Interview: Alexia Gordon, author of DEATH IN D MINOR {giveaway}

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  Genre: Paranormal Mystery / African American Sleuth
Publisher: Henery Press
Date of Publication: July 11, 2017
Number of Pages: 236
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Gethsemane Brown, African-American musician and expatriate to an Irish village, solved a string of murders and got used to living with a snarky ghost. She can rest easy now. Right? Wrong. The ghost has disappeared, her landlord’s about to sell to a developer, and her brother-in-law’s come to visit. She scrambles to call her spectral roomie back from beyond and find a way to save the cottage from destruction. But real estate takes a backseat when her brother-in-law is accused of stealing a valuable antique. Gethsemane strikes a deal with an investigator to go undercover at a charity ball and snoop for evidence of a forgery/theft ring in exchange for the woman’s help clearing him. At the party, she accidentally conjures the ghost of an eighteenth-century sea captain, then ends up the prime suspect in the party host’s murder. She races to untangle a web of phony art and stolen antiques to exonerate herself, then the killer targets her. Will she bring a murderer to justice, or will her encore investigation become her swan song?

Gethsemane Brown is everything an amateur sleuth should be: smart, sassy, talented, and witty even when her back is against the wall. In her latest adventure, she’s surrounded by a delightful cast, some of whom readers will remember from Gordon’s award-winning debut and all of whom they won’t forget. Gordon writes characters we want resurrected.
n  Cate Holahan, author of The Widower’s
Wife and Lies She Told
Erstwhile ghost conjurer and gifted concert violinist Gethsemane Brown returns in this thoroughly enjoyable follow-up to last year’s Murder in G Major. Facing eviction from the historic seaside cottage she calls home, Gethsemane must clear her brother-in-law’s name – as well as her own – when a priceless artifact goes missing and the wealthy dowager to whom it belonged is “helped” over a high balcony railing.  With the help of a spectral sea captain she accidentally summoned, Gethsemane tries to unravel the mystery as the murderer places her squarely in the crosshairs.
n  Daniel J. Hale, Agatha Award-winning author




Is there one subject you’d never write about as an author?

There’s no subject that I’d never write about. I wouldn’t write anything that I wouldn’t want to read but I don’t consider any subject taboo. However, there is one subject difficult for me to write about: medicine. As a practicing physician, I struggle to detach myself from what I do enough to write about it without going on a rant. I’ve become less emotional about medicine now that I’ve given up the clinical world for the administrative, so maybe it’s time to try again.

What do you want your tombstone to say?

Either “Hey, hey, hey, goodbye” or “Consider me gone.” Or one of those flowery eighteenth/nineteenth century epitaphs that seem to go on for a page-and-a-half and tell your entire life story.

Is there any persons you credit for being your inspiration for reading and/or writing?

My parents. Some of my earliest memories are of Mom reading in the car on the way home after picking me up from daycare (Dad drove. He did not read while he drove.), of the stacks of library books she brought home on a regular basis, and of her sitting with a cup of tea and a book while Sunday dinner roasted in the oven. She reads all the time. Dad would schlep me to whatever obscure writer’s conference or seminar I signed up for, even after I got my driver’s license. (I hated driving into DC; Dad chauffeured me without complaint.) My parents let me have a library card as soon as I reached the library’s minimum age, they gave me books as gifts, and their bookshelves are crammed fuller than mine.

The late Nancy Willard, award-winning children’s book writer. I had the privilege of taking her writing classes when I was a Vassar undergrad. She was one of the first people not related to me to take my writing seriously and make me think I could do this “for real.”

Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

There are about a gazillion places I want to visit. One is Portugal. It seems romantic and mysterious.

What book do you wish you could have written?

Crime and Punishment. People treat it as this iconic work of literary fiction but it’s actually a pretty good crime novel. I want to write a literary crime novel.

What do you like to read in your free time?

Mysteries, of course. Also science fiction and creative nonfiction about science and disasters.

Do you have mantra for writing and/or life?

Writing: Stop making excuses and do it.

Life: Hope for the best, but plan for the worst. (Yeah, I’m a bit of a cynic.)

A writer since childhood, I put literary endeavors on hold to finish medical school and Family Medicine residency training. Medical career established, I returned to writing fiction. I completed SMU’s Writer’s Path program in Dallas, Texas. Henery Press published my first novel, Murder in G Major, book one of the Gethsemane Brown mysteries, in September 2016. Book two, Death in D Minor, releases July 11, 2017.
Murder in G Major won the Lefty Award for Best Debut Novel, was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best New Novel, and was selected one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Debuts. I listen to classical music, drink whiskey, and blog at, voted one of Writers’ Digest magazine’s 101 best websites for writers, and featured on Femmes Fatales.            


GRAND PRIZESigned Copy of Death in D Minor + Whisky Field Guide, Sea Salt & Bay Rum soy candle, Notepad, $20 Starbucks Gift Card

2ND PRIZE: Signed Copy of Death in D Minor, Ceramic Skull Coffee Mug, $20 Amazon Gift Card

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