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School of Hard Knocks

A Ginger Cozy Mystery #3

A HOME INVASION turns to murder when Ginger Barnes’s neighborhood friend comes home at the worst possible time. Thefts and threats and wild accusations swiftly follow, and Gin’s protective, head-of-school husband cautions her to leave the investigation alone. Then elderly eccentric Letty MacNair gets mugged on her doorstep, and the message is clear—anyone could be next. A few tactful inquiries couldn’t hurt and just might help. But is that all Ginger Barnes has in mind?


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Editorial review:

"Murray writes a compelling tale-I read it in one sitting-with the family's problems as interesting as those of the neighborhood. This third Ginger Barnes tale shows a smooth style, quiet humor, and a feeling for the texture of everyday life. Very highly recommended." Janet Overmyer, The Armchair Detective

What readers are saying:

“a snapshot of life on the Main Line for a neighborhood, whose middle class is secure but not wealthy...cozy readers will find this congenial reading.” 5* drkhimxz (Freehold, NJ


"Excellent read. Ginger is a delightful heroine, a woman with whom I could be friends.Murray manages to write a "cosy" mystery without it being typical of the genre...not "treacle sweet" and the subject matters this author tackles are found in every society...I enjoyed this book, so much so, that I immediately started the next in the series, and I have to say that that one didn't disappoint either!" 5* Diana Hockley, Australia

"Terrific mystery. I live in the area where this story takes place, so I can easily imagine the fuss Letty and her dilapidated old mansion would cause. And, of course, mugging and murder next door freak out everybody everywhere. 5* Juliette

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