In 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.