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Killing in C Sharp

KILLING IN C SHARP
A Gethsemane Brown Mystery, Volume 3 
by
Alexia Gordon
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Publisher: Henery Press
Date of Publication: March 6, 2018
Number of Pages: 288

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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 Frankie Grennan, or a group of ghost hunters descended on Dunmullach to capture proof ghosts exist. Proof Gethsemane has to quash to keep Eamon, her resident ghost and friend, from becoming an internet sensation. As if a spiteful specter wasn’t bad enough, a crooked music reviewer turns up dead in the opera house orchestra pit, a famous composer is arrested for the crime, and Gethsemane must team up with a notorious true-crime author to clear his name. If she doesn’t, friends will die, a ghost she cares about will never know peace, and she’ll star in a final act gruesome enough for any opera.

PRAISE FOR THE GETHSEMANE BROWN MYSTERY SERIES:

Book 1, Murder in G Major
Winner of the 2017 Lefty Award for Best Debut Novel
2016 Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel
Suspense magazine “Best of 2016” selection in Debut Novel category
Book 2, Death in D Minor
Runner-Up, 2017 Lone Star Bloggers’ Choice Awards, Best Mystery/Suspense
Short List, 2017 Lone Star Bloggers’ Choice Awards, Best Series
Book 3, Killing in C Sharp
Starred review, Publisher’s Weekly, January 29, 2018
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Despite a few murders and a vengeful ghost, Killing in C Sharp is a delightfully fun and entertaining read. I found this to be a light-hearted paranormal novel, and I applaud the author for the absence of any gratuitous blood and spooky stuff. There is just enough blood and just enough spooky stuff to tell the story, and that was quite satisfying to me.

Killing in C Sharp Characters

Where would a light-hearted paranormal novel be without quirky characters? The cast of this tale does not disappoint.

Gethsemane Brown hails from the US, but now teaches music at a quaint Irish academy. Under ordinary circumstances, she would likely be pretty ordinary, but put her in a house with a ghost she befriends, and give her the reputation of people being murdered whenever she shows up, and the result is a wonderful character that anyone would enjoy spending time with.

Eamon, Gethsemane’s ghost of a friend, meshes with her very nicely. They are both protective of each other, and when one or the other falls into harm’s way, the other is quick to act! This devoted friendship fans the flames of literary conflict and pulls the reader right into the story.

The remainder of the cast includes a local police inspector, some unscrupulous writers, and a whole television crew determined to show the world that ghosts really do exist. All of the characters are gleefully flawed, and some of the backstories are very original. I can’t imagine this story being so good if any one of them was omitted.

Technically Speaking

There were no SPAG issues worth mentioning. The pace moved along nicely. I thought the character arcs were somewhat unique in that they didn’t go where I thought they would. But that’s a good thing.

The build to the climax is worth mentioning. Without giving any spoilers, let’s just say that the conflict naturally seems to build to a big showdown. You’re waiting for it. You know it’s coming. But when you get there – don’t blink! It’s over that fast. At first I felt a little disappointed, but then there’s this unexpected…. Well, you’ll just have to read it for yourself! (You won’t be disappointed. I promise!)

I received a free copy of this book from Lone Star Book Blog Tours in exchange for my honest review.

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A writer since childhood, I put literary endeavors on hold to finish medical school and Family Medicine residency training. Medical career established, I returned to writing fiction. I completed SMU’s Writer’s Path program in Dallas, Texas. Henery Press published my first novel, Murder in G Major, book one of the Gethsemane Brown mysteries, in September 2016. Book two, Death in D Minor, released July 11, 2017. Book three, Killing in C Sharp, comes out March 6, 2018. Murder in G Major won the Lefty Award for Best Debut Novel, was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best New Novel and was selected one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Debuts.
I listen to classical music, drink whiskey, and blog at Miss Demeanors, voted one of Writers’ Digest magazine’s 101 best websites for writers, and Femmes Fatales
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