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Alexia Gordon

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Gethsemane Brown Mysteries: Murder in G Major (2016), Death in D Minor (2017), Killing in C Sharp (2018)


Gethsemane Brown Mysteries


Murder in G Major (2016)

Murder in G MajorGethsemane Brown is stuck in Ireland. The assistant conductor job she was promised fell through, her luggage was stolen, and she’s out of money. If she doesn’t want to return to her family with her tail between her legs, she has get a job until she has the money to return to the states.

So she takes a job music teacher for a private academy and moves into the home of one of the men who inspired her to become a musician–and who years earlier supposedly murdered his wife and then committed suicide in remorse.

All she wants to do is hold on until she can find another job and move back to the state, but the ghost who lives in her house has other ideas–he wants her to prove that Eamon McCarthy was not a murderer and a suicide, and perhaps in doing so, help the boys win the All-County contest for the first time in ages.

I like Gethsemane a lot.

(M)y career plans don’t include a scorched earth policy. I want to leave on a high, not sneak away in shame like the Colts out of Baltimore.

And I liked the ghost as well.

(T)here are no social media feeds in the afterlife.”

“Thank God.”

“Well, maybe in Hell.”

The story was fun, and although there were uneven bits (it did read like a first book) it was good and it was fun.

“Let me rephrase. Not that either of us went out last night, but if one of us had gone out and the other had gone with her and helped her do something that almost got them thrown in jail, one of us would want to say thank you.”

“The other of us would say you’re welcome. And he’d wonder again why the other of us asked him since he’s not exactly been nice to one of us.”

It did end on a bit of a note that I didn’t particularly care for, opening up the mystery for the next book. But aside from that it was enjoyable and I do believe I’ll read the next book.

Publisher: Henery Press
Rating: 7/10

Death in D Minor (2017)

This book is set three months after the first, Murder in G Major. Gethsemane Brown has decided to stay in Carraigfaire to keep teaching music, but now the home where she has been staying may be sold to a hotel magnate–a man who turns historical buildings into cheap tourist traps.

“Thank you, Miss Brown,” Hank said.

“Doctor Brown,” she corrected.

“Oh, that’s right, you do have some sort of degree in, what is it, music?”

“A Ph.D. From Yale.”

“You must forgive me, Doctor Brown. I believe I mentioned before I don’t pay much attention to music. Too busy earning money.”

And the ghost that could help her–the former owner of the house–has gone missing.

On top of that, her brother-in-law is coming to visit, since he has business nearby.

“Jackson arrives the day after tomorrow. I haven’t cleaned, there’s no food in the house—”

“He’s family. He’s coming to see you, not the house.”

“He’s Southern family.” She swore again.

I like both of the guys she turns to in need–Frankie.

Gethsemane hissed at Frankie as soon as Andrew was out of earshot, “What are you doing?”

“I bet ‘affordable price point’ means less expensive than a bespoke suit.”

And Niall.

“Give me one comment and I’ll saunter on,” Finn said.

“All right.” O’Reilly held her phone near his lips. “For the record, may the cat eat you, and may the devil eat the cat.”

It’s a cute story and I do want to read the next book.

Publisher: Henery Press
Rating: 7.5/10

Killing in C Sharp (2018)

Killing in C SharpGethsemane Brown is mostly settled in to Dunmullach and teaching teenage boys, as well as the occasional foray into solving crime.

Kent reached out and laid a hand on her arm. “Don’t be nervous.”

Gethsemane patted Kent’s hand. “Don’t worry, I’m not.” She’d performed live all over the world and she taught teenaged boys. Nothing unnerved her.

But now ghost hunters have come to look for Eamon McCarthy, Venus James is in town to revise her book on Eamon’s death, and the composer Aed Devlin has returned to premier his opera about a vengeful Hungarian ghost. Killed by her family centuries earlier.

The then-baroness, named Maja after the infamous legend—”

“How’s that for tempting fate?” Hardy whispered to Gethsemane.

If Poe heard him, she ignored him. “— decided to put an end to the shame. She practiced folk magic, and she modified her vengeful ancestor’s curse. She decreed that if anyone ever wrote about, sang about, preached about, or publicly spoke about the Zoltán family curse, they would die in the same way as that Zoltán generation’s eldest sons. She also swore a wasting sickness would claim the lives of any firstborn male who listened to or watched a performance of the doomed piece.”

These are fun reads, and I enjoyed the story, even as I had issues with the mystery. First, I didn’t quite get why the second murder needed to occur. If the murderer already had plans to leave the country and take up an assumed identity, then the second murder was unnecessary.

And just felt rather mean, to be honest.

Also, I keep finding quarantine books this year.

“I’ve canceled all classes until further notice. Activities, too. I don’t want this thing to spread any further than it already has. St. Brennan’s is under quarantine.”

So fun, despite its problems.

Publisher : Henery Press
Rating: 7/10