Shhh! I'll let you in on a little secret. I've been leading a double life. My award-winning Daniel Jacobus mystery series is set in the dark corners of the classical music world, of which I am intimately familiar as a former violinist with the Boston Symphony, associate concertmaster of the Utah Symphony and as a conductor, composer, and teacher. The first novel in the series, “Devil’s Trill,” was a Barnes & Noble Discover: Great New Writers selection, and was followed by five additional critically acclaimed installments, most recently "Spring Break" in 2017. "Combining the deductive reasoning of Sherlock Holmes with the rhetorical finesse of Don Rickles," wrote Kirkus Review.
But I've branched out from there. My eclectic short stories and essays have graced prestigious journals and magazines on a variety of platforms. And for you mystery fans out there, you may be interested to know I have just launched a series of mini-volumes of short mysteries, called Mister E's Mysteries, that I have no doubt will take the literary world by storm.
I continue to expand my literary horizons even as I continue to perform around the world as a violinist. My first trip to Japan was in 1976 with a youth orchestra, and my most recent one was in 2017 with the Boston Symphony. In between, Japan has become my second home, and I even taught at the Musashino Conservatory of Music in Tokyo for four months in 1986. Japan has definitely made a strong impression on my writing: The heroine of my Daniel Jacobus mysteries is a young Japanese violinist named Yumi Shinagawa, and two of my novels ("Devil's Trill" and "Death & Transfiguration") have many chapters that take place in Japan.
My recent projects include contemporary Western mysteries and audio books of the first two installments of the Jacobus series, "Devil's Trill" and "Danse Macabre," in which I also perform the music. And in 2017 I published my first memoir, “Symphonies and Scorpions,” a rare insider’s view of the world of a touring orchestral musician, set against the backdrop of historic concert tours to China and Japan by the Boston Symphony. If you thought fiction was hard to believe...