Death and the Maiden

Death and the Maiden

Book - 2011
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As the New Magini String Quartet prepares for a performance of Schubert's masterpiece, "Death and the Maiden," which it hopes will resuscitate its faltering career, someone starts picking off members of the string quartet a la Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None.

Dogged by internal dissension and by a potentially devastating lawsuit from its fired second violinist, the famed New Magini String Quartet is on the brink of professional and personal collapse. The quartet pins its hopes on a multi-media Carnegie Hall performance of Franz Schubert's masterpiece, "Death and the Maiden," to resurrect its faltering fortunes. But as the fateful downbeat approaches, a la Agatha Christie, one by one the quartet's musicians mysteriously vanish, including secondviolinist, Yumi Shinagawa, former student of renowned blind pedagogue and amateur sleuth, Daniel Jacobus.It is left up to the begrudging Jacobus, with his old friend, Nathaniel Williams, and a new member of the detective team, Trotsky the bulldog, to unravel the deadly puzzle. As usual, it ends up more than Jacobus bargained for.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, ©2011
ISBN: 9780312678340
Branch Call Number: ELIAS
Characteristics: x, 291 p. ; 25 cm


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Aug 06, 2014

Members of the New Magini String Quartet are disappearing. Is the first violinist in Peru, where their most recent concert took place? Jacobus and his friend, Nathaniel, talk to police in Lima, Peru, and search records of members of the quartet. Nothing seems to complete the puzzle. After a multimedia concert, in which Jacobus and Nathaniel substitute for missing members of the quartet, the violist is dead and Yumi, the second violinist, has disappeared. Is membership in this quartet a death sentence? The theme of the music plays a large part in this plot, and Jacobus' bulldog, of very little brain, plays a small part. Can all the parts come together before Yumi, the last member of the quartet, dies?

Dec 09, 2013

Contains very bad language!!!

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