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Brand New 1950s Cozy Mystery series by USA TODAY bestselling author Lee Strauss!  Murder's all wet! It's 1956 and WCP (Woman Police Constable) Rosa Reed has left her groom at the altar in London. Time spent with her American cousins in Santa Bonita California is exactly what she needs to get back on her feet, though the last thing she expected was to get entangled in anoth Brand New 1950s Cozy Mystery series by USA TODAY bestselling author Lee Strauss!  Murder's all wet! It's 1956 and WCP (Woman Police Constable) Rosa Reed has left her groom at the altar in London. Time spent with her American cousins in Santa Bonita California is exactly what she needs to get back on her feet, though the last thing she expected was to get entangled in another murder case!  If you love early rock & roll, poodle skirts, clever who-dun-its, a charming cat and an even more charming detective, you're going to love this new series! The Rosa Reed Mystery series is a spin-off of the acclaimed Ginger Gold Mystery series.


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Brand New 1950s Cozy Mystery series by USA TODAY bestselling author Lee Strauss!  Murder's all wet! It's 1956 and WCP (Woman Police Constable) Rosa Reed has left her groom at the altar in London. Time spent with her American cousins in Santa Bonita California is exactly what she needs to get back on her feet, though the last thing she expected was to get entangled in anoth Brand New 1950s Cozy Mystery series by USA TODAY bestselling author Lee Strauss!  Murder's all wet! It's 1956 and WCP (Woman Police Constable) Rosa Reed has left her groom at the altar in London. Time spent with her American cousins in Santa Bonita California is exactly what she needs to get back on her feet, though the last thing she expected was to get entangled in another murder case!  If you love early rock & roll, poodle skirts, clever who-dun-its, a charming cat and an even more charming detective, you're going to love this new series! The Rosa Reed Mystery series is a spin-off of the acclaimed Ginger Gold Mystery series.

30 review for Murder at High Tide

  1. 5 out of 5

    JoAn

    Murder at High Tide by Lee Strauss is a new cozy mystery series set in the 1950's and was as enjoyable as her Ginger Gold cozy series. I was drawn into the story from the first chapter and didn't put it down until it was finished. Rosa Reed is the daughter of Ginger and Basil Reed and a WPC with Scotland Yard. She has taken leave from Scotland to visit her mother's family in America. I liked Rosa and found her to be a likable character that I could relate to throughout the book. The plot is quick Murder at High Tide by Lee Strauss is a new cozy mystery series set in the 1950's and was as enjoyable as her Ginger Gold cozy series. I was drawn into the story from the first chapter and didn't put it down until it was finished. Rosa Reed is the daughter of Ginger and Basil Reed and a WPC with Scotland Yard. She has taken leave from Scotland to visit her mother's family in America. I liked Rosa and found her to be a likable character that I could relate to throughout the book. The plot is quickly paced, the dialogue and description of the town seem to be true to the era and the characters are developing nicely. I look forward to more in this new series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. All of the above opinions are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ellie B

    A lovely murder story I do so enjoy this author's stories. I highly recommend this book. Delve into the series and prepare to be hooked. A lovely murder story I do so enjoy this author's stories. I highly recommend this book. Delve into the series and prepare to be hooked.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Isabel Thomson

    Like all the books written by Lee Strauss, it’s a masterpiece! The accurate description of the 1950 ‘s fashion and philosophy is amazing. Everything, to the last detail of the everpresent gloves and hats. I felt so sorry when It came to the end! Lovely book and lovely Rosa Reed, like her mother Ginger Gold

  4. 5 out of 5

    Helen Drake

    This is a brand new series for Lee Strauss set in the 1950’s but it involves some characters from the Ginger Gold Mystery Series, set in the 1920’s. The main character Rosa Reed is the daughter of Ginger and Basil Reed and is a Woman Police Constable with Scotland Yard. She is currently in California living with her Aunt Louisa who is Ginger’s stepsister. Louisa’s mother, Sally, who is Ginger’s stepmother is also staying there. During WWII when Rosa was a teenager, she had spent a few months livi This is a brand new series for Lee Strauss set in the 1950’s but it involves some characters from the Ginger Gold Mystery Series, set in the 1920’s. The main character Rosa Reed is the daughter of Ginger and Basil Reed and is a Woman Police Constable with Scotland Yard. She is currently in California living with her Aunt Louisa who is Ginger’s stepsister. Louisa’s mother, Sally, who is Ginger’s stepmother is also staying there. During WWII when Rosa was a teenager, she had spent a few months living with her Aunt. During that time she met and fell in love with a man who she never forgot, even when she returned to England. In England as an adult, Rosa left her fiancée at the altar and fled to California to get over the embarrassment. While Rosa is in California she attends one of her aunt’s charity events along with her younger cousin Gloria. Her aunt introduces her to all the important people in the organization that benefits victims of polio. One of these people is murdered. Her aunt feels Rosa has the experience needed to help solve the case and influences the mayor to get Rosa involved with the police. The lead detective is the man she had fallen in love with during her youth. Together they work closely to solve the original murder as well as a second murder. Both victims were killed in the same unusual manner. Rosa’s cousin Gloria also helps with the investigation. The characters and plot are well developed. As is her usual style, Lee Strauss paints vivid physical descriptions of the characters and their wardrobes as well as the settings. She often deals with social issues in her stories and polio is one of the issues in this story. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and read it in one sitting. I can’t wait to read the next book in this delightful new series! I was fortunate to have received an ARC of this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Miss W Book Reviews

