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Death in D Minor – My Review

 

DEATH IN D MINOR

by
ALEXIA GORDON
  Genre: Paranormal Mystery / African American Sleuth
Publisher: Henery Press
Date of Publication: July 11, 2017
Number of Pages: 236
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Gethsemane Brown, African-American musician and expatriate to an Irish village, solved a string of murders and got used to living with a snarky ghost. She can rest easy now. Right? Wrong. The ghost has disappeared, her landlord’s about to sell to a developer, and her brother-in-law’s come to visit. She scrambles to call her spectral roomie back from beyond and find a way to save the cottage from destruction. But real estate takes a backseat when her brother-in-law is accused of stealing a valuable antique. Gethsemane strikes a deal with an investigator to go undercover at a charity ball and snoop for evidence of a forgery/theft ring in exchange for the woman’s help clearing him. 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. She races to untangle a web of phony art and stolen antiques to exonerate herself, then the killer targets her. Will she bring a murderer to justice, or will her encore investigation become her swan song?


PRAISE FOR DEATH IN D MINOR:
Gethsemane Brown is everything an amateur sleuth should be: smart, sassy, talented, and witty even when her back is against the wall. In her latest adventure, she’s surrounded by a delightful cast, some of whom readers will remember from Gordon’s award-winning debut and all of whom they won’t forget. Gordon writes characters we want resurrected.
n  Cate Holahan, author of The Widower’s
Wife and Lies She Told
Erstwhile ghost conjurer and gifted concert violinist Gethsemane Brown returns in this thoroughly enjoyable follow-up to last year’s Murder in G Major. Facing eviction from the historic seaside cottage she calls home, Gethsemane must clear her brother-in-law’s name – as well as her own – when a priceless artifact goes missing and the wealthy dowager to whom it belonged is “helped” over a high balcony railing.  With the help of a spectral sea captain she accidentally summoned, Gethsemane tries to unravel the mystery as the murderer places her squarely in the crosshairs.
n  Daniel J. Hale, Agatha Award-winning author

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Death in D Minor – My Review

“The colors are wrong. Too bright. Eighteenth century fabric dyes were mostly plant-based. They produced colors far more muted than chemical dyes. Think indigo blue instead of royal or Mediterranean.”

I was thrilled to read and review the latest installment in the Gethsemane Brown Mystery series by Alexia Gordon. It did not disappoint. The author brilliantly carries the story of Gethsemane into her second mystery novel, Death in D Minor. In this book, Gethsemane finds herself caught up in a world of multiple murders and art fraud and even finds herself conjuring a ghost.

 

Who knew the art world could be so intriguing? Gordon’s latest story, which still reminds me of “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir,” continues around main character Gethsemane Brown and offers up twists and turns abounding in this fast-paced, multi-faceted story set in Ireland. Throughout the book, subtle facts are mixed in the story, e.g., of how light fades colors in artwork and textiles overtime. These details really added an extra layer of interest to the story.

Death in D Minor weaves a mystery around murders due to an art inheritance, a five hundred-year-old grudge, and discovering a local art crime ring. As in Murder in G Major, book one in the series, this story entangles Gethsemane into being both an amateur detective and amateur ghost conjurer. What she summons up is not what she expected, but is it really the ghost she wanted? You’ll have to read the book to find out, but suffice it to say that the ghost in question ties the story together well.

As a reader, I’d still like to see more conversations between Gethsemane and “her ghost.” Particularly with the final bit of dialogue, I wanted the next book in hand to continue reading the story. I have thoroughly enjoyed both books in this series and can’t wait to see what new adventures await Gethsemane and her ghost(s).

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, releases July 11, 2017.
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 www.missdemeanors.com, voted one of Writers’ Digest magazine’s 101 best websites for writers, and featured on Femmes Fatales.            
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