Killing in C Sharp – My Review

A Gethsemane Brown Mystery, Volume 3 
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.


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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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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MARCH 13-22, 2018


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A lesson in Humility from Bird Seed

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I love birds, except for blue jays. Why my hate of them? There was a blue jay last year that destroyed the barn swallow nest under the patio. The swallows laid four clutches of eggs and with every clutch, the blue jay would eat the eggs. On the last attempt by this blue jay, the nest that had been there for years was destroyed. That was the same nest that gave a winter home to a Carolina wren.

With my love of birds, I feed and water them, especially during the winter when they have limited resources on the high plains of Texas. While checking out in Wal-Mart – I relearned a valuable and humble lesson and it came with the purchase of bird food.

The friendly and talkative young girl checking me out was probably no more than twenty. She commented on many of my purchases like all the cheese I was buying – yes – I love cheese to Lamb Chop (Azrael’s favorite toy), but it was the comments on the birdseed cake that caught my attention the most.

When she asked what kinds of birds I had I replied back that they were wild birds. I immediately could tell by the confusion on her face she did not understand what I meant by wild birds. She thought I actually had birds living in my house. Then I thought about my friend, June who has Archie and our conservation that morning. Archie was squawking loudly in the background. Apparently, there was a wild bird outside he that had peaked his interest.

As I tried to explain about doves, robins, and other birds, I could still see the confusion on the girl’s face, I took a patient breath and explained to her that the birds I was feeding were all outside wild birds that come and go. Some have dark heads, some have red colors, and some are almost entirely bright blue. They live in the trees, as well as travel all over town and Texas.

Sadly, she still didn’t get it. How do I know she didn’t get it? Because – her last comment said it all “well its cool that you don’t have them in your house.”

As I walked to my car and drove home, I reflected more on that exchange than I probably should have. But it truly bothered me knowing that this girl did not know about wild birds.

I cannot imagine not being raised outside and knowing what birds are or even a bobcat, toad, butterfly, or the smell of wildflowers. I must stop and realize that not everyone was raised around wildlife and exposed to the outdoors. I climbed trees like a monkey growing up and came into contact with a variety of bird nests and birds. I hiked with my dad on all of our trips across the states. I saw birds of many colors never knowing what they were. Someone did tell me what a magpie was in Wyoming and it soon became my favorite bird.

I cannot imagine not having the multitude of wildlife experiences I had. I certainly cannot imagine anyone else knowing what even birds are. But sadly – I did encounter someone who had no clue about wild birds. I can only hope to run into this girl again with bird food and try my best to explain to her again about wild birds.

In reflection, this was a hard lesson for me. But it these kinds of lessons that remind me of my humanity and that sharing my wildlife knowledge is one of the most important things I can do.

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