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Paganini's Ghost

A Mystery

by Paul Adam

Paganini's Ghost by Paul Adam
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2010
    288 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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Paganini – showman, womanizer, dazzling virtuoso – is one of the most charismatic characters in the history of classical music. His violin, il Cannone (the Cannon), is now kept in Genoa, Italy, where it is played only once every two years in a sold-out concert by the winner of an international competition.

This year, though, a Parisian art dealer is found dead in his hotel room the day after the concert. In his wallet is a scrap of sheet music, torn from a page that belongs to the competition’s winner. But how did the dead man get hold of it? And why?

Detective Antonio Guastafeste asks violin maker Gianni Castiglione to help him navigate the curious world of classical musicians, their priceless instruments, and the unsavory dealers who prey upon them. Together, Antonio and Gianni must unravel another mystery that has gone unanswered for over a century, one that may hold the answer to the modern-day murder.

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"Starred Review. Readers will find Adam's full-bodied characters captivating but never transparent as the clever plot, enriched by meticulously detailed historical intrigues, builds to its satisfying conclusion." - Publishers Weekly

"Prolific Adam's second Castiglione mystery (The Rainaldi Quartet, 2006, etc.) is slow to get moving, but his story and style are of a piece - elegantly layered and intricately detailed." - Kirkus Reviews

"Starred Review. The result is a delightful tromp through 19th-century classical music and the hunt for an invaluable art object." - Library Journal

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JeanT

Great History, Ok Mystery
I would really give this a 3.5. I loved the historical aspects of the novel bringing the story of Paganini's life and the history of the Il Cannone violin. But I thought the mystery aspect of the novel was pretty weak. My favorite genre is mysteries, so I was a bit disappointed that the "mystery" in the novel did not seem a well connected aspect , more of an afterthought. But nonetheless it was still an enjoyable read.

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Paul Adam grew up in the north of England and studied law at Nottingham University. He began his writing career as a journalist and has worked in Rome as well as England. He is the author of The Rainaldi Quartet. He lives in Sheffield, England, with his wife and two children.

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