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Mayra Calvani

To be released: Devil's Trill, by Gerald Elias

August 17, 2009 at 6:09 PM

Hi all,

There's another violin novel coming up... I was happy to receive a review copy and the author has agreed to an interview.

Devil’s Trill will be officially released tomorrow, August 18th.

About the book:

From concert violinist Gerald Elias comes this debut set in the classical music world about the theft of a priceless violin.

Daniel Jacobus is a blind, reclusive, crotchety violin teacher living in self-imposed exile in rural New England. He spends his time chain-smoking, listening to old LPs, and occasionally taking on new students, whom he berates in the hope that they will flee.

Jacobus is drawn back into the world he left behind when he decides to attend The Grimsley Competition at Carnegie Hall. The young winner of this competition is granted the honor of playing the Piccolino Stradivarius, a uniquely dazzling three-quarter-size violin that has brought misfortune to all who possessed it over the centuries. But the violin is stolen before the winner of the competition has a chance to play it, and Jacobus is the primary suspect.

With the help of his friend and former musical partner, Nathaniel Williams, his new student,Yumi Shinagawa, and several quirky sidekicks, Jacobus sets out to prove his innocence and find the stolen Piccolino Strad. Will he be successful? The quest takes him through the halls of wealth and culture, across continents to Japan, and leads him to a…murder.

Devil’s Trill gives the reader a peek into the world of classical music, with its backstabbing teachers and performers, venal patrons, and shady violin dealers. It is the remarkable beginning of a wonderful new series.

About the Author
A graduate of Yale, GERALD ELIAS has been a Boston Symphony violinist, Associate Concertmaster of the Utah Symphony since 1988, Adjunct Professor of Music at the University of Utah, first violinist of the Abramyan String Quartet, and Music Director of the Vivaldi Candlelight concert series.

Visit the author's website at



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From Michael Felzien
Posted on August 18, 2009 at 5:47 AM

 Wow!  A mystery novel and about violins.  Stand back Agatha Christie.  I'm going to get my copy.  It sounds like a fun book to read before bed.

From Terez Mertes
Posted on August 18, 2009 at 3:20 PM

 Hi Mayra! Thanks for the book mention - a bunch of us here are always on the prowl for violin fiction. I just blogged about the subject two weeks ago, in fact (I read and reviewed The Rose Variations). Check out my July entry if you're looking for some new titles.

From Royce Faina
Posted on August 18, 2009 at 5:03 PM

Cool Beans!!!!!!!

From Mark McGlone
Posted on August 18, 2009 at 8:43 PM

That's at least the second mystery novel about a stolen strad. There's one from the late 40s called The Shadowy Third by Marco Page (Harry Kurnitz).

From Mayra Calvani
Posted on August 21, 2009 at 6:16 AM

Thanks, Terez and Mark for the suggestions. I'll check them out!

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