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Here are my two most recent releases. One is an audiobook of “Devil’s Trill.” Unique in the realm of audiobooks, I perform the music in the book, which reveal insights to both the characters and the plot. The other is “Spring Break,” the latest in the Daniel Jacobus mystery series, in which the curmudgeonly, blind violinist/amateur sleuth meets up with perhaps his cagiest foe! For more information on my other books, please see my Writers page. If your inclination is musical, there are plenty of other pages to tickle your fancy. And please check out my upcoming events to see if I’ll be in an area near you!

From Audiofile, for Devil’s Trill Audio Book:
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]
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From Publishers Weekly, for Spring Break:
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.)
Here’s a sample of the music and story from Devil’s Trill I think you’ll enjoy: Audio Teaser
“PRE ORDER NOW: http://tinyurl.com/jehpm8u
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.

To purchase any of the first quartet of

The Daniel Jacobus Mystery Series 

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Playing With Fire rev

Summer 2016 Release!

To orderPlaying With Fire”

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3 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Patrick McDonnell

    There is a podcast called ‘The Next Track’ which is often about technical details of audio playback and listening. But they recently interviewed a detective author who references music in his stories (DCI Banks). I have written the podcast producers and suggested that they talk with you about music and its place in your stories and life.



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