Review – Murder at Hartigan House by Lee Strauss

Title Murder at Hartigan House A Ginger Gold Mystery (Ginger Gold #2)

Author Lee Strauss

Description from Amazon

When Ginger Gold arrives at her childhood London home ~ Hartigan House ~ she’s shocked to discover decade-old remains from some poor woman in the attic. 

It’s a mystery that once again puts Ginger alongside the handsome Chief Inspector Basil Reed. Who is the victim? And how on earth did she end up in Ginger’s home?

In order to solve the troubling puzzle, Ginger and her good friend Haley Higgins recreate a soirée hosted in 1913 by Ginger’s late father, George Hartigan. A shadow of suspicion is cast on her father’s legacy, and Ginger isn’t so sure she wants to know the truth about the man she dearly loved.

Before the night is over, another person is dead. Can Ginger stop the killer before she becomes the next victim?  

Initial Thoughts

I love this series. After listening to the first audiobook, I was totally hooked. I couldn’t wait to start this one.

Some Things I Liked

  • So many Agatha Christie, And Then There Were None, vibes! I love that story and I love a murder mystery that centers around a party.
  • As always, Ginger’s dialogue and her banter with every character is just perfect. The wit and sass are just so perfect and the audiobook’s narrator really just takes this over the top. I would read this series, but I’m so glad I decided to listen to it instead.
  • The murderer! I really never saw it coming. I actually had the same comment on Murder on the SS Rosa. Props to Lee Strauss for writing mysteries that I can’t solve in the first few chapters.

Series Value

If the slow burn of Ginger and Basil’s romance isn’t enough to keep you hooked on this series, Ginger’s promising career as a detective definitely should. I can’t wait to keep reading / listening to this series. I hope the whole series is available on Audible.

Final Thoughts

This book was short, had a great story, and gave us a bit more of all of the characters we met in Murder on the SS Rosa. I love the new characters and I hope to see more of them in future stories. Each book feels like an episode of a TV show – a concise story, a bit more background on each character, and slow burning relationships. I really like the pace between stories and can’t wait to keep reading.


Recommendations for Further Reading

  • Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco – if you liked the murder and forensic science themes in this book, definitely check out the Stalking Jack the Ripper series. It takes place a bit earlier in history than Ginger Gold but has a lot of the same feelings.
  • A Brazen Curiosity by Lynn Messina – again, this one is set before Ginger Gold, but if you liked the mystery, lady detective, witty banter, and clean romance in Ginger Gold, check out this cozy mystery series by Lynn Messina
  • A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn – slow burn romance, London, murder, do I need to go on? Do yourself a favor, check out this series.
  • Murder at Bray Manor by Lee Strauss – if you liked this book, definitely check out the next story in the series.

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