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Death in D Minor

Written by: Alexia Gordon
Narrated by: Helen Duff
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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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  • Karen
  • 2020-02-25

So disappointing

The narrator was changed between the first and second book. The first narrator was lively and brought Gethsemane to life. She turned the character into a funny, slightly irreverent, interesting woman. The second narrator has a flat, boring style. No matter what’s happening in the book, it’s all delivered in the same style, whether she’s eating lunch or finding a dead body.
I was so excited to find a new series with writing and characters I really enjoyed, along with a narrator that brought them alive.
So disappointed that the current narrator leaves the book boring and bland. Won’t be listening to the next two books.

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  • nmc
  • 2020-12-09

Okay

Not sure what happened to my previous review. I didn't really like this story as much as the first one. I missed Eamon in this one. And what is going on with Orla? It seems like that plotline was dropped completely. The narrator though fine, sounds like she is reading for a romance novel, which makes the whole audible experience disconcerting. (I was hoping they were going to bring back the former narrator but it doesn't seem like they will so I this series will be a strictly print purchase from now on.) Prospective buyers should listen to the sample audio before purchasing. You'll be able to decide for yourself how you feel about the narrator pretty quickly (it seems like for some listeners she's a hit, while for others, she's a miss.)

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  • RED
  • 2021-02-18

Not continuing the series

I really enjoyed her 1st book in this series and the narrator was great. This book and, unfortunately, the rest in this series have a different narrator. Her reading has very little variation to convey the emotions. She voices the main character in an expressionless, slow, almost sultry voice no matter what she is saying, even though she is none of those. The author, also, lost me on this one. The main character is an African American in Ireland, yet her race NEVER has any bearing on her interactions. The last straw for me was when explaining why she was interested in an art piece created by a free-slave child in colonial Virginia. Her reason was because it was from her home state! No mention of the connection to her race. I really wanted to continue this series but I can't stand the narration and the author disappointed me.

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  • RL
  • 2020-05-27

I couldn't get through the first chapter but...

The narration is awful. Just awful. A very sleepy expressionless drawl, where half the words seem to be slurred and I had to keep rewinding. I couldn’t stand it.
I was going to skip this entirely but then another reviewer suggested increasing the narration speed, which was actually a great idea. I am giving this book another chance now at 1.1-1.2x narration speed and hopefully I can finish it and judge the story.

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  • Beatrice
  • 2017-08-05

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.

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  • Bookgeek
  • 2022-10-18

Change in narrator makes it too jarring to enjoy it

First book was wonderful read by the delightful Jessica Carroll. While her American accent wasn’t great I understood why and at least I could overlook it. The narration was great and the Irish characters wonderful. The second book, and I fear the rest of the series, is narrated by Helen Duff, whose accent is as plummy and British as her name. Moreover her pauses combined with that deep bedroom voice make her better suited to narrate books where breasts are tumbling out of corsets. And instead of an innocuous American accent that can be easily overlooked for any mistakes, her “American” accent sounds like there’s about to be a cowboy shoot out at high noon. Her Irish characters vary widely from massively overdone to barely distinguishable from her English accent. I’m so sad because I loved the first book and was so happy to have a new series to enjoy. But with this new narrator, it will be a miracle if I finish the second book :(

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  • Reba B. Johnson
  • 2021-11-06

Awful Narration

The narrator was not a good fit. I will buy the book or borrow it from the library.

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  • ShalynM
  • 2021-09-09

Death in D Minor

This is the second in the Gethsemane Brown’s series. Wonderfully written with twist & turns to make it an enjoyable read. Sissy is a hoot & adding her brother in law was an interesting twist. Off to the next one.

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  • shopper
  • 2021-06-11

Breathy narration

After getting used to the initially monotone narration the breathy and hesitant reading began to provide individual character voices that improved presentation & enjoyment of the story. Ignoring the lackluster initial chapters will be worthwhile as the reading improves considerably in later chapters.

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  • Willy K.
  • 2020-12-19

Entertaining and Cozy

Not great literature but very readable and entertaining. I would say this is light reading with low emotional involvement and is pretty “cozy.” This is perfect pandemic diversion! All in all, it was worth my credit.