Devil's Trill : Daniel Jacobus Mysteries

  • by Gerald Elias
  • Narrated by Jim Frangione
  • Series: Daniel Jacobus Mysteries
  • 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Devil's Trill - a mystery in sonata-allegro form - is the first-ever audiobook to integrate musical passages that provide clues to solving the mysteries!
Author Gerald Elias, a renowned concert violinist himself, performs the music. Blind, sharp-tongued violinist Daniel Jacobus, living in self-imposed exile in rural New England, is drawn into mysterious crimes in New York City. A stolen Stradivarius - a strangled teacher of child prodigies - Jacobus is not only the chief investigator of these misdeeds, he's the prime suspect! A police detective hot on his tail, Jacobus roams the bucolic Berkshires, hallowed Carnegie Hall, and tradition-bound Japan, searching for answers only he can see. With alluring student Yumi and jazz-loving Nathaniel at his side, Jacobus feels his way through self-doubt and darkness.
The shadowy spheres of classical music and steamy streets of the Big Apple give noir a new meaning in the first mystery novel in the gripping Daniel Jacobus series.


What the Critics Say

"slow burn suspense...Jim Frangione embodies the grizzled music-instructor-turned-gumshoe Jacobus. Violin performances by the author sprinkled throughout provide clues. A solid mystery!” (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

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This book provides a unique view of the classical music world, and it's an extra bonus to hear it read and played as an audiobook. Elias' writing is humorous and knowledgeable, and Frangione's voice captures it perfectly. The musical performance adds richness and depth to the story; you really feel like you're there.

The plot of the mystery is truly engaging and reveals to the listener the lesser known facets of familiar places. Who knew the concert hall had such a dark and shadowy side?

Even having read the original, the audiobook was a whole new experience. Definitely worth a listen, whether or not you've read the paper version of Devil's Trill.
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- Brick M.

Suspense in the World of Classical Music

Would you listen to Devil's Trill again? Why?

Certainly! Jim Frangione's reading and Gerald Elias' music combine for a magical experience.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Devil's Trill?

When the author's violin enters- the whole story comes alive with the magnificent music.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Certainly and I did- from house to car!

Any additional comments?

It's a great mystery in itself but how unique it is to have the music that is part of the story and to have it played by the author. I love all the Jacobus books and hope this is just the first of the audio versions.

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- Estelle C. White

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-08-2017
  • Publisher: Alison Larkin Presents