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Murder in G Major (Gethsemane Brown Mysteries #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  427 Ratings  ·  147 Reviews
Winner-- Lefty Award, Best Debut Novel
Nominee--Agatha Award, Best First Novel
Chosen one of Suspense Magazine's Best Debut Novels in 2016

With few other options, African-American classical musician Gethsemane Brown accepts a less-than-ideal position turning a group of rowdy schoolboys into an award-winning orchestra. Stranded without luggage or money in the Irish countryside
Paperback, Trade paperback, 268 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by Henery Press (first published 2016)
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Ivonne Rovira
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of charming cozies
Recommended to Ivonne by: Netgalley
Our protagonist, Gethsemane Brown, is too perfect. A concert violinist of renown. A petite, beautiful woman who excelled at softball as well as music. Clever, sarcastic, and doggedly determined to solve the murders of Irish composer Eamon McCarthy and his wife Orla. At first, I simply couldn’t get into the book.

Until I did. Author Alexia Gordon infused her debut cozy Murder in G Major with such charm and good humor that, like an over-eager puppy, she completely won me over. I neglected more obli
Rosie J.
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery & Suspense Lovers
4.5 Stars

After losing her career, luggage and with no money to speak of, Gethsemane Brown is stranded in a small picturesque village in Ireland. She quickly finds a job opportunity that includes lodging. Only she doesn't count on sharing the long empty cottage with a ghostly roommate who is also her musical idol, Eamon McCarthy. Twenty-five years ago, Eamon was (falsely) accused of murder-suicide. He scares, bribes and begs Gethsemane to find out who killed his wife, Orla and later him and stage
The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
I'm sooo bummed. What the hell am I going to read now that could possibly top this???

If there is a Queen of geeks and nerds, Ms. Gethsemane Brown is it. All other geeks and nerds need to bow down and kiss the baton of her greatness. She quotes Negro League baseball stats when she's nervous and she knows her bourbon. Tchiakovsky rings in her head, warning her of danger.

(Tina, you are awesome. Smooches).

I'm probably going to fangirl very hard because that's how much I absolutely loved this book
Very well-written debut, and worthy of its Agatha Nomination. I only knocked off half a star because it took me forever to finish, but I have been very busy the last few days. Overall, wonderful and I recommend!
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
A cozy mystery with a paranormal twist - a really fun read. Looking forward to reading the next one!
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An American classical musician who stumbles into a ghostly quest on the windswept cliffs of Ireland -- this is my kind of mystery. I was lucky to get an Advance Reader Copy, and I'm already looking forward to the next book in the series.
I greatly enjoyed this debut by Alexia Gordon. I love it when a gut feeling about a book pays off. What was especially fun was not really knowing what I was getting into as I opened the book. I'd been intrigued by the notion of an African American heroine in a cozy mystery (not something one finds very often I assure you) and doubly intrigued by her occupation (unemployed musician and conductor) and the book's premise. Having lost out on a career changing position Ms. Gethsemane Brown has made t ...more
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
That was delightful!

Just like Land of Shadows a book I read earlier this year, I feel as if this book were written just for me.

Like that book, it ticks off a lot of the things that make a book just work for me.

- African American female lead who is smart and excellently competent in her job
- Fantastic dialogue
- Funny
- good story
- good writing
- great supporting characters who are not cardboard but have personality

And in this case a nice hook in a good cosy mystery. Also one of my favorite tropes i
Taryn Pierson
I’ve long harbored a bias against cozy mysteries, but I decided to give one a try because the older I get, the less I can stomach violence. With cozy mysteries, you can count on the author to gloss over the gory details and focus instead on the characters and their efforts to crack the case. In Murder in G Major, violinist and conductor Gethsemane Brown is hired to direct the orchestra at an all-boys school in rural Ireland. After being passed over for a more prestigious job, Gethsemane is glad ...more
Andrea Stoeckel
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
[ I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley. I thank them for their generousity. In exchange, I was simply asked to write an honest review, and post it. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising]

“You never know what you’ll find when you open yourself to all possibilities.”

And what did Gethsemane Brown,PhD have to l
First Sentence: Gethsemane Brown leaned closer to the windshield.

