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Danse Macabre

(Daniel Jacobus Mystery #2)

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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  161 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Daniel Jacobus, reclusive blind concert master and amateur sleuth, returns to solve a most despicable crime and to clear an innocent man
 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, crosso
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published August 24th 2010)
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Laura
Oct 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
C.C. Yager
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
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,
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Susan
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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Ashley Mills
Dec 27, 2017 rated it liked it
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.
Merry
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really like this series. Very New York, Jewish, classical music, funny, colorful. Good mystery and main character.
Beth
Aug 24, 2010 rated it really liked it


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,
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Karie
Jul 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Michelle
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
(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 ...more
Bill H.
May 16, 2014 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Susan
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 ...more
Chrissy
Jul 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
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 impor
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Carlos
Feb 29, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Tammy
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great musician writes a great mystery

If 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 book...you won't regret it.
Tom
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 story...I recommend it, particularly to my friends with classical music in their blood! Enjoy!
Joanne
May 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Ruth
May 06, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Kate
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Rebecca McKinnon
May 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
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....
Jean
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My music and former violinist background made me interested in this book. Fast paced mystery. Caught my interest from the first chapter.
Sally
Aug 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Caryatid
Aug 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
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.
Elizabeth
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a very engrossing tale that made me wish I understood classical music at some level and which I could appreciate it more.
Michelle Bettencourt
Only worth reading if you have a deep appreciation for music. The characters are not very well developed, and the plot is pretty predictable.
Mary
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable book with unusual characters. For me, the old story of the dwarf and the violin added intrigue to the mystery.
Cara
Jun 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Pretty good mystery. Too much profanity.
Linda
Oct 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-york, mystery
Even though I am not particularly musical I loved this well-written, riveting and engaging mystery.
Shelley Krehbiel
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
enjoyed this novel, very intellectual, very well written. love the musical references.
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