    Murder at High Tide is a new historical cozy from Lee Strauss. The story is set in 1950’s and there are characters from the fantastic Gingery Gold Series, yay! The main character is Rosa Reed and she is written so well. She is actually the is daughter of Ginger and Basil Reed . She is a WPC (Woman Police Constable) with Scotland Yard. Rosa is in California visiting her aunt and cousins. While there, a murder occurs and Rosa stays to investigate. The characters are well developed and the mystery is Murder at High Tide is a new historical cozy from Lee Strauss. The story is set in 1950’s and there are characters from the fantastic Gingery Gold Series, yay! The main character is Rosa Reed and she is written so well. She is actually the is daughter of Ginger and Basil Reed . She is a WPC (Woman Police Constable) with Scotland Yard. Rosa is in California visiting her aunt and cousins. While there, a murder occurs and Rosa stays to investigate. The characters are well developed and the mystery is fun with a number of twists. The author writes thoughtfully about Polio in this book and that is appreciated. I also really loved Rosa's cat Diego! The author writes the time period expertly. Highly recommend.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bev

    Rosa Reed is taking what she learned from her mother Lady Gold/Reed and her father Basil Reed. She is a policewoman in Scotland Yard, but now she is in California living with her Aunt Louisa who is Ginger's stepsister. Of course, there is fashion, big charities, and murder. This is where Rosa excels. Someone from a big charity is murdered. She helps the lead detective, someone whom she fell in love with when she was younger. Now, remember this is set in California during the 1950s so fashion and Rosa Reed is taking what she learned from her mother Lady Gold/Reed and her father Basil Reed. She is a policewoman in Scotland Yard, but now she is in California living with her Aunt Louisa who is Ginger's stepsister. Of course, there is fashion, big charities, and murder. This is where Rosa excels. Someone from a big charity is murdered. She helps the lead detective, someone whom she fell in love with when she was younger. Now, remember this is set in California during the 1950s so fashion and music play a big part in the storyline. I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Clevenger

    A new series from Lee, set in the 1950's. Rosa Reed is the daughter of Ginger and Basil Reed, both are in the detective world of London. Growing up in that climate, Rosa also becomes part of police department. When she was younger, she stayed with the Foresters. her American cousins, during the war. She graduated from school in America, During that time she fell in love with a soldier named Miguel Belmonte, but because he was Mexican, he was considered unfavorably. She went back to London, and on wit A new series from Lee, set in the 1950's. Rosa Reed is the daughter of Ginger and Basil Reed, both are in the detective world of London. Growing up in that climate, Rosa also becomes part of police department. When she was younger, she stayed with the Foresters. her American cousins, during the war. She graduated from school in America, During that time she fell in love with a soldier named Miguel Belmonte, but because he was Mexican, he was considered unfavorably. She went back to London, and on with her life, After leaving her fiance at the alter, she flees back to Santa Bonita, At a charity function, of her Aunts, a murder takes place and she is reunited with police detective Miguel Belmonte. Aunt Louise has some pull with the mayor and persuades him to let Rosa join forces with the Santa Bonita police department, helping to solve this murder. Miguel is now engaged, but the attraction is still evident. Looks like this new series will be a hit with all of Lee's followers. I would recommend any of Lee's series to everyone that enjoys cozy mysteries.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anne G. Kasaba

    This is the start of a brand new series. Set in the 1950s it is a spin off from the authors Lady Gold series featuring her daughter with Inspector Reed as the main protagonist. As expected from the author, Lee Strauss, this book is well plotted with an interesting storyline and dialogue true to the time period. When a murder occurs at a charity function hosted by her aunt, WPC Reed is asked to consult with the local police. The only drawback or possibly silver lining, is that she must work with h This is the start of a brand new series. Set in the 1950s it is a spin off from the authors Lady Gold series featuring her daughter with Inspector Reed as the main protagonist. As expected from the author, Lee Strauss, this book is well plotted with an interesting storyline and dialogue true to the time period. When a murder occurs at a charity function hosted by her aunt, WPC Reed is asked to consult with the local police. The only drawback or possibly silver lining, is that she must work with her first love Miguel, now a police detective. I received an arc of this book and voluntarily provided a review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tony Hisgett

