Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon is the first book in the NEW “Gethsemane Brown” mystery series. Publisher: Henery Press, September 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, she figures any job is better than none. The perk? Housesitting a lovely cliffside cottage. The catch? The ghost of the cottage’s murdered owner haunts the place. Falsely accused of killing his wife (and himself), he begs Gethsemane to clear his name so he can rest in peace.
Gethsemane’s reluctant investigation provokes a dormant killer and she soon finds herself in grave danger. As Gethsemane races to prevent a deadly encore, will she uncover the truth or star in her own farewell performance?
Reconciled to living in Ireland, Gethsemane is on the case with trying to clear her mentor’s, who just happens to be a ghost, name and teaching a group of boys how to be part of an orchestra. This she does with great aplomb in a debut series that pays homage to The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. This was a fun book to read where Gethsemane paves her way through the town in searching for clues and upsetting someone who wants to keep their long ago action a secret.
What happens next is a fast-paced drama that kept me engaged in all aspects in the telling of this multi-plot tale that was hard to put down. Gethsemane is very likable and I love her determination in the tasks that she faced, both as an amateur sleuth and as a maestra. The author did a great job in building up the suspenseful nature of this story while keeping me enthralled in the actions of the various casts knowing one of them is behind the murder. The wind-up to the conclusion had me quickly turning the pages as I had to know how this will play out and to the author, I say “bravo” because now I need to read the next book in this captivating series.
FTC Full Disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book from publisher via NetGalley.