“Fatality in F” By Alexia Gordon: Review/Giveaway

by Kathleen Costa

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of this book, and links to purchase it.

Murder and Music Hit the Right Chord!

Alexia Gordon’s Murder in G Major (2016), introduced fans to thirty-six-year-old African-American Dr. Gethsemane Brown, an ex-pat living in Dunmallach, Ireland, who through necessity, has taken a teaching position at St. Brennan’s School for Boys. As the ‘Maestra” of the honors orchestra, she learns she has six-weeks to turn a mediocre boys’ orchestra into competition winners. That challenge is easier to navigate then discovering she shares her cottage with her musical idol who has been dead for twenty-five years. Helping clear him of the murder/suicide label is a must. Death in D Minor (2017), Gethsemane is once again channeling her sleuthing skills when the appearance of her brother-in-law heralds theft and murder. In trying to facilitate her ghostly roommate’s unique assistance, she conjures up a different apparition. Killing in C Sharp (2018) puts Gethsemane in conflict with her roommate’s living ancestor since the sale of the cottage she inhabits fell through, so how about allowing ghost hunters access for a large sum. But it's a thirteenth century curse, an opera, claims of plagiarism, and a suicide that takes front and center.

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Fatality in F earns 5/5 Prize Roses…Brilliant Fun and Entertaining!

The Irish village of Dummullach has been selected to host the Thirteenth Rose and Garden Show competition for the International Rose Hybridizers’ Association with both professional rosarians and amateurs vying for top prizes and possibly lucrative rewards. Frankie Grennan, good friend and colleague, is eager to submit his prize hybrid rose, the Sandra Sechrest, but he's up against the odds-on favorite. Gethsemane, however, has trouble keeping a miniature rose alive, so instead she will use her highly respected talents leading the musical performances. Frankie seems to have a secret admirer, or stalker, leaving a peculiar bouquet of flowers, and Gethsemane literally ran into the mysterious figure with the bouquet, so the who and why is a mystery she's very eager to unravel. But it's her inner alarm and her ghostly roommate’s premonition that seems to change everyone’s focus. Rivalries, competitors, a cold case, murder…and Frankie is missing! Gethsemane is told to stay out of it…yeah, right!
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Wow! There are several reason why Alexia Gordon is a big favorite…clever plot lines, intriguing side stories, fascinating details, wonderful (some quirky) characters, snarky giggles, and a very satisfying conclusion. She also feeds my passion for a little paranormal in my cozy with the delightful, helpful, exasperating ghost of Eamon McCarthy. It is not written as juvenile hocus-pocus; he is a typical sidekick/savior that just happens to be able to eavesdrop unnoticed, transport quickly, levitate objects, and yes, make coffee. The story is well-written and compelling revisiting a 60’s cold case, exploring the “language” of flowers, illustrating behind-the-scene’s personal and professional conflicts, and incorporating a very contemporary issue. Readers aren't sure which clues are important and which are red herrings, but the challenge to my inner detective was exciting with the final killer and motive revealed to my “I didn't guess that!” Loved it! I'm not a fan of the third-person narrative, but Alexia continued to do well at keeping my attention with vivid descriptions, entertaining banter, and some nail-biting “Watch Out!” And is that a cliffhanger or teaser for book five? Can't wait!

Newbies? You can easily start reading with book four since background and connections are mentioned without spoilers, however to enrich your experience I suggest starting from the beginning and moving through the series in order.

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Kathleen Costa is a long-time resident of the Central Valley, and although born in Idaho, she considers herself a “California Girl.” Graduating from CSU-Sacramento, she is a 35+ year veteran teacher having taught in grades 1-8 in schools from Sacramento to Los Angeles to Stockton to Lodi. Currently Kathleen is enjoying her retirement revitalizing hobbies along with exploring writing, reading for pleasure, and spending 24/7 with her husband.

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  1. Looks like a good read! Thanks for the chance JL_Minter (at) hotmail (dot) com

  2. This sounds like a very intricate and fum mystery. I'd love to win a copy! Thanks!! crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com

  3. New series to me. Sounds like a great book.

  4. This is a great series and I enjoy each new book that comes out. My fingers are
    crossed I am lucky to win this book. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

  5. I've read several in this series and the concept for each book is wonderful. My fingers
    are crossed my name is chosen. Thanks for the review. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

  6. Will be putting on my TBR list, thanks winter0104@yahoo.com

  7. will be putting on my TBR list winter0104@yahoo.com


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