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Coming September 8, 2020!

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

Pre-order now 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!

Tuesday, September 8, LAUNCH PARTY with guest co-host, author Victoria Dougherty: The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City. (6:30-8:00 p.m. EDT, 4:30-6:00 p.m. MDT)

Friday, September 18: The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City. (6:00-7:00 p.m. MDT)

Thursday, October 20: Hosted by the Utah Humanities Book Festival & Weller Book Works (7:00-8:30 p.m. MDT)

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

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April, 2020: I’M VERY PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCH OF:

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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NEW RELEASE!

…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.

NOVELS

DANCES WITH DEATH (Devil’s Trill & Danse Macabre). (2018) The first two award-winning installments of the Daniel Jacobus mystery series, now in a single volume! “A musical feast for mystery and music lovers.”–Library Journal (starred review)

SPRING BREAK (2017) Sexual harassment turns deadly at an elite music conservatory. “This is a very deftly written murder mystery…and guaranteed to please this magazine’s readership.” –The Strad Magazine

PLAYING WITH FIRE (2016) A suspicious fire at Ye Olde Violin Shoppe on Christmas Eve leads Jacobus along a perilous trail of death. “(Elias) has the reader on the edge of the seat till the end.” –Stringendo Magazine

DEATH & TRANSFIGURATION (2012) A tyrannical maestro with blood on his hands covers up a dark past. “Brilliant and captivating on every level.” –Booklist (starred review)

DEATH & THE MAIDEN (2011) Members of a renowned string quartet mysteriously disappear, one by one. “Fast-paced and punchily written.” –Library Journal

DANSE MACABRE (2010) After a beloved, internationally renowned violinist is brutally murdered with an unknown weapon, Jacobus reluctantly investigates whether the virtuoso’s young rival was the killer. “This book should not be missed.” –Aunt Agatha’s Top Ten

DEVIL’S TRILL (2009) The first, award-winning Daniel Jacobus mystery. Jacobus confronts his personal demons in the form of an accursed Stradivarius violin that’s stolen from a violin competition that preys upon young prodigies. “Rich in music detail and featuring a fabulously roguish cast, Devil’s Trill will delight music lovers and mystery fans alike.” –Barnes & Noble Great New Writers selection.

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.)

DANCES WITH DEATH (Devil’s Trill & Danse Macabre) (2018) (Available as an Audible download exclusive)

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)

SHORT FICTION

MISTER E’s MYSTERIES (2018) Three tantalizing short mysteries in every volume. “Sparkling gems of the mystery genre.” –iBerkshires

Complete Six Volume Set

Volume 1:  Sleeping Beauty, Head in the Sand, Make Mine a Double

Volume 2:  Buffaloed, The Circle of Fifths, Viral

Volume 3:  Tutti Frutti, Brotherhood, A Family Plot

Volume 4:  Pea Soup, Oh Give Me a Home, Asparagus

Volume 5:  Christmas Concerto, Where the Buffalo Roam, Fool Me Once

Volume 6:  Where Seldom Is Heard a Discouraging Word, The Case of the Burqa-ed Busker, The Day After Memorial Day

FOUND 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

Please visit my Music to Die For page, where you can hear me perform the music mentioned in my first four novels and read my audio notes on these works.

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

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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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