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NEW FROM LEVEL BEST BOOKS!

(PRE-ORDER NOW FOR KINDLE. PAPERBACK RELEASE ON AUGUST 19, 2022.)

ROUNDTREE DAYS

Simmering just under the surface of the levity of Roundtree Days, an annual festival celebrating the sensational hit television series, Roundtree, a clash of cultures between traditional and progressive values threatens to tear apart a proud Western town surrounded by an unforgiving desert environment. In a single day, Jefferson Dance, acting sheriff of Loomis City, Utah, confronts a suspected kidnapping, a surreal hostage situation, arson, and murder, while fending off his popular fictional double, who the public perceives as a real life hero. In a setting in which fantasy and reality become blurred, Dance unearths the town’s dark secrets as he brings the culprits to justice in the course of twenty-four hours.

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MURDER

The 7th and newest cliff-hanging installment of the award-winning Daniel Jacobus mystery series. Jacobus and Yumi are trapped on an island music festival, and a murderer is on the loose! INDIEBOUND, KOBO, BARNES & NOBLE AMAZON, APPLE BOOKS “What gives this mystery its verve is the vibrant cast of characters and Jacobus’s indomitable personality and wry wit.”–Publishers Weekly

Devil’s Trill. (Daniel Jacobus Mystery #1) A stolen Stradivarius. A murder with a G-string.
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Barnes & Noble Audible Bookshop Kobo will delight music lovers and mystery fans alike. –Barnes & Noble Great New Writers selection.
Danse Macabre (Daniel Jacobus Mystery #2): A beloved virtuoso brutally murdered.
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This book should not be missed. –Aunt Agatha’s Top Ten
Death and the Maiden (Daniel Jacobus Mystery #3): Members of a string quartet disappear one by one.
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BAM!
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Fast-paced and punchily written. –Library Journal
Death and Transfiguration (Daniel Jacobus Mystery #4): A despotic conductor meets his match in Daniel Jacobus.
INDIEBOUND Amazon Barnes & Noble Kobo BAM! Brilliant and captivating on every level.–Booklist

Playing with Fire (Daniel Jacobus Mystery #5): Faked violins lead to arson and murder. (Severn House)
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...has the reader on the edge of the seat till the end.” –Stringendo Magazine

The Daniel Jacobus Series

To listen to an entertaining interview about the Daniel Jacobus series and hear me perform some of the “title music” live, here’s a link to the syndicated radio show, Highway 89

Spring Break (Daniel Jacobus Mystery #6): Sexual misconduct and murder in a music conservatory. (Severn House)
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a very deftly written murder mystery–The Strad magazine
The Beethoven Sequence: A mentally unstable political outsider becomes president of the United States.
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KOBO …quick, gripping, and disruptive…–The Boston Musical Intelligencer
Symphonies & Scorpions: An International Concert Tour as an Instrument of Citizen Diplomacy: A memoir of life as an orchestral musician. (Self-published)
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Bookshop Fascinating storytelling combined with his perceptive backstories.” –iBerkshires
“…an eclectic anthology of 28 short mysteries to chill the warmest heart”: The title says it all. (Self-published)
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Getting Through: Tales of Corona and Community. Aspiring and accomplished authors tell a kaleidoscope of pandemic stories.
100% of royalties are donated to the American Red Cross.
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Maestro, the Potbellied Pig (A children’s story): A lonely harpist finds love and adventure from and unlikely pet.
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Bookshop A thoroughly enjoyable story! The Congratulations! –Ann Pilot (Former principal harp, Boston Symphony Orchestra)
Maestro, el cerdito barrigón: The Spanish translation.
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Prince of the Leaf Cutters: A novella-length dystopian descent into a Central American jungle.
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MY AudioBOOKS

With music providing the clues, performed by the author! (Alison Larkin Presents)
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With music providing the clues, performed by the author and friends. (Alison Larkin Presents)
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With music performed by harpist Franziska Huhn. (Independently produced)
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Narrated by Shadai Flores Arce, with music by harpist Franziska Huhn. (Independently produced)
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Coming from Level Best Books in 2022:

Roundtree Days (Jefferson Dance Mystery #1): Reality gets blurred when a TV Western stirs ancient simmering passions and ends in kidnapping and murder.

Murder in the Royal Albert (Daniel Jacobus Mystery #8): Jacobus’s love is rekindled in London. A young violinist is murdered onstage during a performance of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony. But why?

Check Out My Podcast With Jordan Rich!

Click the button below to hear the podcast now!

