Devil's Trill

Devil's Trill

Book - 2009
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Daniel Jacobus is a blind, reculsive, crotchety violin teacher living in self-imposed exile in rural New England. However, he's drawn back into the world he left behind to attend the Grimsley Competition at Carnegie Hall. The winner of the competition is granted honor of performing on the Piccolino Stradivarius, but after the concert the violin disappears and Jacobus is the primary suspect.--From publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312541811
Characteristics: viii, 306 p. ; 25 cm


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Aug 27, 2017

An OK book with too much background information on music (esp. violins) and Japanese culture. Could have been about 100 pages shorter without all the side-trips into music and descriptions of surroundings. Some of it didn't make much sense, either, and the main character is an unpleasant old coot.

Mar 16, 2016

I found this book to be intriguing. I loved the intricate plot line. And I enjoyed a different sort of crime-suspense novel. I have not seen many about musical instruments or with blind protagonists. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more about Jacobus!

Jul 27, 2014

Since I enjoy listening to classical music, I decided that a mystery involving musicians might be entertaining. This one got deeply involved in intricate problems of violin technique, a crash course in the classical music industry, and the making of violins. Gerald Elias explained all these things in a clear manner which contributed greatly to the story. The plot was satisfyingly complicated. Mainly the story is told from the viewpoint of the protagonist, who is blind. We get a smattering of other peoples' thoughts and a bit of Japanese customs. All in all it was a good read. I'll go on to the next in the series and see what Elias gets Jacobus into next.


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