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Murder in G Major

(Gethsemane Brown Mysteries #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  993 ratings  ·  259 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, 271 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
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
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
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
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!
Monica **can't read fast enough**
I rarely upgrade a rating when I re-read a book, but I have to say that I may have enjoyed this one better the second time around. I am so glad that I decided to reread the series before jumping into the upcoming release.

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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
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
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is is a new series for me and has started well. Classical musician Gethsemane Brown has left Dallas to travel to Ireland for a position with an orchestra there. Once she arrives, she finds out that the job was given to someone else and she is stranded. Her luggage has been lost and she has not money to return home. She accepts a position turning a rowdy bunch of schoolboys into an award-winning orchestra. For living arrangements, she ends up housesitting in a lovely cottage that once belong ...more
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
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
J.C. Kenney
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When a book keeps me up last my bedtime, causing me to lose sleep, and I don't mind, that book gets five stars. Murder in G Major is that kind of book. Fast paced, wonderful characters, an intriguing twist, and a charming ghost, to boot!
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
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.
“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)
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
Feb 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Murder in G Major was an ok read for me. It was a book that I thought I would enjoy more than I did due to previous reviews. I had trouble staying interested in the book for about three fourths of it but the ending picked up and was good.

Gethsemane Brown, an American, has obtained a teaching job in Ireland in a small village teaching music. She is living in a cottage of a local world famous composer who was charged twenty five years ago of killing his wife and then committing suicide.

Upon a
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
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reread in anticipation of book 4 coming out next month. Still love it!!!
Alyssa Maxwell
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a former orchestra mom, this book had immediate appeal for me. Add in a perfectly charming ghost, a quirky village in a rural Irish setting, a sassy sleuth who wields sarcasm like a weapon, and colorful secondary characters, and you've got a fun, engaging cozy mystery I didn't want to put down! Perfect read for a rainy afternoon!
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
Sep 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Pretty much your standard fare in cozies. Gethsemane Brown is refreshing in that she isn't your run of the mill amateur sleuth and has potential in future stories. I don't much care for loose threads at the end like not knowing what happened with Eamon. It leaves me feeling that an author doesn't have enough faith in his or her own book that readers won't buy the next one so they create a "cliffhanger."
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
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book.
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
So much fun! For as long as I can remember I've wanted a ghost best friend who'd help me solve crimes, so reading this felt especially satisfying. Can't wait to get to the next one!
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Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is a joint review for Murder in G Major and it's sequel, Death in D Minor. I had similar reactions to both.

I would love to give them more than an OK rating, but if I can put down a book and read 6 or 7 others before picking it up again, it just doesn't capture my interest and doesn't make it recommendation worthy like a 3-5 star review would indicate. Both stories have interesting and different plots, but I never connected to the main character and the secondary characters, of whom there ar
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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 a Silver Falchion Award, and was chosen one of Suspense Magazine's best debuts of 2016.

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