KILLING IN C SHARP

KILLING IN C SHARP

by Alexia Gordon

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ISBN-13: 9781635113044
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 10/17/2017
Series: A Gethsemane Brown Mystery , #3
Pages: 266
Sales rank: 782,734
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)

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KILLING IN C SHARP 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
GratefulGrandma 3 months ago
4.5 stars, rounded up to 5. Although not a huge lover of paranormal stories, I enjoy the Gethsemane Brown Mysteries. In this outing, Gethsemane; a violinist, conductor, and music conductor/teacher at a local school, has saved her cottage from developers, thus saving the spirit of composer Eamon McCarthy who inhabits the cottage where he once lived. Her landlord believes that the ghost of Eamon lives in the cottage, so he has granted permission for a team of ghost hunters to investigate. To deflect the investigators, she points them to the opera house where composer Aed Devlin plans to premiere his work about Maja Zoltán who died placing a curse to occur each year on the anniversary of her death. When the playing and singing of the opera conjure Maja's ghost, Gethsemane and Eamon have to come up with a plan to send her back to wherever she came from. Along with this, there is a murder during the dress rehearsal and as usual, Gethsemane is investigating to get her friend off the hook and out of jail. Even though this is the third book in the series, there is enough of a backstory given that this book can be read as a standalone. I enjoy Gordon’s characters, they are all fully-developed and very interesting and quirky. Because this series takes place in the Irish village of Dunmullach, the reader gets to learn about living in a small Irish Village with all that goes with it. Gethsemane is a great MC. She is smart, confident, competent, as well being an in your face kind of gal. She loves Irish Whisky and is no shrinking violet. Father Tom plays a big role in this story delving into his older brother’s collection of books on the occult, Neill of the Gardaí and Saoirse the 12-year-old genius are also front and centre in solving this mystery as well as dealing with the spectre of Maja. A side story is the subject of reviews for pay, and poor reviews for non-pay. This is something that has always interested me, as well as the ethics of that. There is still enough humour in the story to counteract some of the more serious issues. The mystery was well plotted and wove into the paranormal storyline well. The final reveal was not what I had expected, but it fit the story well. With the twists and clues sprinkled throughout the story, this was a great addition to this series. Ms. Gordon has created a mystery/paranormal series that is a perfect balance of action, mystery, intrigue, and character development. Overall, I wouldn't say this was the best in the series so far, but it was definitely a fun and enjoyable cozy mystery. If you enjoy a Paranormal Cozy, then you need to pick up this book and series. I listened to the audiobook of this one. I stole this comment from a review of another book on Audiofile, but it fits this book very well. "Narrator Helen Duff deftly transitions between the diverse characters, giving each his or her own identity and distinct voice." I love that she slipped into different accents without a missing a beat. I will definitely look for more books narrated by Helen Duff.
C_Fowler More than 1 year ago
Gethsemane Brown is one of my all-time favorite characters, and in Killing in C Sharp, she does not disappoint. I was hooked from page one and felt right at home in the Irish village of Dunmullach with its quirky characters and small town atmosphere. In this third installment in the Gethsemane Brown Mysteries, Gethsemane is faced with her landlord's ultimatum to open her home to ghost hunters or leave. She has no choice, as she has come to love Carraigfaire, her cottage, (and its resident ghost, Eamon McCarthy), and she reluctantly agrees to the request. Once the ghost hunters arrive, a wild ride ensues, with a vengeful ghost, a mysterious wasting illness and murder coming to Dunmullach. I was on the edge of my seat for most of this book and as anxious as the intrepid Gethsemane to rid the village of the evil brought on it by the malevolent ghost and to absolve a friend she feels has been unjustly accused of murder. Alexia Gordon has a gift for making characters (and ghosts!) come to life that makes this book so unputdownable and enjoyable. I cannot wait for the next installment in this wonderful series! I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own.
DanieleK More than 1 year ago
I have really grown to love the Gethsemane Brown Cozy Mystery Series and, after reading KILLING IN C SHARP, think that each book is better than the last. In KILLING IN C SHARP, we find Gethsemane fresh off the events of the previous book. Hoping to be able to settle back to normal (but what is normal since she moved to Ireland?), she is disappointed to find out that her landlord, and resident ghost Eamon’s nephew, has invited a television ghost hunting group to investigate the cottage. In addition to “hiding” Eamon, she must deal with a guest composer who has come to town to premier his new opera based on a centuries old legend. Gethsemane deflects the TV crew to the opera house, but things get out of control when the ghost from the legend is released and the curse attached to her makes people fall ill, not to mention the dead body found in the orchestra pit. Unethical music critic Bernard Stolz made enemies everywhere he went, and there is no shortage of suspects for his murder, but composer Aed Devlin is arrested for the crime. Gethsemane is sure Aed is innocent so she joins forces with her nemesis, true crime writer Venus James, to find the real killer, contain Maja and end the curse before some of the ill die, and keep Eamon from being exposed. Gordon does a great job of taking unbelievable circumstances and making the premise of the tale totally believable. Do readers need to be open minded about ghosts and curses? Yes, but it is so much fun. KILLING IN C SHARP incorporates some of my favorite things into the story – opera, ghosts, Ireland – and makes for an entertaining, compelling