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The Case of Einstein's Violin

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This wacky mystery -- about a violin case with a missing formula -- is set partly on hiking trails in Europe. Mixups with physicists and spies lead from Oregon to a Greek monastery, an Italian cyclortron, the Slovenian Alps, and the German city where Einstein was born. By the bestselling Oregon author of "Listening for Coyote," one of Oregon's "100 Books."
Published April 1st 2007 by Navillus Press
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Sep 23, 2012 Dana rated it liked it
This is an ambitious mystery novel, with many motives, clues, and mistaken identities bringing the reader on a trip through family history, scientific possibilities, and the Europe of WWII. To further stretch out reading capacity, chapters are (not exactly alternately) from the perspectives of three different characters. It's a lot to carry around, a lot to keep in order, and a lot to figure out by the end. Perhaps that's the hallmark of a good mystery novel...?
I am not sure how or when I ended
Karen Snyder
Having just listened to Bill Sullivan's talk in person I couldn't help but check out a few of his books. This one turned out to be a little interesting story with a full complex of twists and turns...I enjoyed it.
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Jan 24, 2013 John Orman rated it liked it
Talk about weird objects selling on eBay--how about Einstein's violin case? That arouses the interest of spies, and sends the seller traveling around the world, seeking "a lost formula for quantum gravity"! Oregon author William Sullivan is better known for his non-fiction describing the wonders of hiking and living in the Pacific Northwest, but his second novel is quite entertaining and keeps up a good pace.
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Mar 20, 2015 Robert Schneider rated it really liked it
I picked this up based on the title. It made me think of all those mysteries I read as a kid. You know, like The Three Investigators and the Case of the Dancing Dinosaur, or the Hardy Boys. What you get is closer to The 39 Steps with and a hunt and chase around the globe for clues to Einstein's violin CASE and a missing formula. The title design is a complete misnomer. Other than that I enjoyed the romp.
Apr 02, 2009 Bridget rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Jette Baker!
Shelves: romance, mystery
A mystery where nobody dies, but a woman uncovers her past.
Told from the viewpoint of two different women, both of whom find romance.
And Einstein's formula for gravity.
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Quick romp, reminiscent of tales by a campfire gone crazy. I enjoyed reading this from one of my favorite hiking authors.
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Sullivan completed his B.A. in English at Cornell University, studied linguistics at Germany's Heidelberg University, and earned an M.A. in German at the University of Oregon.
In 1985 he backpacked 1000 miles across Oregon's wilderness. His journal of that adventure, "Listening for Coyote", topped the New York Times' year-end review of travel books and was chosen one of the 100 most significant boo
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