Death at the Tavern
Death by Rum Running. . .
It’s the hot and humid East Coast summer of 1931 and seven years since Dr. Haley Higgins’ brother Joe was murdered. The case is cold. The Boston Police Department may have given up on finding Joe Higgins’ killer, but Haley never will. She’s serious and savvy and has what it takes to hold up under depressive times. At least she finds some sa...more
I admire Haley as the strong, independent and "thoroughly modern woman" that she is when women are just beginning to be recognized as more than wives and mothers. Set in the 1930's there is a strong theme of the Prohib ...more
Speakeasies, brothels and the mob are all involved in the story.
This book us well written and a good read. Very enjoyable. I did not want to put it down .
Both Haley and the other main character, Samantha, are well presented and I shall look forward to getting to know them better as the series goes on. Mrs Strauss cleverly uses them to ...more
Samantha Hawke works at the Daily Record in Boston, using the byline Sam Hawke. She's the only newswoman at the paper, and ...more
Lee Strauss is an author I am happy to recommend to friends and family. She writes a tight, compelling mystery, this o ...more
I loved Haley Higgins in that series, and I was disappointed when her character left. So I was thrilled to realise she had her own series.
This is billed as a 1930's Rizolli and Isles. That's quite close, to be honest.
As in all other Lee Strauss books, the characters are very well rooted in the culture of the time. As women, they also have to face many trials. And as a woman in the 21st century it is fascinating to read that. So I really appr ...more
The ingredients here are good quality. Two feisty leading characters, Haley and Sam, are women battling their way in spheres dominated by men, facing up to and beating off prejudice- but they are not enough of a contrast, and, to my mind, each merits her own book. There is fascina ...more
When I last saw Haley, she was a medical student racing home from London to Boston to deal with the aftermath of her brother’s murder. In Death at the Tavern, years have passed. Haley is now a fully qualified doctor and an assistant medical examiner in Boston.
Conveniently, she’s has inherited enough money to not be sufferin ...more
As the first in a series, of course a lot of it was introducing and getting to know characters. The main two are Dr Haley Higgins and Miss Samantha Hawke. Higgins is a Boston medical examiner -- unusual for a woman in her day. She's 40 something, unmarried, no kids and reasonably comfortable financially considering it's set in the early 30s, just before the repeal of Prohibition.
Hawke is a reporter, ge ...more
There were several murders to solve and I didn’t guess who the murderer ...more
Fast forward seven years and you will find Dr. Haley Higgins, first met in the Ginger Gold Mystery series, in the morgue in Boston working as the assistant pathologist. Prohibition is the law in America and organized crime has found lucrative markets in rum running and speakeasies. The mob and crime are on the rise. Samantha Hawke, bi-line Sam Hawke, working as a women’s column reporter for The Daily Record is looking for her big break. ...more
Finally, Haley Higgins is back. As Asst. Medical Examiner in Boston, Haley keeps busy at her job while continuing to brood over the cold case of her brother’s murder. Enter Samantha ‘Sam’ Hawke, woman’s reporter for The Daily Record. Abandoned by her husband before their daughter’s birth, Sam now needs to work to support Talia & her mother-in-law, Bina Rosenbaum. The two women meet over the murder of an outcast brother of the Mafia Marchesi family. Sam wants a byline and an inve ...more
Haley Higgins the assistant medical examiner, and Samantha Hawke an investigative reporter, find an unlikely friendship, while surviving in occupations that are mostly held by men.
Look out Boston, this dynamic duel is going to be the next great team to solve murders in the 1930's.
Lee Strauss has again penned a new delightful but very entertaining mystery series.
Any genre Lee decides to write is always a thrill ride of it's own. Far from a one trick pony, I would recommend ...more
This book is captivating from the first word to the last. There are many more stories to be told about their adventures and I, for one, ...more
Haley is a familiar person from the Ginger Gold series. Haley is back in Boston and we meet her 6 years after her London adventures. She is Assistant Medical Examiner and encounters a young reporter, Samantha Hawke. They work together to solve a series of murders, connected or not, is part of their problem. Interesting adventure for women in 1931 Boston. I enjoyed reading about the excessive discrimination they met and how they handled it! Two new strong, female sleuths!
What a great start to the offshoot of the Ginger Gold series. Haley Higgins came back to Boston when she found out her brother, Joseph, had been murdered. Although she has not solved that case (yet) she is working as the assistant medical examiner and will have many cases to work on. This story brings her together with Sam (Samantha) Hawke, a ladies columnist to solve a couple of murders. It looks like they’re going to be a great team. And, as with the Ginger Gold series, this lo ...more
There were a few discrepancies with the era. This was a woman supporting three people on one third of the amount of money of her contemporaries. A fifty cent tip was a LOT of money during the depression. The references to the cost of drinks to the comments of trying to feed her family are inconsistent. The additional purchase of sunglasses is ludicrous. I’ve been very poor and when faced with feeding and clothing family members or purchasing alcohol and sunglasses there was an obvious ...more
I received an ARC of this book and wished to leave a review because I enjoyed it. ...more
Not particularly deep in plot or character development, this story is still fun. Haley and Sam are women in a man's world. Not so unjust that we get angry, but they both face an uphill battle that fortunately is less uphill a hundred years later. The charm of this book is not in plot. The resolution was more than a bit strained. But somehow it was still a fun read and good enough that I'll be reading the next one too. ...more
I really enjoyed reading this book. I felt like I was in Boston at the wharf, the speakeasy, and most of all in the kitchen with Molly and Haley. It was great "catching up" with Haley and meeting Samantha, Molly and the others. Haley and Sam have very different personalities but they are both modern women working in a man's world. I'm looking forward to reading the next book. Higgins and Hawke, a new crime busting duo! ...more
I loved this story. Dr. Hailey Higgins and Samantha Hawke are as interesting as the mysteries they unravel. The era they navigate in proper Boston is not women in the work place friendly yet they forge their way in their respective carreers and bridge the class distinctions between their stations with grit. Full of intrigue and historical info its a great read.
Having met Haley Higgins in the Ginger Gold series made me feel right at home with Haley in Boston. I also fell in love with the new characters in this series. I love stories about strong women and this one delivers. Can't wait for April and the next book in the series. ...more
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