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Killing in C Sharp

(Gethsemane Brown Mysteries #3)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  710 ratings  ·  142 reviews
She saved Carraigfaire—but can she save her friends?

Gethsemane Brown fought off an attack by a sleazy hotel developer who wanted to turn her Irish cottage into a tourist trap. Now she must face a vengeful ghost determined to exact revenge for her murder centuries ago.

This ghost’s wrath spares no one—not Gethsemane’s students, Inspector Niall O’Reilly, fellow teacher Frank
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Henery Press
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Jul 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-2
Orchestral conductor and seer of ghosts, Gethsemane Brown is back in this third installment of the music-murder-paranormal series that takes place in lovely rural Ireland. I absolutely LOVE the setting. The descriptions of the quaint little Irish town where Gethsemane teaches school and deals with ghost Eamon (who happens to live in her house) completely make this book. Add in a team of ghost hunters visiting her village, a curse that feels like it’s straight out of Phantom of the Opera, and a c ...more
Monica **can't read fast enough**
I try not to give detailed reviews of mysteries so that I do not give too much of the story away. This is going to be a short and somewhat vague review!

In Killing in C Sharp Gethsemane faces a more malicious ghost who basically wants people to keep her name out of their mouths and will take things into her own hands when an opera is written about her. Ghost hunters are being foisted onto Gethsemane and invading her space along with an unintentional and unwanted house guest. With the arrival of
First Sentence: Gethsemane Brown frowned at her landlord across her kitchen table.

Although violinist, conductor, and music conductor has saved her cottage from developers, her landlord has now granted permission for a team of ghost hunters to investigate for the all-too-present spirit of composer Eamon McCarthy. To deflect the investigators, she points them to the opera house where composer Aed Devlin plans to premiere his work about Maja Zoltán who died placing a curse to occur each year on th
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
“Killing in C Sharp” earns 5+/5 Ghostly Apparitions…and Murderous Revenge!

So much is going on in Alexa Gordon’s third book that it just may be the best one yet. First, Gethsemane’s plan to thwart the sale of Carriagfaire Cottage has resulted in a hitch…no good dead goes unpunished? Revealing Eamon’s ghost to be “dead and well” may have derailed the lucrative sale, but it has forced Billy McCarthy, owner and Eamon’s living nephew, to contract Ghost Hunters Adventures to investigate paranormal act
Ivonne Rovira
In the third book in this series, internationally recognized concert violinist-turned-music teacher Gethsemane Brown finds that the crew of a basic-cable paranormal TV show has come to the out-of-the-way Irish village of Dunmullach, having set its sights on finding evidence of the ghost of the late internationally renowned composer Eamon McCarthy. Gethsemane knows that the village’s peace of mind — not to mention Eamon’s and hers — will disappear if there’s proof of Eamon’s ghostly existence, si ...more
3.5 rounded down

Since I stayed up late finishing this, it's definitely better than 3 stars even if I am not a fan of paranormal, but there was a big thing in this that made me round down instead of up.

The ghost hunting reality show crew is in town--they arrived at the end of the last book, and they are hoping to catch evidence of the ghost living in the same cottage as Gesthamane. In addition, a disgraced composer is there with a new opera, hoping to resurrect his career with a new opera, to be
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
I have really grown to love the Gethsemane Brown Cozy Mystery Series and, after reading KILLING IN C SHARP, think that each book is better than the last.

In KILLING IN C SHARP, we find Gethsemane fresh off the events of the previous book. Hoping to be able to settle back to normal (but what is normal since she moved to Ireland?), she is disappointed to find out that her landlord, and resident ghost Eamon’s nephew, has invited a television ghost hunting group to investigate the cottage. In additi
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This third book in the excellent Gethsemane Brown mysteries finds the story progressing along very nicely. Gethsemane is getting along very well in Ireland, she is settling down in Dunmullach and is less snarky as she is becoming an accepted figure in village, at the local pub, and in the school where she teaches. The best part is that her ghostly friend Eamon is back and just in time. Gethsemane managed to save her beloved cottage from a greedy developer but now she has to deal with Eamon's nep ...more
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Dec 15, 2017 rated it liked it
My initial impression was that the author surely never set foot in an Irish village and probably never even visited the country where she set her series, so she might not realise how bizarre some of her book was, but I just found it irritating and it detracted from my enjoyment of the story.
However, putting aside the ludicrous village (with one solitary pub serving adults only, an opera house, a newspaper office, a fully staffed local Garda station with CSIs and even a resident cold case detecti
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
Carol  Jones-Campbell
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a hoot this book - Killing in C Sharp - has been. I just learned about them, and that there are two books before this one. I've been real tickled with the way it's been written, and how the book reads. I give it a really good rating, and if you read it, hope you have as much fun as I did. There is a touch of the paranormal too, which I didn't know until I was well into it. Gethsemane Brown is looking forward to a visit from a once-famous composer whose career was ruined by a scathing review ...more
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Killing in C Sharp by Alexia Gordon, musical virtuoso Dr. Gethsemane Brown, who teaches music at St. Brennan's, an all- boys' school in Dunmullach, Ireland, is facing visits from two different groups of people. First, St. Brennan's is hosting Aed Devlin, who is trying to make a comeback in his formerly brilliant composing career as he debuts a new opera at his alma mater. Then, Gethsemane's landlord is allowing a television show, Ghost Hunting Adventures, to search at the historic cottage the ...more
I adore Gethsemane Brown! Thank you Dr. Gordon, for creating this sensational series. So far, each Gethsemane Brown book has been a cultural and intellectual feast. Gratifying from beginning to end. Please open one book and see for yourself.

