Danse Macabre

Danse Macabre Just after his Carnegie Hall swansong and before his imminent departure for retirement in France beloved violinist and humanitarian Rene Allard is brutally murdered with a mysterious weapon His young

  • Title: Danse Macabre
  • Author: Gerald Elias
  • ISBN: 9780312641795
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Paperback
  • Just after his Carnegie Hall swansong and before his imminent departure for retirement in France, beloved violinist and humanitarian Rene Allard is brutally murdered with a mysterious weapon His young African American rival, crossover artist BTower, is spotted at the scene of the crime hovering over the contorted body of Allard with blood on his hands In short orderJust after his Carnegie Hall swansong and before his imminent departure for retirement in France, beloved violinist and humanitarian Rene Allard is brutally murdered with a mysterious weapon His young African American rival, crossover artist BTower, is spotted at the scene of the crime hovering over the contorted body of Allard with blood on his hands In short order the aloof and arrogant BTower is convicted and sentenced to death, in part the result of the testimony of blind and curmudgeonly violin pedagogue Daniel Jacobus, like millions of others, an ardent admirer of Allard Justice has been doneor has it Jacobus is dragged back into the case kicking and screaming, and reluctantly follows a trail of broken violins and broken lives as it leads inexorably to the truth, and to his own mortal peril.

    One thought on “Danse Macabre”

    1. This was good! It was different. For some reason, though, reading it always made me sleepy I want to read the other book by this author.

    2. Danse Macabre is a famous violin piece composed by Camille Saint-Saens designed to evoke the sound of the Devil playing the violin. Accompanied by piano, of course. I wonder if Saint-Saens saw himself at the piano? In the mystery novel, Danse Macabre by Gerald Elias, the blind violinist Daniel Jacobus once again faces what appears to be an unsolvable mystery that involves the death of a master violinist whose special encore was always Saint-Saens' piece.The story begins with the master violinist [...]

    3. If you are in the mood for a twist and turn mystery novel this one will keep you guessing with many characters and you wondering who done it?The main character beloved Rene Allard is a renown violinist and is loved by all by his amazing talent. After his performance at Cargegie hall swan song Danse Macabre and his imminent retirement back to France he is confronted by his young African American Rival BTower. They have a volitile relationship based upon envy, greed the grisly scene of murder of R [...]

    4. I did not realize this was a second book in a series until I started reading. It did not, however, affect my understanding of the story. It was interesting and fun reading, but there's not much by way of substance. I like that the main character is atypical.

    5. DANSE MACABRE is the second book in the series featuring blind violin teacher and reluctant member of the human race, Daniel Jacobus. In this book, Daniel has almost willingly journeyed from the Berkshires in Massachusetts to Carnegie Hall in order to attend the farewell concert of fabled violinist Rene Allard. Allard is retiring to his native France and Jacobus, more or less happily, agrees to attend a private party at Allard’s home after the concert.Accompanied by his best friend, Nathaniel [...]

    6. I read Devil's Trill, the first book of this series, when it was released. I have only read a handful of mysteries, but as an amateur violin player and lover of classical music, I was intrigued with the subject and had to read these books so centralized on an interest of mine. I love the character Jacobus, an older, blind and somewhat curmudgeon of a man, whose brutal honesty is refreshing to me. I cannot say whether the topic is too centralized on classical music and its terms, because that is [...]

    7. (3.5 stars) The second book in the Daniel Jacobus series has Daniel attending the retirement party of esteemed violinist Rene Allard. When Rene is brutally murdered outside the elevator near his apartment, Daniel, having been a frequent caller to the building aids the police in the questioning of the elevator operator who discovered the body and was quite distraught. A neighbor implicates Rene's former protege who is seen by the body covered in blood, and this seems like an easy case. Daniel res [...]

    8. Decently constructed plot, with one ingenious clue discovered only by the distinguished violin teacher (and protagonist), Daniel Jacobus. A violin star, on the eve of his farewell concert, is found dead outside his apartment and a former student is convicted of the murder. Jacobus begins figuring, working against an impending execution date. While the real culprit won't be hard to pinpoint for many mystery fans, the timing, the how, and the why become of primary interest. While enjoyment of and [...]

    9. When acclaimed violinist Rene Allard is murdered on the way home from his farewell concert, police have no trouble picking up his one-time protege, African American BTower, who was observed standing over Allard's body with bloodied hands. Now, a week before BTower's execution, blind violin teacher Daniel Jacobus is persuaded by BTower's attorney to try to find the real murderer. Jacobus finds many obstacles in his way, but he also finds unexpected help on his quest. This is the second book featu [...]

    10. I loved the mixing of the classical music and mystery worlds yet again in Danse Macabre! It was a wonderful page-turner, and it had a great structure. The story was also full of twists and turns, but I appreciated that Jacobus would often recap important events to help keep things on track.There were several times that I was glad to be a musician because I think that helped me to understand the mystery a bit better, but I also think that Elias did a wonderful job describing the important musical [...]

    11. This book was a delightful mix of the mystery book genre and the classical music scene. Having already enjoyed reading Elias’ the Devil’s Trill I wasn’t too surprised to find myself quickly immersed in the classic mystery-book plotline but I was fascinated to see how Elias manages to keep a thoroughly intense pace throughout the novel. This added even more to Elias’ already entertaining prose style and made this book a strong sequel to his Daniel Jacobus series.

    12. Great musician writes a great mysteryIf you love music and love mysteries, then stop what you are doing right now and go out and get this book. A great yarn with interesting characters and fascinating glimpses into the professional music world. Gerald Elias know his subject (music, violin) as a professional musician retired from the Utah Symphony. He even throws in an entertaining scene in a Salt Lake City bar. Read this bookyou won't regret it.

    13. As one who still is a classical musician at heart, I really enjoyed this (and the music history that I didn't get in class). Have not read Murder Mystery per se in years. I now have the other three Gerald Elias books on order at the library. I learned about this book listening to Bill McLaughlin's "Exploring Music" so thank you, Bill, for the heads up! A good storyI recommend it, particularly to my friends with classical music in their blood! Enjoy!

    14. Second in the series. So much about classical music in it - makes me want to study more about music. Would probably give it a 3.5. Heard the author on NPR a few weeks ago. Interesting comments about the conflict between those who are purists re: classical music and those who try to make it more accessible.

    15. again, I liked the idea of the music world being involved in a murder mystery. Jacobus was not quite as vile and crude as he was in "The Devil's Trill" and the writing has definitely improved. However, there are some sexual descriptions and still the use of the f word, although lessened which still lead me to rate it between 3 and 4 stars

    16. I had read this book previously but it proved to be worth a second reading. he one caveat I would state is that this author's books are more suited to those readers who have some good musical background, particularly in strings.

    17. Again, I enjoyed the author's insight into the music world. Can I just say, I love the crusty-on-the-outside protagonist. There are a lot of music teachers and musicians in general just like him. Some of them are on my list of favorite people.

    18. My music and former violinist background made me interested in this book. Fast paced mystery. Caught my interest from the first chapter.

    19. This musician can compose some really good mysteries. There were a few improbably spots, but he kept the action moving, with a good plot and surprising characters.

    20. What on earth is a maroon wall to wall runner in a hallway? Not a runner but a carpet. And since when are gears ever made of lead? tsk tsk, too silly.

    21. This was a very engrossing tale that made me wish I understood classical music at some level and which I could appreciate it more.

    22. Only worth reading if you have a deep appreciation for music. The characters are not very well developed, and the plot is pretty predictable.

    23. An enjoyable book with unusual characters. For me, the old story of the dwarf and the violin added intrigue to the mystery.

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