Fatality in F is the fourth in the Gethsemane Brown series and my favorite so far. Gethsemane has a resurrected nickname among her two closest allies that she can't shake. Eamon, her resident ghost and friend, is around to give his help in solving the murders while trying to keep Gethsemane from stumbling into more trouble than necessary, which is often unsuccessful. Gethsemane has a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time much to the chagrin of her friends and the local Garda. She doesn't go looking for trouble but she always seems to be somewhere near when trouble decides to pop up. In this latest installment Gethsemane is barely recovered from her latest brush with danger from both humans and an avenging ghost when she finds herself needing to use her talent for skillful observation to help one of her closest friends when he's accused of a crime that he didn't commit.
I enjoy this series so much that I re-read all three of the books leading up to Fatality in F just for the joy of being back with these characters. If you enjoy cozy mysteries this series is one that I highly recommend picking up. It's best if you start from the beginning but not absolutely necessary.
As a matter of personal preference I admit that I would love for Gethsemane to eventually have a love interest. I don't in any way want this to turn into anything resembling a romance, but I do think that it would be fun to see her in a relationship with either Frankie, Niall, or even a brand new character. The dynamics between her friendships and a romantic partner would be great to see. Gethsemane is a woman who is confident in her abilities and it would be nice to see her eventually get a successful relationship too. But maybe she'll be one of those characters who happily stays independent without a romantic partner. I'm way overthinking this fictional character's life!
**I was lucky enough to receive an eARC in exchange for an honest review.**
Fresh from solving her third mystery, Gethsemane Brown’s ready to relax and enjoy her summer. Her plans include nothing more dangerous than performing in the opening ceremony of the annual rose and garden show and cheering on Frankie Grennan, who has entered his hybrid rose into the competition.
But when a mysterious stalker starts leaving Frankie floral bouquets as coded messages, Gethsemane fears a copycat may be planning to recreate the still-unsolved murders of the infamous Flower Shop Killer. Then Frankie’s main competitor in the rose show—and the reason his marriage failed—turns up dead in Frankie’s rose garden. Frankie takes first prize in the category of prime suspect.
So much for a relaxing summer.
As bodies start dropping like rose petals, Gethsemane must judge the other suspects and find the real killer. Or rose bushes won’t be the only things dead-headed in Dunmullach.