Murder at Hartigan House by Lee StraussMurder at Hartigan House by Lee Strauss
Narrator: Elizabeth Klett
Series: Ginger Gold #2
Published by La Plume Press on March 5, 2018
Source: Purchased
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Historical Mystery
Length: 5 hrs 38 mins
Pages: 258
Format: Audiobook
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There's a skeleton in the attic! Quite literally.

After a weeklong passage over the Atlantic from Boston to Liverpool, Ginger Gold arrives at her childhood London home--Hartigan House--to find decade-old remains from some poor woman hanging from a noose. Ginger's Boston terrier, Boss, noses out a missing phalange from under the cot.

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

Clues lead Ginger and her good friend Haley Higgins to 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.

Ginger decides to host another soirée, inviting the guest list from ten years previous. Before the night is over, another person is dead.

Murder at Hartigan House picks up where Murder on the S.S. Rosa left off. Ginger has just arrived back at Hartigan House in London where she grew up, to take care of her deceased father’s estate and decide what she wants to do with the house. The house has been shut up for the past 10 years and has just been readied for her return. There is some distressing news, however. Pippins, the family’s long-time butler, has discovered the body of a woman. When circumstances and evidence begin to point towards her father, Ginger decides to investigate and once again finds herself “assisting” Chief Inspector Basil Reed.

If I’m ever involved in a murder, remind me not to go the “party” where all the people who were at the event when the person was killed get together again. It never turns out well. Either somebody else gets killed, like in this story, or I’d end up getting accused of murder.

The mystery was well done, with well placed clues if you’re paying attention. Ginger is making herself right at home in London and once again I loved all of the ’20s details. I’m glad the author found a way to keep Haley around and a part of the investigation even as she’s studying to become a doctor. I enjoy their friendship.

This is a light, fun cozy. I listened to the audio and it moved along at a pleasant pace. These books are perfect for doing chores around the house and walking the dog – enjoyable, but don’t take too much thinking.

About Lee Strauss

Lee Strauss is a USA TODAY bestselling author of several cozy historical mystery series: The Ginger Gold Mysteries series, The Rosa Reed Mystery series, The Higgins & Hawke Mystery series, as well as A Nursery Rhyme Mystery series (mystery suspense), The Light & Love series (sweet romance), The Clockwise Collection (YA time travel romance), and young adult historical fiction with over a million books read. She has titles published in German and French, and a growing audio library.

When Lee’s not writing or reading she likes to cycle, hike, and stare at the ocean. She loves to drink caffè lattes and red wines in exotic places, and eat dark chocolate anywhere.


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