Alexia Gordon is another author who will be teaching at Sleuthfest. At 9 am on Third Degree Thursday she'll give a workshop on Mixing Genres. On Friday at 2 pm she will lead a workshop on plotting entitled Stuff Happens. Friday at 5 pm she will be interviewed along with other author faculty Elaine Viets, Alex Segura, and Tom Straw. If you are in South Florida, be there!
THE GETHSEMANE BROWN SERIES
Everything about the Gethsemane Brown series is different from the usual cozy. To start with, Gethsemane is no run-of-the-mill amateur sleuth. She’s a musician. She can see and talk to ghosts. She solves murders. She’s a highly-educated, upper-middle-class African-American, but has somehow ended up in a village primarily populated by working-class Irish in the fictional town of Dunmullach set high on ocean-side cliffs in western Ireland.
The titles are based on musical key signatures, so hopefully we will get to see at least twenty-four entries in this delightful series. So far there are three, with a fourth available for pre-order.
Murder in G Major shows how Gethsemane Brown landed in Dunmullach, found a haunted house to live in, and got a job teaching music to an all-boy orchestra. The ghost is of a famous composer believed to have murdered his wife, then killed himself. Gethsemane proves otherwise, but that heats up the cold case and brings her into the real killer’s sights.
Death in D Minor
The resident ghost has always been annoying, but he’s even more annoying when he disappears. Gethsemane tries to summon him back using spells from a book her local priest keeps in his garden shed. Instead she summons another ghost, of an eighteenth century sea captain. No time to fix her mistake, as she’s busy trying to keep her landlord from selling the house to a hotel developer who is sure to turn it into something garish and ruin the neighborhood to boot. Art forgery and art theft are at the heart of this mystery, and we get to meet Gethsemane’s brother-in-law from the US.
Killing in C Sharp
A disgraced composer is in Dunmullach to save his reputation by staging an opera in the local performance space, even though the material he is adapting is said to be cursed and he will summon a banshee. Gethsemane doesn’t have time for banshees, as a TV crew is swarming around her house and the village looking for proof of ghosts, and of course someone ends up dead in the orchestra pit.
FATALITY IN F
Gethsemane has made several friends in Dunmullach. One of them is math teacher Frankie Grennan, still recovering from a bad divorce. It’s summer and Gethsemane is ready to relax, play music for the opening ceremony of the annual rose and garden show, cheer on her friend Frankie who has submitted his hybrid rose into the competition.
But it looks like a copycat of the infamous Flower Shop Killer is stalking Frankie and ready to recreate those murders. When the man Frankie’s wife left him for turns up dead in a flowerbed, Frankie is the prime suspect. Other murders soon follow, and only Gethsemane can find the killer.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A writer since childhood, Alexia Gordon won her first writing prize in the 6th grade. She continued writing through college but put literary endeavors on hold to finish medical school and Family Medicine residency training. She established her medical career then returned to writing fiction. She’s a graduate of the Southern Methodist University’s Writer’s Path program in Dallas, Texas. She’s won a Lefty Award, was nominated for an Agatha Award, and was chosen one of Suspense Magazine’s best debuts of 2016.
Raised in the southeast, schooled in the northeast, she relocated to the west where she completed Southern Methodist University's Writer's Path program. She admits Texas brisket is as good as Carolina pulled pork. She practices medicine in El Paso. She enjoys the symphony, art collecting, embroidery, and ghost stories.