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.
©2009 Paul Adam (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd
This is one of the most unusual modern murder detective stories I've listened to in many years of being an audiobook fan. The story was so interesting I found myself Googling Paganini and his Guarneri violin, "Il Cannone". The cast is full of famous characters and anyone interested in history and classical music will love it, as well as any detective story afficianados.
The main protagonist Gianni, is a violin maker, repairer and amateur sleuth, who with his police friend, Antonio, sets out to solve a mystery and a murder committed in Cremona, Italy, after a shy young prize winning violinist plays "Il Cannone" at a concert in the cathedral,
The narrator is the inestimable Sean Barrett, who is terrific as usual. (He'd even be brilliant reading the phone directory!)
Can't think why there aren't more ratings and reviews for this book. Please try it, you'll love it.
I'm hoping to hear more from Paul Adam, his writing is terrific.
I listen to a lot of audible books (whilst dog walking, ironing, driving to meetings etc) and I think this is probably the best I have listened to thus far. I came to this via Sean Barrett who I find an excellent reader but this particular download is a 100% on every score. The plot is good, the characters wonderfully drawn and the reading - very slow - is absolutely spot on. I cannot recommend it highly enough and I am now at this moment going to look at other titles from the author who I have not come across before.
A truly wonderful listen. A gentle but intriguing story with such engaging characters and rich history. All comes to life thanks to Sean Barratt who is so superb - I now download books that he narrates regardless of subject matter, the man could read out a telephone directory and I would pay to listen.
I have to admit the initial reason I bought this was Sean Barratt...however, I really enjoyed it...good to be immersed in Italy! Interesting to learn about violins...a well written tale of intrigue, a crime thriller with a difference. Obviously narrated perfectly by the velvet voiced Sean Barratt...he is exceptional as always!
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