Regular patrons will remember Gerald as the speaker who regularly punctuates his literary remarks with bursts of music from his violin. Which makes complete sense, since Maestro Elias is a retired ensemble member, soloist and conductor for a variety of groups including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Utah Symphony and the Abramyan String Quartet.

“Playing With Fire”, the latest Daniel Jacobus mystery, holds a mirror to the glittery façade of the concert world, delving into the multimillion-dollar sleight-of-hand of violin dealing .

The protagonist is amateur sleuth Daniel Jacobus, an old, blind, cantankerous, crabby, chain-smoking violin teacher who takes on new students only to hope they leave him because of his argumentative and cranky disposition. He’s the kind of “hero” that you love to hate.

AUTHOR’S NIGHT is a FREE EVENT. Seating is first come, first served, and a cash bar is available for our patrons. Copies of Mr. Elias’ book will be available for purchase courtesy of Haley Booksellers.

The evening doesn’t end when the talk is over. Plan on staying behind to join Gerald Elias for dinner. Continue the conversation over appetizers, entrees, wine or cocktails. All food and beverages are a la carte, and there are no additional charges. Interested patrons are advised to make a reservation in advance to insure seating.

An award-winning author, Mr. Elias’ Daniel Jacobus series takes place in the dark corners of the classical music world and has won extensive critical praise. His essays and short stories have been published in a growing number of diverse and distinguished anthologies and online journals, including Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Sherlock Holmes Magazine, Level Best anthologies, Reichel arts blog, Berkshire Magazine and Opera magazine.

Gerald Elias, violinist, teacher, conductor, and composer, has been Associate Concertmaster of the Utah Symphony, Boston Symphony violinist, first violinist of the Abramyan String Quartet, Adjunct Professor of Music the University of Utah, and Music Director of the Vivaldi Candlelight Concert series. As a soloist he has performed with symphony orchestras from the Sydney Symphony to the Boston Pops, and conductors including Robert Spano, Joseph Silverstein, Christoph Perrick, Lawrence Leighton Smith, James Paul, Keith Lockhart, and John Williams. He has performed chamber music and solo recitals on four continents. Of his three Salt Lake City benefit recitals for the humanitarian organization, Seeds of Peace, which Elias also organized, the Deseret News wrote, “(Elias) is an exceptionally talented and sublime musician. His musicality is impressive, and his technical skill is unsurpassed.”


Notes on Gerald Elias’ Novels:

Devil’s Trill (2009) Jacobus confronts his personal demons in the form of an accursed Stradivarius violin that’s stolen from a violin competition that preys upon young prodigies. St. Martin’s Press [A Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” Selection]

Danse Macabre (2010) After a beloved, internationally renowned violinist is brutally murdered with an unknown weapon, Jacobus reluctantly proves that the virtuoso’s young rival was not the killer. St. Martin’s Press [Library Journal top 10 mysteries of 2010; Utah Humanities Council Book of the Year in Fiction]

Death and the Maiden (2011) As members of an internationally renowned string quartet mysteriously disappear, Jacobus springs into action when one of them is his former student. St. Martin’s Press

Death and Transfiguration (2012) A murder in a symphony orchestra in turmoil is the backdrop for a battle of wills between Jacobus and the orchestra’s tyrannical conductor. St. Martin’s Press

Playing With Fire (2016 release) A suspicious fire at Ye Olde Violin Shoppe on Christmas Eve leads Jacobus along a perilous trail of death. Severn House