    This was a speculative download, given that the heroine had just left her groom at the altar, I just hoped it wouldn’t degenerate into an irritating romance. I couldn’t believe within less than two chapters Rosa meets the lost ‘love of her life’. I'm not being fair, but I really couldn't face a tedious romance, when I thought I was getting a strong independent women. This was a speculative download, given that the heroine had just left her groom at the altar, I just hoped it wouldn’t degenerate into an irritating romance. I couldn’t believe within less than two chapters Rosa meets the lost ‘love of her life’. I'm not being fair, but I really couldn't face a tedious romance, when I thought I was getting a strong independent women.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Debra Belmudes

    What fun! The Ginger Gold detective family expands to include her daughter, Rosa Reed!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Eirlys

    Her mother's daughter I liked reading about Rosa because I have read the books about her mother, Lady Ginger Gold. Rosa is an interesting character in her right and very entertaining. The 50s were a tonic after WW2, and since this book is set in America, is particularly exciting. Her mother's daughter I liked reading about Rosa because I have read the books about her mother, Lady Ginger Gold. Rosa is an interesting character in her right and very entertaining. The 50s were a tonic after WW2, and since this book is set in America, is particularly exciting.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shirley McAllister

    Murder at High Tide takes place in the 1950’s, Elvis, the bel air automobile and sunny California beaches. Rosa Reed on a visit from London falls into a murder investigation lead by a handsome detective that just happened to be an ex boyfriend. She assists in the investigation with the help of her new kitty friend Diego and her cousin Gloria. It was another great cozy mystery from Lee Strauss. The clothing, the scenery, and even the furnishings in the houses are superbly described. A lovely evening Murder at High Tide takes place in the 1950’s, Elvis, the bel air automobile and sunny California beaches. Rosa Reed on a visit from London falls into a murder investigation lead by a handsome detective that just happened to be an ex boyfriend. She assists in the investigation with the help of her new kitty friend Diego and her cousin Gloria. It was another great cozy mystery from Lee Strauss. The clothing, the scenery, and even the furnishings in the houses are superbly described. A lovely evening relaxing with a good read. I would recommend it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kandy

    Such a fun book. I love that it is set in the 1950s. So cool to see that Rosa is following in her parent's footsteps. I am looking forward to seeing what Rosa gets up to next. Such a fun book. I love that it is set in the 1950s. So cool to see that Rosa is following in her parent's footsteps. I am looking forward to seeing what Rosa gets up to next.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lee Strauss

