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After solving a string of murders and getting used to living with a snarky ghost, Gethsemane Brown tries to rest easy. But in this second book in the series, her roomie disappears, her landlord decides to sell her cottage to a developer, and her brother-in-law comes to visit. The ever-resourceful African American musician and expatriate scrambles to call her spectral roomie back from beyond and to find a way to save the cottage from destruction, but those concerns take a backseat when her brother-in-law is accused of stealing a valuable antique. In order to try to save him, Gethsemane strikes a deal with an investigator to go undercover and snoop for evidence of a forgery/theft ring. But while snooping, she accidentally conjures the ghost of an 18th-century sea captain, ends up the prime suspect for a murder, and races to untangle a web of phony art and stolen antiques to exonerate both herself and her brother-in-law before the killer targets her.

©2017 Alexia Gordon (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • Jan
  • United States
  • 11-11-17

Excellent cosy!

audiobook, cosy-mystery, ireland, law-enforcement, art-fraud, ghosts

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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Art crime

In Death in D Minor by Alexia Gordon, Dr. Gethsemane Brown is enjoying her well-deserved break over Christmas when she gets involved in a major art fraud case. Getting news that Jackson, her brother-in-law, is coming to visit her in the small Irish town where she teaches music, Gethsemane hurries to get ready to host him. As a museum curator who serves as a significant expert on textiles, Jackson has arrived for an upcoming auction where a priceless embroidered sampler from the 18th century is up for bid. At the auction, the sampler goes missing and gets found in Jackson's jacket pocket. Trying to help Jackson against charges of theft, Gethsemane, a great musician, goes undercover as a pianist at a party held by Olivia, the owner of the sampler, and searches Olivia's office. But then she looks out the window and spots the body of Olivia as having been thrown out the window. And now Gethsemane is a suspect. Plus, Olivia's will has gone missing as well.

This book is interesting, with a creative plot. However, there are so many characters that I couldn't keep them all straight. That made the book confusing. Further, the plot got pretty convoluted and hard to follow at times. I also missed the character of the ghost of Eamon, who made the previous book so delightful. The ghost of an 18th century sea captain makes a few appearances, but he does not have the same flavor as Eamon.

I really appreciated the performance of Helen Duff, who makes this audiobook much more enjoyable than I think it would be to read it. She does terrific accents so that even Gethsemane can be understood as a Southern African American woman, long before it becomes clear from the context.

I strongly loved Murder in G Major, the book that comes before Death in D Minor. But this book does not live up to the standard set by the prior book. I found it disappointing but still enjoyed this book. I give it four stars.

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 08-05-17

Meh

The plot is OK and the characters are interesting but I liked the first book better. This book seemed forced. I will probably get the next book to see if it's as good as the first book.