A Day in the Life of Gethsemane Brown by Alexia Gordon

Murder in G MajorFirst, the music director’s mistress cheats me out of a job then thieves steal my luggage and most of my money. This trip to Ireland’s been a disaster. At least the thieves didn’t get my violin.

I’m Gethsemane Brown, a classical musician. I used my violin to land a temporary gig as music director of the boys’ school in this village I’m stranded in. It’s a far cry from performing with a professional orchestra but any job’s better than no job. Right? It’ll pay the bills until I figure out how to get home. Plus, I may get the chance to impress a big deal music executive who’s one of the students’ uncle.

I also found a place to stay rent-free, a picture postcard-charming cottage perched on a cliff near a lighthouse. It belonged to the late Eamon McCarthy, famous composer and my idol. It’s fully furnished, too. All I have to do is keep it clean and keep away souvenir hunters. One small detail my new landlord neglected to mention—Eamon’s ghost haunts the place.

Almost everyone, me included, believes Eamon murdered his wife then committed suicide. He swears he didn’t. He claims he and his wife were both murdered. I’m one of the few people—maybe the only person—who can both see and hear him so he needs my help to prove his innocence. It’s the only way he can rest in peace.

I can’t refuse him. Did I mention he’s my idol? Besides, he’s incredibly charming when he’s not being snarky and I’m growing fond of him. But if he’s telling the truth and he and his wife were murdered their killer might still be living in this village and they might be willing to kill again to keep their secret safe. I hope this investigation doesn’t turn out to be my farewell performance.


Murder in G Major is the first book in the NEW Gethsemane Brown mystery series, published by 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?

Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), British mysteries, book club recommendations, amateur sleuth books, paranormal mysteries, Irish cozies, ghost mysteries, music mysteries.

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Meet the author
A writer since childhood, I won my first (okay, so far, only) writing prize, a copy of Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends, in the 6th grade. 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.

Raised in the southeast and schooled in the northeast, I migrated to the southwest after a three-year stint in Alaska reminded me how much I needed sunlight and warm weather. I completed Southern Methodist University’s Writer’s Path program in Dallas, Texas then moved to El Paso, Texas where I currently practice medicine. If pushed, I will admit Texas brisket is as good as Carolina pulled pork. I enjoy classical music, art, travel, embroidery, and a good ghost story.

I am a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and the Writers’ League of Texas. I am represented by Paula Munier of Talcott Notch Literary Services, LLC and published by Henery Press. Connect with Alexia at alexiagordon.net.

All comments are welcomed.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a prize pack that includes a tote bag, a poster, a t-shirt, and a signed copy of Murder in G Major. US entries only, please. The giveaway will end September 15, 2016 at 12 AM (midnight) EST. Good luck everyone!

43 responses to “A Day in the Life of Gethsemane Brown by Alexia Gordon

  1. I’m always ready to try a new series! Thanks for offering this chance! lindaherold999@gmail.com

  2. I love Henery Press books. Alexia Gorfon is a new-to-me author, but not for long! I’d so love to win this book to share with my book club. I fear I’d not be wanting to share the t-shirt or tote, though. This blurb has me fascinated. I must read it now! Thanks, Dru, for introducing her to us. Thanks, Alexia Gordon, for the giveaway!

  3. This book sounds so very interesting. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  4. Sounds like a good book and I love that it is a new series to follow. Thanks for the review and the chance.

  5. This sounds great.

  6. What an amazing give-away. The story sounds delightful and the extra goodies are enticing. I surely do want to win this one.

  7. A Murder in G Major sounds great. Thank you for the chance to win this awesome prize pack.

  8. Murder in G Major sounds captivating. Thanks for this great giveaway.

  9. Fantastic giveaway today! Thanks for your generous gift. I would love to be chosen for this one as I have been following this book for a while. The cover is striking and content intriguing! Thanks as always Dru Ann!

  10. Soon as I heard about this book I looked up the author. Very pleased and can’t wait to read it.

  11. Thanks for the giveaway. This one is on my TBR list.

  12. I love mysteries set in Ireland, England and such. This sounds very good and I would love to be able to read it. robeader53@yahoo.com

  13. What a charming concept. I look forward to reading this.

  14. This sounds like a delightful book–I love the ghost aspect. The cover is terrific. Good luck with your writing career.

  15. I’d love to read Murder in G Major and enter the giveaway! Thanks so much Dru & Alexia!

  16. A visit to Ireland, how great that would be. I had an Aunt who played the violin and she loved it very much. And a ghost too! Wow.

  17. I would love to read this writer. Thanks for a great post & the giveaway.

  18. I am glad this mystery has an African- American character.That is very interesting. Can’t wait to read it.

  19. This sounds like a highly original debut and I’m sure we’d enjoy both the characters and the story. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  20. Sounds like a great new series. I like starting a series from the beginning. I like that there are ghosts in the book. Looking forward to reading.

  21. Can’t wait to read this…I feel like I’m going to make a new friend in Gethsemane.

  22. elainehroberson

    What a wonderful giveaway. Thanks for a chance to win a copy. Sounds great.

  23. What a great sounding book. I have added it to my TBR list. I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance.

  24. Sounds great. Can’t wait to read it!

  25. New author, new series is always so exciting. Sure feel for our young lady. What a spot to be in. Hope to be able to read this sooner. Rather than later.

  26. I’d love to read your book. I love to get “hooked” on reading new to me mystery authors and series!

  27. This sounds like a fun read–classical music, rowdy students, stranded traveler—I already think this is about me lol.
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  28. I just finished grad school, so I’m looking for reads that don’t involve school work. This book sounds intesting

  29. I just finished grad school, so I’m really excited to read something that doesn’t involve school work. This book sounds really interesting.

  30. Mystery books are my favorite reading material, although I also like love stories

  31. It sounds like a good read. Thanks for the chance!

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  32. Thanks Dru for the Generous Giveaway.. I read a bit about “A Day in The Life” Definitly TBR!

  33. I like to read mysteries and this sounds good especially with a ghost.

  34. chickie brewer

    I love a good mystery.. looks like she is a women sleuth.. yay!

  35. This sounds like a great book~thanks for the chance to win!

  36. I’m an avid mystery reader and this series is new to me. It sounds great!

  37. Janet Boyanton

    Looks like a good book. Thanks for offering this giveaway.

  38. I really like a good mystery.

  39. Denise Johnson

    Awesome! Sounds like a great book!

  40. The book sounds like a great read, and its definitely something I would be interested in reading bbbneys31 at gmail dot com

  41. Good review…has my interest peaked!

  42. Sounds intriguing and added to my TBR pile

  43. If I am not too late I would like to enter. I don’t see a winner yet. This sounds wonderful. Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com