“Today’s guest is a double threat.  Meet Gerald Elias.  Jerry is not only a world renowned classical violinist who played for years with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  He’s also a talented novelist with a series of mysteries featuring crime solver and musical impresario Daniel Jacobus.  Jerry’s newest novel is entitled, The Beethoven Sequence, about a mentally unstable American president.”

Recent Release from Level Best Books:

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What if the President of the United States…WAS INSANE?

WATCH THIS TANTALIZING ONE-MINUTE VIDEO TRAILER!

The Beethoven Sequence, the latest thriller by award-winning Gerald Elias, might be his best one yet. Written with the author’s unique sense of humor and his insightful musical references as a professional violinist, it tells the story of a mentally unstable conductor who becomes obsessed with Beethoven’s ideals of liberty and freedom, interspersed with an analysis of his past traumas and parental influences (thank you Sigmund Freud!) Including two murders and a teacher who is wrongly imprisoned, The Beethoven Sequence is a page-turner that is impossible to put down.”—Carol Lieberman, musician and journalist for Early Music America

Order from your favorite bookstore or one of these: The Mysterious Bookshop ,The Kings English, Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, Kobo, Amazon

Be part of the action! Here are some great virtual events coming up for you to participate in and where you and I can chat about THE BEETHOVEN SEQUENCE–how I got the idea for this crazy story,  how thrillers and mysteries are two different animals, how music can inspire, how power can drive someone over the edge. You name it, we’ll talk about it!

View the September 8, LAUNCH PARTY with guest co-host, author Victoria Dougherty: The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City.

Here are write-ups from The Utah Daily Chronicle  and The Park Record about what you can expect in The Beethoven Sequence.

 

GETTING THROUGH: TALES OF CORONA AND COMMUNITY!

Tales of Corona and Community

GETTING THROUGH is the fruit of a grassroots effort to grow community through story-telling during this unprecedented period of coronavirus physical isolation. By donating ALL of our profits from book sales to the Red Cross, reaching out to help those who are in desperate need during these harrowing times, we extend that sense of community. 
The stories, essays, and poems contributed to this collection were mostly written within the first few weeks of confinement by some old friends and many from new friends whose faces I’ve never seen; from aspiring writers to established authors; from every corner of the US and from around the globe; from scientists, musicians, birders, high school students…you name it. Some pieces are deadly serious, others a touch bizarre, and some I hope will give you a chuckle in these difficult times.`
In GETTING THROUGH, you’ll find fiction, nonfiction, poetry, dystopia, essay, memoir, humor, science fiction, children’s stories. Stories of faith and hope. Stories of biting satire and of empathy. Love letters from parents to children. It’s all good. People are creative in many ways. The collaborative effort has given us, the authors, direction and hope and spirit as we face the harsh realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. By sharing the fruits of our labor with you, the reader, we hope you will join us in our community-building aspirations so that when it’s finally safe to go outside again–as it will be–we will enter an even better world hand in hand.
Here’s the honor roll of contributors to GETTING THROUGH: Robert Baldwin, Riccardo Betti, Johanna Fridrich, Dan Blum, Ann Chamberlin, David Cowley, Mi a Bella D’Augelli, Robert Debbaut, Victoria Dougherty, Gerald Elias (author and editor), Katherine Fast, Priscilla Halberg, John Harrison, Jesse Hercules, Rosalind Horton, Stephen Hughes, Tana Hunter, Julie R. Ingelfinger, Janet K. Linder, Cheryl Marceau, Julia Moser, Kim Nagy, Laura Osborne, Steven Sedley, Sam Shames, Cami Shaskin.

PLEASE CONSIDER A PURCHASE OF GETTING THROUGH, AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK FOR ONLY $9.99. YOU’LL BE SUPPORTING THE RED CROSS, I GUARANTEE YOU’LL ENJOY THE STORIES, AND IT MIGHT EVEN HELP YOU GET THROUGH. THANK YOU!

Watch My TEDxSaltLakeCity2019 Performance!

Excerpted from my book, Symphonies & Scorpions, “War & Peace. And Music,” is based on my reflections of a Boston Symphony performance in Tokyo in 2017, and how music and musicians have the potential to help create a more peaceful world.

Click HERE to watch this 14-minute video.

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Love Short Stories?

…an eclectic anthology of 28 short mysteries to chill the warmest heart.  (2019) Hailed as “a master story teller” by iBerkshires, award-winning author, Gerald Elias, has gathered all of his short mystery fiction in a single, impossible-to-put-down, volume. Some of the stories have been previously published in other anthologies. Others appear here for the very first time.