    CHAPTER ONE Hugging was a very “un-English” thing to do. Rosa Reed, rather British through and through, had yet to acclimatize to the exuberance of the American branch of her family and had endured more hugs in the few days she’d been in Santa Bonita, California than she’d had for most of her life growing up in Great Britain, the war years excepted. Now that she and her cousin Gloria had arrived at her Aunt Louisa’s charity event on the beach, Rosa braced herself for even more. Drinks and cigarett CHAPTER ONE Hugging was a very “un-English” thing to do. Rosa Reed, rather British through and through, had yet to acclimatize to the exuberance of the American branch of her family and had endured more hugs in the few days she’d been in Santa Bonita, California than she’d had for most of her life growing up in Great Britain, the war years excepted. Now that she and her cousin Gloria had arrived at her Aunt Louisa’s charity event on the beach, Rosa braced herself for even more. Drinks and cigarettes in hand, a crowd of people milled about, standing or sitting at round tables covered in white linen. Catering staff, all dressed in white, were busy fussing with the food. “I feel overdressed,” Rosa remarked to her younger cousin Gloria Forrester. Red ribbons adorned Rosa’s white dress that was sprinkled with black polka dots. Short chestnut-colored waves were crowned with a white straw sun hat trimmed with matching red ribbon. “You’re a Forrester,” Gloria said. With dark hair curled tightly around her ears, and dark lipstick on a bright white smile, Gloria spun to show off the fancy baby-blue crinoline skirt of her swing dress. “You’re supposed to overdress.” Rosa grinned. Gloria Forrester was seven years Rosa’s junior and often seemed younger than her twenty-one years. “And that dress,” Gloria continued, motioning a white-gloved hand toward Rosa, “is fabulous!” “Another perk of having a mother who owns a prestigious Regent Street dress shop,” Rosa said. “I love Feathers & Flair! Shopping there was the highlight of my trip.” Gloria’s eyes, briefly wide with wonder, now darkened in shock. Her gloved hand flew to her mouth. “I’m sorry. I wasn’t thinking.” “It’s fine, Gloria,” Rosa said, forcing her voice to sound light. “Ancient history.” If one considered a month ancient. Perhaps in California, but not in England. A month was like a breath, and Rosa still felt the sting and humiliation of what had, in front of many witnesses including the members of the Forrester family, been a failed attempt down the aisle. Gloria removed her sandals, hooked the straps over one hand, and motioned for Rosa to do the same. Rosa grinned at the sight of the two of them, dressed for a party yet barefoot on the beach. She was glad Gloria had reminded her not to wear stockings. Gloria linked her arm with Rosa’s and pulled her down the beach—those bad memories left behind them, for now. “There’s Mom.” Gloria pointed to a slim, attractive woman in her early fifties who held a martini in one hand. Louisa Forrester, the half-sister to Rosa’s mother Ginger Reed, saw the young ladies approaching and broke into a smile. Handing her drink to one of her companions, Louisa gracefully stepped toward them, the hem of her stunning black evening dress flirting with the sand. “Girls! There you are!” Aunt Louisa spread her arms wide apart. Rosa hesitated, then briefly succumbed to the squeezing, despite the public setting. With one hand still on Rosa’s shoulder, her aunt stepped back and appraised her with a long glance. “You do look pale, though, Rosa. We need to get you in the sun.” Rosa grimaced inwardly. Affection mixed with criticism was Aunt Louisa’s way. Besides, she’d spent plenty of time in the sun, though she did concede to being a shade dweller. Her fair skin burned easily. At least Aunt Louisa had stopped commenting on her accent. She was determined to, in her words, “make an American out of you again”. “Gloria probably didn’t fill you in on the purpose of this event,” Aunt Louisa started. “It’s a fundraiser for one of my charities. I serve on several boards. This one is for the California Polio Research Foundation. You’ve heard of the March of Dimes that President Roosevelt instituted in the thirties? There’s a loose association with that.” Aunt Louisa pointed to a large banner that hung over the buffet tables with the CPRF—California Polio Research Foundation—logo emblazoned on it. “I want you to meet some people who help with the charity.” She turned back to the lady still holding her martini. “This is Florence Adams, or ‘Flo’ as we like to call her. She was invaluable to me in planning this whole evening.” Florence Adams, in a red crushed-satin party dress, handed the martini back to Aunt Louisa. Flicking her blonde ponytail over her shoulder, Flo smiled to reveal straight white teeth and a wide, expressive mouth. An attractive woman with tanned skin that crinkled slightly around the corners of her blue eyes, regarded Rosa. “Hello, hello,” she said rather loudly. Her arms opened wide, and Rosa accepted the unsolicited hug. Miss Adams’ speech had a slight slur, and the smell of brandy on her breath was strong. “Your aunt has told me all about you. I hope—I hope your stay in Santa Bonita goes well. Are you here for very long?” That was a question Rosa didn’t know how to answer. Her nuptials disaster had made Rosa desperate to escape London. She’d taken a leave of absence of an undetermined length from her job with the Metropolitan Police and booked a one-way flight. Lifting a drink from a passing cocktail tray, Gloria handed Rosa the delicate crystal glass and answered for her. “She is going to stay for as long as she likes.” She launched into a faux London accent. “This poor copper needs a break, and I intend to make her enjoy every minute of it.” Aunt Louisa interrupted two people seated at a nearby table who seemed deep in conversation. She put her hand on one of the young men, his khaki shorts exposing steel and leather leg braces. “Please excuse me,” she said. “I’d like you to meet my niece. Rosa, this is Rod Jeffers. Rosa just arrived from London.” “Great to meet you,” the young man said, nodding his head. Aunt Louisa went on. “Rod works with us in public relations and is excellent with the press and any aspects of promoting our charity.” Continuing her introductions, Rosa’s aunt motioned to the man Mr. Jeffers had been engaging with. “This is Raul Mendez, the treasurer of our little organization. But don’t think him a bore. He’s also a great bassist and is playing in the band we have here tonight.” The young man smiled thinly as he stood and briefly took Rosa’s hand. “Welcome to Santa Bonita. