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Playing with Fire

(Daniel Jacobus Mystery #5)

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The latest Daniel Jacobus mystery holds a mirror to the glittery facade of the concert world, delving into the multimillion-dollar sleight-of-hand of violin dealing . . . "
When an anxious phone call from obscure violinmaker Amadeo Borlotti disturbs Daniel Jacobus's Christmas Eve festivities, he and his dear friends Nathaniel and Yumi make light of it. A seemingly humble
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2016 by Severn House Publishers
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Fran
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Playing With Fire" is a whodunit revolving around music, murder and arson.

Daniel Jacobus, concertmaster, has lost his vocation due to sudden blindness. His senses of hearing, smell and touch have been heightened. He possesses an acute memory. On Christmas Eve, Jake receives a desperate phone call from a small-time violin repairman named Amadeo Borlotti. Borlotti wants to confer with Jacobus immediately despite a heavy snowstorm. Jake insists that the meeting take place on Christmas Day instead.
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Danielle Tremblay
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystère, thriller
Daniel Jacobus, the blind MC of this story, seems to be a cross between Ebenezer Scrooge (the grumpy guy in the Christmas story) and Sherlock Holmes. Grouchy characters have always made me smile, unless they are also cruel, which is not the case of the main character. And since I do not really like unexpected visitors myself, I fully understand that he postponed Amadeo Borlotti's visit to the next day. But, as you surely expect, (view spoiler) ...more
Jeff Wong
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
The fifth Daniel Jacobus murder mystery related in some fashion to classical music and the stringed instruments related to its performance. This is a quick, relatively easy read that is entertaining. For fans of Elias’s first four books, I was a bit disappointed as this story seemed to be a little less twisting-turning than I perceived his first efforts were. Nonetheless, enjoyed it.
Sarah
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, mystery, fiction
enjoyable
Natalie
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Parts were compelling, though I had a hard time engaging with this mystery. I just didn't like the main character much.
Megan Temple
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
When I first started reading this book I was a bit confused and not very interested but the more I kept reading the more I enjoyed it. I've never been one who is big into music and instruments and since this book was based around that it was kind of hard for me to get myself engaged into the book. Once the mystery started to unfold however it became more and more interesting with more players involved and was overall a very well written interesting book.

This book is about a blind violinist name
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Linden
Jun 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Daniel Jacobus, blind curmudgeon and violin teacher, delves into the world of musical instrument theft, counterfeiting, and the accompanying insurance fraud with the help of friends Nathaniel and Yumi. The wintry new England setting provides the perfect backdrop for arson, murder, and music.
Carole
What a terrific story. It is quite believable. I too have been given different provenance for my bow. Who knows? This is one of his best books. Much better than the last Quartet story.
I think any string player might enjoy it.
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