Friday, 8 May 2020

Murder on the SS Rosa by Lee Strauss (book review)

This is a copy of my review published on Goodreads


 Murder on the SS Rosa (Ginger Gold Mysteries #1)Murder on the SS Rosa by Lee Strauss
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a free download from the author in return for an honest review.

If I had to pick characteristics of a cosy mystery that make it my ideal I'd probably choose things like a 'golden age of mystery' era, eccentric middle and upper class characters and a 'closed cast'. It's the ultimate escape for someone who lives in a modern day, reasonably safe (certainly murder free) environment where (in normal times) I meet with a wide variety of people who are mostly working or lower middle class but usually in humdrum settings like offices.

This story has those elements - a 1920s cruise liner is the setting. You've got the closed cast, you've got the era, you've got the types of people in your officers and passengers who can afford the better class of cabin. The cast size is increased by those auxiliary roles that come from outside the middle classes at the fore of the plot but add extra levels of texture - the companions, servants, cooks waiters and the ever dependable brave young urchins from third class. If only threre were a body in the cold store.....

Take the above ingredients, shake thoroughly and pour over an ice cold murder. Garnish with a beautiful, intelligent, witty young widow called Ginger Gold, her sidekick companion and a handsome police officer and serve. Drink slowly and enjoy.

Like all cocktails, this is delicious but never seems quite enough and leaves you wanting more - my main gripe, I'm afraid. I'm greedy - I want cocktails in a pint glass. This is more of a long short story rather than a novel. The good news is that there are other Ginger Gold mysteries to binge on. I haven't read them but I've a feeling several characters from this will appear again. Those urchins are worth their weight in gold.

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