Death in D Minor

Death in D Minor

by Alexia Gordon

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Death in D Minor by Alexia Gordon

"The captivating southwestern Irish countryside adds a delightful element to this paranormal series launch. Gethsemane is an appealing protagonist who is doing the best she can against overwhelming odds." – Library Journal (starred review on Murder in G Major)

Gethsemane Brown, African-American classical musician and expatriate to an Irish village, solved a string of murders, led a school orchestra to victory in a major competition, and got used to living with a snarky ghost. She can rest easy over the Christmas holiday. Right? Wrong. The ghost has disappeared, her landlord's about to sell her cottage to a hotel developer, and her brother-in-law is coming for a visit--with one day's notice.

She scrambles to call her spectral roomie back from beyond and find a way to save the cottage from certain destruction. But real estate takes a backseat when her brother-in-law is accused of stealing a valuable antique. Gethsemane strikes a deal with a garda investigator to go undercover as a musician at a charity ball and snoop for evidence linking antiques to a forgery/theft ring in exchange for the investigator's help clearing her brother-in-law. At the party, she accidentally conjures the ghost of an eighteenth-century sea captain, then ends up the prime suspect in the party host's murder. With the captain's help, she races to untangle a web of phony art and stolen antiques to exonerate herself and her brother-in-law. Then the killer targets her. Will she save herself and bring a thief and murderer to justice, or will her encore investigation become her swan song?

Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), British mysteries, book club recommendations, amateur sleuth books, paranormal mysteries, Irish cozies, ghost mysteries, music mysteries.

Books in the Gethsemane Brown Mystery Series:

MURDER IN G MAJOR (#1)
DEATH IN D MINOR (#2)

Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157335342
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 07/11/2017
Series: A Gethsemane Brown Mystery , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 152,640
File size: 388 KB

About the Author

A writer since childhood, Alexia Gordon won her first writing prize in the 6th grade. She continued writing through college but put literary endeavors on hold to finish medical school and Family Medicine residency training. She established her medical career then returned to writing fiction. Raised in the southeast, schooled in the northeast, she relocated to the west where she completed Southern Methodist University's Writer's Path program. She admits Texas brisket is as good as Carolina pulled pork. She practices medicine in North Chicago, IL. She enjoys the symphony, art collecting, embroidery, and ghost stories.

