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Posted February 11, 2012
This book was an excellent read; in fact I read it twice and each time I read the first chapter twice because it crafts the stage for the entire work so well. I was fascinated with the characters and the historical value. BravoWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 13, 2011
I am an amateur musician (violin) who is obsessed with all things classical music/violin related. There's a line in this book about how the violin is "in tune with the human soul"....that quote (and this book overall) reminds me why I love music so much...both of Adam's books are utterly brilliant, rich in knowledge with creative plot lines flawlessly woven in. I applaud you, Mr. Adams; Paganini's Ghost was an excellent read and The Rainalid Quartet does not disappoint.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 9, 2008
Posted September 14, 2006
A pleasant, easy read
Personally, I would give it 5 stars. If you like violins, this is the book for you. If not, it's still a great read, but there's so much in it for the violin enthusiast. A nice balance of history, technical details, and suspense. The setting descriptions were terrific also. I hope to see more form Mr. Adam in the near future.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
the whodunit is terrific
In Italy, aging violin makers Castiglione and Rainaldi, Father Arrighi and police detective Guastafeste are players in a string quartet. The four men enjoy playing together as they respect one another though they can be quite caustic with one another still they try to make as much time available to practice and perform. Rainaldi tells his friends especially Castiglione that he is on the trail of a great find, a priceless violin.----- However, instead of the glory and euphoria of a great find, someone kills Rainaldi. Father Arrighi performs the funeral attended by the other two men of their musical group as well as family and friends. Guastafeste investigates the homicide though he knows he has a personal stake that should probably exclude him from looking into the murder that he believes is tied to the rare violin. Castiglione assists him as a violin maker expert especially with his insight into construction. Clues soon lead the two men from their rural section of Italy to England, but uncovering the identity of the killing genius remains seemingly impossible even as the duet makes progress towards their objective.----- Though the whodunit is terrific it plays base to the rich textured musical perspective. The story line harmoniously blends the music with the murder mayhem without slowing down or neglecting either. Castiglione and Guastafeste are a wonderful pair, who at times are quite cutting with each other, as they follow clues in an effort to uncover the culprit who changed their quartet to a trio. Paul Adam provides a virtuoso performance.---- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.