Conductor and violinist Gethsemane Brown has come to Ireland for a dream job. Her luggage lost, her money gone, the job given to someone else, she has few options but to accept the challenging job of turning a group of school boys into an award-winning orchestra. The good news is that the job comes with a charming Irish cottage to housesit and the ghost of the former owner who presents her second challenge; provide him innocent of
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I haven't read a cozy mystery in a while, and it made a nice change of pace. Gethsemane Brown was also a refreshingly original character. She is a black violinist/conductor from a high achieving family who ends up in the middle of Irish nowhere after an offer to be a conductor goes south through no fault of hers. Gethsemane needs a win, and not to go home to the USA to her somewhat judgy family, so she takes a gig as
This was adorable.
Gethesemane was endearing and funny. The cozy little Irish town was by turns charming and eccentric. The audio book narrator was really good with the various accents.
I took off one star cause the author made a disparaging comment about black names with apostrophe's and I detest that crap.
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon takes place in Ireland, where Dr. Gethsemane Brown has ended up, broke and with no possessions. Her suitcase has been stolen, after the job as assistant conductor of the Cork Philharmonic for which she spent all her money to get to is suddenly given to the mistress of the music director. Thus, stranded and too proud to go home and admit her defeat, Gethsemane takes on a job directing the orchestra of a boys' school, but the catch is that their major competition ...more
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon is the first book in the Gethsemane Brown Mystery series. Musician Gethsemane Brown takes up a teaching position in the Irish countryside house sitting a house previously inhabited by a former composer who was accused of murdering his wife and then committing suicide. His ghost insists he was murdered and enlists Gethsemane's help to find his and his wife's murderer. An interesting book with likeable characters. I liked the way that Tchaikovsky's music would wa ...more
“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)
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Music, murder and ghosts....a trifecta for me! And I didn't even mention that it is set in a small town in Ireland. While I haven't been to Ireland, perhaps one day and I can imagine this little town (small enough to ride a bike everywhere, or so it seems).

The characters are diverse and sometimes downright comical. I can imagine Gethsemane's horror at being able to see a ghost and converse with him. I don't think she expected that at all, but the upside is that he was an amazing composer that sh
Edith Maxwell
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I loved Alexia Gordon's new protagonist, Gesthemane Brown, who is plunked down in rural Ireland against her wishes. Brown is smart, fearless, and can both connect with the dead and dissect aromas. She's also a gifted musician and conductor, and somehow figures out how to tame rowdy high school boys while still solving both an old crime and several new murders.

Gordon has a delightful handle on the Irish culture and dialect, as well as the cultures of her protagonist and the music community. I hi
DNF I found it difficult to read as I know little of the musical and Irish terms make it extremely difficult to read and understand the book. I read about 50%, as I was curious about the mystery. The section did not mess together. NO REVIEWS
Brilliant PNR/Crime/Mystery!
Review is coming...
You know that book you read and you don't want to put it down. Just one more sentence, page, chapter? It's so good you are willing to turn a blind eye to the clock on the nightstand, knowing you should really get some sleep but you need to know what's going to happen next?
Yeah, that's this book. I loved it! If it hadn't been spring break this week, I'd have finished it much sooner.
A fab main character, excellent premise, superb setting. Gethsemane is in a village in Ireland to be the new music
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Kitty Kat
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Gethsemane Brown is an African-American musician who goes to an Irish school to teach after a job falls through. She stays in the old house of Eamon McCarthy who was a famous musician and composer and is supposed to have died in a murder- suicide with his wife Orla, an equally famous poet. Eamon's ghost appears to her and begs her to prove that he did not kill his wife and that they were both murdered. This is a really wonderful book and an addictive reading experience. The mystery surrounding t ...more
Sue Em
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent debut, worthy of all the nominations and awards it garnered. What's so fun about this book is how it takes many of the standard elements of a cozy and combines them in a new and delightful way. Feisty heroine. Afro-American classical musician. Ireland. Cottage with a ghost. Ghost who wants his name cleared. All this told in a witty manner where even the lesser characters have quirks and foibles. Just a lot of fun!
I read this book because it's a selection of the F2F mystery book club that I attend. I enjoyed it for the most part. I genuinely liked Gethsemane Brown, the ghost, the clever dialogue and the Irish setting. Unfortunately, I found the resolution of the mystery predictable. I also agreed with another GR reviewer that called the ending " rushed and disjointed". I would still be interested in reading the sequel.
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Although I don't usually go for supernatural fiction, this ghostly mystery grabbed me all the way to the cliff-hanger ending. For a variety of reasons, high-flying conductor and musician Gethsemane Brown finds herself stranded in a little Irish village. She takes the job of teaching music and conducting the student orchestra to avoid having to go home a failure. The cottage where she's staying is the former home of a famous composer who killed his wife and then himself--but his ghost appears to ...more
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a fun and cute story, although it does end on a cliffhanger that feels really out of place for what I would expect out of a cozy mystery. It does feel like kind of a cheap trick to make people want to read the next book in the series.
The book is quite nice, and the characters great, but it's the narration that makes it better than the usual cozy. Loved Jessica Carroll.
Vanessa Diaz
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t expecting the supernatural element but I rather enjoyed it! This was a fun read that kept me guessing. Love that it is written by and features a Black woman as it’s main character.
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great new cosy mystery series taking place in Ireland. Great for a vacation read complete with atmosphere, ghosts and adventure.
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A writer since childhood, I continued writing through college but put literary endeavors on hold to finish medical school and Family Medicine residency training. My medical career established, I returned to writing fiction.

I won a Lefty Award, was nominated for an Agatha Award, and was chosen one of Suspense Magazine's best debuts of 2016.

Raised in the southeast and schooled in the northeast, I mi
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