School of Hard Knocks

The Ginger Barnes Main Line Mysteries Book 3

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
301 Pages
Reviewed on 04/14/2019
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Author Biography

Writer's Digest Award-Winning Author
Donna Huston Murray’s cozy mystery series features a woman much like herself, a DIY headmaster's wife with a troubling interest in crime. Both novels in her new mystery/crime series won Honorable Mention in genre fiction from Writer’s Digest, and her eighth cozy FOR BETTER OR WORSE was shortlisted for the Chanticleer International Mystery & Mayhem Book Award. FINAL ARRANGEMENTS, set at Philadelphia’s world famous flower show, achieved #1 on the Kindle-store list for Mysteries and Female Sleuths.
At home, Donna assumes she can fix anything until proven wrong, calls trash-picking recycling, and although she should probably know better by now, adores Irish setters.
Donna and husband, Hench, live in the greater Philadelphia, PA, area.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

How would you feel if your neighborhood was suddenly hit by a series of break-and-enter crimes? No one is safe. In fact, if you happen to catch the perpetrators in the act, your life may well be in danger. That’s what’s happened to Ginger’s neighborhood. A place she always thought was safe with the usual collage of colorful characters residing around her, a middle-class neighborhood of hardworking couples and families – hardly the high-end home that attracts the attention of would-be thieves. Hardly a place where one would expect violence and yes, sadly, murder. But Ginger is resilient and intuitive. An amateur sleuth, she has already gained something of a reputation for solving crimes, particularly murders. And, with her trusty partner at her side, an elderly Irish setter named Barney, Ginger, or Gin as her friends call her, is ready to protect her neighborhood.

Donna Murray’s cozy mystery novel, School of Hard Knocks (The Ginger Barnes Main Line Mysteries Book 3), will have the reader spellbound from start to finish. The plot is well developed and the characters and setting are well defined using good descriptive passages as well as effective dialogue. Barney, the dog, doesn’t play a big role in this story, but he certainly adds an element of charm. He might be getting on in years, but he’s still adorable. This is an enjoyable, comfortable read with lots of action. The many tangents and character interchanges add to the suspense and drama. You certainly can’t go wrong with a dog in the story!