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DEATH IN D MINOR 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Tangen More than 1 year ago
audiobook, cosy-mystery, ireland, law-enforcement, art-fraud, ghosts I really enjoyed this! Some things were so totally different from the usual, like conjuring the wrong ghost and yet he was so the right one. The art fraud angle was nonstandard as well. The characters are interesting and engaging, the plot is ingenious. The publisher's blurb gives hints and there is no need for spoilers. Just enjoy! Helen Duff does a fine narration, and I love her accent.
RuthieJonesTX More than 1 year ago
Gethsemane Brown is at it again. Our music-loving sleuth can’t seem to stay out of the way when evildoers show up and wreak havoc in Dunmullach, Ireland. Death in D Minor is an enthralling Cozy Mystery, complete with a crime ring, danger around every corner, murderous villains, and ghosts. While Death in D Minor is the second in this Gethsemane Brown Mysteries series, it can stand alone; however, I definitely recommend reading Murder in G Major as it introduces the characters and the setting and is equally entertaining to boot. School’s out for the season, so Gethsemane is free from her teaching duties, but does she sit quietly at home, staying neatly out of trouble? Of course not! Trouble finds her first when Hank Wayne, an obnoxious hotel developer, sets his greedy eye on Carraigfaire cottage, Gethsemane’s current place of residence. And this little problem is only the beginning for our high-spirited music teacher. When Gethsemane’s brother-in-law, Jackson, visits from the States, she is thrust into the complex world of art fraud that is filled with deception, thievery, and murder. Gethsemane quickly learns that not everyone is on the right side of the law, despite their official appearances. Gethsemane Brown once again proves how insightful, observant, and quick witted she can be. The pace is quick quick quick, and the characters, both corporeal and incorporeal, are exciting, eccentric, and completely captivating. But don’t be fooled by all the hilarity, flowing bourbon, and spell casting to summon ghosts. The danger is oh so real and definitely becomes a bit messy and gruesome when all is said and done. Gethsemane just may get way more than she bargained for in Death in D Minor.
Tangled in Text More than 1 year ago
It's been so long since I've read a good mystery. I felt like a kid again as I devoured the Hank the Cowdog or The Boxcar Children books. Death in D Minor was not just cheap thrills, but well thought out, devious schemes. There was one point that Gethsemane looked at a receipt and thought the handwriting looked familiar and I wanted to get out my notepad and take my own detective notes and was mad that I hadn't thought of that sooner. I had no idea if that obvious hint was foreshadowing, thrown in to throw me off, or if I completely overlooked a connection at the beginning, but I sat up a little straighter. It's like when I get lost driving for some reason I think it helps to turn the radio off. I love a book that will make you think, sit up a little straighter, and give it your full attention. I was a little nervous going into this book after reading the first few sentences that were bombarded with long names and Irish locations. I was scared the entire book would be name dropping and would distract me from the plot as I paused at each to figure out how to pronounce the foreign words. Also, I felt that the book seemed to go by a little slower than normal and I think it was because it had longer chapters than my last few reads. This book held about 18 pages per chapter where my last few were anywhere from 2-8 pages per chapter. I enjoy shorter chapters because that sense of accomplishment after you finish each chapter gives you the inspiration that you can easily finish them all in one night because of how fast you finished the last one.  I reread the Author's Guest Post from her first book, Murder in G Major, and I realized how perfect her thought process was to have an American in a foreign country. I loved how often the main character was corrected to say garda every time she referred to them as police. It made me feel welcomed and not so lost in the Irish jargon that was sprinkled throughout that I wasn't the only one that needed some explanations every once in a while. I loved the internal dialogue as she asked herself all the different possible motives to help confuse the reader even more if they hadn't already thought of all those directions. The supernatural element was a first for me in a mystery book and I thought it was extremely clever and memorable. I thought it was hilarious how Gethsemane casually conversed with spirits throughout. I'm very interested to read her first novel now to get a little bit more backstory about her relationship with Eamon, the initial spirit she was wanting the bring back from the afterlife. I thought the balance of supernatural and mystery were exquisite. It seemed to play into the plot more heavily at the beginning, lighten up as the mystery picked up throughout the middle, then came back more to accent and wrap up the ending. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gethsemane Brown is an amateur sleuth / musician / ghost whisperer. She’s out solving crimes, sometimes getting into hot water, and doing her best to rescue herself. She is a heroine without any romantic entanglements, which I seriously appreciated. I’m ok with some romance as a secondary plot in my mystery books, but I am more interested in the mystery. I’m happy to report that Ms. Gordon’s characters focus on solving the crimes. One aspect of Gethsemane that I find very interesting is the fact that music is tied to so many aspects of her life. She hears Tchaikovsky when she’s in danger and conjures a ghost by playing a sea shanty. I’m now regretting all the time I spent in school not practicing my clarinet. Death in D Major is full of fun and well-developed secondary characters as well. I especially enjoyed the local pastor with the occult book collection and Gethsemane’s co-worker, math teacher Frankie. I am impressed with Ms. Gordon’s writing style and world