Gerald Elias presents 'Murder at the Royal Albert'

Will Mahler’s third hammer stroke of Fate claim another victim?


Third Place Books welcomes world-class musician and author Gerald Elias to our Lake Forest Park store! Elias will be discussing the eighth installment in his Daniel Jacobus mystery series, Murder at the Royal Albert, as well as performing excerpts from Vivaldi's "Autumn" from The Four Seasons, the metaphorical basis for the author's latest mystery. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required in advance.

A former violinist with the Boston Symphony and associate concertmaster of the Utah Symphony, Elias has performed on five continents and has been the conductor of Salt Lake City’s popular Vivaldi by Candlelight chamber orchestra series since 2004. In 2022, he released the first complete recording of the Opus 1 violin sonatas of the Baroque virtuoso-composer, Pietro Castrucci, on Centaur Records.

Copies of Murder at the Royal Albert will be available for purchase at the store. This event will include a public signing and time for audience Q&A. Sustain our author series by purchasing a copy of the featured book!

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About Murder at the Royal Albert. . .

A packed house at London’s famed Royal Albert Hall.

Gustav Mahler’s monumental 6th Symphony, with its three massive hammer strokes of Fate.

The first and the second go by uneventfully. But then, the third!

Will Mahler’s third hammer stroke of Fate claim another victim?

Gerald Elias’s riveting eighth installment of the critically acclaimed Daniel Jacobus mystery series will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Blind, curmudgeonly violinist Jacobus and his devoted companions, Yumi Shinagawa and Nathaniel Williams, join forces with Branwell Small, a questionably trustworthy partner in crime solving, and officious DCI Christopher Mattheson as they follow every baffling twist and turn in a truly classical whodunnit.

Gerald Elias leads a double life as a critically acclaimed author and world-class musician. His award-winning Daniel Jacobus mystery series, beginning with Devil’s Trill, takes place in the dark corners of the classical music world. Murder at the Royal Albert is the eighth installment of the critically acclaimed series. Elias has also penned two standalone novels, The Beethoven Sequence, a chilling political thriller, and Roundtree Days, a Jefferson Dance Western mystery. His prize-winning essay, “War & Peace. And Music,” excerpted from his self-published musical memoir, Symphonies & Scorpions, was the subject of his 2019 TEDx presentation. His essays and short stories have been featured in prestigious journals ranging from The Strad magazine to Coolest American Stories 2023.

Elias divides his time between his home on the shores of Puget Sound in Seattle and his cottage in the Berkshire hills of Massachusetts, savoring the outdoors and maintaining a vibrant concert career while continuing to expand his literary horizons. He particularly enjoys winter, coffee, cooking, and watching sports.

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