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’d like to get some food, ya know, before the band’s finished its break.” Mr. Mendez shuffled through the sand toward the makeshift stage in the distance. Rosa continued to smile as she was put on display and introduced to her aunt’s many friends and acquaintances. She just hoped she could keep all the names straight, should she meet these people again after tonight. Aunt Louisa waved an arm and shouted, “Shirley! Shirley!” She was loud enough that Rosa thought, perhaps, Florence Adams wasn’t the only one to have had a bit too much to drink. However, Rosa knew her aunt well enough to know that she would never get to a point where she was out of control. Control was far too important to her. Shirley, a middle-aged woman with a thick waistline and round cheeks, turned at the sound of her name, and if Rosa’s instincts were right, forced a smile she didn’t feel. “Rosa, this is Mrs. Shirley Philpott, Flo’s cousin and the wife of our chief medical examiner, Dr. Melvin Philpott.” Shirley nodded at Rosa. “Shirley, this is my niece, Rosa Reed, from England. You’ll get a kick out of her accent.” Mrs. Philpott laughed at that. “Now, you must say something!” “How do you do?” Rosa said politely. “Oh, you’re right, Mrs. Forrester. She’s adorable. Come now, give me a hug!” “Oh,” Rosa muttered as Mrs. Philpott, soft and doughy, almost squeezed the wind out of her. Mrs. Philpott released her but held her shoulders with two strong hands. “Say something else.” “I find your accent charming as well.” “Oh,” Mrs. Philpott laughed. “Just like the Queen.” Being a novelty conversation starter for her American family was becoming the norm for Rosa. If she wanted, she could revert to the American accent she’d picked up during her stay at the Forrester mansion during the war years. Having spent her impressionable teens under Aunt Louisa’s tutelage had left a deep and lasting mark. She just didn’t know if she wanted to. Her London heritage had a deep meaning for her. An older, jovial man wearing dark-rimmed spectacles and a cream-colored three-piece suit joined them, and it was Mrs. Philpott’s turn to make introductions. “Honey, this is Louisa’s niece, Rosa. She has the most adorable accent. This is my husband, Dr. Philpott.” Only in California could one get away with wearing a formal suit while barefooted, Rosa mused. He extended his hand. “Your aunt tells me you are a police officer! Well then, I'm sure you are very familiar with us pathologist types.” He chuckled as he took a puff from a cigarette. “Yes, I am,” Rosa replied. “In fact, vampires and medical examiners are my specialties.” She pronounced it “speshee-al-i-ties” and immediately realized how British she sounded at that moment. “One can usually find both hovering over someone newly cold,” she quipped. “Ha! I like this girl!” Melvin Philpott chuckled and raised his glass. “To one of London’s finest.” They all raised a glass and took a sip, and Rosa couldn’t help but feel a tad embarrassed. The group continued chattering, and Rosa soon wanted to be alone, even if to simply walk the beach and watch the sunset. With her shoes in hand, she placed her empty glass on the buffet table and wandered away from the crowd. Soon, all she could hear was the distant music from the band and the crashing of the surf. She sat down on a large piece of driftwood and released a slow breath. Had it only been five days since her mum and dad had taken her to the airport and waved her off? The voices of two women coming from the beach behind her interrupted her thoughts. Turning to the sound, Rosa saw the two were immersed in an intense argument. In the fading light, Rosa could just make out the forms of Shirley Philpott and Florence Adams, seemingly too engaged in verbal sparring to notice her. With the crash of the waves and the squawking of the seagulls flying overhead, Rosa couldn’t make out what was being said. Mrs. Philpott pointed at Miss Adams, who immediately slapped her cousin’s finger away. Shirley Philpott tried to placate the younger woman, but Miss Adams was having none of it. Florence Adams shouted at the top of her lungs, “My glass is empty, and I know where to get some more of the good stuff!” She then stormed off in the opposite direction of the party. Shirley Philpott threw her hands up in the air one last time before she lumbered back to the gathering. Rosa wished she hadn’t heard or seen the family spat and determined to clear her mind of it. Rising to her feet, she walked into the water and enjoyed the feel of the warm, gentle surf on her toes. She continued along the beach as it curved inward until the party was no longer in her line of sight, and the music had faded away. Just up ahead, Rosa saw Flo Adams walking toward a bank of houses, each with porch lights illuminating the beach. Near a beach access stairway, Miss Adams met up with a man who wore khaki pants and a loose-fitting Hawaiian shirt. Even from this distance, Rosa could see he was fit and good-looking. Determined to ignore the couple, Rosa continued her walk, but when she saw the man grab Florence by the arm, her police instincts kicked in, and she stopped. Great, she thought. Just what she didn’t need in her life—more drama. How far did she have to travel to find peace? After a moment, the man released Miss Adams’ wrist, but when she turned to leave, the man stepped in front of her. It disturbed Rosa when the man cupped the back of Florence’s head as if he intended to force a kiss. Rosa took a step toward the couple, but then Florence swiped away the man’s hand and stormed off. Rosa stopped in her tracks and let out a breath of relief. She pivoted back toward the party before Aunt Louisa decided to send out a search party for her. The smooth voice of the lead singer of the band grew louder as Rosa drew closer, and she recognized Frank Sinatra’s “South of the Border”. Despite all her previous efforts, her mind betrayed her by flying to the memory of an American serviceman of Mexican descent who’d been stationed in Santa Bonita during the war. Private Miguel Belmonte had been Rosa’s first love. The first time he’d turned his smile on her, deep dimples in his cheeks, she’d melted like a plate of butter left in the hot sun. Rosa often wondered if the stolen moments she and Miguel had shared during those four wonderfully agonizing months so long ago had ruined her for anyone else. Was this why she couldn’t go through with marrying Winston? The emotions rushed hotly through her as if the “shame” she’d brought on the Forrester family had happened only yesterday. Aunt Louisa had been livid, a living volcano, spewing lava of unkind words. Rosa had not only fallen for a poor man, but she’d also dared to love a Mexican. Mostly service people, especially in 1945, the Mexicans worked in mansions like Aunt Louisa’s and came in through the back door. This Belmonte boy would keep Rosa in poverty. Would ruin the family name. Did Rosa want that? But seventeen-year-old Rosa hadn’t had much of a say. As soon as the war ended, Aunt Louisa booked her a ticket back to London, where her parents had eagerly waited, unaware of their only daughter’s broken heart. Funny how returning to the place of one’s childhood stirred up so many emotional memories. She walked closer to the band’s stage to join a handful of onlookers. The song was winding down to its end. The singer, dressed in khaki pants and a short-sleeve cotton shirt, hit the last note with a flourish and turned to smile at the crowd as they applauded. His gaze fell on Rosa, his copper-brown eyes registering surprise. Miguel Belmonte. Their eyes locked and everything around them—the people, the noise, Aunt Louisa’s throaty laughter—faded away, with only the sound of Rosa’s heart pounding in her ears like an angry thundercloud. And then a woman’s shrill scream filled the air.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    An Intriguing and suspenseful story. Rosa is such a fascinating character. Murder isn’t what she expected to find now. Loved it