building. I learned that ghosts, at least in Ms. Gordon’s universe, are associated with certain smells. (I find this a very nifty character trait; it’s clearly my allergies preventing me from smelling any paranormal beings in my world!) The quaint small Irish setting is excellent, though, initially I was confused about the time period in which the book is set — classical music, modern setting, but seemed historical? But then, the mention of cars and a lost cell phone set me straight. I must admit to struggling with this book at the beginning. D Major is the second in the series and I haven’t read the first (shame on me!). I read the first paragraph a number of times, as it’s full of Irish town names that meant absolutely nothing to me. The central mystery also wasn’t apparent at first. Is this an art forgery/theft mystery? Murder mystery? What do ghosts have to do with anything? But after the first third of the book, all the aspects began to fit together, and I really began to enjoy reading D Major. As such, ideally, I recommend reading the first book before starting this one, but it does stand alone. The plot is fast-paced and kept me interested and guessing throughout the book; it’s a solid mystery with a side of paranormal. Overall, I enjoyed Death in D Major and main character Gethsemane in particular. I’m excited to read more of this series!
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Gethsemane Brown is happy when her brother-in-law comes for a visit in Ireland. He's here to try and buy a priceless early American embroidery. When he's suspected of stealing it, she's recruited by the Garda to help exonerate him. While trying to clear her brother-in-law she finds the body of Olivia McCarthy-Boyle, the owner of the sampler. Can she do it? I liked Gethsemane. She's a feisty, intelligent woman. The fact that she's detail oriented means she doesn't miss any clues. Her brother-in law, Jackson Applethwaite, is protective and caring. I liked him, but he can't stop her from putting herself in danger. Gethsemane has a mind of her own. She'll do what she thinks is right. I loved how she called forth a ghost to help haunt a house. What happened next made me laugh. This mystery is well written and filled with unexpected twists. The setting added to the atmosphere. The plot is filled with unexpected twists and the ending was a shock. I never saw it coming. Alexia Gordon created interesting characters and wrote a well written mystery. I received a copy of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed. My comments are my honest opinion.
bkworm_ran More than 1 year ago
It can be said that Alexia Gordon is not going to be hit with the sophomore curse. In her second installment of the Gethsemane Brown mysteries is as good if not better than the first. Gethsemane is settled in and enjoying the holidays. Of course, she would continue to enjoy them if she hadn’t been visited by the man who wants to kick her out of her home. However, Eamon’s ghost isn’t around any longer to help her out. This time she is on her own. She borrows a grimoire and attempts to contact Eamon but all she seems to conjure is her brother-in-law who shows up on her doorstep looking to visit while he attends an art auction in a nearby town. As she continues her attempts to contact Eamon’s ghost, Gethsemane finds herself embroiled in art fraud and murder. Gordon’s novel is filled with quips from her smart protagonist and the return of a few village characters. Readers who enjoy their mysteries complex, well plotted and a lot of fun should definitely pick this up. Plus, the endings of her novels have an unexpected twist. It is a delightful series and Gethsemane is an excellent protagonist. This is a terrific summer read. I wish to thank the publisher for generously providing an Advanced Reader’s Copy for my honest review.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Death In D Minor is the second book in the Gethsemane Brown Mystery series. I’m a somewhat recent fan to classical music and was immediately drawn to this series and am really enjoying it. Gethsemane Brown is a concert violinist and is teaching classical music and orchestra at boy’s school. She is presently living at Carraigfaire Cottage, the home of the deceased Eamon McCarthy a noted composer of classical music and whose ghostly spirit was an integral part of Murder In G Major. But Eamon’s nephew is more interested in selling the cottage to Hank Wayne, a hotel developer. Brown is awakened one morning by someone knocking on the door. Upon answering she is greeted by Wayne who barges in and proceeds to survey the cottage and informs Brown that the cottage will soon be his and she will need to find a new residence. To make matters worse she soon learns that her brother-in-law will soon be arriving to attend an auction where he hopes to purchase a wonderful example of an 18th-century sampler by a young American slave. When the sampler comes up for auction, it is discovered that it has been stolen. Jackson is arrested for theft as he was the last person who had seen it. It is then learned that the police have been watching some of the people as they are investigating a ring of thieves and art forgers. They convince Brown to work undercover in the hopes of learning more about the thieves The part I enjoyed the most was when Brown becomes frustrated by not being able to contact Eamon and seeks out Father Tim for some “spell” books to see if she can contact Eamon that way. She can’t, but what she does get is the salty Captain Lochlan, Captain of The Hesperus. His character is almost as entertaining as Eamon’s was in the first book and he will prove to be a life-saver. The book is an exciting story with many twists and turns to it and an enjoyable cast of believable and interesting characters. I will definitely be watching for the next book is exciting series.
KristinSchadler More than 1 year ago
Oh my God, I love these books. Sometimes the Irish is a little hard to figure out, but I really enjoy Eamon and a main character who is African American and is a classically trained musician. This book was even better than the first. and I didn't think that was possible. I hope there are many more coming!