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Conductor and violinist Gethsemane Brown loves the cottage in which she lives, and is determined to save it from the hotel developer working hard to buy it. Were that not enough, her museum curator brother-in-law is coming for a visit hoping to buy a unique American cross-stitch sampler and dealing with the world of fake and stolen antiques. Instead, he ends up accused of theft, and possibly of murder. Hoping for help from her favorite ghost, she accidentally, or not, calls up the spirit of an 18th-century sea captain who once knew the girl who stitched the famous sampler.
Gordon’s style and voice are such a pleasure to read. She doesn’t take one’s time up with an unnecessary prologue, but starts the story at the start. She doesn’t fill space with pages of background exposition, but provides the information as part much of the information as part of an early conversation, and as the story progresses. Her introduction of characters makes them come to life—“Gethsemane recognized the baritone and greeted An Garda Síochána Inspector Iollan O’Reilly. His trademark stingy-brimmed fedora pulled low against the wind, obscured his salt-and-pepper hair.” Her introduction of Gethsemane’s brother-in-law also leads to a conversation about a letter providing background of the crime.
The dialogue is sharp, natural—“Being out here’s not so bad. Fresh air, beautiful view. And it could be worse. I could be playing flunky to a megalomaniacal narcissist with the aesthetic sensibility of a toddler beauty pageant coordinator.”--and immediately informs one that this is not, in fact, a cozy, but a traditional mystery.
For those who do needlework, the story will bring joy to the heart—“Textiles belong in the fine art realm as much as paintings do, even if they don’t get nearly the same respect….People don’t appreciate the quality because the stitching was often done on utilitarian items.” There is also an interesting comparison of Irish history to black history. These are only small pieces of things one learns through Gordon. One might wish Gordon to be more specific as to which movement of Beethoven’s “Pathétique” Gethsemane hears in her head as a warning of trouble, but that’s being very picky.
“Death in D Minor” is a delightful read. But how can one go wrong with music, murder, art, and a ghost.
DEATH IN D MINOR (Trad/Para Mys-Gethsemane Brown-Ireland-Contemp) – G+
Gordon, Alexia – 2nd in series
Henery Press – July 2017
I’m a somewhat recent fan to classical music and was immediately drawn to this series and am really enjoying it.
Gethsemane Brown is a concert violinist and is teaching classical music and orchestra at boy’s school. She is presently living at Carraigfaire Cottage, the home of the deceased Eamon McCarthy a noted composer of classical music and whose ghostly spirit was an integral part of Murder In G Major. But Eamon’s nephew is more interested in selling the cottage to Hank Wayne, a hotel developer.
Brown is awakened one morning by someone knocking on the door. Upon answering she is greeted by Wayne who barges in and proceeds to survey the cottage and informs Brown that the cottage will soon be his and she will need to find a new residence. To make matters worse she soon learns that her brother-in-law will soon be arriving to attend an auction where he hopes to purchase a wonderful example of an 18th-century sampler by a young American slave. When the sampler comes up for auction, it is discovered that it has been stolen. Jackson is arrested for theft as he was the last person who had seen it. It is then learned that the police have been watching some of the people as they are investigating a ring of thieves and art forgers. They convince Brown to work undercover in the hopes of learning more about the thieves
The part I enjoyed the most was when Brown becomes frustrated by not being able to contact Eamon and seeks out Father Tim for some “spell” books to see if she can contact Eamon that way. She can’t, but what she does get is the salty Captain Lochlan, Captain of The Hesperus. His character is almost as entertaining as Eamon’s was in the first book and he will prove to be a life-saver.
The book is an exciting story with many twists and turns to it and an enjoyable cast of believable and interesting characters.
I will definitely be watching for the next book is exciting series.
I really enjoyed this! Some things were so totally different from the usual, like conjuring the wrong ghost and yet he was so the right one. The art fraud angle was nonstandard as well. The characters are interesting and engaging, the plot is ingenious. The publisher's blurb gives hints and there is no need for spoilers. Just enjoy!
Helen Duff does a fine narration, and I love her accent.
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