Daniel Jacobus is the protagonist in a series of mystery novels by American novelist Gerald Elias. Daniel Jacobus is a blind, reclusive, crotchety violin teacher in rural New England. The series gives the reader a look into the world of classical music, with its backstabbing teachers and performers, venal patrons, and shady violin dealers.

Gerald Elias began his Daniel Jacobus series with the novel Devil’s Trill, published in 2009. Below is a list of Daniel Jacobus’s Gerald Elias books in order of when they were first released (which is the same as thier chronological order):

Publication Order of Daniel Jacobus Books

Devil's Trill(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Danse Macabre(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death and the Maiden(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death and Transfiguration(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Playing with Fire(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Spring Break(2017) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price


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Daniel Jacobus Synopsis: Devil’s Trill by Gerald Elias is the first book in the Daniel Jacobus series. Daniel Jacobus lives in self-imposed exile in rural New England. He spends his time chain smoking and berating students in the hope that they will flee. Jacobus, however, is drawn back into the world he left behind when he decides to attend the Grimsley Competition at Carnegie Hall. The winner of this competition is granted the honor of playing the “Piccolino Stradivarius,” a uniquely dazzling violin that has brought misfortune to all those who possessed it over multiple centuries. Nine–year–old Kamryn Vander wins the competition, but before she can get an opportunity to play the priceless violin, it has been stolen. Jacobus becomes the number one suspect and with the help of his friend and former musical partner Nathaniel Williams, and his new student, Yumi Shinagawa, sets out to clear his name.

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