Murder on the SS Rosa (Ginger Gold Mysteries) – Lee Strauss

34323870In this short prequel to the Ginger Gold Mysteries series, fashionista Ginger Gold is travelling from Boston to London when the ship’s captain mysteriously turns up dead and stuffed into a barrel of pickles. With a host of possible culprits, Ginger gets stuck in investigating the murder (against the wishes of the handsome Chief Inspector Basil Ward), only to discover that she herself is a suspect! Determined to get to the bottom of the mystery and clear her name, Ginger follows the clues to solve the case, with a little help from her dog, Boss, and her dear friend, Haley.

This is a sweet and short mystery, inspired by Agatha Christie, with lovely descriptions of scenery and clothing in the 1920s. It’s a straightforward story, as Ginger follows clues and conducts interviews to solve the case. It’s actually a little too twee for my tastes – I prefer my mysteries to have a bit more grit – and I didn’t like Ginger very much. She’s shallow and frivolous when it comes to clothing, and a nosy busy-body in terms of the mystery. There was a legitimate detective on board and no need for her to get involved. Although, a past in espionage or something similar is alluded to, so she can be forgiven for her curiosity.

All in all, it’s a twee and harmless murder mystery, very clearly in a copy-cat style of Agatha Christie. Perhaps lacking the depth and intelligence of a Christie novel, it’s still worth a read for lovers of straightforward and stylish murder mysteries.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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