 

Nonfiction

SYMPHONIES & SCORPIONS. 2017 An insider’s (my) look at the world of an orchestral musician, seen from the backdrop of two historic Boston Symphony tours to China.“Fascinating storytelling combined with his perceptive backstories.” –iBerkshires

Children’s Books

(WRITTEN BY P.J. PAJAMA, AKA GERALD ELIAS)

MAESTRO, THE POTBELLIED PIG (2018) “A thoroughly enjoyable story! The narrator and musicians were wonderful! Congratulations!” –Ann Pilot (Former principal harp, Boston Symphony Orchestra)

MAESTRO, EL CERDITO BARRIGÓN (2018) This children’s classic is available in both Spanish and in English, as Maestro, the Potbellied Pig.

Audio Books 

ALL AUDIO BOOKS INCLUDE MUSIC INTEGRAL TO THE STORY AND PERFORMED BY THE AUTHOR AND FRIENDS!

MAESTRO, THE POTBELLIED PIG (2018) “A thoroughly enjoyable story! The narrator and musicians were wonderful! Congratulations!” –Ann Pilot (Former principal harp, Boston Symphony Orchestra)

MAESTRO, EL CERDITO BARRIGÓN (2018) This children’s classic is available in both Spanish and in English, as Maestro, the Potbellied Pig.

DEVIL’S TRILL (2017) A diabolical Stradivarius is stolen from Carnegie Hall, and a prominent violin teacher is slain. “Slow burn suspense…a solid mystery.” Audiofile (10CDs/12 hours)

Here’s a sample of the music and story from Devil’s Trill I think you’ll enjoy: Audio Teaser

DANSE MACABRE (2017) The grisly murder of a beloved violin virtuoso reveals unsavory secrets. “The twists and turns of his plotting will keep readers guessing.” –Booklist  (7CDs/8 ½ hours)

In Anthologies:

A Student of History (2013) PTSD rationalized. –Kwik Krimes, ed. Otto Penzler

Snagged (2013) Proud Victor Maravich doesn’t take kindly to betrayal.Dead Cold, Victoria Dougherty blog

Pea Soup (2014) The famous New England fog is a metaphor for the state of mind of an inbred backwoodsman.  –Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #14

Christmas Concerto (2014) Uncle Percy’s demise at a posh senior citizen home is not what it seems.  –Rogue Wave, pub. Level Best. (Al Blanchard Award Finalist)

Where the Buffalo Roam (2015) Monk Hammond’s disappearance coincides with a shindig of politicos on Antelope Island in Utah.  –Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

Brotherhood (2015) Does a distraught string bass player get away with killing the conductor? –Red Dawn, pub. Level Best

The Day After Memorial Day (2015) A preternatural experience at the Rockdale Cemetery claims poor Milos Eisitch. –Berkshire Magazine

Sleeping Beauty (2017) A prima ballerina relives her tragic past. –Noir at the Salad Bar, pub. Level Best

In Bocca al Lupo (2018) You can’t fool Daniel Jacobus, even in a short story! –Landfall, pub. Level Best

 

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    1. Hi Savannah, I’m very pleased you’ve found my website helpful. I also hope you’ll find it enjoyable as you browse through some of my past blogs. Let me know if you have any questions, anytime.

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  1. I found your book in a LIttle Library near the Alaska Junction, and would like to talk with you about Symphonies and Scorpions. I’m a lifelong classical percussionist, but not at the levels you have to which you have ascended! Can we meet for coffee sometime?

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    1. Dear Ginny Bear, You’re the first one to write to me about my books that I’ve scattered around the Alki neighborhoods in the Little Libraries. It’s great to know that at least one person has read one of them! At the moment, I’m out of Washington and will be back in Seattle in mid-October, but once I’m back in town I’d be happy to meet for coffee and talk to you about *Symphonies & Scorpions* and about your life as a musician. If it’s not too much of an inconvenience, please send me a reminder! Best wishes.

      On Sat, Sep 18, 2021 at 12:01 PM GERALD ELIAS – Author and Musician wrote:

      > Ginny Bear commented: “I found your book in a LIttle Library near the > Alaska Junction, and would like to talk with you about Symphonies and > Scorpions. I’m a lifelong classical percussionist, but not at the levels > you have to which you have ascended! Can we meet for coffee som” >

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      1. I’m putting your message in my “pending” email folder and will contact you sometime after October 15th. I’m glad your book distributions have finally borne fruit!

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