Murder in G Major
A Gethsemane Brown Mystery by Alexia Gordon
Review: Gethsemane Brown has accepted a position as music director for a private school in Ireland. Is it her ideal position? No, not even close. But she refuses to admit to her family that her promised position as assistant conductor to the Cork Philharmonic — the reason she left the US for Ireland in the first place — went to the conductor's mistress, and thus, without other prospects and no money to return, here she is. But there is that lovely home on the coast that she gets to live in, which happens to come complete with the ghost of its former owner, in Murder in G Major, the first mystery in this series by Alexia Gordon.
Eamon McCarthy, a brilliant composer, committed suicide after killing his wife twenty-five year ago. That was the how the police closed the case. But Eamon didn't kill himself … and he didn't kill his wife. Or so he tells Gethsemane. Gethsemane doesn't believe in ghosts, and yet, here Eamon is, as clear as can be in her home. Only no one else can see him. His one wish: to be reunited with his wife in the afterlife. Well, and to also find out who killed her … and who killed him. Gethsemane doesn't want anything to do with Eamon or his problems, but she can't help but be drawn into the mystery surrounding his death and that of his beloved wife. And so she begins to ask questions … and those questions begin to put her own life in danger.
Murder in G Major is a solid introduction to this series. The characters are engaging, the storyline interesting but not overly demanding, and the setting well drawn. Fans of music-themed mysteries might feel like there could have been more of that element here, it's actually rather minimal, especially given the title, but it does play — pun intended — well in the story. The ending is an obvious setup to the next book, but one wonders, given the narrow theme of the series arc, how long this can go on before it gets tedious. In the meantime, if future entries are as good as this one, it will be an entertaining journey.
Acknowledgment: Henery Press provided an eARC of Murder in G Major for this review.
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Location(s) referenced in Murder in G Major: Ireland
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Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon — A Gethsemane Brown Mystery
Publisher: Henery Press
Format: Trade Paperback
Publication Date: September 2016
List Price: $15.95
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