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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (168 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Adam Narrator: Seán Barrett Publisher: Isis Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN:
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Paganini - showman, womaniser, dazzling virtuoso - is one of the most fascinating characters in the history of classical music. His violin is now kept in Genoa, where it is played once every two years by the winner of an international competition. This year, an unsavoury art dealer is found dead in his hotel room the day after the concert. Clutched in his fist is a scrap of sheet music torn off a page that belongs to the competition winner. But how did the dead man get hold of it? And why? The police ask for violinmaker Castiglione to help them unravel a mystery that has gone unanswered for over a century.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee Thielen | 2/17/2014

    " What a lovely surprise this book, just pulled from the Library's shelves, turned out to be. It is a compelling story with lots of information about violin making and Paganini. Definitely a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 2/16/2014

    " This is the first book of this series that I have read, but will not be the last. I enjoyed it immensely - the characters were finely drawn, the storyline was believable, the setting was realistic, and there was a lot of detail about musical history and the construction of violins. It's not every day that I can be thoroughly entertained and learn something at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babette | 2/12/2014

    " A while ago I decided to read The Rainaldi Quartet by Paul Adam, which was on my mystery and suspense reading list. It was excellent and I was sad to reach the end. Recently, when searching for my next reading selection, I found Paganini's Ghost by the same author. Gianni Castiglione, the main character, is a luthier and amateur violin player. Both books have classical music at their center. Both are set in Cremona, a center for violin-making in Italy. These two books stand out among the numerous mysteries I have read because the writing draws the reader into a sympathetic and emotional relationship with the protagonist and his passion for violins and beautiful music. The author also provides interesting historical backgrounds for his present-day stories. I don't know if Adams plans another addition to the Gianni books, but I certainly hope so. Two are not enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 2/9/2014

    " This was a relaxing, enjoyable read, even if it was a murder mystery, because of the ingenious way the author wove into the plot elements of music/violin history and Italian culture. I enjoyed it more than Adam's earlier (related) novel, Rainaldi Quartet, perhaps because Italy was more central to the setting. I'd gladly read another novel if Adam continues to write in this vein. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 2/9/2014

    " I really enjoyed all the historical tidbits woven into the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fernande | 1/25/2014

    " Lovely new mystery writer & hero and setting. Our hero is a violin maker, a widower living just outside Cremona. Not quite as good as Andrea Camileri or Donna Leon, but interesting if somewhat stock, characters, nice puzzle, wonderful sense of place and history and violins over the centuries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 1/19/2014

    " A quick read with a lot of music history tossed in. What's real? What isn't? I'll have to do some research. Characters are charming. Not sure why I'm not giving it a higher rating. What didn't feel right to me? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 1/11/2014

    " Stronger than the first, and another good story. Not high literature, but a great beach read, especially if you like craft, music, and/or Italy. The main characters are really sweet, and make you want to read more about them. If the writing was a little more refined, I'd give it four stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Merry | 12/21/2013

    " Very average as a mystery, but lots of very enjoyable lore about Paganini, Rossini, violin history, and Italy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mireserenya | 11/29/2013

    " Paul Adam does a fabulous job of weaving a modern murder mystery with historical details of Paganini's life and playing style. His descriptions of musical pieces tend to jump off the page and the Paganini anecdotes are often amusing asides that make you look deeper into this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 8/7/2013

    " Good book but a littl confusing. I probably would have given this 3 1/2 stars. It was worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 chris | 7/16/2013

    " good thriller set in cremona, italy, and revolving around paganini's violin "the cannon" made by guarneri. now i have to read the rainaldi quartet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 6/12/2013

    " This is a delightful book. If you enjoy classical music and virtuoso violin playing you'll enjoy this book. Excellent violin history too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joann | 6/1/2013

    " It's rare that I give 5 stars to any book, but this is beautifully written and full of on-point observations about the human condition. A great read! I learned a great deal about Bonaparte's sisters and the construction of violins, not to mention music stories of history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivian | 4/15/2013

    " This is Paul Adam's second entry in the Gianni and Guastafeste series set in Cremona, Italy. It was as enjoyable as the first. Very interesting storyline, setting and characrers. I'm hoping that he continues the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 3/27/2013

    " A terrific read, super mystery, well-written, original, delightful, and a solid 5-stars so far, about 2/3 through the book. I feel the same after having finished the book. Highly recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 12/10/2012

    " Lovely mystery with fabulous background information about music, opera and jewels "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 12/5/2012

    " Even though this is the second I actually ended up reading this first. I liked it a lot better as well. Another musical murder mystery. This book will make you want to listen to Paganini's Caprices on repeat for days. "

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