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Death on the Tower

(A Higgins & Hawke Mystery #2)

4.58  ·  Rating details ·  126 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Death by Treason . . .

When the body of a British National is found at the base of the common house tower in Boston, assistant medical examiner, Dr. Haley Higgins has no reason to believe it wasn’t suicide.

That is until Investigative Reporter Samantha Hawke gets an anonymous tip: the victim, a Mrs. Olivia Gray, was pushed from the seventh floor to her death.

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Published April 2019 by La Plume Press (first published 2019)
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Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery
Death On the Tower by Lee Strauss was an amazing and complex historical cozy mystery.

Dr. Haley Higgins and investigative reporter Samantha Hawke are both at the scene of a reported suicide when they meet again. Thanks to an anonymous tip Samantha begins to investigate. Haley already had suspicions regarding the woman's suicide so together they begin to investigate. A well crafted plot filled with twists, only a few suspects and plenty of suspense as the story unfolds. There is so much more invol
Kelly Young
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series is as excellent as expected!
The adventures of Haley and Samantha continue in this fast-paced mystery. Fans of the Ginger Gold series will of course already be fond of the good doctor, but the reporter Samantha is a new character who is fun to get to know.
The book is well researched, touching on events of the time in which it is set, as well as themes that are relevant today, such as women working in a man's world and spousal abuse. Yet it never bashes you over the head with moral les
even better mystery

still a bit quick, but the mystery was even better this time. and added a great level of complication. utilizing Dr Higgins connections without going overboard makes me happy as so many mystery writers seem to make unreasonable leaps. almost like these better than the lady gold mysteries. haley would definitely be a friend of mine.
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a superb story full of intrigue and suspense. There is no reason to believe a death is other than a suicide. Clues show up to say otherwise. Don’t miss out.
Merry Chapman
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Haley Higgins, a forensic pathologist and Samantha Hawke a reporter for the local paper team up once again. When a woman falls from the 7th floor in the building where she works, the police are quick to call it a suicide and close the case. But when Samantha gets an anonymous call that the victim was pushed, she feels the need to investigate. This might show the "boys" at the paper that she is a credible reporter. She goes to the morgue to seek out her friend, Dr. Haley Higgins to see what t ...more
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a Long Way Down

As a fan of the Ginger Gold mysteries I am happy to see a new series with Haley Higgins & Samantha Hawke. The first story was excellent in laying out the background of Haley & Sam, a rare female journalist at The Daily Record in Boston as they edge toward friendship With both women in traditional men's occupation, they battle the prevailing standards in post-WWI America. Prohibition is ignored but murder is not.
Sam goes to the Custom House for a story on a lady fallen
Heather Belleguelle
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Death on the Tower follows on immediately from Death at the Tavern, so we have a great opportunity to see Haley and Samantha’s investigative partnership continue to progress. Their characters, as well as those of the supporting characters, are well developed now and I enjoyed meeting up with them again. The author continues with her theme of looking at the lives of women in Depression-era Boston and I very much enjoyed this aspect of the book. In fact this, along with the ongoing storylines of t ...more
Apr 23, 2019 rated it liked it
For some reason, this series is just not taking off for me. As I indicated in my review of the first book, despite a duo of feisty lead characters with a lot of potential, I find the plots dull and the situations mundane. There seems not to be the sparkiness here that is a feature of the best Ginger Gold novels.

Perhaps, given a setting in 1930’s Boston, I am looking for something grittier and darker. Despite the campaign against domestic abuse, and the espionage/treason theme, it all seemed rath
Susan Stokell
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book 2 of the Higgins and Hawke series. Haley Higgins who many will know from the Ginger Gold mysteries has moved back to Boston when her brother is murdered. Fast forward 7 years and Haley is still working at the Boston Morgue and still involved with solving murders.

Samantha Hawke is an investigative reporter who works hard for her bylines and has befriended Haley.

The story is set in the 1930's with great attention to details of the time. With help from Samantha and the police Haley is able to
Gary and Sandra Sims
Great story

This is the second book in this enjoyable new series. If you are a fan of the Ginger Gold mystery series then you know the Haley Higgins character. In this story Dr. Higgins thinks a suicide is a murder and with the help of her friend Samantha a intrepid reporter they go all out to solve the "who done it". Along the way interesting developments occurs with some of the other characters and over all this makes for a delightful book. I heartily recommend this book.
Helen Drake
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an interesting series involving two women trying to make their way doing jobs usually held by men. Haley is the Assistant Medical Examiner of Boston while Samantha is a reporter. Besides doing their jobs, they team up to solve murders.

