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Book Review: Execution in E by Alexia Gordon

If you love a good cozy mystery, do I have one for you! I’m back with Lone Star Book Blog Tours to bring you Execution in E, the newest book from one of my favorite cozy mystery authors, Alexia Gordon, who has one of the most fun and unique amateur sleuths, Gethsemane Brown.

If you aren’t familiar with the series (and you should be), Gethsemane is a classical violinist turned music instructor at a boys school in a small Irish village. She loves her bourbon, recites the batting averages and other statistics of Negro League baseball players to calm her nerves…and lives with (or tolerates) a cheeky ghost who helps her solve the mysteries that keep landing at her feet.

Gordon has delivered another delightful mystery (inasmuch as murder can be) with Execution in E. Read on to learn more about the story, get my review, and enter for a chance to win a pretty cool giveaway.

A Gethsemane Brown Mystery, Volume 5 
by Alexia Gordon

Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Henery Press
Date of Publication: March 24, 2020
Number of Pages: 252

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Romance is in the air. Or on the ‘gram, anyway.

When an influencer-turned-bridezilla shows up at the lighthouse to capture Insta-perfect wedding photos designed to entice sponsors to fund her lavish wedding, Gethsemane has her hands full trying to keep Eamon from blasting the entire wedding party over the edge of the cliff.

Wedding bells become funeral bells when members of the bride’s entourage start turning up dead. Frankie’s girlfriend, Verna, is pegged as maid-of-honor on the suspect list when the Garda discover the not-so-dearly departed groom was her ex and Gethsemane catches her standing over a body.

Gethsemane uncovers devilish dealings as she fights to clear Verna, for Frankie’s sake. Will she find the killer in time to save Frankie from another heartbreak? Or will the photos in her social media feed be post-mortem?


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Honestly, I could just copy/paste the reviews from any book in the Gethsemane Brown series and it would hold true. Alexia Gordon is consistent in her delivery of an imaginative plot, delightful setting, familiar patter (with a bit of the Irish thrown in), clever twists, a bit of the supernatural, and characters that will either delight or rile. In this, Execution in E did not disappoint!

Execution in E, is, as anticipated, a fun and fast-paced story. It has a tightly woven plot with plenty of twists. The overload of truly love-to-hate characters in the form of the bridezilla and her wedding party, and the fact that there is no love lost between a few of the locals and the wedding party make a great setup for this whodunit.

Gordon has given her characters interesting backstories that justify possible motives. There are plenty of red herrings thrown out, and I waffled between a few people as to the who. Gordon totally got me on the why, however, and for a change, we are left with a bit of unfinished business at the end. I’ve got my fingers and toes crossed that another entry to the series is coming because there were some ominous hints dropped!

Another reason I love this series is due to the easy camaraderie Gethsemane shares with Eamon. Her charming ghost-in-residence has a wicked sense of humor, a bit of a temper, a foul mouth, and a fondness for Gethsemane. Eamon plays well off of her, both as a friend and as a Watson to her Sherlock.

While part of a series, and while the author drops tidbits from previous stories into this book, you don’t need to have read the previous books to enjoy Execution in E. But as this is one of my favorite cozy series, if you haven’t read her earlier books, I think you’ll want to go back to the first, Murder in G Major, and learn how she came to be living with a ghost.

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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. 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 North Chicago, IL. She enjoys the symphony, art collecting, embroidery, and ghost stories.

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Signed copy of Execution in E 
+ $10 Starbucks Gift Card
+ Gethsemane Brown Swag:
mug, stickers, pens, bookmark, combo bookmark/laser pointer, coasters, & more
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One Comment

  • Kristine Hall

    FABULOUS! I love that we get more of what we love from Gethsemane and crew, and I am already laughing at what lines she and Eamon must surely have in dealing with the bridezilla. Thanks for a great review!

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