Review: Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon

Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon (Gethsemane Brown Mysteries, #1); Narrated by Jessica Carroll

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My review – 5/5 Stars 

Lots of great characters in this book.  Loved Gethsemane Brown.  She’s witty, likeable, and has a good sense of humor.  Her interactions with her students and Eamon McCarthy (the ghost haunting her cottage) were my favorite parts.  They made me chuckle many times.  Other reviewers do a great job of reviewing the other things I also enjoyed about the book, so I will just sum it up and say I loved it.  I listened to the audiobook.  Jessica Carroll did a fabulous job.  I do plan to read the next book. I plan to get some Brewley’s tea and chocolate hobnobs to enjoy while I do so.  These were mentioned in the book as being something Aemon’s mom served his family every day when his dad got home from work, no matter how late that was.  I loved that they stopped every day to talk to each other over tea and biscuits.

What I want to discuss in a bit more detail was the classical music references in this book. I think you would still enjoy this book even if you’re not a classical music fan.  Also, a couple of the pieces mentioned were folk music.

While I do enjoy classical music, I rarely take the time out to listen to it.  I found myself stopping the audio to go online to listen to some of the pieces referenced in the book (I missed some).

I kept a list so below are the links I went to, in case anyone else was interested in checking them out.  By clicking the name and title, you will be taken to YouTube to the video of the music being played.

Leonard Bernstein’s violin concerto Serenade after Plato’s Symposium

Nikolai Rimsky-KorsakovScheherazade (1888)- for this one, you have to scroll down a few to get to Scheherazade.  The link includes videos of the best 15 Russian classical pieces and I couldn’t figure out how to point to just that one.  This is the only song here that isn’t from YouTube.

Clause Debussy – Prelude No. 4: Les sons et les parfums tournet dans l’air du soir

Mugwai – Kill Jester

I’ll Tell Me Ma – played in this link by The Young Dubliners

Niccolo Paganini – Violin Caprices – there are many, this link points to No. 24

Book description from GoodReads:

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?

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