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Gerald Elias. Cloudy With A Chance of Murder (Level Best, $19.50 unsigned).
A freak summer storm severs an island music festival in the middle of Utah's Great Salt Lake from the mainland. When one festival administrator, and then a second, is found dead, can curmudgeonly Daniel Jacobus solve the murders before his protégée, violinist Yumi Shinagawa, becomes the third victim?
Gerald Elias leads a double life as an award-winning author and world-class musician.
His Daniel Jacobus mystery series takes place in the dark corners of the classical music world, with Cloudy With a Chance of Murder the seventh installment of the critically acclaimed series. He has also authored a musical memoir, political thriller, and a collection of short stories. Other short stories, essays, and articles have graced prestigious journals and anthologies from Ellery Queen to The Strad magazine.
A former violinist with the Boston Symphony and associate concertmaster of the Utah Symphony, Elias has concertized on five continents, was a long-time faculty member of the University of Utah School of Music, and has been music director of the Vivaldi by Candlelight chamber orchestra series since 2004. In April of 2022, Centaur Records will release his recording of the Opus 1 sonatas by the Baroque violinist-composer Pietro Castrucci, the first-ever complete recording of those works.
Gerald Elias was born on Long Island, attended Oberlin College and Conservatory, and graduated from Yale University and the Yale School of Music. After 30 years in Salt Lake City, he recently re-located to Seattle to be a hands-on grandpop, but maintains a vibrant concert career while continuing to expand his literary horizons.