Book Review: The Rainaldi Quartet – Paul Adam

Title: The Rainaldi Quartet
Author: Paul Adam
ISBN: 9781933397771
Pages: 201
Release Date: February 21, 2006
Publisher: Felony & Mayhem
Genre: Mystery
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

Gianni Castiglione is a luthier, a violin maker living in Italy.  When one of his closest friends, Rainaldi, also a luthier, is murdered, he becomes involved in the investigation because of his expertise in violins.  Why was Rainaldi murdered?  Does it have anything to do with a famed missing Stradivarius violin?

Review:

I stumbled upon the book Paganini’s Ghost by Paul Adam when it was released in early 2010 and thought it sounded fascinating.  I was thrilled to learn it was actually the second in a series, so I decided to seek out the first, The Rainaldi Quartet, since I abhor reading series books out of order. 

I was hooked on The Rainaldi Quartet from the very first page.  Paul Adam has built an intriguing cast of characters, from luthiers to violin collectors.  Castiglione is a very endearing main character.  While he isn’t perfect and has made mistakes in his past, he’s a genuinely good person who wants to help.  When his close friend is murdered, Castiglione is at once devastated and enraged.  He wants to discover who would do such a thing and is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery.

Though the mystery is certainly intriguing and moves forward at a brisk pace, it takes a backseat to the information about violins dispensed in the novel.  That’s not to say anything bad about the mystery, but just that Adam worked the history of violins into the novel so well that it’s almost spellbinding.  I was completely riveted, eager to drink up as much knowledge as I could, and there was a lot to be had.  This book is a treasure trove of information about violins; I cannot say enough positive things about it.

The Rainaldi Quartet was a gripping mystery that I couldn’t put down.  It’s not a long book, so if you pick it up, plan on reading it in one sitting – it’s just that good!  I simply cannot wait to get to the next book in the series, Paganini’s Ghost, and I hope that these books continue into the foreseeable future, as this one was immensely enjoyable.

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Comments

  1. The history of violins as a side attraction: love it! Thanks for sharing!

  2. The history of violins as a side attraction: love it! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I know virtually nothing about the history if violins, so I am thinking that this book would be interesting to me for a lot of reasons. I am glad that you enjoyed it so much, and I hope that the next book in the series is just as good as this one was for you!

  4. I know virtually nothing about the history if violins, so I am thinking that this book would be interesting to me for a lot of reasons. I am glad that you enjoyed it so much, and I hope that the next book in the series is just as good as this one was for you!

  5. This book sounds divine. I will add it to my list immediately. Thanks, Swapna!

  6. This book sounds divine. I will add it to my list immediately. Thanks, Swapna!

  7. I love books that teach me something while they entertain me – this one sounds great!

  8. I love books that teach me something while they entertain me – this one sounds great!

  9. I love all these mysteries you are reading these days, because they always sound exactly like the sort of mystery I enjoy. This one in particular sounds very interesting.

  10. I love all these mysteries you are reading these days, because they always sound exactly like the sort of mystery I enjoy. This one in particular sounds very interesting.

  11. I think you sold me. I love the idea of the violin aspect.

  12. I think you sold me. I love the idea of the violin aspect.

  13. Great review. I’ve never heard of this one but it sounds intriguing.

  14. Great review. I’ve never heard of this one but it sounds intriguing.

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