Death and the Maiden by Gerald Elias
A Daniel Jacobus Mystery

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As the New Magini String Quartet prepares for a performance of Schubert's masterpiece, "Death and the Maiden," which it hopes will resuscitate its faltering career, someone starts picking off members of the string quartet a la Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None.

Dogged by internal dissension and by a potentially devastating lawsuit from its fired second violinist, the famed New Magini String Quartet is on the brink of professional and personal collapse.  The quartet pins its hopes on a multi-media Carnegie Hall performance of Franz Schubert’s masterpiece, “Death and the Maiden,” to resurrect its faltering fortunes.  But as the fateful downbeat approaches, a la Agatha Christie, one by one the quartet’s musicians mysteriously vanish, including second violinist, Yumi Shinagawa, former student of renowned blind pedagogue and amateur sleuth, Daniel Jacobus.It is left up to the begrudging Jacobus, with his old friend, Nathaniel Williams, and a new member of the detective team, Trotsky the bulldog, to unravel the deadly puzzle.  As usual, it ends up more than Jacobus bargained for.
 

About Gerald Elias

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A graduate of Yale, GERALD ELIAS has been a Boston Symphony violinist, Associate Concertmaster of the Utah Symphony, 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.  He is also author of Devil’s Trill, selected by Barnes and Noble for their 2009 Discover Great New Writers catalog, and Danse Macabre, hailed as one of the top five mysteries in 2010 by Library Journal.
 
Published August 16, 2011 by Minotaur Books. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Meanwhile, back in the States, Herza is dismissing Harmonium’s board members, support staff and musicians, who are threatening to strike on the evening the orchestra’s new symphony hall is to open, when Jacobus finally confronts Herza, bringing the Maestro’s reign of terror to an end.

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Now that it’s being sued by its former second violinist the New Magini String Quartet is trying to tamp down the negative publicity by agreeing to a Carnegie Hall presentation of Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” that will feature film animation, artwork, live dance and enough special effects for...

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Near the start of Elias’s finely tuned, wickedly funny fourth mystery featuring crotchety blind violinist Daniel Jacobus (after 2011’s Death and the Maiden), 41-year-old violinist Sherry O’Brien asks for his help with her audition for concertmaster of the prestigious Harmonium Orchestra.

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City Book Review

My only complaints are that Jacobus’s character – while delightfully abrasive – sometimes comes over as just a tad too acerbic, and the events surrounding the final performance have at least one foot firmly over the line of believability.

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Deseret News

The reader can almost feel the pain Jacobus is feeling because of the vivid language used.

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Before Sherry could perform, however, and in front of all the other violinists auditioning for the title, Herza tells Sherry she cannot audition.

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Review: A lawsuit is only the latest complication for a string quartet, whose first violinist inexplicably goes missing, in Death and the Maiden, the third mystery in this series by Gerald Elias.

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