Killing in C Sharp – My Review

 
KILLING IN C SHARP
A Gethsemane Brown Mystery, Volume 3 
by
Alexia Gordon
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Publisher: Henery Press
Date of Publication: March 6, 2018
Number of Pages: 288

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She saved Carraigfaire—but can she save her friends? Gethsemane Brown fought off an attack by a sleazy hotel developer who wanted to turn her Irish cottage into a tourist trap. Now she must face a vengeful ghost determined to exact revenge for her murder centuries ago. This ghost’s wrath spares no one—not Gethsemane’s students, Inspector Niall O’Reilly, fellow teacher Frankie Grennan, or a group of ghost hunters descended on Dunmullach to capture proof ghosts exist. Proof Gethsemane has to quash to keep Eamon, her resident ghost and friend, from becoming an internet sensation. As if a spiteful specter wasn’t bad enough, a crooked music reviewer turns up dead in the opera house orchestra pit, a famous composer is arrested for the crime, and Gethsemane must team up with a notorious true-crime author to clear his name. If she doesn’t, friends will die, a ghost she cares about will never know peace, and she’ll star in a final act gruesome enough for any opera.

PRAISE FOR THE GETHSEMANE BROWN MYSTERY SERIES:

Book 1, Murder in G Major
Winner of the 2017 Lefty Award for Best Debut Novel
2016 Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel
Suspense magazine “Best of 2016” selection in Debut Novel category
Book 2, Death in D Minor
Runner-Up, 2017 Lone Star Bloggers’ Choice Awards, Best Mystery/Suspense
Short List, 2017 Lone Star Bloggers’ Choice Awards, Best Series
Book 3, Killing in C Sharp
Starred review, Publisher’s Weekly, January 29, 2018
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Review

Killing in C Sharp – My Review

“That’s the safety valve,” Eamon said. “Keeps humans from creating havoc by wantonly summoning ghosts back. Imagine the damage you’d do if you knew the key to conjuring bank robber or mad bomber or axe murderer.”

To say I was excited to read and review the latest installment by Alexia Gordon’s mystery series is an understatement. I’ve loved this storyline since the first book, Murder in G Minor. The third Gethsemane Brown mystery book picks up right from where the second book, Death in D Minor left off – Gethsemane dealing with potential ghost hunters and the continued threat of eviction from the cottage she’s been calling home. Throw in her loving ghost, along with three murders that need solving and you have another brilliant story.

With this third book, author, Alexia Gordon continues to skillfully weave a story around murders, twists, and interesting characters. This time most of the interesting characters are ghost hunters with an added twist of an ancient curse in this story.

The third book is entirely set in the village of Dunmullach, Ireland. A cast of characters from ghost hunters to musicians to a controversial reviewer convenes on the village and soon all are drawn together by three murders. The first murder you knew was coming, but why that person was killed at such an opportune time shows that Gordon has skillfully crafted her story very well.

This latest story, which still reminds me of “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir,” left me guessing until the end on who killed who and what their underlying motives were. The story interconnects the characters in ways that are uniquely surprising and unexpected from the United States to Ireland.

What I love about Gordon’s writing is that she inserts actual facts into her books, like she did in Killing in C Sharp by using “ptomaine.” It’s an old term used to describe food poisoning caused by bacteria. It’s not often that you come across this word in the modern language and I’ve only read it in history books.

Another noteworthy twist is how did ghosts get captured in this story. You’ll have to read the book to find out.

I love that the poison garden is still carried through into this book, along with the young girl who can read Latin. I’m so glad that in this book, Gordon added more interaction and conservations between Gethsemane and “her ghost.” That’s what made me fall in love in with the story. If you love ghosts, murder, and solving mysteries then the Gethesmane Brown Mystery series is one you should add to your reading library.

I’ll continue to look forward to Gethesmane’s adventures with her ghost!

A writer since childhood, I put literary endeavors on hold to finish medical school and Family Medicine residency training. Medical career established, I returned to writing fiction. I completed SMU’s Writer’s Path program in Dallas, Texas. Henery Press published my first novel, Murder in G Major, book one of the Gethsemane Brown mysteries, in September 2016. Book two, Death in D Minor, released July 11, 2017. Book three, Killing in C Sharp, comes out March 6, 2018. Murder in G Major won the Lefty Award for Best Debut Novel, was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best New Novel and was selected one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Debuts.
I listen to classical music, drink whiskey, and blog at Miss Demeanors, voted one of Writers’ Digest magazine’s 101 best websites for writers, and Femmes Fatales
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