5 stars
Kristine Hall
Killing in C Sharp is another excellent addition to the quirky Gethsemane Brown Mysteries series. In this third installment, we return to the same Irish town as the prior books, where Gethsemane’s life revolves around her cottage, her school, and the local pub. Though readers will have more to bring to the table for having read either, or both, of the prior books, it does stand alone, and there is much that I love about this series.

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Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Killing in C Sharp is the third book in the Gethsemane Brown Mystery series.

Gethsemane and her resident ghost and friend, Eamon McCarthy are back once again for an entertaining read.

Gethsemane has recently blocked a hotel developer from purchasing the house where she is living and turning it into a tourist trap. Now to obtain some cash, Billy McCarthy, nephew of Eamon and owner of the house, has convinced a ghost hunter reality TV show to come and tape a show. Gethsemane is beside herself over
I love Gethsemane, and this book is no exception. The mystery is twisty and satisfying, and Eamon, so sorely absent in the last book is present in all his glory in this one. Weird stuff happens with regards to Eamon and (view spoiler), and I was a bit iffy about it but it ends the only way that matters to me, so it's all good. Can't wait to read the next one. ...more
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this one, much more than the last one, but the ending made me so furious that I nearly threw my computer across the room.
4.5 stars, rounded up to 5. Although not a huge lover of paranormal stories, I enjoy the Gethsemane Brown Mysteries. In this outing, Gethsemane; a violinist, conductor, and music conductor/teacher at a local school, has saved her cottage from developers, thus saving the spirit of composer Eamon McCarthy who inhabits the cottage where he once lived. Her landlord believes that the ghost of Eamon lives in the cottage, so he has granted permission for a team of ghost hunters to investigate. To defle ...more
Ruthie Jones
In this third book in the Gethsemane Brown Mystery series, Gethsemane is up to her eyeballs in ghosts. While Killing in C Sharp isn't quite as gruesome as the second book (Death in D Minor), the action, mystery, intrigue, and characterization are still top notch.

What I love most about Killing in C Sharp is the progression of Gethsemane's acceptance in Ireland. With the arrival of outsiders (TV ghost hunters), Gethsemane shines as she edges one step closer to becoming accepted as a local. In addi
Apr 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Hold your curses! This book was fun too.

Ok, the plot is really far out there this time around too, but I somehow bought it, in spite of the disbelief I kept laughing off.
I struggled just a little bit with the very specific curse that of course became activated in Gethsemane's little village and almost killed a lot of people, buuuuuut that was a minor issue.

I felt sorry for Orla in this book. While I understand why the author had to do what was done to her, I really didn't like it. Or how it wa
Patricia Romero
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gethsemane Brown and her very dead friend, Eamon are just settling back into life at the cottage when Billy tosses her the news that he has invited a group of Ghost Hunters and their entire television crew to set up shop and try to find Eamon. 

Looking forward to the arrival of Aed Devlin to liven up the village with his new opera based on an old tale and a curse. When the critic who ruined his career is found dead in the orchestra pit and all the men start falling like dominoes, Gethsemane isn't
Shelley Pearson
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I picked this to be my "ghost story" for the Popsugar reading challenge, and it ended up fitting perfectly, since not only are there the regular ghosts that Gethsemane can see while she solves her mysteries, but there's a ghost hunting TV crew in this story too! One thing I appreciate about this cozy mystery series is that Gethsemane isn't tech-averse like so many cozy heroines are. She actually seems like she's living in the modern age and talks about social media, which makes sense, considerin ...more
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a great series and If you're a fan of Gethsemane Brown you'll certainly enjoy this 3rd offering. It is an ok stand alone but you'll want to get all the detains of the ghost who lives in Gethsemane's cottage. All the books center around the music department at the school where she teaches and the local opera house. Now with a ghost hunting tv show invading her home and a crooked music reviewer in town Gethsemane's super busy trying to solve murder and keep the peace. Easy and fun to read. ...more
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gethsemane is being forced to open her cottage to a group of ghost hunters wanting to film their latest episode there in hopes of catching the famous McCarthy ghost on film. Besides the hunters there is the debut of an opera written by a famous composer to help keep her occupied as well. Things heat up when a crooked music reviewer ends up murdered during a rehearsal of the opera, a really angry ghost is unleashed, and an illness hits all the first born men in the village. Gethsemane has her han ...more
Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it
So.. it's just like the other two.. but I can't read anymore of them.. I feel as if they are exactly the same book.
The characters are still likable.. but.. meh
Nov 06, 2022 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one! It felt tighter and more focused than the earlier books. All the elements were tied into the mystery, instead of competing story components of murder, ghosts, music, and expat challenges pulling the story in different directions. I mean, the premise is still pretty out there, but if you've made it this far in the series, that probably doesn't bother you. Looking forward to the remaining 2 books in the series! ...more
Feb 07, 2022 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a fun series. It makes me laugh and keeps my attention. There’s not anything too deep but the author has done a good job with character development over the first three books.
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, music
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 4.25 of 5

Killing in C Sharp is the third book in the outstanding Gethsemane Brown Mystery series by Alexia Gordon.

Gethsemane Brown is a conductor/musician/teacher. She is currently living in Ireland (read the first two books to learn more about why she is in Ireland). The house she is living in has been haunted by the previous owner, himself a musician and composer. Gethsemane learned a lot about the ghost-world and paranormal ac
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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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  • Murder in G Major (Gethsemane Brown Mysteries, #1)
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