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Death in D Minor

(Gethsemane Brown Mysteries #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  214 ratings  ·  72 reviews
“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 on Murder in G Major)

Gethsemane Brown, African-American classical musician and expatriate to an Irish village, solved a string of murder
Hardcover, 220 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Henery Press (first published March 10th 2017)
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Monica **can't read fast enough**
Really good continuation and I'll be moving on to book 3
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy, ireland, music, netgalley
Just when you think all the angles a cozy mystery can possibly come from have been covered, some lovely writer like Alexia Gordon comes along with unique characters, a unique setting, and really solid writing. Just when you start rolling your eyes at the idea of another cozy mystery featuring ghosts, Gethsemane Brown comes along in a corner of Ireland I for one have never visited on the page before, with one of the more unusual sidekicks I've seen.

This is one of those books I blame for keeping
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
As a musician, I was happy that this cozy had a musical theme. I really enjoyed that aspect of the book. I was happy to see a strong, intelligent, African American woman, as the amateur sleuth. I thought the art and forgery bits were interesting. I learned some things about Irish culture. The ghosts were enjoyable characters. Great book for cozy lovers, especially if you are interested in Ireland, art, or music.
First Sentence: He showed up two days after Christmas.

Conductor and violinist Gethsemane Brown loves the cottage in which she lives, and is determined to save it from the hotel developer working hard to buy it. Were that not enough, her museum curator brother-in-law is coming for a visit hoping to buy a unique American cross-stitch sampler and dealing with the world of fake and stolen antiques. Instead, he ends up accused of theft, and possibly of murder. Hoping for help from her favorite ghost,
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

A small charming Irish village is a great setting, but it's hard to make it a setting for repeated mysteries- just how many people can really be murdered in a small town?

In this book, Gethsemane ends up in the world of art forgery. Some characters come in from out of town to make this somewhat plausible. However, this book felt more disjointed to me than the first in the series did, and I'm not sure how well the plot
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
In Death in D Minor by Alexia Gordon, Dr. Gethsemane Brown is enjoying her well-deserved break over Christmas when she gets involved in a major art fraud case. Getting news that Jackson, her brother-in-law, is coming to visit her in the small Irish town where she teaches music, Gethsemane hurries to get ready to host him. As a museum curator who serves as a significant expert on textiles, Jackson has arrived for an upcoming auction where a priceless embroidered sampler from the 18th century is u ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is the second book in the Gethsemane Brown mystery series and is just as good as the first, although the plot is very different. There a a few things going on in this story, but Gethsemane is such a smart, intriguing and savvy character who stands up for herself and takes no guff from anyone, she is able to pull this story off without a hitch. Gethsemane is a conductor and violinist who is presently living in the Irish Countryside. She loves the cottage in where she lives, especially as it ...more
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Death in D Minor is the second book in the Gethsemane Brown series and its even better and entertaining that the debut book. I really enjoyed Gethsemane as a lead character because she has layers, there is action, and the mystery is the driver of the story. I had become weary of the new style of cozies wherein the style of cozy wherein the plotline is the same formula with a single female lead, she runs some kind of novelty business like a antiques shop, a bakery or bed and breakfast, and her lo ...more
Rosie J.
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mystery & Suspense
4.5 Stars

She's back ... Gethsemane Brown ... virtuoso violinist and part-time amateur sleuth at your service!

When we meet again ... Geth has been given a deadline to remove herself from the premises of Carraigfaire Cottage by the Twelfth Night. Apparently, Eamon's nephew Billy has decided that money is more important than preserving his aunt and uncle's Cultural Arts Legacy!

At her wit's end and quickly running out of options, Geth decides to take the supernatural route of getting rid of Billiona
Lynn Poppe
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Gethsemane Brown is an amateur sleuth / musician / ghost whisperer. She’s out solving crimes, sometimes getting into hot water, and doing her best to rescue herself. She is a heroine without any romantic entanglements, which I seriously appreciated. I’m ok with some romance as a secondary plot in my mystery books, but I am more interested in the mystery. I’m happy to report that Ms. Gordon’s characters focus on solving the crimes.

One aspect of Gethsemane that I find very interesting is the fact
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
“Death in D Minor” earns 5/5 Ghostly Sidekicks…accident or not!