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shirley

    I really enjoyed this spin-off from the Ginger Gold series and look forward to more.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Young

    A fun new series from the world of Ginger Gold! Once again, Strauss begins a series that catches your attention right from the get go! Her grasp of historic time periods is bang on, even as she changes her setting to a different part of the world. The mystery is well crafted, the new characters are compelling, and this promises to be yet another must buy series from this author!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Merry Chapman

    The Strauss' have written a new series which is a spin-off of the Ginger Gold series and is wonderfully set in the 1950s. This series is a winner for sure (all of the author's series are). We are introduced to Rosa Reed, Ginger and Basil's daughter as she is a grown up and works as a Woman's Police Constable for Scotland Yard. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Rosa is in California visiting her mother's family basically because she has run away from a bad decision and a wedding that was The Strauss' have written a new series which is a spin-off of the Ginger Gold series and is wonderfully set in the 1950s. This series is a winner for sure (all of the author's series are). We are introduced to Rosa Reed, Ginger and Basil's daughter as she is a grown up and works as a Woman's Police Constable for Scotland Yard. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Rosa is in California visiting her mother's family basically because she has run away from a bad decision and a wedding that was not to be. This is supposed to be a relaxing vacation although her Aunt Louisa is very straight laced and demanding and has Rosa go to a charity outing at the beach to raise money for polio research and equipment. Well all good things must come to an end when one of the board members of the charity is found dead on the beach. The police detective is called and who it is totally shocks Rosa! He does have her consult with him on the case, especially after there is a second death and there are a lot of suspects. With lots of twists and turns and surprises, this book keeps you turning pages to see what could happen next. And there is an adorable kitten in this story too. I can't wait for the next book and what will happen when Rosa gets involved in something again and there is a wonderful ending that makes you look for more. No spoilers here! This book once you pick it up you can't put it down. I received and ARC from the author but the opinons expressed here are strictly my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Pat Plummer

    What an amazing book! Lee Strauss is introducing us to the newest branch of the Gold/Reed family tree! This is my first experience of reading the "next generation" of a family in her own series, and it is such a joy! I caught myself on numerous occasions thinking "Your Mom did exactly the same thing." But--to the main point. Rosa Reed is the daughter of Ginger and Basil Reed, who impending arrival ended the latest of the Ginger and Basil mysteries. Time Warp dance to right after the end of WWII. What an amazing book! Lee Strauss is introducing us to the newest branch of the Gold/Reed family tree! This is my first experience of reading the "next generation" of a family in her own series, and it is such a joy! I caught myself on numerous occasions thinking "Your Mom did exactly the same thing." But--to the main point. Rosa Reed is the daughter of Ginger and Basil Reed, who impending arrival ended the latest of the Ginger and Basil mysteries. Time Warp dance to right after the end of WWII. Rosa, Ginger and Basil's daughter, had been sent to the states during the war, but returned back to the UK in the late 40's. Rosa was duly engaged, but there was no wedding to be had. Rosa left her groom-to-be at the altar. She, with her parents' blessings heads back to CA, and those American relatives of her mother. Here she embroiled in a mystery (her mother and father would be so proud), and the police detective in charge is none other than her young love from the war years. The story is really just a sent up of this new set of characters, and I love them already. We have 3 more in this series, due out very soon, and this is such a great escape! Can't wait for the next one.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Eccles

    Murder at High Tide is a fabulous start to a new series, a spin off of the wonderful Ginger Gold 1920’s series, which I already love. Ginger Gold’s daughter, Rosa, has left London and her job in the Met police for a stay in sunny California. Holiday turns into investigation after a suspicious death occurs close to home... As always, Lee Strauss has created characters that live and breathe on the page - characters I feel I know already, and care about already. I’m hooked! The tone of writing here i Murder at High Tide is a fabulous start to a new series, a spin off of the wonderful Ginger Gold 1920’s series, which I already love. Ginger Gold’s daughter, Rosa, has left London and her job in the Met police for a stay in sunny California. Holiday turns into investigation after a suspicious death occurs close to home... As always, Lee Strauss has created characters that live and breathe on the page - characters I feel I know already, and care about already. I’m hooked! The tone of writing here is light and humorous- the banter between Rosa and Miguel is fun and charming, and the positivity and relative emancipation of the 1950s era comes across, despite the serious theme running beneath. As always with Lee Strauss, I‘ve learnt new things about life in the era, and I’ve also got a feel of what it must have been like to live in that time. I love that! If you’re a fan of the Ginger Gold series you’ll love all the little cross references here. I was smiling throughout! But this book stands perfectly on its own, with no need to know any back story. (I defy you not to want to go back and read them afterwards though!) Gorgeous! I’m longing for the next one. I received an advanced copy and I read and reviewed it with great pleasure :)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Williams

