Title: Murder In G Major (Gethsemane Brown 1) by Alexia Gordon
Date Published: 13th September 2016
Genre: Cozy Mystery
With few other options, African-American classical musician Gethsemane Brown accepts a less-than-ideal position turning a group of rowdy schoolboys into an award-winning orchestra. Stranded without luggage or money in the Irish countryside, she figures any job is better than none.
The perk? Housesitting a lovely cliffside cottage.
The catch? The ghost of the cottage’s murdered owner haunts the place.
Falsely accused of killing his wife (and himself), he begs Gethsemane to clear his name so he can rest in peace.
Gethsemane’s reluctant investigation provokes a dormant killer and she soon finds herself in grave danger. As Gethsemane races to prevent a deadly encore, will she uncover the truth or star in her own farewell performance?
I got this book for my birthday after hearing good things about it, and I finally got around to reading it!
Gethsemane Brown is a talented musician, but because of some bad luck she ends up stuck in a small Irish town, landing a job at a local boys’ school. She is trying to make the most of it but it turns out the cottage she’s staying in is haunted by Eamon McCarthy, who was accused of killing his wife then himself. He begs her to investigate but Gethsemane ends up stirring up more trouble. It’s a race against time to stop the killer before they do any more damage.
I have to say I was in a bit of a reading funk before I picked this up and it knocked that right out of me.
Murder In G Major is a fantastically fun cozy mystery with a nice supernatural twist.
I usually find that most cozy mysteries tend to be a little slower paced, but that is not the case with this book, it’s got a snappy pace with plenty of shocks and surprises along the way.
I really liked Gethsemane, she is a successful musician, but she’s down to earth, straight talking, you know a character you can really root for. Eamon was her opposite, a bit arrogant but still likeable all the same. I really loved how Gethsemane and Eamon played off each other, with plenty of snarky comments!
I also appreciate there was a bit of Irish lingo thrown in there, and the book wasn’t overrun by Americanisms.
I kind of guessed early on who the killer would be, but it didn’t spoil my fun as I love to play detective as I read.
Murder In G Major is a must if you love cozy mysteries. Even if you’re not a fan of the supernatural ghostly aspect, I would still urge you to pick it up. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of the next in the series.
About The Author (taken from Goodreads):
A writer since childhood, I continued writing through college but put literary endeavors on hold to finish medical school and Family Medicine residency training. My medical career established, I returned to writing fiction.
I won a Lefty Award, was nominated for an Agatha Award and a Silver Falchion Award, and was chosen one of Suspense Magazine’s best debuts of 2016.
Raised in the southeast and schooled in the northeast, I migrated to the southwest after a three-year stint in Alaska reminded me how much I needed sunlight and warm weather. After a time in the desert, I missed deciduous trees so I headed northeast to the Chicago area. I completed Southern Methodist University’s Writer’s Path program in Dallas, Texas. If pushed, I will admit Texas brisket is as good as Carolina pulled pork. I enjoy classical music, fine whiskey, art, travel, embroidery, and a good ghost story.
I am a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and Crime Writers of Color. I am represented by Paula Munier of Talcott Notch Literary Services, LLC and published by Henery Press.
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