Gethsemane Brown, ex-pat living in Ireland, is quite the virtuoso in more than music; she has proven to be pretty good at sleuthing, too. Her skill gets challenged when the surprising appearance of her brother-in-law and curator Jackson Applethwaite, set to bid on an early American miniature sampler by a young slave Hester Creech on behalf of his museum, turns into his being accused of theft when the sampler goes missing…but could it
Rosemary K
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Gethsemane Brown is happy when her brother-in-law comes for a visit in Ireland. He's here to try and buy a priceless early American embroidery. When he's suspected of stealing it, she's recruited by the Garda to help exonerate him. While trying to clear her brother-in-law she finds the body of Olivia McCarthy-Boyle, the owner of the sampler. Can she do it? I liked Gethsemane. She's a feisty, intelligent woman. The fact that she's detail oriented means she doesn't miss any clues. Her brother-in l ...more
This is more of a 3.5 stars, but I rounded it down because of how much I missed Eamon McCarthy's ghost. I listened to the audiobooks both times, and after the first one I spent a considerable amount of time going around saying Darlin the way Eamon did. That was irritating to people around me I guess, but I missed it this time around, damn it.

The mystery was interesting enough. It's about embroidery this time, and involves art theft and forgeries, and I liked it. I kind of guessed who the thieve
I love this series! Weensy bit paranormal/supernatural but it is primarily about the main character, Gethsemane, making her life anew in Ireland. Yes she can sort of summon ghosts but she's a music teacher and helps the local gardai with investigations. Help they didn't ask for but she has an affinity for finding information.
I like the touches of the spirits, the friendship with the local parish priest and gardai investigator and pub owner. She likes her liquid spirits, she hears music in her m
Patricia Romero
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
 Musician Gethsemane Brown is back!  The action again takes place in a small Irish village where Brown is teaching. She is an odd heroine , and she has a lot of problems to look into in this book.

The old cottage where she lives is about to be sold to an obnoxious American real estate tycoon. The only way Brown can save it is to summon the ghost of the previous owner. He helped her solve a mystery in the last book, but he has disappeared and Brown is unable to find him. She even resorts to an old
Ivonne Rovira
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!
Recommended to Ivonne by: NetGalley
Author Alexia Gordon proves that her wonderful debut novel was no fluke.

Internationally recognized concert violinist-turned-music teacher Gethsemane Brown returns in this lively, humorous sequel. So does Hank Wayne, an unscrupulous American hotelier who has long wanted to buy Brown’s cottage in the out-of-the-way Irish village of Dunmullach. Wayne’s goal is to tear down the former home of the late internationally renowned composer Eamon McCarthy to make way for a pink atrocity of a hotel, destr
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Just as Gethsemane should be able to relax she realises that Eamon (the ghost of the previous occupier of her cottage) has gone missing, a hotel developer (who does rather tacky developments) wants to buy the cottage - oh and her brother in law is coming to stay!  These should be the only problems, but life isn't that straight forward and before long Jackson (her brother in law) is accused of art theft and Gethsemane is accused of murder! Oh and it appears she managed to contact a ghost .... onl ...more
Jamie Canaves
I ain't afraid of no ghost!
And neither is Gethsemane Brown (an American musician living in Ireland), who summons a ghost in the hopes of saving her cottage from developers. Except, whoopsie, the wrong ghost appears. At the wrong time. But that’s a side plot—in a delightful way, not a distracting way—from the actual mystery: Gethsemane’s brother-in-law is in town for an art auction and quickly finds himself entangled in a fraud case as the suspect. Gethsemane makes a deal to help gather evidence
Dec 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5. This book was good, but definitely not on par with the first, and it felt largely like a filler story. That being said, now that that one loose end was FINALLY tied up, I'm looking forward to the third book. (And honestly really hope the narrator from the first audiobook comes back.)
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
A nice little mystery, although less music in it than I expected, because of the title. More to do with the art world than music! I’d read something again by this author.
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Death In D Minor is the second book in the Gethsemane Brown Mystery series.

I’m a somewhat recent fan to classical music and was immediately drawn to this series and am really enjoying it.

