
I enjoy reading cozy mysteries and am constantly downloading the free offers from various authors. I am thrilled I read this particular mystery. The characters-especially Ginger and Haley-were whimsical and fun, especially when Ginger involves herself in a murder investigation much to the annoyance of the investigator Basil Reed. The setting of the ship and Lee Strauss' description of the food, the time period's clothing and social structure on the ship transported me in time. It was a genuinely ...more
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lee Strauss is a new author to me and this is a new cozy mystery series by her. It takes place a few year after WWI aboard a ship (the SS Rosa) crossing the Atlantic from the U.S. headed to London. Ginger Gold is a fairly young widow who's more than the wealthy fashionista she appears to be. Traveling with her Boston Terrier, Boss, and her friend, Haley Higgins, a nurse who's going to England to attend medical school, she helps solve the murder of the ship's captain.

I enjoyed this book set in 19
When you have an amateur detective, you always have to overcome the hurdle of how to involve them when official investigations. Ginger involves herself through a combination of frank nosiness and chutzpah which I just could not believe worked, especially when questioning various suspects.

So, while Ginger (sporting looks, intelligence, wealth, and a spy background) was readable enough, and I thought Ginger's companion very interesting, I found myself drifting away from the story once the investig
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very silly, superficial novella borrowed through kindle unlimited program that should fit the bill for people looking for quick read. It is meant to whet the appetite to read succeeding tales as many readers may do. Not this reader.
Dawn Michelle
This was okay [I found it better than the other book that had a murder on a ship - I cannot even remember the name of that one] - I liked the main characters and found the relationship between Haley and Ginger both sweet and hilarious. And the murder was a bit of a surprise. As was the reveal. But felt like something was missing. And I am not sure what it was. I just cannot put my finger on it.
I WILL read the second one because these characters have interested me enough to keep me re
Aarathi Burki
Simple nice read with quick and witty dialogues best thing about the story was it had good pace without any dragging
Looking forward to reading more books by this author
Alice 🌙
4/5 ⭐️
Why not read a 1920s cozy mystery in the 2020? Haha
Lee Strauss
Sep 15, 2020 is currently reading it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Here's an excerpt.


In the dismal autumn of 1918 Ginger Gold had vowed she’d never go back to Europe. Yet here she was, five years later in 1923, aboard the SS Rosa as it traversed the Atlantic from Boston to Liverpool.

“Isn’t a dinner invitation from the captain reserved for very important persons?” Haley Higgins asked.

Ginger propped a hand on her tiny waist and feigned insult. “Are you suggesting that I’m not a very important person?”

“I’d never suggest such a thing,” Haley said lightly

A quick and delightful mystery! If this story was a drink, for me, it would be the champagne bubbles tickling my nose. It is quite effervescent and an immensely enjoyable fluff read.
Jennifer Brown
Very quick read (or listen). This one isn't a bad start to the series. It kept me interested enough that I finished it in one listen. It was a little weird how easily Ginger got to help with the investigation, especially for this time period. While I did enjoy it, I'm not sure if I will continue with the series. I feel like this is one that I will listen to the books if I can't find anything else to check out at the time.
Mary Eve
Ginger Gold and Hailey Higgins Investigate

Entertaining cozy with likable characters. I enjoyed crossing the Atlantic on the SS Rosa with Ginger and her friends. Ginger and Hailey are smart women with intuitive natures. Great atmosphere that offers a nice introduction to a leading lady with class, style, and the ability to take care of herself. I'd be happy to gather clues and solve crimes with the glamorous Ginger Gold.
Heather Belleguelle
Being a fan of both cozy mysteries and Lee Strauss’ writing I was really looking forward to reading the start to her new series. I’m pleased to say that there is so much to be enjoyed.

It’s always important for a cozy mystery to have a sleuth (and sidekick) that readers warm to, and Mrs Strauss has certainly hit on a winner with Ginger and her friend Haley. And, not forgetting Ginger’s Boston Terrier, Boss, who I’m sure will continue to be part of the mystery-solving team.

The era and the setting
N.N. Light
It's the Roaring 20's and Ginger Gold is sailing on the SS Rosa to settle her father's estate in England when the captain is murdered. Everyone is a suspect and Ginger is happy to assist the handsome Chief Inspector in any way she can. A delightful mystery that kept me guessing until the very end. Reminded me of Dame Christie with witty dialogue and intriguing characters. Highly recommend!

My Rating 5 stars
Apr 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
This was more a novella about fashionable clothes of the period than a murder mystery. Take away the descriptions of clothing and the frankly repulsive Boston terrier 'Boss' and you'd be left with very little else. Solving the murder was almost an afterthought and there was no suspense or intrigue.

For a protagonist who I am supposed to like, Mrs Gold is smug, self-centred and supercilious. I don't think I'll bother with any more of these books.
S. Daisy
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This short novel is a historical fiction mystery taking place in the 1920s, on a ship sailing from the states to England. The main character is Georgia "Ginger" Gold, who used to be a secret operative during the war, but who after the war turned to detective work as a hobby to add some mystery and color to her now-average life.

Ginger sets sail from the mainland on the SS Rosa, captained by a man named Joseph Walsh, and heads for England, where she intends to attend to her deceased father's Londo
Laura Edwards
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable read. I enjoyed the characters, the mystery and the setting aboard ship. My favorite character was probably Ginger's friend, Haley Higgins. They are opposites in many respects, yet I love the interplay between them. Fun and very believable. I also liked the way Ginger's past is hinted at instead of everything revealed at one time. The only thing which seemed very unrealistic was the way Inspector Reed allowed Ginger to hone in on his case, especially since he considered her a su ...more
Helen Drake
Mar 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Having read books 4 through 6 in this series, it’s time I catch up on the previous books starting with this first book in the Ginger Gold series. It’s a good first novel as it introduces the main characters, Ginger Gold, her close friend and travel companion Haley Higgins, and Chief Inspector Basil Reed, along with Ginger’s Boston Terrier, Boss, and young Scout, who has been smuggled on board the SS Rosa by his older cousin, Marvin. These characters carry through in the later books in the series ...more
Ginger Gold and her friend, Haley Higgins, are making their way to England aboard a ship, the SS Rosa, when someone meets a rather bad end. Ginger uses her cleverness and status to gather information (and tries not to step directly on an inspector's toes) in order to solve the murder.

I listened to the audiobook version of this tale, and loved the narrator's range. I also enjoyed this novel; it reminded me greatly of a television episode of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. There were moments of hu
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!!! I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a fast pace, fun read. I could not put it down and was disappointed when I reached the ending. I was so engrossed that I did not realized an hour had passed. I found the main characters, Ginger Gold and Chief Inspector Basil Reed, refreshing and intreiging. They were not the typical over the top annoying know it alls. They truly complemented one another. Neither had to prove anything to the other. The ending was refreshingly different. You did no ...more
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable Cozy Mystery!

This was my first Lee Strauss Novel and it was an enjoyable read. I fell in love instantly with the characters. Ginger, the main character pretends to be a woman only concerned with the lasted fashion and high society events, but in reality, she had been an operative in WWI and is clever in gathering intel and observation. Basil, the inspector is a very intelligent and honest men since the beginning. Her companion and friend, Hailey, is a feminist and a nurse who is studyi
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