    I absolutely loved this book! Maybe it's because I'm old enough to know what all the references are in the book to the time period, but not old enough to have lived through it. But I felt a sense of nostalgia. The references to the coming of the Rock-and-roll era was wonderful (Elvis is a new upcoming singer!) Lee Strauss set you in her personal time machine and took you back to California in its golden era. The use of information from both world wars was carefully woven into the mystery and mad I absolutely loved this book! Maybe it's because I'm old enough to know what all the references are in the book to the time period, but not old enough to have lived through it. But I felt a sense of nostalgia. The references to the coming of the Rock-and-roll era was wonderful (Elvis is a new upcoming singer!) Lee Strauss set you in her personal time machine and took you back to California in its golden era. The use of information from both world wars was carefully woven into the mystery and made you feel like you were listening to your grandparents telling you a story. (or great grandparents for some younger readers!) The mystery moved along at a good pace, and you were able to get to know the characters. And the mystery of a tangled love affair from the past keeps you wondering what happened. I've already downloaded the next book. I recommend this book for any mystery lover with a sense of style and longing for simpler times.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Susan Stokell

    A new series by Lee Strauss set in 1950's California. I have to say that my favourite character is Officer Diego. ( so cute and cuddly) Rosa Reed (daughter of GInger and Basil Reed) escapes to California after her botched marriage plans. She hopes to rest and recuperate and to decide what she wants to do. A death occurs at her aunts charity event. Rosa is asked to help out by her aunt. (Rosa is WPC Rosa Reid from Scotland Yard) Rosa is able to help her aunt and find the murderer. The story is fill A new series by Lee Strauss set in 1950's California. I have to say that my favourite character is Officer Diego. ( so cute and cuddly) Rosa Reed (daughter of GInger and Basil Reed) escapes to California after her botched marriage plans. She hopes to rest and recuperate and to decide what she wants to do. A death occurs at her aunts charity event. Rosa is asked to help out by her aunt. (Rosa is WPC Rosa Reid from Scotland Yard) Rosa is able to help her aunt and find the murderer. The story is filled out by Rosa's past with the current California detective. Will their romance be rekindled? Well written and researched. I particularly like the name dropping of comedians at the club and songs and musicians that are mentioned in the book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jean Curran

    It has been such a pleasure to finally 'meet' Ginger and Basil's daughter Rosa in this, the first book, of a new series featuring her exploits. This apple definitely hasn't fallen far from the tree, she has all the robust character traits which one would expect of Ginger's daughter, together with a sprinkling of uniqueness which makes her a strong and endearing character in her own right. This book, set in the 1950's, brings a fresh perspective to the Ginger Gold mysteries and will, no doubt, pro It has been such a pleasure to finally 'meet' Ginger and Basil's daughter Rosa in this, the first book, of a new series featuring her exploits. This apple definitely hasn't fallen far from the tree, she has all the robust character traits which one would expect of Ginger's daughter, together with a sprinkling of uniqueness which makes her a strong and endearing character in her own right. This book, set in the 1950's, brings a fresh perspective to the Ginger Gold mysteries and will, no doubt, provide enjoyment to readers who are already fans of these books as well as to those who are about to have the pleasure of reading this book and discovering Ginger and Rosa's worlds. Read as a free ARC but this review is my voluntary and honest opinion.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Merle

    First of a spinoff series featuring the daughter of Ginger Gold and Basil Reed (1920's cozy mysteries). In 1956 California, Rosa has come to visit her Aunt Louisa and attends a polio charity fundraiser. When a controversial sponsor dies on the beach near the party, Rosa's old flame, Detective Miguel Belmonte is already on the scene, having been a part of the band supplying the entertainment. Miguel is assigned to the case and asks Rosa to be part of the investigative team. Her aunt has already m First of a spinoff series featuring the daughter of Ginger Gold and Basil Reed (1920's cozy mysteries). In 1956 California, Rosa has come to visit her Aunt Louisa and attends a polio charity fundraiser. When a controversial sponsor dies on the beach near the party, Rosa's old flame, Detective Miguel Belmonte is already on the scene, having been a part of the band supplying the entertainment. Miguel is assigned to the case and asks Rosa to be part of the investigative team. Her aunt has already made the suggestion in a most bigoted and condescending way, but Rosa agrees when Miguel asks. There are some interesting historical facts in the crime and the solution, and one leap of imagination.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Sewing