read. The murder mystery is well developed and interesting, but it is the thread involving Maja that really shines. There are secrets, false identities, danger, and sacrifice within the book’s pages. Sounds like it could be its own opera, right? The suspects all have viable motives, and I did not have it all figured out until close to the end. The resolution is tragic in its own right. My only quibble with the book concerns a character’s sacrifice at the end of the book. I just do not feel like Eamon would be so fine with the consequence and result of this sacrifice. Gethsemane is a great protagonist and amateur sleuth. She is strong minded and intelligent, yet also logical and snarky. I think she and I could be friends. The other recurring characters, including Inspector Niall and child genius Saoirse, are well developed and unique. I have even grown to like Venus. I greatly enjoyed KILLING IN C SHARP and recommend it to any cozy reader, especially those who enjoy a pronounced paranormal theme. I received an ARC of this title from the publisher and voluntarily shared my thoughts here.
iiiireader More than 1 year ago
In this, the third book of the Gethsemane Brown mystery series, Gethsemane confronts the paranormal in an attempt to save lives. She is aided by Eamon McCarthy, the ghost conductor whose reputation Gethsemane salvaged in Book 1 of this series. This time, a malevolent spirit has taken over the local opera house. It’s wreaking a horrible curse on many of Gethsemane’s boys (she teaches music at the local academy) and two of her best friends. Added to that, she has to deal with a ghost-busting crew who are out to debunk the story of Eamon’s haunting of the cottage where she lives. The front end of the story is loaded with backstory information and history on the new characters. The whodunnit murder doesn’t occur until close to the halfway point. While that seems long in terms of most mystery novels, it was necessary so that I, as a reader, could have enough information to try to solve the mystery alone with Gethsemane. I’ve enjoyed this series and am pleased with the expansion of characters in this book. There were some interesting twists that will enhance the series as it continues. It was nice that Gethsemane did not have to work entirely alone this time. I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.
RuthieJonesTX More than 1 year ago
In this third book in the Gethsemane Brown Mystery series, Gethsemane is up to her eyeballs in ghosts. While Killing in C Sharp isn't quite as gruesome as the second book (Death in D Minor), the action, mystery, intrigue, and characterization are still top notch. What I love most about Killing in C Sharp is the progression of Gethsemane's acceptance in Ireland. With the arrival of outsiders (TV ghost hunters), Gethsemane shines as she edges one step closer to becoming accepted as a local. In addition, this installment really shows how much Gethsemane has come to care for her students, her fellow teacher, Frankie, her favorite inspector, Niall, and of course her beloved ghost, Eamon. When the lives and existence of all these people are threatened with an ancient curse from a summoned ghost with only revenge and mayhem on her mind, Gethsemane has to kick her mystery-solving skills into high gear before it's too late. In all three books, the author gives the reader a true sense of place, and the plot and characters make you want to pack your bags and head to Ireland so you can cozy up with a shot of whiskey and an incorrigible ghost, all while the bodies pile up and the mystery becomes more complex by the minute. I would hate to give out any spoilers, but don't be surprised by the sweet/bittersweet turn of events toward the ending. Cryptic, I know, but never underestimate the bond between a girl and her ghost. And don't be surprised if you find yourself clamoring for the next book in the series. I hope the wait is short.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Killing in C Sharp is the third book in the Gethsemane Brown Mystery series. Gethsemane and her resident ghost and friend, Eamon McCarthy are back once again for an entertaining read. Gethsemane has recently blocked a hotel developer from purchasing the house where she is living and turning it into a tourist trap. Now to obtain some cash, Billy McCarthy, nephew of Eamon and owner of the house, has convinced a ghost hunter reality TV show to come and tape a show. Gethsemane is beside herself over this as she doesn’t need the attention that something like this will generate. Eamon is not happy either. Also on Gethsemane plate is the arrival at the boy’s school where she teaches will be the noted classical composer, Aed Devlin. After having an unscrupulous reporter wrote a scathing review of Devlin’s work, his career crashed and burned. Devlin has come to the school to put the finishing touches on an opera he is about to complete. His opera is based on a Hungarian legend about a noblewoman, Maja, that was entombed in a castle wall and a curse was put on the firstborn son of those who were connected to the castle. Gethsemane and Eamom are also having to deal with the appearance of Venus James, an author, who wrote a scathing book about Eamon, alleging he had something to do with his wife’s death and his having committed suicide. Soon after Devlin arrives in town, Bernard Stolz, the freelance writer whose article ruined Devlin’s career, also arrives. One evening at the local pub they have words, but everything seems to have calmed. Then at a rehearsal, which the ghost hunter crew is also attending, unexplainable things start happening that point to the Maja curse may actually be real. When the music concludes, Stolz’s body is found in the orchestra pit and Devlin ends up being arrested for his murder. Gethsemane believes Devlin is innocent and sets out to do her own investigation. Devlin is the only person he has ruined with his scathing reviews and Gethsemane needs to look at several of these. I felt the story is a well-plotted story with a wonderful cast of believable characters and Gordon does a great job of weaving the story of Maja’s curse into the present day. I enjoy listening to classical music and it is very satisfying to find a mystery series centering around it. I will be watching for the next book in the series.