Murder at St. George's Church
Romance is in the air for the delightful Reverend Oliver Hill. Unfortunately, the choir rehearsal for the wedding ends abruptly with the sudden and disturbing appearance of a body.
War widow fashionista Ginger Gold is determined to find the killer even if it means working with the dashing, yet exasperating Chief Inspector Basil Reed, but only in her...more
Ginger's friend Rev. Oliver Hill is about to be married at long last! Ginger senses there is something not quite right and both the bride and groom have cold feet. Yet, they are both determined to go through with it, even after the choirmaster falls over the railing dead. Ginger has a murder to solve and a romance to make right. Her own love life is starting to pick up. Ginger is stepping out with Canadian naval captain William Beale, but her heart doesn't flutter the way it does with ...more
The author is back on form here, and there is plenty to be enjoyed- murder, jealousy, affairs and intrigue all figure. The setting-London in 1924- is well-realised and issues such as mental health and contraception (or rather the lack of it) are realistically handled.
There is sadness but also a lot of happiness. Ginger and Basil ...more
I also felt the story line with William was unneeded. One only needs to look at the title of the next book to know Ginger and Basil will get married. Ginger could certainly have been upset and harbored doubts about forgiving Basil without ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery story of this book, largely, I think, ...more
(Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of the book and decided to read it and provide my honest review, which I have.) It’s been a while since I have read a Ginger Gold book, so reading Murder at St. George’s Church: a cozy historical mystery, A Ginger Gold Mystery Book 7 by Lee Strauss was like visiting a friend you haven’t seen in a while. It was also clear that I had some catching up to do – fast. As I got comfortable to dig in, the “whodunit?” happened. I was so excited because ...more
This book takes place nearby London, in the 1920's.
Reverend Hill is betrothed to the wrong girl, but he is honorable and will go through with it. She is with child, by a married man, and wants to elope to speed things along. The Reverend is clueless, and thinks her sickness is due to nerves before
During rehearsal, the choir director, also the father of the baby, falls from the balcony, after being hit on the head and pushed ...more
However, I have always wonder about authors that get horsey facts wrong.
Where do they get their ideas of how you ride a horse?
Do they not know if you squeeze the horse’s flank with your legs you will have a very high chance of getting buck off?
Who told the author to snap the reins to get a horse to move?
All that is going to do is hurt the horse’s mouth and cause the horse to throw their head.
Is it that hard to find an editor that has ...more
This historical cosy series just keeps getting better. Both men and incidental recurring characters are being angrily developed. I look forward to more books in the series.
Check Inspector Basil Reed is back & determined to woo Ginger. Problem is, Ginger is being required by a friend of Oliver, vicar of St. George Church.
When the choirmaster is felled by a loose organ pipe then pushed off the organ loft,
who in the choir wanted him dead? ...more
I'm torn. On the one hand, great broad scope for the mystery, and I appreciate the trajectories of the minor characters like the Reverend, Matilda, etc., and, as always, Haley and Ginger together. Loved the rather salacious details. On the other, this installment succumbed to the presence of a love triangle. The spat between Basil and the Captain was cringeworthy. Ginger is a wealthy, independent widow, there is absolutely no need for her to marry, and I was completely unconvinced by ...more
Some spoilers here:
Although Ginger has her hands full with an unexpected marriage proposal and a rather haughty half sister she handles it all with grace. The romance between Ginger and Inspector Reed appears to finally be put to bed. Poor Haley must return to ...more
will Basil win Ginger's heart from her new beau William.? who is the minister marrying and who killed the choir drector?
These are all questions that will be answered in Book 7.
Lee does a great job of describing the ballroom at the ritz hotel and the swanky uppercrust event hekd there. Her ...more
The Vicar of St George’s church is getting married, the church is being decorated, the choir is practicing, and the choir director is murdered. Ginger Gold takes charge until the police arrive but she’s unprepared when Basil Reed walks into the church. Can they work together to find the killer when all Basil wants ...more
I loved this book. The mystery was interesting with many story lines and plots twists. It kept me guessing until the end and what a wonderful ending it was! I won't say more as don't want to spoil it for anyone.
While this is part of a wonderful series, the book can easily be read as a standalone. If you do, I ...more
The only thing that I found distracting was the many times the phrase "Oh, mercy" was used in the first few chapters. It was used so often, in fact, that repitition made it begin to lose meaning. This is why I gave one star less than usual.
I do look forward to ...more
I was annoyed by the Basil- Ginger debacle...will she or will she not. Enough is enough.
I'm glad it was finally decided by the end of the book; but for me it detracted from the story.
I will continue to read the series and look forward to more exciting developments.
The fashions, as always, are fabulously described. One can just feel the 1920s come to life.
Some serious subjects were broached as well - mental health, contraception, etc.
This installment is fabulous with all the twists and turns in the plot, as well as the added human drama. The characters are continuing to develop nicely.
Again,a wonderful period cozy!
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, don't want to say too much about it as I don't want to spoil it for those who've not yet read it! but didn't guess whodunit until the end and am so glad things worked out perfectly for the main characters. Waiting with baited breath for the next in the series, and also Hayley's story. Please say that I don't have to wait too long for either!
I have read all the books in this series except the last one I love the era this series is set and the stories are great. I even had a hard time figuring out who the murderer was, a first for me. If you like a book on a certain time. and location with a fast and interesting story. You will love these books. Happy detecting.
i do love ginger and basil. this was a mystery with lots of options. the solution was reasonable and unfolded nicely. looking forward to the next. though, like many non-police detective stories i read, i’d never be found in the same room as this woman for fear of unfortunate “accident!”
Ms. Strauss has giving us a wonderful character in Ginger Gold. The research in the time period is fantastic and by the sound of the clothing they sound positively scrumptious. I'm sorry to see Halley leave but seeing she is going to have her own series I can't complain. Looking forward to Ginger's next book.
P.S. Ms. Strauss write faster, must write faster.
This is a very light,charming historical cozy series.
Ginger Gold's family and friends that appear in every book are very likeable. The details of life , fashion and transportation, during this period is very interesting. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
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