    I love the Ginger Gold series and greatly anticipated the new Rosa Reed series. I was not disappointed. Lee is a fantastic author. She keeps you interested and you also want to keep reading. I had a special connection with this book because one of the characters had polio and was in a wheelchair. I have had polio and have been dealing with paralysis for over 40 years. While I am now content there was a time when I was disappointed in my situation. The feelings of the character in the book were r I love the Ginger Gold series and greatly anticipated the new Rosa Reed series. I was not disappointed. Lee is a fantastic author. She keeps you interested and you also want to keep reading. I had a special connection with this book because one of the characters had polio and was in a wheelchair. I have had polio and have been dealing with paralysis for over 40 years. While I am now content there was a time when I was disappointed in my situation. The feelings of the character in the book were real. I appreciate when an author researches everything she may not be familiar with. Check this book out! You won’t be disappointed either.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cher

    This is a continuation of the Ginger & Basil Reed series and my head felt like it had been zapped in a time machine. Ginger and Basil had a little girl named Rosa that grew up and also entered the field of police work. However she now lives in sunny California with her aunt. And then there's Miguel, who's engaged and what is Rosa going to do? Lee Strauss writes great books and I expect this series to get better as it proceeds. Can be a stand alone without the previous series but makes it much mo This is a continuation of the Ginger & Basil Reed series and my head felt like it had been zapped in a time machine. Ginger and Basil had a little girl named Rosa that grew up and also entered the field of police work. However she now lives in sunny California with her aunt. And then there's Miguel, who's engaged and what is Rosa going to do? Lee Strauss writes great books and I expect this series to get better as it proceeds. Can be a stand alone without the previous series but makes it much more juicy to read them first. I enjoy this writers attention to the details for the time period in which written.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Polina Posner

    Rosa Reed, daughter of Ginger and Basil, is the main character of this spinoff series. The 50's California is the setting for this fabulous new cozy, with some new and some very familiar characters from Ginger Gold mysteries of the 20's. As always, fashion is the strong suit, with such authenticity in descriptions, the reader can see and feel the surroundings. Looking forward to more of these wonderful mysteries, as well as surprise visits, perhaps, from beloved characters of the original series Rosa Reed, daughter of Ginger and Basil, is the main character of this spinoff series. The 50's California is the setting for this fabulous new cozy, with some new and some very familiar characters from Ginger Gold mysteries of the 20's. As always, fashion is the strong suit, with such authenticity in descriptions, the reader can see and feel the surroundings. Looking forward to more of these wonderful mysteries, as well as surprise visits, perhaps, from beloved characters of the original series. For all the Ginger fans - definitely recommend

  28. 4 out of 5

    Doreen

    Delightful! I love the Ginger Gold series and , from last book, knew Ginger and Basil were expecting a baby! When I saw this book offered, I was hesitant to read it as I was quite satisfied to stay with Ginger and Basil! Finally, read it and am very glad I did. Rosa is as much a modern woman as her mother, at the same age! It is a clever plot, 1956 fashions, food, and music are very familiar--- I was 15 then and recognized and enjoyed it all! This promises to be another delightful, fun series

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kat Taylor

    Murder is Never Simple Yes a rather delightful mix of caracters surrounding this mystery so vibrant, full of intreage and humor along the way as well.1956 was an adventureous time for any woman especially for a WPC from England returning to America where she lived during WWII. Rosa Reed wasn't just any WPC but famous in her own right. This has the making of an amazing series. So let's catch it at i'ts very beginning. Aquier "Murder at High Tide "so you yourself can enjoy reading it as much as I Murder is Never Simple Yes a rather delightful mix of caracters surrounding this mystery so vibrant, full of intreage and humor along the way as well.1956 was an adventureous time for any woman especially for a WPC from England returning to America where she lived during WWII. Rosa Reed wasn't just any WPC but famous in her own right. This has the making of an amazing series. So let's catch it at i'ts very beginning. Aquier "Murder at High Tide "so you yourself can enjoy reading it as much as I have. 😶🤔🙄☺Kat

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sheryl Smith

    Fun cozy mystery This book was a lot of fun. I enjoyed getting to know the characters. The mystery was a bit easy to solve, but that's okay because the story was so much fun to read. It's amazing how different the tone is in this book from the Ginger Gold series. This series has a much more relaxed feel to it. More in keeping with the time and place in which it is set. I really enjoyed the light tension between Rosa and Miguel and can't wait to see the direction that goes. And will Diego the Cat Fun cozy mystery This book was a lot of fun. I enjoyed getting to know the characters. The mystery was a bit easy to solve, but that's okay because the story was so much fun to read. It's amazing how different the tone is in this book from the Ginger Gold series. This series has a much more relaxed feel to it. More in keeping with the time and place in which it is set. I really enjoyed the light tension between Rosa and Miguel and can't wait to see the direction that goes. And will Diego the Cat continue to help solve crimes?

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