There are strong characters in this story. Both women have faced loss and heartache yet remain strong. The supporting male and female characters are becoming better developed as the series progresses.

There are plenty of twists to the story that keep it int
Janice Drake
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lovely period piece mystery set in 1930's Boston. Haley and Sam make a wonderful pair of sleuths. Strauss makes her characters live and I love the attention to detail of life in the 30's. Her mystery keeps the reader guessing and the suspense makes me want to read it all the way to the end rather than put it down. This is a series, but each book can be read alone. I would recommend all Strauss' books. I received this book as an ARC and wished to leave a review.
Polina Posner
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The series continues to thrill the readers. The characters evolve, the complexities of the times explored. Wife battery, anti-semitism, spies, murder, and simple human relations are all touched upon. Superb research by the author brings authenticity to the descriptions of people and places and fashions and attitudes.
Haley and Sam are at it again, trying to solve a murder, being embroiled in a web of deceit and lies.
Wonderful series that keeps the reader asking for more.
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, cozies
Two extraordinary women trying to make in a man's world, reporter Samantha Hawke and medical examiner Haley Higgins team up once again in the second book of the Higgins and Hawke series. A fast paced mystery unravels when Sam and Haley suspect an apparent suicide is anything but. An intriguing cozy with a wealth of historical references transporting the reader to 1930's Boston. A great read for fans of mysteries-looking forward to the next in the series.
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In the second of the Higgins & Hawke series, we once again follow the medical examiner and newswoman as they solve another murder. Set in the 1930's the author provides a provocative look at the era of women as they try to gain acceptance in their chosen fields. Compared to the Ginger Gold series this series is much darker but just as enjoyable.
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clever !

Higgins, pathologist, and , Hawke, newspaper reporter, solve their second murder. Following clues and hunches, doing lots of research, and taking chances allow this intrepid pair to find the solution to the deaths incurred by falls from the Tower of two people. The setting in 1931 Boston is very interesting and entertaining!
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just love this new historical cozy series. In this second book, Haley and Sam's friendship deepens as they work together on a murder case. The plot flows smoothly, as does the dialogue. The era has been well researched and is described authentically and with attention to detail. I look forward to reading the next adventure.
Katie Thompson
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The characters are fantastic. Haley tends to be logical while Samantha can be more emotional, and yet they both have managed to survive in an era that wasn’t kind to women. The book itself highlights some of the hardships of domestic abuse, both physical and mental, while spinning a wonderful tale and mystery. I love watching the friendship between these two bloom and grow.
reader 1085
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Is it murder or suicide? This page turner has you guessing. Haley and Samantha are in the midst of another mystery. Absolutely enjoyed this read and can hardly wait for more. I was given a free ARC by the author. My review is freely and honestly given
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. The chemistry between friends Haley and Sam is great. The descriptions of the time period are so good that it takes very little imagination to see it in your mind as you read. I am looking forward to reading their next adventure.
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read.

The two series around Haley and Lady Gold are all good reads. They are fun and definitely allow you to picture the characters and the actions they exhibit. If you need a fun read pick up one of the books.
Judy G Spivey
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
World War I is over, and Samantha and Haley are working in areas that was once only held by men.

Lee Strauss takes you back to to the years between the World Wars. Her writing gives insights into the highs and lows of two women lives, as they get involved in murder.
norma  linza
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good series

This series has kept my attention and I am never we quite sure 'who did it ' until the end. This series has quite a few fully developed characters; each with their own unique personality.
The writer is obviously a people watcher as this is very well done.
Lauri McCanless
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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Eleanor Donovan
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder at the Custom House

Sam and Halley team up to find a murderer and find more in the bargain.
I enjoy the fact that as a woman's writer, Sam takes up the cause of mistreatment of women by their spouses.
Lynn Allison
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good mystery with an interesting twist.

Lee Strauss presents interesting stories with intrigue and a good dash of romance. Her style is clear, holding my interest with correct English and no need for curse words. I look forward to the next Higgins & Hawke mystery..
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A new series in the making

The two main characters are developing nicely. This is the second book and the reader can begin to feel the bonds of trust forming between Higgins and Hawke. I'm looking forward to next adventure!
Christine Bollier
Hard to put down

I am a big fan of Lee Strauss but her newest series is my favorite of her work. Higgins and Hawk are well though out characters that find themselves in plots that pull you in. Can't wait for the next installment.
Linda Huie
May 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Confused by the ending!
Kimberley O'Malley
I love this new series, Samantha and Dr. Higgins make interesting partners, and remind me so much of Ginger and Higgins... I do hope there's another book coming.
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