Gethsemane Brown is a concert violinist and is teaching classical music and orchestra at boy’s school. She is presently living at Carraigfaire Cottage, the home of the deceased Eamon McCarthy a noted composer of classical music and whose ghostly spirit was an integral part of Murder In G Major. But Eamon’s nephe
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: chicklit-mystery
Thank you NetGally for the ACR of this book.

Gethsemane Brown is still living in her quirky cottage, although her favorite ghost has left. The misses him terribly. Her landlord arrives on her doorstep with a visitor, an American invetor, who wants to buy her cottage. The next day her brother-in-law arrives because he has business in Ireland. So, not a very peaceful time for our lovely musician, and it gets worse. Her brother-in-law gets accused of forgery, and Gethsemane is forced to go undercove
With her school closed for the holidays, Gethsemane thinks she might be able to relax a bit, but that notion is put to rest by a chain of events starting just a few days after Christmas. Between greedy realtors, a visit from her brother-in-law and an investigation into a possible art theft/forgery ring, Gethsemane's school break is anything but restful and relaxing!

After a rather slow start to this second-in-a-series book, the story picked up, making it hard for me to put the book down. The char
Kristine Hall
“Sitting still and letting events run their course wasn't in her nature."

Talk about an understatement! Gethsemane Brown doesn’t ever slow down or wait for answers – she goes out and gets them. The result is a high-energy, non-stop, entertaining mystery from start to finish. Though Death in D Minor is the second book of the Gethsemane Brown Mysteries series, it is the first I have read, and it works just fine as a stand-alone. (Not that it will stand alone; I already have book one, Murder in G Ma
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Gethsemane Brown is a music teacher in Ireland, a fairly new life. She lives at Carraigfaire Cottage, once the home of a famous Irish composer, Eamon McCarthy. While Eamon's ghost once haunted the cottage, he has since disappeared. And Gethsemane wants him back - mainly because his descendant Billy, the current owner, is planning to sell the cottage to an American real estate developer named Hank Wayne who will destroy the heart of the cottage while turning it into a hotel. Because of this, she ...more
Tangled in Text
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Original Post and Giveaway at:

It's been so long since I've read a good mystery. I felt like a kid again as I devoured the Hank the Cowdog or The Boxcar Children books. Death in D Minor was not just cheap thrills, but well thought out, devious schemes. There was one point that Gethsemane looked at a receipt and thought the handwriting looked familiar and I wanted to get out my notepad and take my own detective notes and was mad that I hadn't thought of tha
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
This review originally published in Looking for a Good Book. Rated 4.5 of 5

Every mystery series has a gimmick (or two) as well as a regular crime-solver (often someone not in police work) and it's usually the gimmick that will first attract a reader's attention. That's how I got interested in this series, anyway. The title of these Gethsemane Brown Mysteries have (so far) had a musical connotation or reference, and I love seeing music and literature combined in any way. The musical connection is
Death in D Minor: Gethsemane Brown Mysteries 2
Chronological order recommended.

In A Nutshell: Billy McCarthy, nephew of renowned late composer Eamon McCarthy, is selling Eamon 's Carraigfaire Cottage. Billy's dreams of turning his uncle's home into a museum are overridden by cash when Hank Wayne a property developer makes an offer he cannot refuse. But it's Gethsemane and the ghost of Eamon's home. So, the fight is on except Gethsemane is torn between trying to clear her brother-in-law's name and
Jenn Belden
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Death in D Minor is listed above as a paranormal mystery — but to me, it ALSO has all the markings of a great “cozy” mystery: the amateur sleuth (Gethsemane) is intuitive and well-educated (a concert musician), set in a small town (here – a quaint Irish village), has some quirky sidekicks (here a ghost stands in well, along with a helpful Irish priest) and while the mystery surrounds a murder, the story rates low on the violence factor.

I confess, I am rather partial to cozies. Don’t get me wrong
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cozy mystery and paranormal fans
3.5/5 stars.

Gethsemane Brown is a highly talented orchestra director who( through happenstance) ends up teaching an all-boys orchestra in Ireland. Gethsemane has the ability to see ghosts and in Book #1 she helps solves the murder of her ghost friend Eamon's wife.

In book # 2 she has to solve an art forgery scheme and a murder of a wealthy art collector in order to clear the name of her brother in law who was caught with a stolen textile.

This book doesn't have the same magic as the first instal
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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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