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Death in D Minor

(Gethsemane Brown Mysteries #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  673 ratings  ·  145 reviews
Gethsemane Brown, African-American classical musician and expatriate to an Irish village, solved a string of murders, led a school orchestra to victory in a major competition, and got used to living with a snarky ghost. She can rest easy over the Christmas holiday. Right? Wrong. The ghost has disappeared, her landlord's about to sell her cottage to a hotel developer, and h ...more
Kindle Edition, 238 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Henery Press (first published March 10th 2017)
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Monica **can't read fast enough**
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Really good continuation and I'll be moving on to book 3 ...more
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Ms. Mystery ☔️
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
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.) ...more
Rosemary K
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Another case where book 2 just didn't have the same sparkle that book 1 had for me. I didn't end up finishing this.

First off, at the halfway point, which is as far as I went, we had no Eamon this time around, and the snarky interplay between him and Gethsemane was one of the best things about the first book for me. I loved their back-and-forth, and there was none of that, although Gethsemane was trying to summon Eamon back. But I really missed Eamon.

Secondly, I really wasn't interested in the mu
Patricia Romero
 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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked this one a bit more than the first one. It was more interesting and had a bit more going on. Other than that the overall feeling of this book is the same as the first book. And it's just as fun light read as book one. ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
still loving this series. there was A Lot of dialogue in this one tho and that knocked it down to a 3.5 star rating but i knocked it back up to 4 for all the direct ghost and mrs muir references in this one.
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So much better than the first. I’m glad I decided to give this series another chance.
Jan 25, 2021 rated it did not like it
I read the whole thing but I don’t really know what happened. Not my jam!
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 16, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars - This one took me a bit to get into. I found it distracting that the narrator was different than book one (WHYYYYY do they do this to us?!). Because of that I had a hard time following the plot at first but once I got over it (and took time off to forget the original narrator), I was plunged into the world of art thievery and murder. The ending is a bit unexpected, which I always enjoy.
Ruthie Jones
Gethsemane Brown is at it again. Our music-loving sleuth can’t seem to stay out of the way when evildoers show up and wreak havoc in Dunmullach, Ireland.

Death in D Minor is an enthralling Cozy Mystery, complete with a crime ring, danger around every corner, murderous villains, and ghosts. While Death in D Minor is the second in this Gethsemane Brown Mysteries series, it can stand alone; however, I definitely recommend reading Murder in G Major as it introduces the characters and the setting and
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
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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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Gethsemane Brown Mysteries (5 books)
  • Murder in G Major (Gethsemane Brown Mysteries, #1)
  • Killing in C Sharp (Gethsemane Brown Mysteries, #3)
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