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TWO WONDERFUL REVIEWS!
Set against a steamy backdrop of summer in New York City, this slow-burn suspense revolves around a stolen violin, a corrupt competition, and a disgruntled ex-virtuoso. Jim Frangione embodies the grizzled music instructor turned gumshoe Jacobus with a cantankerous tone that is in direct contrast to the compliant tone and clipped accent of Yumi, his Japanese student. Jacobus and Yumi begin to plumb the unscrupulous depths of the Grimsley International Violin Competition when its featured instrument vanishes. Violin performances by the author sprinkled throughout provide clues to aid in solving the mystery, which will be appreciated by those musically inclined and provide a pleasant backdrop for those who are not. While the sniping politics of the music world hampers the intrigue at times, this is, nevertheless, a solid mystery. E.E. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2017]
In Elias’s intriguing sixth Daniel Jacobus mystery (after 2016’s Playing with Fire), the blind violinist’s former student Yumi Shinagawa is now adjunct professor of violin at the Kinderhoek Conservatory of Music in New York’s bucolic Cornwall County. Yumi invites Jacobus to the conservatory to conduct a master class during the institution’s annual Going for Baroque festival. Unfortunately, the irascible Jacobus gets into disputes with his students, and Yumi rebukes him when she hears him use sexist language (“Suck it up, buttercup”). The death of renowned composer and faculty member Aaron Schlossberg, apparently due to complications from his diabetes, leads to more trouble for Jacobus, who becomes involved in what develops into a murder investigation. Readers will enjoy spending time in the company of the curmudgeonly Jacobus, and many will welcome the absence of fisticuffs, car chases, and Glocks. Jacobus’s blindness adds an interesting angle, with suspects and witnesses classified and identified by the cadence and timbre of their voices. Agent: Josh Getzler, Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency. (Aug.)
DEVIL’S TRILL: THE AUDIO BOOK!
Here’s a sample of the music and story from Devil’s Trill
I think you’ll enjoy: Audio Teaser
Very exciting news! Devil’s Trill,
a Mystery in Sonata-Allegro form—with music performed by the author–is now available for pre-order! You can buy it for yourself, give it as a gift, and even get it for FREE* through this link: http://tinyurl.com/jehpm8u
Devil’s Trill is the first-ever audiobook to integrate musical passages that provide clues to solving the mysteries. Author Gerald Elias, a renowned concert violinist, performs the music himself.
Praise for the audiobook of Devil’s Trill:
World renowned violinist, Cho Liang Lin, says: ‘Reading Devil’s Trill was a nonstop page-turning pleasure. Now that the words are imbued with the author’s beautiful violin playing, this audio version will surely mesmerize.’
*with a one-month trial subscription to Audible – at no cost! “
You can read about my books and reviews: Devil’s Trill, Danse Macabre, Death and the Maiden, and Death and Transfiguration. My newest mystery, PLAYING WITH FIRE, whit the book stands last summer.At my MUSIC TO DIE FOR page are performances of the music mentioned in my novels and my audio notes on these works.
“Captivating, wholly original.”
DEATH & THE MAIDEN
DEATH & TRANSFIGURATION
Summer 2016 Release!