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 activity – or so she thought – from her interactions with that ghost, Eamon McCarthy. She and Eamon have gotten along quite well when he’s around – he’s even helped her solve a mystery – and so when a ghost-hunting television show wants to set up in her home to find and track Eamon, Gethsemane will do whatever she can to protect him. She does this by deflecting the crew. It so happens that there is another ghost, at a nearby opera house, that might show herself.
Aed Devlin is a composer who has written an opera about Maja Zoltán. Zoltán died placing a curse on the opera house so that terrible things would occur on the anniversary of her death. Now with the opera written about her, the curse is blown wide open and the ghost hunting team has more than they can handle – especially as people start dying.
Author Alexia Gordon has created a wonderful paranormal setting complete with rules that we are only just beginning to understand. It is couched in the real world and manages to ring true – except that ghosts interact with the living.
She has also given us a set of characters that are intelligent, harried by everyday life, and a lot of fun to follow. Gethsemane has to balance her day job with protecting her ghostly friend Eamon and finding ways to help solve mysteries.
I definitely liked the addition of the new, more evil spirit in this volume, but at the same time I missed the musical connection that was so apparent in the first book and still somewhat present in the second volume. The musical connection was there, with the new opera, but it was much less direct and didn’t have as much to do with Gethsemane’s abilities.
All in all, I am really enjoying this series. Gordon writes a smooth, detailed, and complex mystery that is quite enjoyable – especially for those who like a little paranormal thrown in.
Looking for a good book? Killing in C Sharp is the third book in the Gethsemane Brown Mystery series by Alexia Gordon and is a terrific read.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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Killing in C Sharp
author: Alexia Gordon
series: Gethsemane Brown Mysteries #3
publisher: Henery Press
paperback, 288 pages